We live in the 21st century and in this day-and-age it is not necessary to use a local solicitor, you can carry out all communication for conveyancing via telephone, email and post.
You may also find that if you use an online solicitor based outside of your local vicinity, that you can save a lot of money.
There are plenty of comparison sites that will give you quotes from various solicitors around the UK and simply using these sites can save you a lot of money over just using your local solicitor or the one that was recommended by your estate agent.
The estate agents often get commission for referrals to solicitors, online you can cut out the middle man and make a saving.
Conveyancing is expensive enough without having extra commission charges absorbed into the price, so we highly recommend having a look online.
On the other hand, your property is going to be the most expensive thing you ever buy in your life, so do you really want the risk of saving a few hundred pounds to have someone do a bad job? We’d say, that it is worth analysing your particular conveyancing case and if it’s complex such as a leasehold flat purchase then best take no chances although that is not to say that your local solicitor is incapable of doing a bad job either. Ask around, talk to friends, even ask Facebook for recommendations if you want to keep it local.