As a property lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, I specialise in acting for individuals buying and selling freehold and leasehold property, re-mortgaging and transfer of equity. These transactions can be stressful for clients, so I keep them fully informed and take time to explain processes in a jargon-free way.
I have experience working with individuals as well as developers undertaking small site set-up and subsequent sales of those plots, along with national house builders in dealing with the acquisition and resale of their part exchange properties. I also act for clients who are buying second homes or relocating from abroad.
Outside work, I enjoy travelling to new places, walking my dog, and my new-found lockdown hobby – baking!
Buying a property will be the single most expensive purchase in your life – it is important to get it right and try not to rush the process.
Be comfortable with the lawyer you instruct. You should never be afraid to ask any questions – you may buy or sell a property only a handful of times in your life, whereas we do this every day; no question is a silly question.
Obtain a survey and searches applicable to the property and area in which you are buying. You should also familiarise yourself with the location in which you are buying.
How long will it take?
On average, a conveyancing transaction takes around 12 weeks. However, there may be other factors involved such as receipt of searches, mortgage offers, leasehold packs and/or management company information which may affect this timescale.
I have had a lower quote from another lawyer. Why should I instruct you?
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for; cheap is not always best! Please rest assured that I will always act in your best interests and return your calls in a timely manner.
Do I really need a survey and searches?
Yes – do obtain a survey suitable to the type and age of the property you are buying. It may seem costly but can save money in the long run. Do also obtain searches relevant to the property you are buying. You don’t want any nasty surprises when you come to sell and when a future buyer will undoubtedly obtain them.