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Reasons to use our St James's conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Regardless alternative sites say it could be necessary to attend your solicitor to sign legal papers. Too many 3rd parties are already engaged in a conveyancing transaction without needing to add Royal Mail into the pot.
  • 2 St James's solicitor are the linchpin to a successful St James's conveyancing experience, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your move
  • 3 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these organisations are often located hundreds of miles away with limited understanding of the factors that affect property transactions in St James's
  • 4 Solicitor conveyancing solicitors have valuable personal links with St James's estate agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 5 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in St James's is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by large estate agency chains) sometimes falls short of the high standards of professionalism you will expect.

Examples of recent conveyancing in St James's since May 2019*

Disposal

of flat Vincent Square SW1P 2NB, at buying consideration of £1,255,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, agreeing completion date with parties, preparing statement detailing charges

Purchase

of apartment Black Prince Road SE11 6JH, acquired for £530,000. Leasehold conveyancing due diligence included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, setting up the completion formalities

Acquisition

of flat Danvers Street SW3 5AY, acquired for £620,000. Leasehold conveyancing due diligence included: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, sending the transfer to the vendor for execution in preparation for completion, obtaining official copies of the title

Transfer

of apartment Folgate Street E1 6UN, at purchase amount of £700,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, sending the transfer to the vendor for execution in readiness for completion, preparing statement detailing charges

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in St James's

Unfortunately I am unable to travel far from St James's. I would like to know the logic why all St James's lawyers are not on all mortgage company panels?

Banks highlight the fact that solicitor-led fraud is considered to be responsible for millions of pounds of fraud annually.The dismissal of law firms from lender panels started with the rise in mortgage fraud, which prompted a thematic review by the FSA in 2011. Its conclusions included recommendations for mortgage companies to review their conveyancing panels, which triggered a major policy change in the sector. This led to mortgage companies pruning less reputable firms from their books of approved property lawyers .

My fiancee and I are acquiring our first property. The conveyancing practitioner has calledto ask if we wish to order additional conveyancing searches. We are really unsure what's appropriate for conveyancing in St James's

The extent of St James's conveyancing searches depends primarily on the property, the location, the likelihood of any of these risks, your familiarity of the region and risks, your overall approach to risk. What is important is that you adequately comprehend what information the searches could supply. You may then decide if you consider that you need that search. Where you are unclear, ask your conveyancing practitioner to explain.

It is 10 years ago since I purchased my house in St James's. Conveyancing lawyers have just been instructed on the sale but I can't track down the title documents. Is this a problem?

You need not be too concerned. First there is a chance that the deeds will be with the mortgage company or they could be archived with the lawyers who handled the purchase. Secondly in most cases the property will be registered at the land registry and you will be able to prove you own the property by your conveyancing solicitors obtaining current official copies of the land registers. The vast majority of conveyancing in St James's involves registered property but in the unlikely event that your property is unregistered it adds to the complexity but is not insurmountable.

Will our solicitor be raising enquiries regarding flooding as part of the conveyancing in St James's.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for lawyers dealing with homes in St James's. Plenty of people will buy a house in St James's, fully aware that at some time, it may be flooded. However, aside from the physical damage, where a house is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to get a mortgage, satisfactory insurance cover, or dispose of the premises. There are steps that can be taken during the course of a property purchase to forewarn the buyer.

Lawyers are not qualified to offer advice on flood risk, however there are a numerous searches that can be undertaken by the purchaser or by their solicitors which can figure out the risks in St James's. The standard completed inquiry forms sent to a buyer’s conveyancer (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) contains a usual question of the owner to determine whether the premises has ever been flooded. In the event that the premises has been flooded in past and is not disclosed by the owner, then a purchaser may issue a compensation claim resulting from an inaccurate reply. The buyer’s conveyancers may also order an enviro search. This should reveal if there is any known flood risk. If so, additional inquiries should be made.

Despite weeks of looking the Title Certificate and documents to our property are lost. The lawyers who did the conveyancing in St James's 4 years ago are no longer around. What are my options?

As long as you have a registered title the details of your ownership will be held by the Land Registry with a Title Number. It is possible to execute a search at the Land Registry, find your property and secure current copies of the property title for less than a fiver. If the property is Leasehold then the Land Registry will in most cases retain a file copy of the Registered Lease and again, a copy can be retrieved for twenty pounds.

All being well we will complete the sale of our £150,000 garden flat in St James's on Monday in a week. The freeholder has quoted £372 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and 3 years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in St James's?

For most leasehold sales in St James's conveyancing will involve, queries regarding the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :

    Answering conveyancing due diligence questions Where consent is required before sale in St James's Copies of the building insurance and schedule Deeds of covenant upon sale Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your lawyer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for St James's leasehold property is £350. For St James's conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are obliged to provide the information.

Notwithstanding our best efforts, we have been unsuccessful in negotiating a lease extension in St James's. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on premiums?

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

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case 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 related to 1 flat. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 73.26 years.

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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

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in St James's regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in St James's with expertise in commercial conveyancing in St James's. This may include advice on commercial leases including all matters relating to landlord and tenant law
  • Vma Legal Services Limited, 4-12 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE
  • Lsga Solicitors, 4th Floor, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0LP
  • Russells, Regency House, 1-4 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5LJ
  • Lee & Pembertons Trustee Company Ltd, Kinnaird House, 1 Pall Mall East, London, SW1Y 5AU
  • Jane Secretarial Services Limited, Kinnaird House, 1 Pall Mall East, London, SW1Y 5AU

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

The practices listed below are a small selection of solicitors in St James's specialising in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including development on contaminated land
  • Trousset Fawcett Ltd, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DW
  • Hcls Llp, 3rd Floor/carrington House, 126 – 130 Regent Street, London, London, W1B 5SE
  • Sheridans, 76 Wardour Street, London, London, W1F 0UR
  • David Tang & Co, Suite 8 Nassau House, 122 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, London, W1D 5ER
  • Fortune Green Legal Practice Limited, Golden Cross House, 8 Duncannon Street, London, WC2N 4JF

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

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