When we made our most recent house move (selling one house and buying another) we had to pay the solicitor's fees in advance of completion - the fees for searches etc. had to be paid upfront before the searches would be carried out, and the remaining fees for conveyancing etc. had to be paid before completion.
I'm curious to know if this was just our solicitor's practice or whether this is normal / common. Since many people bundle the fees associated with the move into the mortgage, how would that work (since the mortgage is not normally made available until completion)?