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Reasons to use our Plumstead conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Notwithstanding what alternative sites may claim it may be important to visit your lawyer to execute documents. There are enough parties involved in a conveyancing transaction without having to add Royal Mail into the mix.
  • 2 Retaining the services of a high street Solicitor generally means that you will receive a more personal touch. Sometimes when dealing with a large conveyancing firm, your matter is dealt with by a team of people who check what is happening on the file by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 3 This site is the first site that enables you the ability to check that your property ownership legalities in Plumstead will be carried out by a conveyancer on your bank member panel.
  • 4 Plumstead conveyancers are likely to have connections at the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and selling agents
  • 5 Our site offers most comprehensive residential conveyancing directory listing lender approved law firms delivering conveyancing in Plumstead regulated by the SRA or CLC.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Plumstead since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Plumstead

I am not in a position to travel far from Plumstead. Is there a reason why all Plumstead property lawyers are not on all lender panels?

Pre- 2008 most mortgage companies exhibited an attitude to risk which differs from the current day. The financial regulator in 2010 conducted a thematic review into fraud which in summary warned lenders: know the lawyers on your panel. Accordingly, banks have subsequently soughtmore data from law firms concerning their processes and the staff employed by them and set certain criteria such as completing a minimum volume of transactions. Hundreds of law practices have been removed from lender panels even though they had 100% healthy disciplinary record, no complaints and zero claims and didn't just 'dabble' in conveyancing. Many firms found it impossible satisfy the criteria of volume of transactions the lenders set.

Can the conveyancing solicitors that you recommend carry out conveyancing in Plumstead by way of an attended exchange?

We do have a number of conveyancing experts carrying out 24hr exchanges. Please contact us to get a fee calculation and details as to dates.

I'm spending time looking at flats in Plumstead and I am now considering a potential offer. Should I already have a conveyancing practitioner appointed at this point? I am planning to take a mortgage with Yorkshire BS.

You should start obtaining conveyancing estimates from solicitors ASAP. After you have chosen your lawyer and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their contact information on to the selling agent. As you are taking out a mortgage with Yorkshire BS, make sure you remember to check that your lawyer is on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel.

It is not clear whether my mortgage offer obliges me to make sure the lease term for the flat is extended prior to the completion date. I have called my Plumstead bank branch on numerous occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they would lend. My Plumstead conveyancing solicitor - who is on the lender conveyancing panel- telephoned to say that they refuse to lend in accordance with their UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook minimum lease term requirements. Who do I believe?

As long as the conveyancing practitioner is on the mortgage company panel, she or he must adhere to the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook requirements for the bank. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the mortgage company will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the bank to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years left on the lease.

I was told four weeks ago that my mortgage has been agreed to by RBS. Is it usual for RBS to only issue the offer once my solicitor in Plumstead is approved on their conveyancing panel? RBS have asked my solicitor to see a copy of their PI Insurance.

A lender would not issue a mortgage until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for RBS to deal with your lawyer's application to be on the RBS conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitor will be accepted.

A colleague advised me that if I am purchasing in Plumstead I should ask my conveyancer to execute a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. Can you explain what the purpose of this search is?

This is a search is usually included in the estimate for your Plumstead conveyancing searches. It is a large document of about 40 pages, listing and setting out significant information about Plumstead around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the local Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime details, Plumstead Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data regarding Plumstead.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly identified during conveyancing in Plumstead?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Plumstead. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’

My 20yr old son is embarking on her first house purchase, he had his mortgage in principle. After the seller agreed the offer on the flat we contacted the mortgage institution to progress the mortgage application. I was shocked to learn that mortgage lenders do not accept all conveyancing practitioner, they have to be on a list, is this correct?

Mortgage Companies normally imposes restrictions either the type or the number of conveyancing solicitors on their approved list of lawyers. Typical examples of such restriction(s) being that a firm must have two or more partners. In addition to restricting the type of firm, some have decided to limit the number of firms they use to represent them. You should note that banks have no responsibility for the quality of advice provided by any Plumstead conveyancing practitioner on their panel. Mortgage fraud was a key driver in the rationalisation of conveyancing panels a few years ago and whilst there are differing views about the extent of solicitor involvement in some of that fraud. Statistics from the Land Registry reveal that thousands of law firms only carry out one or two conveyances a year. Those supporting conveyancing panel cuts ask why law firms should have the right to be on a Lender panel when clearly, conveyancing is not their speciality. To put it another way; would you want a conveyancing solicitor to represent you if you were charged with a crime? Presumably not.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Plumstead regulated by the SRA

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

  • Rees Myers Solicitors, Gunnery House, 9 - 11 Gunnery Terrace, Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SW
  • A&c Solicitors, 2nd Floor, 7-9 Woolwich New Road, London, SE18 6EX
  • Cook Taylor, 3 Thomas Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6HR
  • H E Thomas & Co, 16 Beresford Square, London, SE18 6AY
  • Anaysse-jacobs Solicitors, First Floor Offices, 33-35 Powis Street, London, London, SE18 6HZ

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Plumstead

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Plumstead with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on Claims for damages for illegal

  • Aa & Co Solicitors, 60 A Plumstead High Street, Plumstead, London, SE18 1SL
  • A O & Associates Solicitors, 51 Lakedale Road, London, London, SE18 1PR
  • A.vincent Solicitors, 1c Woolwich New Road, London, SE18 6EX
  • A&c Solicitors, 2nd Floor, 7-9 Woolwich New Road, London, SE18 6EX
  • H E Thomas & Co, 16 Beresford Square, London, SE18 6AY

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Plumstead regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Plumstead with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Plumstead. This could include advice on complex issues under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954
  • Cook Taylor, 3 Thomas Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6HR
  • Anaysse-jacobs Solicitors, First Floor Offices, 33-35 Powis Street, London, London, SE18 6HZ
  • Atlantic Solicitors, Suite 209 Island Business Centre, 18-36 Wellington Street, Woolwich, London, London, SE18 6PF
  • James Solicitors, Ground Floor, 18-36 Wellington Street, London, SE18 6PF
  • Whitehorse Solicitors, Island Business Centre, 18-36 Wellington Street, London, SE18 6PF

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

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