Solicitors ‘under pressure’ as stamp duty deadline looms

Stressed and under-pressure solicitors have been working late into the night and over weekends, to ensure property transactions are able to complete ahead of the 30 June stamp duty holiday deadline, according to the Law Society.

With just three weeks until the 30 June stamp duty holiday deadline, the Law Society has published new guidance for under-pressure conveyancing solicitors.

The guidance covers managing clients’ expectations and offers practical suggestions for dealing with transactions.

Once the 30 June deadline passes, a new tapered rate will come into force and run from July to the end of September.

In Wales meanwhile, the Land Transaction Tax (LTT) concession will come to a hard end on 30 June with no tapering arrangements after this date.

The Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “We understand the terrific pressure that conveyancers are under ahead of the 30 June deadline, pressure that many solicitors have now been under for some time as they continue to work under the most challenging circumstances,” said Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce.

“Stressed and under-pressure solicitors have been working late into the night and over weekends, with little or no work-life balance, to ensure their clients’ transactions are able to complete according to their wishes.

“It is key at this stage for conveyancing solicitors to take steps to manage their clients’ expectations about completing in time to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday.

“Many factors limiting the speed of a move – delays in the issuing of search results, delays in mortgage offers being issued, problems in the chain and with dependent transactions – are usually outside the control of the conveyancer. They cannot guarantee transactions will complete before the end of June.”

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