If it is a property for sale, the management company will usually want a fee for replies to leasehold enquiries. They are not actually under a duty to provide those replies unless the lease says that they are and that would be unusual.
They will want the money upfront and unless there is money in the rest of the account with the solicitor to pay for it, then the solicitor will not stump up the money.
In respect of conveyancing in general, some solicitors will want money upfront, others will wait until the transaction is completed.
Other than the above, there is no reason why a contract should not have already been prepared and sent over to the buyer but the buyer won’t be able to proceed until they have replies to the leasehold enquiries.
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