You can get a new solicitor at any stage you like. Before releasing the file, the original solicitor will want paying for the work they have done. A new solicitor may not take too much notice of the file and will want to start again from scratch so there is no cost saving.
However a freeholder does not grant an underlease. The freeholder grants a lease and every lease underneath that lease is an underlease. As I have said, the actual title is immaterial.
From what you have said, the freeholder has not granted an underlease it has granted a head lease of 999+10. That lease should simply be called a lease. No reference to head or under although if it does say head, it is neither here or there. From what you have said, it is most certainly not an underlease because the phrase underlease implies a superior lease and if the lease we are talking about is granted out of the freehold, then there is no superior lease.
You can change solicitors but there is no guarantee that the new solicitor is not going to have the same issue. I have known some solicitors be unnecessarily pedantic with regard to paperwork and it may be your solicitor is one of those. Please remember I have not seen the paperwork and I am only answering based upon what you have told me.
If you require a mortgage, then she is also acting for the lender. If you do not require a mortgage, you can simply tell her to complete and she will ask you to sign a document which confirms that you have ignored her advice although some solicitors will not actually do that and they will insist that you go somewhere else.
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