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Cheap conveyancing in St James does not necessarily mean low quality - but the odds are stacked against you

Reasons to use our St James conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 St James solicitors work in conjunction with St James estate agents, developers, surveyors, banks and other professionals to ensure that the highest level of service is offered to buyers and sellers every step of the way, never losing sight of the time-critical nature behind your conveyancing transaction
  • 2 Experience means that St James solicitor have developed excellent working relationships with St James local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and house builders enabling them to liaise at speed with all parties involved in the process of handling your house sale or purchase in St James.
  • 3 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these companies are often located many kilometers away with little appreciation of the factors that impact property transactions in St James
  • 4 St James conveyancers will be familiar with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and estate agents
  • 5 There is a better than average chance that the other side’s conveyancers are based in St James - if so both parties will have worked on conveyancing matters in the past

Examples of recent conveyancing in St James since December 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in St James

The vendors of the home we are purchasing are using a conveyancing solicitor in St James who has recommended a lock out agreement with a non-refundable deposit two thousand pounds. Are such contracts appropriate for St James conveyancing transactions?

Exclusivity agreements are agreements binding a property owner and purchaser granting the buyer the sole right to the sale of the premises for a certain period of time. For all intents and purposes, an exclusivity agreement is a contract stating that you will be issued with a contract at a later time being the main conveyancing contract. It is generally utilised for buyer confidence though in some cases, the proprietor may stand to benefit from such agreements as well. There are numerous positives and negatives to using an agreement but you should to check with your solicitor but beware that it may end up costing you extra in conveyancing charges. For this these agreements are avoided when it comes to conveyancing in St James.

What is the difference between a licensed conveyancer and conveyancing solicitor in St James

There are many recorded licenced Conveyancers in St James and Solicitor firms in St James to choose from It is important to make clear that both are regulated professionals specialising in the legal work in the home buying process. They may both also conduct associated property related work such as remortgage conveyancing, enfranchisement and transfer of equity conveyancing.

I am helping my step-mother sell her house in St James. Will the conveyancer arrange the energy performance certificate or it is for me to see to?

After the demise of HIPs, energy assessments was maintained a compulsory part of selling a house. An EPC must be to hand before the property is put on the market. It is not as aspect of the sale process that solicitors ordinarily arrange. Where you are using a St James conveyancing practitioner they might be able to arrange energy performance certificates due to their relationships with long established local assessors

I am buying a property in St James. A rare aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. UBS have issued a mortgage offer so presumably this is not a concern to them. Why is my solicitor raising questions about the panel?

Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with UBS your lawyer must comply with the conveyancing requirements contained in Part two of UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for UBS. The CML Handbook stipulates minimum conditions for solar panel roof-space leases, and conveyancing practitioners are required to report to UBS where a lease does not satisfy these specifications. The provisions relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales and is not restricted to St James.

Will commercial conveyancing searches disclose proposed roadworks that may affect a commercial site in St James?

Many commercial conveyancing solicitors in St James will order a SiteSolutions Highways report as it dramatically cuts the time that conveyancers expend in investigating accurate data on highways that impact buildings and development assets in St James. The report sets out definitive data on the adoption status of roads, footpaths and verges, as well as the implication of traffic schemes and the rights of way surrounding a commercial development sites in St James.

For each commercial conveyancing transaction in St James it is critical to investigate the adoption status of roads surrounding a site. The absence of identifying developments where adoption procedures have not been dealt with adequately may result in delays to St James commercial conveyancing transactions as well as present a risk to future plans for the site. These searches are not conducted for residential conveyancing in St James.

I'm buying a new build house in St James with the aid of help to buy. The builders refused to move on the price so I negotiated five thousand pounds worth of additionals instead. The house builders rep told me not disclose to my conveyancer about the side-deal as it will jeopardize my mortgage with the lender. Should I keep quiet?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the builder of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

My father has recommend that I instruct his conveyancers in St James. Should I choose my own conveyancer?

Much as we are happy to recommend a St James conveyancing lawyer the ideal way to choose a conveyancing solicitor is to get referrals from friends or relatives who have used the firm you're contemplating using.

I have read on numerous online forums that when choosing a conveyancing lawyer they must be approved by your mortgage company. This is my first house move but I have an offer in principle from Virgin Money and I already have a bricks and morter conveyancing lawyer in St James at the ready. Does Nat West Bank insist on an approved conveyancer to be instructed? Does a directory of approved firms even exist for my conveyancing in St James?

You should instruct a solicitor that is on the Nat West Bank panel. Simply ring your chosen St James conveyancing solicitor and ask if they are on the Nat West Bank panel. If they are not approved you have a couple of alternatives open to you here:

  • Carry on with your preferred St James conveyancing practitioner but Nat West Bank will undoubtedly appoint a property lawyer from their approved list. This will result in additional cost together with potential delay.
  • Appoint a fresh conveyancer to conduct the conveyancing, not forgetting to check that they are on the Nat West Bank conveyancing panel.
  • Convince your conveyancing practitioner to do everything within their powers to get listed on the Nat West Bank conveyancing panel.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in St James regulated by the SRA

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

  • Svetlova Llp, 33 St. James's Square, London, England, SW1Y 4JS
  • Red Square (london) Ltd, 78 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES
  • Vma Legal Services Limited, 4-12 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE
  • Lsga Solicitors, 4th Floor, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0LP
  • Trousset Fawcett Ltd, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DW

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in St James

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in St James practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This will likely include advice on Rent Act Protected, Assured and Assured Shorthold tenancies

  • Red Square (london) Ltd, 78 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES
  • Vma Legal Services Limited, 4-12 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE
  • Lsga Solicitors, 4th Floor, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0LP
  • Campbell & Co, 1 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8DJ
  • Freshlaw Solicitors Ltd, 42 Albemarle Street, 2nd Floor, W1s 4jh, London, W1S 4JH

Planning law solicitors in St James regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in St James 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
  • Trousset Fawcett Ltd, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DW
  • Hcls Llp, 3rd Floor/carrington House, 126 – 130 Regent Street, London, London, W1B 5SE
  • Ahc Solicitors Limited, 1 Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5BW
  • Fortune Green Legal Practice Limited, Golden Cross House, 8 Duncannon Street, London, WC2N 4JF
  • Fletcher Day Ltd, 56 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YZ

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

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