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5 reasons to use our service to help you select a high street conveyancing solicitor in Portsmouth

  • 1 Portsmouth conveyancing lawyers will have connections at the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and selling agents
  • 2 The Portsmouth conveyancing firms that are listed are committed to supplying value for money, efficient and accessible conveyancing service to purchasers, sellers and remortgagors in Portsmouth
  • 3 Portsmouth conveyancers have a significant edge when it comes to Portsmouth conveyancing as they have important local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other matters that can impact your conveyancing
  • 4 Using a local Solicitor usually means that you will receive a more personalised service. Sometimes when dealing with a an online conveyancing factory, you tend to be looked after by a team of people who who update you by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 5 There is a strong possibility the the conveyancers for the other party are based in Portsmouth - if so both parties are likely to be on good working terms

Examples of recent conveyancing in Portsmouth since August 2020*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Portsmouth

My wife and I are buying a 2 bedroom flat in Portsmouth with a mortgage. We like our Portsmouth lawyer, however the lender advise he's not on their "panel". We have to appoint one of the mortgage company panel solicitors or retain our Portsmouth solicitor and pay for one of their panel ones to represent them. This feels very unfair; are we not able to require that the mortgage company use our Portsmouth conveyancer ?

No, not really. The mortgage offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the lender’s conveyancing panel. Until recently, most lenders had large numbers of law firms on their panels: a borrower could choose one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. A further alternative is for your Portsmouth conveyancing solicitor to apply to be on the conveyancing panel.

My partner and I intend to remortgage our flat in Portsmouth with Co-operative. We have a son 18 who lives with us. Our solicitor has asked us to disclose any adults other than ourselves who reside at the property. Our lawyer has now e-mailed a document for our son to sign, waiving any legal rights in the event that the flat is repossessed. I have a couple of questions (1) Is this document specific to the Co-operative conveyancing panel as he did not need to sign this form when we purchased 4 years ago (2) In signing this form is our son in any way compromising his right to inherit the property?

First, rest assured that your Co-operative conveyancing panel solicitor is doing the right thing as it is established procedure for any occupier who is aged 17 or over to sign the necessary Consent Form, which is purely to state that any rights he has in the property are postponed and secondary to Co-operative. This is solely used to protect Co-operative if the property were re-possessed so that in such circumstances, your son would be legally obliged to leave. It does not impact your son’s right to inherit the apartment. Please note that if your son were to inherit and the mortgage in favour of Co-operative had not been discharged, he would be liable to take over the loan or pay it off, but other than that, there is nothing stopping him from keeping the property in accordance with your will or the rules of intestacy.

What happens if my lawyer’s firm is expelled from the Barclays Conveyancing panel ahead of completing my conveyancing in Portsmouth?

First, this is a very rare occurrence. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have to instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by a regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit at a cost.

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build apartment in Portsmouth. Conveyancing is necessary evil at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build legal work.

Here is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build enquiries that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Portsmouth

    Please provide evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. Please confirm the Lease plans are architect prepared. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified.

I opted to have a survey carried out on a house in Portsmouth ahead of retaining conveyancers. I have been told that there is a flying freehold overhang to the property. The surveyor advised that some banks will not grant a mortgage on such a property.

It varies from the lender to lender. Bank of Scotland has different instructions from Birmingham Midshires. Should you wish to call us we can check with the relevant lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Portsmouth. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Portsmouth especially if they are accustomed to such properties in Portsmouth.

I purchased a property in Portsmouth last 19/8/2019 and to date it is still not recorded with HMLR. It is part of a development site and my property lawyer told me that it can take twelve months to register. I have called HMLR directly and they have informed me the original application was cancelled due to questions not being addressed in time. Do I need to be concerned?

Contact your lawyer - if you are not getting sensible responses, enquire as to their internal complaints process and escalate your concerns to a Partner. Registrations for Portsmouth conveyancing are not known to be especially complex.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth regulated by the SRA

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

  • Larcomes Llp, 168 London Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 9DN
  • Saulet Townsend Limited, Froddington House, Cumberland Business Centre, Northumberland Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 1DS
  • Allens, Pendower House, Northumberland Road, Cumberland Business Centre, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 1DS
  • Stokes Solicitors Llp, 108 Victoria Road North, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 1QQ
  • Gurney-champion & Co, Champion House, 104 Victoria Road North, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 1QE

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Portsmouth specialising in commercial conveyancing in Portsmouth. This should include advice on buying and selling small and large scale commercial property and agricultural land
  • Larcomes Llp, 168 London Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 9DN
  • Allens, Pendower House, Northumberland Road, Cumberland Business Centre, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 1DS
  • Saulet Townsend Limited, Froddington House, Cumberland Business Centre, Northumberland Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 1DS
  • Stokes Solicitors Llp, 108 Victoria Road North, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 1QQ
  • Gurney-champion & Co, Champion House, 104 Victoria Road North, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 1QE

Planning law solicitors in Portsmouth regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Portsmouth with expertise in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including special planning controls
  • Saulet Townsend Limited, Froddington House, Cumberland Business Centre, Northumberland Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 1DS
  • Coffin Mew Llp, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3EN
  • Blake Morgan Llp, Harbour Court, Compass Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4ST
  • Blake Lapthorn, Harbour Court, Compass Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4ST
  • Blake Morgan Group Llp, Harbour Court, Compass Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4ST

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

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