Accredited Specialists in Conveyancing and Property Law
For most people, buying your home is the biggest financial transaction you will ever make. That’s why it’s really important that you pick the right lawyer.
Our Conveyancing Lawyers understand that buying and selling your home can be very stressful. Our experienced property team handle house and flat sales in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset and throughout England and Wales – from our offices in Salisbury, Fordingbridge, Andover and Amesbury – providing expert legal advice so you know exactly what you are buying.
Trust our conveyancing experience
In the last 20 years, our team of solicitors and licensed conveyancers have helped around 10,000 people just like you move home.
So when you appoint us, you can do so safe in the knowledge that we have the kind of real experience you can rely on
Our Property Lawyers can help you with:
- A specialist service for property investors – click here to read more
- A specialist service for Block Management Companies – click here to read more
- Buying Agricultural & Rural Land- click here to read more
- Buying property at auction
- Buying shared ownership property
- Equity Release Schemes
- Freehold or Leasehold property
- Leasehold enfranchisement and leasehold extension work
- New build houses/apartments
- Purchase and Sale of houses and flats
- Preparation of Leases and Tenancy Agreements
- Transfer of Equity
Conveyancing needs regular contact between client, Lawyers and estate agent to minimise delay. You need to be confident you can get hold of your Lawyer. We can be contacted by phone or email and with 12 people in our specialist team, if your property Lawyer is unavailable there will always be another team member able to help.
Our Property Lawyers provide:
- A FREE first discussion in one of our offices in Andover, Salisbury, Fordingbridge or Amesbury or on the phone to answer any questions and get you off to the right start
- A written conveyancing quote of the fixed fee legal costs of buying and selling your house or flat – without ‘hidden extra conveyancing costs’
- A full written report before exchange of contracts
- Regular contact and progress updates
Our sophisticated systems manage routine paperwork leaving our Conveyancing Lawyers free to deal with you and your estate agent, giving you an overall better and more efficient service.
Accredited Conveyancing Quality
Many 1st time buyers, in particular, do not always understand the importance of having an experienced and specialist conveyancing solicitor.
Here at Bonallack and Bishop, we are a CQS Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited firm. The Conveyancing Quality Scheme is the Law Society’s approved quality mark for the best residential conveyancing law firms. That means if you instruct us, you know you’re going to get great conveyancing work.
We are also on the approved panels for all the major lenders, and quite a few of the smaller lenders too – a total of 42 different panels, last time we checked in July 2017.
Buying a Property
Once you find your dream home and have your offer accepted, instruct your property Lawyers immediately. If you need a mortgage, make getting that your priority – or risk being delayed later. Once instructed, your Lawyer will obtain the estate agent’s Memorandum of Sale giving details of the sale and a Seller’s Package (including the draft contract, details of title and property information). Your Conveyancing Lawyers then makes a local search – dealing with issues including planning permission and whether your property is in a conservation area etc.
Selling a Property
The first step is to find your buyer. Don’t forget if you use an estate agent to consider how commission will be paid. Our Conveyancing Lawyers can advise whether sole agency, multiple agency or joint sole agency is right for you.
Click here for how our Property Lawyers can help with your remortgage.
Buying Property Together – What You Need To Know
Whether you’re planning to live together as a couple, or are simply friends wanting to share a flat or house, buying property together does involve the risk of disagreement should you split-up. To safeguard your position, make sure that you own the property either as joint tenants or as tenants in common.
- What is Joint Tenancy ? If you own a property together as joint tenants, when one of you guys, the share of the deceased person pauses automatically to the survivor. Joint tenancy is commonly used for married couples and those in a civil partnership.
- What is Tenancy in Common? If you buy as tenants in common, each of you will own a particular share – often 50%, but it doesn’t have to be. Alternatively you might decide to divide the property according to how much each of you contributed towards the deposit or paid the monthly mortgage payments.
The big difference between joint tenancy and tenancy in common is that if if one of the tenants in common dies, their share of the property automatically goes into their estate – not to their co-owner.
If you’re buying together – make sure you properly discuss the options of tenancy in common and joint tenancy with your conveyancing lawyer.
For more information about the legal position of living together – and the risks involved – click here.
Transfers of Equity
When partnerships or marriages end, often one owner buys the other’s share. The value of this share (known as equity) is the difference between the outstanding mortgage and your home’s current value. It is essential that the property transfer is recognised in law to ensure the owner selling their share is released from any commitment and mortgage on the property.
Energy Performance Certificates
You no longer need a HIP to sell your property but must provide an energy performance certificate (EPC) whenever a property is bought or sold. An EPC is designed to give every property an individual energy-efficiency rating, with information about the properties energy use and likely energy costs.
And what’s more, you need to order your EPC before you put your property on the market.
We can organise these for you, working with local EPC surveyors – simply contact our property Lawyers for more information on this.
Can we have the same firm of solicitors acting on both sides in any conveyancing transaction?
We believe the answer is no.
It is almost certainly against our professional rules and though it’s good for solicitors – it’s usually not good for clients.
Why? Read on.
Firstly our Senior Partner has read the latest version of the SRA code of conduct on our professional rules numerous times and spoken to the Law Society’s own Ethics team about the subject. While we are really keen on taking on as many cases as possible, we concluded that [with certain limited exceptions], it is a clear breach of the regulations for solicitors to act on both sides in any conveyancing transaction.
Secondly the real thing to remember is that while acting on both sides is great for the law firm – they get 2 sets of fees after all – it could put you at risk.
If there is the remotest chance that anything could be even slightly contentious or challenged in a conveyance, then our advice is very simple – never instruct the same firm of solicitors. Whatever they say, how could they possibly represent you and the other side evenly if there is any dispute misunderstanding or disagreement. Those of you who have regularly bought and sold property know that these problems, however small, regularly crop up in conveyancing.
Lease Extension and Enfranchisement
We also have a dedicated team of four specialist lease extension and enfranchisement specialists, one of only around 20 or 30 in the entire country. You can count on their expertise – extending residential leases and the freehold purchase of residential blocks is all they do.
Call us now for a free no obligation quote
Our Property Lawyers can see you in our Salisbury, Fordingbridge, Andover or Amesbury offices – and our team also regularly run cases for clients nationwide or overseas taking instructions by phone, email and Skype video/FaceTime.
So whether you are buying a detached house in the Close in Salisbury, selling a flat in Andover, or purchasing a buy to let in Amesbury, for stress free conveyancing get in touch with our team today.