Real estate gives me the opportunity to combine my interests in architecture and the practical application of design and technology, especially in relation to innovations which make commercial property and homes energy efficient.
But the satisfaction of giving clients what they need and want, either for their businesses or their own homes, is tremendous, especially if the transaction has had its difficulties. I love solving problems, and I always try to keep the jargon to a minimum.
I work for a wide range of clients, from start-ups to those with large portfolios and some of my clients who came to me when they were starting out have now grown a good deal, which is great.
Outside work – well, I wouldn’t be Welsh if I didn’t love music, but I also love travel and languages.
The more information you can provide at the outset of any transaction, the better I can ensure that we get off to a flying start. Never be afraid to ask anything and if I have not explained something clearly enough, please tell me.
Mutual trust is a fundamental part of the relationship between client and solicitor, so if there is anything at all that you are concerned about, raise it straight away – do not let it fester and never suffer in silence.
How long will it take?
This is the most difficult question to answer reliably and I would always prefer to err on the side of caution and say that most property transactions will take around 12 weeks – but if for some reason a transaction needs to happen very quickly, there are sometimes ways of expediting matters.
How much will it cost?
Anything but the most standard transaction should be quoted on a bespoke basis, so the more information we have available at the beginning of the transaction, the more accurate the scope of work will be. If there are a number of similar transactions occurring, sometimes it is possible to reduce costs, so it is always worth mentioning this when instructions are being considered.