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Reasons to use our Shenley conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Shenley solicitors work in conjunction with Shenley estate agents, developers, surveyors, mortgage companies and other professionals to ensure that the highest level of service is offered to home movers every step of the way, with the aim of reducing administrative burdens and transaction times
  • 2 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Shenley is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by national chain estate agents) often falls short of the level of professionalism you will expect.
  • 3 On the balance of probabilities the the solicitors for the other party are located in Shenley - if so both parties are likely to be less confrontational
  • 4 Personal touch together with pure property local knowledge are key benefits that you should look for when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Shenley conveyancing can become significantly more stressful due to poor communication between all the parties. The lawyers we work with endeavour to make sure that the lines of communication are open and act on arising issues and developments quickly.
  • 5 Shenley conveyancing lawyers will acquainted with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and estate agents

Examples of recent conveyancing in Shenley since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Shenley

My wife and I are planning to acquire a property in Shenley and have instructed a Shenley conveyancing practice. Within the past 48 hours our property lawyer has forwarded the sale agreement to be signed with a detailed report with a view to exchanging next week. Birmingham Midshires have this morning contacted us to inform me that they have now hit a problem as our Shenley lawyer is not on their conveyancing panel. Please explain?

When purchasing a property with mortgage finance it is usual for the purchasers' solicitors to also act for the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your property lawyer should contact your mortgage company and see 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 the lender’s conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own Shenley solicitors, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it will likely delay the transaction as you are adding another lawyer into the mix.

Our Shenley lawyer has spotted a difference between the surveyor’s assumptions in the home valuation survey and what is revealed within the conveyancing documents. My solicitor informs me that he is duty bound to ensure that the bank is happy with this discrepancy and is still content to lend. Is my lawyer’s approach appropriate?

Your solicitor must comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook conditions which do require that your lawyer disclose any incorrect assumptions in the lender’s valuation report and the legal papers. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for you.

At what point does exchange of contracts occur in purchase conveyancing in Shenley and do I need to be at the lawyers office?

If you are local to one of the conveyancing solicitors in Shenley you are welcome to attend to sign documents. That being said, the lender approved solicitors we recommend supply countrywide coverage for conveyancing and provide just as detailed and professional a job for you when dealing with you digitally. The executing of the contract is not the point of no return. Signing on the dotted line is just a prerequisite for the conveyancer to officially exchange when the time is right, which will usually be very shortly after signing. The exchange process is is usually a five minute process, although where a lengthy "chain" is involved, since the process requires the relevant party's solicitor (not necessarily a conveyancing solicitor in Shenley)to be in the office at the appropriate time.

I am refinancing my house in Shenley, does my lawyer need to be on the Kent Reliance Solicitor panel?

There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor, but Kent Reliance will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is greater potential for delays and confusion with two solicitors involved, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.

I am planning on selling our property in Shenley and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a risk of it being constructed land that was not decontaminated. Any local lawyer would know that there is no such problem. It does beg the question why the purchasers instructed a national conveyancing practice rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Shenley. Having lived in Shenley for many years we know of no issue. Should we get in touch with our local Authority to get clarification that the buyers are looking for.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing solicitor already. What do they say? You must enquire of your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out life insurance to cover that same illness)

How does conveyancing in Shenley differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build property in Shenley come to us having been asked by the developer to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is ready to move into. This is because new home sellers in Shenley typically purchase the real estate, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct property lawyers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are used to new build conveyancing in Shenley or who has acted in the same development.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Shenley regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Shenley with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Shenley. This should include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Spalter Fisher Llp, 1 Theobald Court, Theobald Street, Elstree, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 4RN
  • Martin Smith & Co, Majestic House, 18 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1DL
  • Landau & Cohen, Medburn Lodge, Butterfly Lane, Elstree, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 3AD
  • Brightstone Law Llp, Brightstone House, 511 Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3FG
  • Shahin & Co, 7th Floor Suite 15, Metropolitan House, 3 Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 1AG

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Shenley regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Shenley but also conveyancing across England and Wales.
  • Horizon Law Limited, 214 High Street, EN5 5SZ
  • Graham Smith Property Lawyers , St Johns House, WD24 6PW
  • Horizon Law Limited, 12 Market Place, AL10 0LN
  • St John's Property Lawyers, 22a The Avenue, WD17 4NS

Planning law solicitors in Shenley regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Shenley with expertise in planning law. This should include advice on development on contaminated land
  • Yugin & Partners, Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4RY
  • Ellistons Slp Solicitors Limited, 51-53 The Broadway, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4DJ
  • Moerans, 123 Station Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7JR
  • Debenhams Ottaway Llp, Ivy House, 107 St. Peters Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3EW
  • Paul Fallon & Company, 87-89 Market Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0PT

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

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