17. Acting for more than one party.

As a general principle a solicitor or firm of solicitors should not accept instructions to act for two or more clients in the same transaction where there is a conflict of interests, or a significant risk of a conflict of interests, between those clients, nor should a solicitor or firm of solicitors continue to act if a conflict of interests arises between those clients during the course of the transaction1. There is a significant risk of a conflict of interests between the buyer and seller of land, normally therefore, the buyer and seller will be represented by separate solicitors,