We used an IFA in sunny Sidcup and he was grand, and took his payment from the lender. No-one I know personally has paid for such advice themselves.
We finally got the final contracts through to sign, so I've hit another period of absolutely bricking it. To add to that, our mortgage involves my folks depositing some money in a savings account for the term of the mortgage, and no-one at Barclays or our conveyancer actually seems to know how it should work, so I have to chase another solicitor to provide my folks with a letter saying they were advised well.
One solicitor was bad enough, chasing two is beyond me. Terrified of setting an exchange date without knowing all our ducks are in a row.