told to appoint own lawyers
Petaling Jaya: All house buyers should appoint
their own lawyers, Bar Council of Malaysia president Kuthubul Zaman
He said this was to ensure
that the rights of the purchasers were protected.
"We urge housebuyers not to appoint lawyers who are
on the panel of property developers or referred to by real estate
"We recommend that purchasers
appoint their own lawyers," said Kuthubul Zaman.
He added that the council would also like to remind
its members not to offer discounts on conveyancing fees when
processing sale and purchase agreements and other related matters.
Currently, some real estate agents and negotiators
are said to work with certain lawyers who offered attractive
discounts on conveyancing fees to property buyers.
This in turn enabled the real estate agent or
negotiator to arrange free legal representation for the vendors.
According to Kuthubul Zaman, a lawyer cannot embark
on such arrangement, as he could only act for either the vendor or
the purchaser, and not both parties at the same time.
Kuthubul Zaman said the Bar Council had also
passed a resolution to increase the scale fees for conveyancing,
which will require amendments to the Solicitors' Remuneration Order.
"We will request for the Solicitors Costs Committee
to be convened to consider and approve the appropriate amendments,"
he said, adding that the move further reiterated the
'no-discount-rule' for all conveyancing fees.
Kuthubul Zaman said the Bar Council hoped that those who were aware
of such practices among lawyers would come forward to report the
matter to them.