Specialist Property

Conveyancing, whilst often stressful is actually a straightforward process. However, there are instances where a house purchase needs additional and expert attention. In these cases, our Specialist Property Department is here to help.

Experts in niche areas of conveyancing

The Specialist Property team only deal with specific niche areas of conveyancing which means that you get a team that have expert knowledge and provide you specialist service. 

New build purchase

Buying a new build property can be a complex process. When you’re speaking directly to the developer it is crucial to ensure that the build is fully compliant with regards to planning permission and regulations and NHBC inspections.

Our specialist property team will advise on every aspect of your new build purchase, from the moment you buy off plan or mid-way through construction, through to completion.

Properties in excess of £500,000

Properties at the higher end of the market sometimes needs a little more care taken because they could bring with it more complex searches and legal investigation.  Our team also ensure that our clients looking to buy and sell in this end of the market are given the expert and focus that is required.  

Investors/Buy-to-Let Conveyancing

Whilst similar to residential conveyancing, Buy-to-Let conveyancing can bring about challenges that cause cost and delay if not anticipated. From a business perspective, this is entirely undesirable!

Our experienced team will work with you to ensure that you have everything from the right mortgage in place through to examining any legal restrictions or covenants on the property you are purchasing.

Agricultural land and property purchase

Our specialist team will advise you through the process of purchasing agricultural land including the sale or purchase of an estate, farm or land. We are able to advise and assist in all aspects of Agricultural Property Conveyancing including agricultural tenancies, EU Support and how public and private rights of way impact on the land you are proposing to buy or sell. We are also able to advise on a wider range of issues including historic covenants, development rights, sporting rights and tenancy and occupation issues.

If you require conveyancing services that are not covered by our Specialist Property team, please visit our Residential Conveyancing page.

Our conveyancing team are accredited with the Law Society Conveyancing Quality scheme. In total, the team has over 100 years experience and comprises a Director, Consultant, Solicitors, Licenced Conveyancer, Conveyancing Executives and Legal Assistants, with every case being led by a qualified practitioner.

We pride ourselves on our excellent service and deal with every conveyancing client as a person and not a number.  We know that you want to be updated throughout the process and we ensure that we provide the best possible service.

Our Director and Consultant have over 70 years experience in Residential Conveyancing and they are joined by our Senior Associate Solicitor with over 20 years of experience.  The other members of the team comprise a Licenced Conveyancer, three Conveyancing Executives and Legal Assistants who all together have worked on thousands of property transactions.

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances.

If you are selling a property, you will need to be aware of what the purchasers need to consider as this will impact on the length of time it takes to sell your property.

Below we have set out a general overview of the usual stages in the purchasing process.

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer (if mortgage being obtained)
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership (if appropriate)
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

How long will the house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your property will depend on a number of factors.  The average process takes between 8-12 weeks.  It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain.  For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 16 weeks.  However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3-6 months.

Please visit our Conveyancing Calculator page to get a quote for your sale, purchase or remortgage.

Our Expert Team

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