If a purchaser's solicitor receives a full set of documentation from a vendor's solicitor, then it could be possible to drop everything and attend with the client at the vendor's solicitor's office for a personal exchange of contracts. That would have to be without any local authority search, as even a personal search would take a minimum of 24 hours, and the purchaser would have to exchange contracts without a mortgage offer, or survey on the property. To suggest that people could arrange for their solicitors to exchange contracts in a matter of hours is ludicrous.
If a solicitor is asked to deal with a matter urgently, then a client should expect to pay for it.
P H Emanuel
London N6Reuse content