I am new to this forum so please excuse any dumb things I may say. The purpose of me joining the forum is to gain advice as to what I do next. In August 2018 I entered into a 12 month unconditional contract to sell my commercial property from which I had operated my business for the previous 25 years and then to retire. Retirement also included separately selling and relocating the business. The purchaser flew from Melbourne on the Monday to view the property, he signed the contract and stated in front of myself,the agent and one of my staff members that he was moving his family from the cold of Victoria to the warm of Queensland and whilst he had a property to sell he did not need to sell it to settle, so there was no subject to sale condition in the contract. (He had paid the deposit on the previous Friday having not viewed the property at that stage). Everything was fine and I went about my business for the next 6 months at which time I got the agent to contact the purchaser to make sure all was on track so I could make arrangement to sell the business - all was good. In July 2019 (approximately 6 weeks prior to settlement) I did the same thing before entering into a contract to sell the business - all was good. I sold the business and the new owner signed a lease on the new premises. Then shortly after I received notice from the agent that the purchaser was challenging the validity of the contract as he had wanted a subject to sale clause in it. Lot's of legal backwards and forwards but the outcome was that the purchaser didn't show up for settlement, my solicitor issued a breach notice and I was left with a vacant property to maintain, no income from my business and no income from the sale proceeds! The agent is still holding the deposit as his legal advice has been not to release it. I feel I am owed the deposit and compensation for loss of income,legal expenses and cost of maintaining the property. My solicitor is keen to refer me to litigators, I would prefer not to as from what I am reading it could be expensive and end up nowhere. While this is obviously a short version of events I would appreciate any thoughts of where I should go next.