by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer and Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Lawyers Real Estate
Since our posting about the “Ian Reid” strategy (see our posting of 14 July, 2006), some interesting questions have emerged.
In a letter to us dated 3 August, 2006, an obviously annoyed Ian Reid stated,
“…The vendor’s solicitor (who has been practicing law for 50 years) is aware you misrepresent on your website that the vendor in this matter was represented by a non-lawyer conveyancer and cannot provide his client with legal advice.”Now who would have conveyed this to the vendor’s lawyer? We can only guess. Not that it was such a big deal, as the posting did not identify the person who prepared the contract, or the property concerned. In fact the only parties identified in the posting were Ian Reid and Ben Reid.
Now here is where it becomes really interesting, because the law firm of Ryan, Mackey & McClelland Barristers & Solicitors also wrote to us, echoed the estate agent’s complaint, and identified itself as having represented the vendors!