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Our guides and FAQs cut through the jargon and provide simple answers to complex legal questions. If you need to talk to someone, our team are always on hand to offer advice and support.

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Helpful Residential Property Guides

Residential Property

Redeeming a Help to Buy Equity Loan

If you are planning to sell a property purchased under the Help to Buy scheme, there are a number of steps you must take prior even to marketing the property. .

Residential Property

Joint Ownership-Is there more than one type?

If you are buying a property together, you will each be a co-owner.

Residential Property

What does Restrictive Covenants mean? Are they important??

Restrictive Covenants are a highly complicated are of property law, where enforceability must be considered on a case by case basis.

Residential Property

How do I find out what restrictive covenants are on my property?

While a complicated area; Kew Law are able to provide some tips to answer this question.

Residential Property

Purchasing Listed Buildings

If you are purchasing a listed building, then you need to instruct an experienced solicitor with knowledge and experience of listed building transactions. .

Residential Property

Why Do Solicitors Have To Undertake Anti-Money Laundering Checks?

Law firms in England are required to conduct Anti-Money Laundering (AML) checks due to legal obligations outlined in the Money Laundering Regulations 2017. .

Frequently Asked Questions

Conveyancing is the legal and administrative process by which ownership of a property is transferred from one party to another.

There are many, many factors which control how complicated and time consuming buying or selling can be.

The best way to obtain a bespoke quotation adapted to your unique transaction is to request a detailed conveyancing quote using our online tools, or if you prefer we are more than happy to discuss your matter over the telephone.

We have created a guide to help explain the conveyancing process to you.

How long the conveyancing process will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-12 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 property with a mortgage in principle and no chain it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer.

Searches help you make an informed decision before you enter into a legally binding contract to purchase a property. If you are a cash buyer and you know the areas very well, you may decide to proceed without instructing searches to be obtained. However, we would always recommend that you do instruct searches. If you are purchasing with a mortgage then you will be required to obtain searches as part of the conveyancing process.

When you purchase a freehold property you own everything – the building and the land that it is built upon. When you purchase a leasehold property you own a lease – a right to use demised premises in accordance with terms set out in the lease, such as rights granted for your benefit, rights reserved to the landlord and/or management company, and restrictions/covenants setting out things you are now allowed to do with it and things you must do (such as pay a ground rent to the landlord).

We don’t think so, and we shall explain why.

The benefits of online conveyancing firms tend to be that they have invested in technology allowing for convenient and speedy communication, and accessible online platforms to keep you informed. But so have we! We deploy the latest technology allowing us to deliver end-to-end digital conveyancing to client clients via our portal.

So what makes our services stand out? Our dedicated conveyancers are:-

  • legally qualified and supported by law graduates
  • available to meet you in person if you wish and offer the convenience of causal meetings
  • possess local information and knowledge of the area
  • offer a modern but traditional service. Our portal has not been designed to replace our conveyancers. Our conveyancers are right at the end of the telephone should you wish to speak directly to them. The digital experience is optional.

We are on the majority of lender panels. Please feel free to call us if you wish to check.

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