With such large amounts of money changing hands, there can be attempts to steal them in transit. It is easy to avoid fraud if you follow simple rules:

1 Never ever disclose bank account details by email.

2 Never pay money into an account whose details you have received by email.

3 Both you and your solicitor should pay into accounts whose details you have received by phone or in person.

4 Ideally, test the veracity of bank account details by making an initial payment of £1 – which you then verify by telephoning your conveyancing solicitor – before paying any more.