For the second time this year I've had a client visibly frustrated with me because I couldn't advise on their SDLT situation, after the client had been advised by their conveyancer to 'check with your tax advisor on your SDLT position'.
I'm obviously aware of it, and some of the ins and outs of the additional 3% charge, but when a client says 'we're thinking of getting married to avoid the additional 3%' I'm definitely going to put my hand up and advise them to see a specialist.
The question is, shouldn't a reasonably competent conveyancing solicitor be across this rather than fob it off to 'your tax advisor'. Or is this really a specialist area beyond the expertise of most day to day conveyancers?
The next one that refers one of my clients back to me I think I'm going to get very shouty at.