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Conveyancing in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland, with a population of about 250,000.

As in the rest of Scotland, Aberdeen conveyancing procedures are quite different from those in England and Wales.

It is Scottish contract law which is behind the difference between the English method and the Scottish way of conveyancing. The distinction is regarding at which point the negotiation gives rise to a legally binding contract. Aberdeen conveyancing procedures operate in such a way where once an offer is accepted over the phone, the agreement is legally binding. In England this agreement is only an agreement to agree, which has no legal standing. As a result of this difference, when one proceeds to make an offer under the Aberdeen conveyancing process one is likely to have already completed a survey of the property.

Another difference between the English and Scottish conveyancing procedures is the fact that in England conveyancing is often done by (or through) an estate agent. In Scotland, on the other hand, the procedure is generally done through a solicitor. Other differences include terms (e.g. the English completion date is referred to as the entry date in Scotland).

If you are planning to relocate to Aberdeen, you would be wise to seek the help of a solicitor, rather than an estate agent. This is because most Scottish solicitors which deal with conveyancing are also estate agents. The role of an estate agent does exist in Scotland, but it is less common than it is in England.

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