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Reasons to use our St James's conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 St James's conveyancing lawyers will be familiar with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and property agents
  • 2 Our site offers largest domestic conveyancing directory listing lender approved law firms delivering conveyancing in St James's registered with the SRA or CLC.
  • 3 Using a a family Solicitor on the whole means that you will receive a more personalised service. Online forums often suggest that in choosing a large conveyancing firm, you tend to be looked after by a team of people who who progress matters by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 4 St James's solicitors have a crucial advantage when it comes to St James's conveyancing as they have important local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other issues that will affect your sale or purchase
  • 5 Chances are that the other side’s lawyers have offices in St James's - if so both parties are likely to have worked on conveyancing matters in the past

Examples of recent conveyancing in St James's since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in St James's

My mortgage broker has requested my St James's law firm’s panel reference for the Nationwide conveyancing panel. How do I discover this. I have contacted my local St James's office but they have not got back to me yet.

Have you tried calling your St James's lawyer about this?. They maintain a central record lender panel numbers.

Me and my brother own a renovated Georgian house in St James's. Conveyancing lawyer acted for me and Birmingham Midshires. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and I saw a couple of entries: the first freehold, another for leasehold under the exact same address. I'd like to know for sure, how can I find out??

You need to read the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register for mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered proprietor of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in St James's and other locations in the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with mortgage companies. You can also question the situation with the conveyancing practitioner who conducted the work.

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build flat in St James's. Conveyancing is daunting at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build conveyancing.

Set out below is a sample of a few leasehold new build questions that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in St James's

    Please provide evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. Will control of the Management Company (if any) be handed over to purchasers on completion of the last sale or earlier? There must be mutual enforceability of lessee’s covenants. If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal. 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 have been on the look out for a ground for flat up to £235,500 and identified one round the corner in St James's I like with a park and railway links in the vicinity, the downside is that it only has 61 years on the lease. There is not much else in St James's for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error buying a lease with such few years left?

Should you require a home loan the shortness of the lease will be problematic. Discount the price by the amount the lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the current proprietor has owned the premises for at least 2 years you could request that they commence the lease extension formalities and pass it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease term and have £0 ground rent by law. You should consult your conveyancing solicitor regarding this matter.

I have just started marketing my basement apartment in St James's. Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed, however I have just received a quarterly service charge demand – what should I do?

Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should discharge the invoice as normal as all rents and maintenance payments will be apportioned as part of the financial calculations for completion monies, so you will be reimbursed by the purchaser for the period running from after the completion date to the subsequent invoice date. Most management companies will not acknowledge the buyer unless the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

I inherited a second floor flat in St James's. Given that I can not reach agreement with the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the sum payable for a lease extension?

Absolutely. We are happy to put you in touch with a St James's conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement decision for a St James's property is 20 Avonwick Road in July 2013. The Tribunal was dealing with an application under Section 26 of the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 for a determination of the freehold value of the property. It was concluded that the price to be paid was Fifteen Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy (£15,970) divided as to £8,200 for Flat 20 and £7,770 for Flat 20A This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired lease term was 73.26 years.

Do banks and building societies provide you with an approved list of St James's solicitors? How do you know who is on the lender conveyancing panel?

St James's firms and firms conducting conveyancing in St James's themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the mortgage company conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from the mortgage company directly.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in St James's regulated by the SRA

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

  • Vma Legal Services Limited, 4-12 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE
  • Svetlova Llp, 33 St. James's Square, London, England, SW1Y 4JS
  • Lsga Solicitors, 4th Floor, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0LP
  • Trousset Fawcett Ltd, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DW
  • Lp Law Limited, Victory House, 99-101 Regent Street, London, W1B 4EZ

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in St James's

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in St James's with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This should include advice on wrongful eviction

  • Vma Legal Services Limited, 4-12 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE
  • Lsga Solicitors, 4th Floor, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0LP
  • Hcls Llp, 3rd Floor/carrington House, 126 – 130 Regent Street, London, London, W1B 5SE
  • Sparrow & Trieu, 76 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6ND
  • Red Square (london) Ltd, 78 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in St James's regulated by the CLC

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in St James's but also conveyancing across England and Wales.
  • Stratega Law Ltd, Sutherland House, W1F 7TE
  • R & C Property Lawyers Llp, 10A Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7PG
  • Walter Saunders, 382 Brockley Road, SE4 2BY
  • Ldn Conveyancing Ltd, 3 Acton Hill Mews, W3 9QN
  • Stratega Law Ltd, Bldg 3 Chiswick Park, W4 5YA

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

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