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Liability to repair a church

Since Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries some properties come with a liability to contribute to the repair of the chancel of a Church.  This applies to all types of property and can be a significant liability. Until the 13th October 2013 this liability passed with the land even if not mentioned anywhere in the... read more

Friday Afternoon Fraud – What you can do to protect yourself

The process of buying a house can be stressful enough and other than waiting to collect the keys on the day of completion there is nothing worse than when the moment comes to transfer your hard earned cash to your solicitor’s bank account.   Yes the wait to hear from your solicitor to confirm that... read more

Shared Ownership

Shared Ownership homes offer an affordable way of getting on the property ladder. The scheme is normally run through a Housing Association, who will own the freehold and you will then purchase a share i.e. 25%, 50% and 75% and pay a rent on the remaining share to the Housing Association.  By doing this you... read more

How To Defeat Claims For Rights Of Way

Landowners can find themselves in a situation whereby a third party claims to have a legal right of way over their land on the basis that that third party has used the land before, perhaps to get from A to B. The legal position is that the third party is able to legally obtain right... read more

‘Twas the night before Christmas….

….when all through the house Not a creature was stirring…but what’s that? A mouse? Time for a word about the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949! Pests? What, like six-year-old kids too excited to get to sleep? “The occupier of any land shall give to the local authority forthwith notice in writing if it... read more


Yes, Virginia, there is a tenuous Christmas-related punchline. When you buy a home, we carry out various searches, and among these are the environmental search and – if your home is in a mining or former mining area  – a mining search. The mining search will show if your property is likely to be at... read more

Living Together

The Office of National Statistics figures indicate that more of us are living together, rather than marrying. We look at the practical implications and more importantly the myths. There is an increasing trend, particularly among young people, to live together as an alternative to marriage. The most recent statistics show that 9.5% of those in... read more

Auction Property

The Perils of buying at auction whether it be ‘that’ dress or ‘that’ house!   Every girl knows that sinking feeling when they are invited to the party of the century, champagne will be flowing, the cute guy you like is going to be there and for once in your life, thanks to the regimented... read more

Sealed Bids

Help!  They want me to put in a sealed bid! Putting an offer in on a house is nerve-wracking at the best of times.   But making a sealed bid can be even more so. Our Conveyancing department has the following tips: Remember, your sealed bid is not binding.  The title still has to be investigated... read more

Resolution and Me

I’m a proud member of Resolution, a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. Resolution membership is about the approach I take to my work. This means that as a Resolution member, I will always seek to reduce or manage any conflict and confrontation,... read more