Selling for yourself
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