The great advantage of instructing us is the help you get in buying or selling your house or making your will or power of attorney. We are specialists in several closely related fields, so we don’t just look at the detail we also see the big picture, for you and your family.
Our specialist property solicitors are here to provide thorough and confidential legal advice.
Feel free to write to us if you have a question about your matter. We are more than happy to answer your queries and assist you with your matter should you choose to instruct us.
Our property department deals with all property matters including purchases, sale, lease, rental and rights to buy.
Our property team are all experienced and competent. You will deal with the same solicitor from start to finish so you get the best advice. It doesn’t matter how small a job or how complicated your situation we will always have time for you and only look after your interests.
Rest assured that all work is supervised by the head of department, Mrs. Clare Dawson, who has thirty years of experience.
You will get a fair price from the outset plus the benefit of decades of experience in all the legal matters listed below. Every legal issue you may have we have come across before and know how to deal with.
In addition to being qualified solicitors, we are proud to hold Law Society Legal Excellence and Law Society Conveyancing Quality scheme accreditation so you can trust us to handle your affairs and take away the hassle of legal work involved in a property transaction.
Types of property transactions
- Buying and Selling
- Transfers and Remortgages
- Deals between family
We can easily and quickly check for you, at no cost, to see if your property is registered and if not we can arrange to register it for you. Registration of your property will of course incur a charge. There are a lot of advantages to registering a property.
We deal with all sorts of commercial transactions both leasehold and freehold. Please contact us to discuss your particular transaction and to discuss our charges as these are individual to your particular case.
We are experts at dealing with these issues. Please contact us for an informal discussion about your particular circumstances.
Head of Conveyancing Department
Answers to common questions:
How long will the legal work take on my transaction?
We will deal with your part of the sale and purchase within a few weeks, however if you are in a chain you will have to wait for the last person to be ready to agree dates for completion. If our enquiries reveal any legal issues then you must expect delays depending what is needed to resolve the problem.
What is the overall process on a purchase?
You agree the price, contact us and we will tell you what we need to get started i.e. your i.d., search fees etc. You arrange the mortgage if there is one and the surveyor. We arrange any enquiries and obtain search information e.g. from the council, sellers and land registry. We make the contract for you which fixes the date and price, we order the mortgage money and you pay us the fees and the difference. We then send the money on the agreed day (completion) and you collect your keys. We deal with the stamp duty and land registry.
What is the overall process on a sale?
You contact us and we review the deeds, we get the paperwork ready, you let us know who your agents are and when a deal is agreed. The buyers’ solicitors do the searches and review your papers and raise enquiries. Once satisfied, they will ask to agree a date and we make a contract for you. On the completion day we obtain the money, pay the mortgage and agents and give the rest to you.
What is freehold and leasehold?
With freehold property you have exclusive possession until you sell or pass on the property. With leasehold property, you have exclusive possession for a fixed period only and you pay rent to the ultimate owner. You may also have to pay annual fees to a management company. Usually property is leasehold because the owners need to share costs e.g. for maintenance or insurance on a flat.
What is a trust and when would I need one?
A trust is when there is more than one owner or investor in a property. If, for example, more than one person invests in a property, then you may have a trust set up showing who paid and what the shares are. You may need a trust if a person is under 18 or if you want one person to have a right to live in a house for their life but then the house goes to someone else when they die.
What is a chain?
Where more than one property is being bought and sold at the same time.