The main reason for the closure was that benefits were beginning to be outweighed by the costs, and the long-term viability of the property centre was doubtful. Another reason was the failure to educate the public into coming to the solicitor first.
Also, 'You have to be a salesman, and solicitors are not very good at that,' according to Denis Cameron, chairman of the Law Society's land law and conveyancing committee. North of the border, in Scotland, the Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC) continues to flourish with 90% of the city's market.
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