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Following the death of her father my niece put the modest apartment

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Following the death of her father my niece put the modest apartment he had left her up for sale. It was sold in February 2011 for £70,000. Her solicitor paid over £45,000 less charges but said that the Housing Association which managed the apartment block insisted £25,000 be withheld until they had assessed the amount required for re-decorating and repairs. Those repairs have long long since been carried out but my niece's solicitor says he cannot hand over the money owing to her because the housing association has still not rendered its bills and he was unable to set a time deadline. Can she sue the housing association or the solicitor or both?

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Alice H replied 3 years ago.
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There are two issues here.
The first related to the conduct of the solicitor.
The second related to the service provided by the solicitor and/or his firm.
In relation the first matter you should report him to the Solicitors Regulation Authority:
http://www.sra.org.uk/home/home.page
In relation to the second matter you should report him to the Legal Ombudsman:
http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk
Alex
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you so much for that helpful reply. However, I am not sure which of the issues you recommend referring to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and which to the Legal Ombudsman.

Chris Hutchins

Expert:  Alice H replied 3 years ago.
There are two issues.
The SRA will deal with the conduct of the solicitor in terms of the delay etc.
The Ombudsman will deal with the poor legal service provided by the solicitor and his firm.
Both are free. Court action is not. Plus they're more likely to get things moving quickly.
Alex
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