Sell­ing for your­self

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – I was a solic­i­tor for 50 years, and found it as­ton­ish­ing that the Law So­ci­ety ad­vised that Michael Hick­mott – a re­tired con­veyancer plan­ning to act for him­self while sell­ing his house – could not re­ceive his own pro­ceeds of sale di­rect from his pur­chaser’s so­lic­i­tors (Let­ters, Septem­ber 17).

As the prin­ci­pal in the trans­ac­tion, he is en­ti­tled to carry out his own con­veyanc­ing. If bank­ing fraud and money-laun­der­ing are the con­cerns, I sug­gest he asks for com­ple­tion to take place in the traditional way, by hand­ing over the trans­fer in ex­change for a banker’s draft in his favour.

David Lyall London SW3

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