Initially you make a verbal offer. If this is accepted contact your lawyer with the details.
Never use the same lawyer that your agent or the vendor is using. Such an arrangement is sometimes proposed as a means of reducing purchasing costs. You should always use a lawyer who has to worry only about your best interests. An agent may recommend a lawyer but you should ensure that that lawyer does not act in any way for the agent.
We strongly recommend that all future transactions always take place through your lawyer. Listen to your lawyer. If your lawyer feels that something is not right, be prepared to drop the purchase.
Never commit yourself to any purchase without having your lawyer carry out basic checks e.g. that the vendor does actually own the property.
If you are buying a second-hand property, you may find that it is not registered and you may have to pay first registration fees (non-registered properties are fairly common). Be aware that if you want to go ahead with the purchase of non-registered properties, this can have a serious impact on the time to completion.