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Reasons to use our Christchurch conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Notwithstanding what other companies tell you it just might be necessary to attend your lawyer to execute legal papers. Too many 3rd parties are already engaged in a conveyancing transaction without needing to add Royal Mail into the mix.
  • 2 Christchurch conveyancers will acquainted with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and selling agents
  • 3 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Christchurch is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by national chain estate agents) sometimes falls short of the high standards of professionalism you will expect.
  • 4 Peace of mind comes when you select the very best, most recommended conveyancing solicitors. Christchurch has a number to pick from, but for a truly professional and reliable service many local people have been use the recommendation of this site.
  • 5 We are the UKs largest domestic conveyancing directory listing mortgage company approved property lawyers conducting conveyancing in Christchurch regulated by the SRA or Council of Licensed Conveyancers.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Christchurch since October 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Christchurch

Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my solicitor in Christchurch is not listed on my mortgage company's solicitor panel that there is a problem with the quality of the firm’s conveyancing?

That would more than likely be an incorrect assumption to make. There are plenty of reasonable explanations. Just recently a report by the solicitors regulator revealed that over three quarters of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The most common reasons for removal are: (1) lack of transactions (2) the solicitor is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. Should you be concerned you should simply call the Christchurch conveyancing practice and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for your bank.

Our god-son is about to exchange on a house that has just been built in Christchurch with a mortgage from Santander. His lawyer has advised him of a delay in completing the ‘Disclosure of Incentive Form’. What is this document - I have never come across this before?

The document is intended to provide information to the main parties involved in the purchase. Therefore, it will be provided to your son’s lawyer who should be on the Santander conveyancing panel as a standard part of the process, and to the valuer when requested. The developer will be required to start the process by downloading the form and completing it. The form will therefore need to be available for the valuer at the time of his or her site visit. The form should be sent to the Santander conveyancing panel solicitor as early as possible, in order to avoid any last minute delays, and no later than at exchange of contracts.

Are the BSA intent on creating a searchable register to to identify solicitors on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel for example in Christchurch?

Lexsure has not been advised of any intention on the part of the BSA to develop such a register.

I can see plenty of information on this site regarding conveyancing in Christchurch but what is your top tip for choosing the right conveyancer in Christchurch

We would encourage you not to base your choice on the cheapest Christchurch conveyancing costs illustration. You really do get what you’re paying for when it comes to property lawyers. A cheap quote may mean that the conveyancing solicitor is handling a lot of jobs at one time and you won’t get the quality of service and the attention that you need. It is, however, wise to use a conveyancer who has a fixed fee on a no sale, no fee basis. This way, you go into the conveyancing with your eyes wide open.

We have agreed to purchase a house in Christchurch. An unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Nationwide have issued a mortgage offer so presumably this is not a concern to them. Why is my solicitor raising questions about the panel?

As you are obtaining a mortgage with Nationwide your lawyer must comply with the conveyancing requirements set out in Part two of UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Nationwide. The CML Handbook sets out minimum specifications for solar panel roof-space leases, and conveyancers are required to report to Nationwide where a lease fails to satisfy these provisions. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties countrywide and is not isolated to Christchurch.

I recently had an offer agreed on an apartment in Christchurch. My mortgage broker suggested a solicitor. I paid an on account payment of £175. Shortly after, the conveyancer called me sheepishly admitting that they were not on the Lloyds conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Lloyds panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

I decided to have a survey done on a property in Christchurch prior to instructing conveyancers. I have been told that there is a flying freehold overhang to the property. Our surveyor advised that some banks will not grant a loan on a flying freehold house.

It depends who your proposed lender is. Bank of Scotland has different instructions from Birmingham Midshires. If you call us we can check with the appropriate bank. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Christchurch. Conveyancing can be more complicated and therefore you should check with your conveyancing solicitor in Christchurch to see if the conveyancing will be more expensive.

I am using a search engine for the term conveyancing in Christchurch it brings up many solicitorslocally. With so much choice what is the best way to find the suitable solicitor for purchase transaction?

The preferential method of finding the right conveyancer is through a trusted recommendation, so enquire of colleagues and family who have bought a property in Christchurch or the respected estate agent or financial adviser. Costs for conveyancing in Christchurch vary, so it's advisable to secure a minimum of three fee calculations from different conveyancers. Be sure to secure confirmation that the charges are guaranteed not to rise.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Christchurch

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Christchurch with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This will likely include advice on Leasehold Valuation Tribunal proceedings

  • 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 practices listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Christchurch specialising in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including making sure people do what the planning regulations say
  • 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

What to expect from a Licensed Conveyancer for conveyancing in Christchurch?

Licensed Conveyancers specialise in the legalities surrounding acquiring and selling property and cover conveyancing throughout England and Wales not just Christchurch. When using a Licensed Conveyancer governed by the CLC, you can expect:
  • Have an honest and lawful conveyancing.
  • Have a high standard of legal services.
  • Receive your transaction dealt with using care, skill and legal competence.
  • Receive a high quality of service due to your conveyancer’s arrangements, resources, procedures, skills and commitment.
  • Enjoy the benefit of a service which is accessible and responsive to your specific requirements.
  • Not feel discriminated against, victimised or harassed.
  • To receive the level you could expect, however, if you do your lawyer accepts responsibility for this and provides you with any appropriate redress.
  • Ensure your individual needs taken into account should a complaint be necessary.
  • Be supplied with a timeous, independent and comprehensive service where if a complaint is made about your conveyancing in Christchurch.

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

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