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Property Investment Solicitors - Specialist Law FirmWhy are so many property investors frustrated with their solicitors?

After 18 months of active participation in the property community, senior partner Tim Bishop finally concluded that there was a relatively simple reason why so many investors seemed so unhappy with their legal representation.

In short, too many solicitors simply don’t understand the property community.


1. Firstly, the majority of transactions for investors involve residential property – and they are carried out by residential conveyancers. Although the vast majority of those conveyancing lawyers, are more than capable of handling routine conveyancing, they are used to dealing with people buying their own home. Those clients buying a home to live in are driven mainly by emotion and although they may say they are in a hurry, normally, as part of the chain, they will not be particularly inconvenienced by any delay in the whole conveyancing process.In contrast, property investors are not driven by emotion – they are business people and driven by cash. Speed is therefore absolutely critical.

2. Secondly, although many of the transactions are primarily residential in nature, they may be associated with other more specialist property strategies – lease options, delayed completion, rent to rent etc. Your standard residential conveyancer is likely to have little, if any, knowledge of these aspects of the property world

And that’s why you property investors need specialist solicitors.

However, if you are one of those lucky investors who already has a great solicitor, our advice is simple – stick with them.

 Property Investment – Why we are different

  1. Firstly we have set up a specialist team to act for property investors nationwide – led by Andrew Barker, a highly experienced property solicitor with excellent experience of both residential and commercial conveyancing, and who knows how important it is to understand client’s business needs as well as their legal needs.

2. Secondly training in this area is critical – so we have taken great care in making sure that all of our team actually understand not just the legal, but also the practical and commercial aspects of many of the transactions they’ll be asked to assist with by property investors.

3. Thirdly, we continually reassess our processes to make sure they are as simple, fast and responsive as possible. So, for example, we are making the most of electronic signatures wherever possible to speed things up.

4.Lastly, Bonallack and Bishop is owned by Tim Bishop, who no longer runs a legal caseload himself. While he is responsible for the firm’s strategy, leadership and business development, more importantly, Tim has been an active member of the property community since 2014, and is a regular face at property networking nationwide.

And, in addition, Tim is an active property developer in his own right, with a developing property portfolio – with experience of commercial to residential conversion, and the owner of both HMO and serviced accommodation.

Tim set up the property investment team and remains very closely involved with it – adding crucial up-to-date practical input.

Building your property portfolio – How we can help you

Our expert team can provide specialist advice on a full range of property related issues for investors including;

• Building Disputes – click here to read more about disputes with builders

• Buying and selling residential and commercial property

• Buying property at auction – click to read more about how our auction solicitors can help you

• Creation of new leases

• Incorporating your business properly – setting up your company

•Japanese Knotweed – click to read more about Japanese Knotweed compensation claims

• Joint venture agreements – click to read more about our team can help you set off with the right joint-venture agreement in place

• Landlord and tenant law

•Lease extension and freehold purchase of residential flats and houses – click to read more about our highly specialist lease extension and lease enfranchisement team

• Loan agreements

• Non-Disclosure Agreements – click here to read more about NDAs

• Options (but please note we are not able to advise with regard to lease options)

• Preparation of Leases and Tenancy Agreements

Property disputes


• Repossessions – click here to read more about repossessed property conveyancing

• Shareholder agreements –  click to read more about how we can help you with your shareholder agreement

• Specialist tax advice

• Title splitting

Our Team

Andrew Barker. Property Investor Solicitor

Andrew Barker

Head of Property Investor Team

Commercial & Residential Conveyancing

01425 651732 andrew.barker@bishopslaw.com

“Just a quick note to say “Thanks for a Job Well Done”.
You acted for my firm as a Lender recently and I wanted to say that the team did a fantastic job. Great communication and our expectations exceeded.
Look forward to working with you on the next project.”

Rory O’Mara – Managing Director
Closed Bridging Finance Ltd

Jennifer Slater

Head of the leasehold team. Specialist in Lease Extension and Enfranchisement

01722 424439 jennifer.slater@bishopslaw.com


Phiroze Daver

Company & Commercial Law. Joint Ventures, Shareholder Agreements & Contracts.
Phiroze is also an active investor and developer himself.

01722 424418 Phiroze.daver@bishopslaw.com



Neil Adams

Litigation. Property Disputes & Landlord and Tenant Law

01722 424432 neil.adams@bishopslaw.com


Steve Bicknell

Steve Bicknell

Accountant. In-house Property Tax Expert.
Steve has his own residential and commercial property portfolio

07967 735603 steve.bicknell@bishopslaw.com

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