The solicitor is in breach of
the practice rules/code of conduct because clearly, there is a conflict of
interest because the solicitor is acting in the interest clearly of her husband.
In addition, there is no problem with the original document being witnessed by
your daughter, it is still quite legal. It is not good practice to have a
family member witness it, but nonetheless, the document is perfectly valid. You
have clearly been misled.
If the landlord/business
partner is trying to enforce any kind of lease upon you or refusing to assign
it to any buyer or trying to enforce the terms of any lease, I would tell him
that you will be reporting the solicitor to the Solicitors Regulation Authority
for breach of the solicitor's rules.
There is no reason why you
cannot assign the lease that you have to the buyer. Although you will need the
landlord's consent to do that.
The most powerful lever you
have is the solicitors conduct.
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