In Sweden I could honestly tell you that no independent lawyer is needed. It has mostly to do with how our system is set up though. The agent is neutral by law but ofcourse his aim is to maximize the final prize. We don’t have notaries so the agents do their work also. It’s about as tough to get into the university to become an agent as it is to become a dentist, lawyer etc. So different from how it is in most other countries. Since it’s probably one of peoples biggest deals in their life time it’s important that everything works out as it should.