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1. You have a series of remedies available to you here for what the estate agent did. The primary remedy if you still want the property is to go to court and seek an injunction preventing the sale of the property you wanted from going ahead because the estate agent interfered in the creation of contractual relations between you and the seller to the benefit of the estate agents' favoured purchaser. This will allow you to directly attack the sale contract and get it set aside. However, you need to act quickly to gain this remedy as it will not be available to you if you delay or if the sale documents are completed. Additionally to getting the contract for sale set aside, you can sue the estate agent for money damages and legal costs you put to loss in establishing your rights. However, here, you need to act promptly and hire a solicitor to issue legal proceedings for an injunction and damages and to set aside the contract for sale. Be aware that you would normally hire a barrister to draft proceedings and to handle the case in court.
2. Your other remedies which are available to you are regulatory whereby you make a complaint to both the Property Ombudsman and the National Trading Standards Estate Agents Team about the conduct of the Estate Agent in this case. This can essentially lead to the revocation of the estate agents licence under the Estate Agents Act, 1979, for his behaviour in not passing on your offer to the seller. Be aware that they can issue a Direction as to what the estate agent should do to remedy the bad behaviour. But these remedies do not prevent the sale going ahead but are limited to attacking the conduct of the estate agent with his regulatory authorities.
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