Can't comment on your solicitor of course but I would say in your shoes I would contact the examiner directly and find out how he/she proposes to deal with purchasers like you. Also, change your solicitor if you are unhappy. Go to see someone new, and explain why you are unhappy. If your solicitor did not do his/her job properly they obviously they should not be charging you more fees for work not done. Ask for a photocopy of your file, bring it to your new solicitor, and ask them to look it over. Find someone you trust and can have a good working relationship with. They will tell you if your previous solicitor did a decent job and communicated that poorly to you, or if the solicitor did a very bad job, in which case you could probably dispute the fees.