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Reasons to use our West Smithfield conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Our site is the only site offering you the facility to check that your property ownership legalities in West Smithfield will be carried out by a law firm on your mortgage lender’s conveyancing panel.
  • 2 The accumulation of transactions means that West Smithfield lawyer have developed valuable working relationships with West Smithfield local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and property developers enabling them to liaise at speed with all parties involved in the process of dealing with your conveyancing in West Smithfield.
  • 3 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these companies are often located hundreds of kilometers away with little understanding of the factors that impact property transactions in West Smithfield
  • 4 The West Smithfield conveyancing practitioners that are listed are dedicated to providing the most cost, efficient and transparent conveyancing service to borrowers, sellers and investors in West Smithfield
  • 5 Personal touch and a wealth of local knowledge are key benefits that you should value when selecting conveyancing solicitors. West Smithfield property deals can become a lot more complicated due to lack of transparency between all the parties. The lawyers we work with strive to make sure that communication channels are open and act on arising issues and developments quickly.

Examples of recent conveyancing in West Smithfield since November 2023*

Sale

of apartment Leather Lane EC1N 7SQ, at the agreed consideration of £500,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending the transfer to the seller for signature in readiness for completion, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, preparing statement detailing charges

Disposal

of apartment Bishops Square E1 6GH, at purchase sum of £775,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, sending the transfer to the seller for signature in readiness for completion, agreeing completion date with parties

Acquisition

of apartment Murray Grove N1 7QQ, acquired for £396,580. Leasehold conveyancing due diligence included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, preparing statement detailing charges

Sale

of flat Pitfield Street N1 6EP, at sale consideration of £460,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, agreeing completion date with parties, preparing statement detailing charges

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in West Smithfield

My wife and I have recently appointed a conveyancing solicitor in West Smithfield. I I am struggling to find out whether they are on the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society conveyancing panel. Could you advise?

The first thing to do is phone your lawyer and ask them if they can act for the lender. Otherwise please call Norwich and Peterborough Building Society who may be able to confirm.

Can I be sure that the West Smithfield conveyancing solicitor on the Principality panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in West Smithfield getting recommendations is a sensible starting point. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one advertising the lowest fees. We would always advise that you speak with the lawyer handling your transaction.

I have a mortgage with TSB for my property in West Smithfield. Conveyancing has been completed 12 months ago. If I am intending to rent out my property and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a BTL mortgage or inform TSB?

You must advise TSB before renting your property as this is likely to be a breach of TSB’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will allow you to rent out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact TSB directly. You need not do this via a TSB conveyancing panel solicitor.

Having digested plenty of house buying guides, I note that it is considered advisable to get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my local West Smithfield solicitor - who is on the Skipton conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?

Skipton will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Skipton will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. Your property lawyer will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by your West Smithfield postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with Skipton, you could contact them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors in West Smithfield.

I understand that there are debates on Chancel Insurance on online forums. Am I compelled to take this when acquiring a property in West Smithfield? or Apparently there is a law dating back centuries that could mean that owners of property living in a parish church boundary may be liable to pay for repairs towards the chancel within the church. Is this suitable for conveyancing in West Smithfield?

Unless a previous purchase of the property completed after 12 October 2013 you could expect conveyancing practitioners carrying out conveyancing in West Smithfield to remain recommending a chancel search and or insurance against a claim.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I put an offer in a fortnight ago in what was supposed to be a straight forward, chain free conveyancing. West Smithfield is where the house is located. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in West Smithfield are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in West Smithfield you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds diligently. Your bank may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in West Smithfield may ascertain that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold residence.

What does commercial conveyancing in West Smithfield cover?

Commercial conveyancing in West Smithfield covers a wide range of guidance, provided by regulated solicitors, relating to business premises. For instance, this type of conveyancing can cover the sale or purchase of freehold business premises or, more commonly, the assignment of existing business tenancies or the drafting of new leasing arrangements. Commercial conveyancing solicitors can also offer advice on the sale of business assets, commercial loans and the termination of tenancies.

I have attempted and failed to negotiate with my landlord for a lease extension without getting anywhere. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on such issues? Can you recommend a West Smithfield conveyancing firm to help?

Most definitely. We can put you in touch with a West Smithfield conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a West Smithfield flat is Flat 89 Trinity Court Grays Inn Road in February 2013. the Tribunal found that the premium to be paid by the tenant on the grant of a new lease, in accordance with section 56 and Schedule 13 to the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 should be £36,229. This case related to 1 flat. The unexpired term was 66.8 years.

What are the common deficiencies that you witness in leases for West Smithfield properties?

Leasehold conveyancing in West Smithfield is not unique. Most leases are drafted differently and drafting errors can sometimes mean that certain clauses are erroneous. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:

    Service charge per centages that don't add up correctly leaving a shortfall

A defective lease can cause issues when trying to sell a property as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. Birmingham Midshires, Chelsea Building Society, and Aldermore all have express conveyancing instructions when it comes to what is expected in a lease. Where a lender has been advised by their lawyers that the lease is problematic they may refuse to grant the mortgage, obliging the purchaser to pull out.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in West Smithfield regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in West Smithfield specialising in commercial conveyancing in West Smithfield. This may include advice on re-mortgaging commercial property
  • Candey Parker Legal Services Limited, Thomas Ford House, 23-24 Smithfield Street, London, EC1A 9LF
  • Vlcw Limited, Warwick House, 64-65 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EG
  • Chan Neill Solicitors, 107 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HW
  • Abrahams Dresden Llp, 111 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6AW
  • Hogan Lovells (hong Kong) (no 2) Llp, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FG

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in West Smithfield regulated by the CLC

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in West Smithfield but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Stratega Law Ltd, Sutherland House, W1F 7TE
  • T J Ball & Company, 49 Leytonstone Road, E15 1JA
  • Walter Saunders, 382 Brockley Road, SE4 2BY

Planning law solicitors in West Smithfield regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a small selection of solicitors in West Smithfield practicing in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including applications about listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Chan Neill Solicitors, 107 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HW
  • Hogan Lovells International Llp, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FG
  • H.k.h Kenwright & Cox, 15 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7EF
  • Withers Llp, 16 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7EG
  • Lawrence Stephens, 50 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3HE

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