Conveyancing is the second most common type of legal service complained about to the Legal Ombudsman, members of the Conveyancing Association (CA) heard at their meeting last week.
Fifteen percent of the complaints received by the Legal Ombudsman concerned residential property transactions, lower only than family law.
Katie Leslie, senior projects manager for the Legal Ombudsman, was speaking at an All-Members Meeting of the CA in central London last Thursday.
She said: “Were the housing market in better shape we would expect to see conveyancing topping the list. Hidden costs and unclear rights and responsibilities relating to properties – such as the maintenance of footpaths or hedges – have the potential to alienate customers and lead them to seek the help of the Legal Ombudsman.