All our expert conveyancing solicitors have at least ten years’ qualified experience; they know that buying or selling a house is stressful, which is why we offer a personal service tailored to our clients’ needs. Of course we deal with all of the technicalities like checking legal ownership and the complexities of your mortgage and ensuring that everything goes smoothly and quickly but we think you will value the way in which we get to know you and your requirements.Providing a legal service to buy or sell your home is more than being available in a call centre reading from an impersonal script and it certainly takes more than just having the latest information technology. Our objective is to ensure that our clients’ best interests are protected and that everything goes smoothly and efficiently. We hope that you will choose us for excellent legal advice that you can trust at a competitive fixed price but as well as this: a personal service. We can help you with all of the following transactions but we also have packages of legal products and services which help you to save money.
- First-time buyer
- Gifted deposits
- Selling a house
- Buying a house
- Buy to let
- Trusts of land
- Auction property conveyancing
- Property & portfolio investments
- Shared ownership
- Living-together deeds
- Lease extensions
- Equity release
- Gifts and transferring home ownership
- Freehold property
- Leasehold property
- Boundary disputes
- Management company disputes
- Energy performance certificates
Anti money laundering
New government regulations mean you must prove who you are if you are a new client or if your solicitor has not taken instructions from you for some time.
This is because the UK is a major international financial and legal centre, with a strong reputation for honesty and integrity. Unfortunately that is why financial and professional businesses, like banks and solicitors’ firms, are attractive to money launderers – criminals who sometimes try to hide stolen money by turning it into legitimate income. The government has introduced measures:
- To make it more difficult for criminals to make and keep money from their crimes
- To confiscate the proceeds of crime
For this reason there are compulsory checks which solicitors have to make of their clients. Being asked for identification does not mean you are under suspicion. The new identification requirements apply to all clients when they are asking their solicitors to conduct certain types of cases.
This means you will have to show your solicitor, or somebody acting on their behalf, some personal documents that can include:
- Current signed passport
- Photo-card driving licence
- Benefit book
- A recent gas, electricity or other household bill
If you don’t have these documents, you will have to ask your solicitor to advise you on how best to prove who you are.
1 The Law Society is the author of this Money Laundering notice: www.lawsociety.org.uk Copyright 2011 Law Society All Rights Reserved.