This has been a tortuous journey and from exchange to completion it is still taking over a month. I do not blame the Estate Agent for not this state of affairs. I have found the Estate Agent willing to help at each stage albeit not always good at returning calls.
It was probably not wise to use a conveying solicitor so close to the Estate Agent as I do not feel the solicitor was prepared to fight hard enough for my needs.
However, over all I found the staff at the Altrincham branch helpful and courteous and willing to sort out issues when asked.