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Christchurch Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Christchurch is 42% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 2 August was the busiest month and September was the next busiest month while June was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Christchurch
  • 3 Average time frame of 76 days for registration of title in Christchurch
  • 4 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £10,776
  • 5 56% freehold and 44% leasehold conveyancing in Christchurch for this year to date

Examples of recent conveyancing in Christchurch since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Christchurch

I have given 2 months notice to my current landlord and must leave my rented property in Christchurch by the end of next month. Conveyancing on my purchase is progressing. How realistic is it to complete in 5 weeks as I wish to avoid having to find temporary accommodation?

The normal practice is not to serve notice on a rental unless your lawyer suggests that you should. Assuming that you have not already done so, contact to your lawyer and request that they chase the owners solicitors, try to an acceptable time-line that everyone will work towards

Having sold my house in Christchurch last January but our buyer keeps texting every few hours complaining that her solicitor needs to hear from mylawyer. What are the post completion sale legalities now that I have sold?

Following your sale your conveyancer should forward the transfer documentation and all supplemental paperwork to the purchaser's lawyers. Depending on the transaction, your lawyer should also send confirmation that the legal charge in favour of the lender has been redeemed to the purchasers solicitors. There are no post completion tasks specific conveyancing in Christchurch.

I used Stirling Law several years ago for my conveyancing in Christchurch. I now require my file but the law firm is no longer operating. What do I do?

Do call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Christchurch of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously retained, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I have offered on two weeks back in what was supposed to be a simple, no chain conveyancing. Christchurch is where the house is located. Can you offer any opinion?

Flying freeholds in Christchurch are not the norm but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Christchurch you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds very carefully. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Christchurch may decide that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold residence.

My company is intending to lease a unit on a shopping parade. Can you recommend solicitors offering no-move-no costs for commercial conveyancing in Christchurch for less than 2k?

We can recommend firms who have well rounded knowledge of commercial conveyancing in Christchurch, including the disposal and purchase of businesses as well as simply premises. If you are looking to acquire or dispose of a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail unit or a whole business we can put you in touch with the right lawyer. As for the fees these will vary based on the structure and heads of terms of the proposed transaction. Please provide us with your details or call us so that we can provide you with a detailed commercial conveyancing quote.

My partner and I are buying a garden flat in Christchurch. At the time of instructing our solicitor, they assured us that they were on all major UK bank panels. Our financial adviser emailed just now to say that they don't appear to be on the Barclays approved list. If it turns out to be true, what should we do? Do we just find a different conveyancer that is on their approved list or should we pay for separate representation, with Barclays selecting their own approved property lawyer.

When purchasing a property with mortgage finance it is standard for the purchaser’s lawyers to also act for the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a property lawyer has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the conveyancer to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict conditions which the conveyancing practitioner has to fulfill. Some mortgage companies now require their panel firms to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your property lawyer should contact Barclays to discover if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own solicitors to act. You don't have to instruct a firm on Barclays's conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own Christchurch solicitors, in which case it will likely add costs, and it will likely delay the transaction as you are adding another lawyer into the mix.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Christchurch regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Christchurch but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Frettens Llp, The Saxon Centre, 11 Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1PZ
  • Spurlings Solicitors & Notary Public, 2a Church Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BW
  • Robert Wrynne Solicitors, 138-140 Tuckton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 3JX
  • Matthew & Matthew Limited, 194 Seabourne Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 2JD
  • Chester And Co, Ground Floor Offices, 480 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4BD

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Christchurch

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Christchurch practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Terms and conditions of tenancy agreements

  • Frettens Llp, The Saxon Centre, 11 Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1PZ
  • Matthew & Matthew Limited, 194 Seabourne Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 2JD
  • Chester And Co, Ground Floor Offices, 480 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4BD
  • Morris Scott & Co, 280 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5ET
  • Ellis Jones Solicitors Llp, Sandbourne House, 302 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9RU

Planning law solicitors in Christchurch regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Christchurch with expertise in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including planning applications and appeals
  • Ellis Jones Solicitors Llp, Sandbourne House, 302 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9RU
  • Lester Aldridge Trust Company, Russell House, 31 Oxford Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8EX
  • Lester Aldridge Company Secretarial Limited, Russell House, Oxford Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8EX
  • Lester Aldridge Llp, Russell House, Oxford Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8EX
  • Preston Redman Llp, Hinton House, Hinton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 2EN

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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