If he can’t pay his solicitors fees, tough. DIY. If his solicitors fees are 18,000 pounds already, get another solicitor or DIY. It is his own fault for not settling sooner and having stupid arguments such as the choice of estate agents. The average of three local estate agents or even a Zoopla valuation should be sufficient unless it’s a one-off property where any agent including a RICS agent would simply pull the figure out of midair. However if he wants that, I can see no reason not to agree to it providing you get an undertaking from his lawyer that he does not know the individual or the firm who are carrying out the valuation.
I would also suggest that he undertakes to be bound by the valuation because you don’t want him coming back later and arguing even further just because it doesn’t suit him and he wants to go back to the other valuation.
It is quite possible that the amount of money being argued over here is far less than the cost of the argument because it 250 pounds per hour per each solicitor, 500 pounds per hour, it can soon gobble up the disparity.
There is nothing to stop a solicitor saying “pay me in the future from the settlement”. Nothing unusual at all although the majority want paying upfront, not on credit!
It is not unknown for a solicitor to wind up their client, “you are entitled to this, and you are entitled to that and don’t settle for this and don’t settle for that and you want more more more” (and meanwhile pay me 250 pounds per hour for the argument) and end the matter to eventually settle for what was on offer in the first place but each of the parties of thousands of pounds in legal costs down the tubes which they will not recover. It’s a great source of annoyance for me that many solicitors are more concerned about their fees than actually doing the right job for their client.
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