401. The contract.

In the case of a contract for the sale of a plot on a new building estate the contract will often be in standard form and the seller will be reluctant to allow substantial amendments to that form1. The buyer's solicitor should ensure that the contract does not impose unnecessarily burdensome terms on the buyer, sufficiently protects his client's interests, and complies with any conditions required by the buyer's lender. The seller may require the deposit to be paid to him as 'agent' and not as 'stakeholder'2. The contract for the sale of a new property will often be a sale of part of the