Buying and selling property, including shared ownership, right to buy, enfranchisement and lease extensions Buying and selling property, including shared ownership, right to buy, enfranchisement and lease extensions Buying and selling property, including shared ownership, right to buy, enfranchisement and lease extensions Buying and selling property, including shared ownership, right to buy, enfranchisement and lease extensions

Property & Conveyancing

We provide a comprehensive legal service to all our property and conveyancing clients, drawing on over a hundred years' experience of providing legal help and assistance to local and London residents. This includes acting in residential sales and purchases; commercial leases and acquisitions; helping leaseholder clients buy freehold interests (enfranchisement) or extend their leases; and landlord clients to deal with enfranchisement claims.

Residential Property

We understand that moving home can be a stressful experience. We understand also that buying a property for the first time - and dealing with all the legal terminology and phrases used in the procedure - can be bewildering. We aim to demystify the process by offering advice in plain English, explaining technical legal terms and offering you one-to-one contact in order to keep you up-to-date as to the progress of your transaction and to deal with any practical issues that may arise.

In order to provide an efficient and speedy service we have installed a document management IT system and make wide use of email correspondence (unless our clients request otherwise). We have also set up online access to H.M Revenue & Customs so we can deal with stamp duty land tax issues as promptly as possible and have online access to H.M. Land Registry too. This allows us to access its records quickly and securely and means that our clients can take advantage of H. M. Land Registry's reduced application fees. The reduced fees are half the usual fees so the savings range up to £455.

As well as representing clients moving home we also act in residential property transactions for investment purposes, in connection with the disposal and sub-division of land and in refinancing or re-mortgaging property. We act for clients - both landlords and tenants - in leasehold transactions too, for example in granting, assigning, varying and extending leases.

We have in-depth knowledge, experience and expertise in shared ownership work, including purchases and re-sales of shared ownership properties and buying further shares in the property (known as staircasing). We are, therefore, on the Homes and Communities Agency’s approved list of legal firms undertaking shared ownership work. Given our location close to the Arsenal F.C. regeneration area we have been involved particularly in acting for first-time buyers (including key-workers) at large, local developments.

Our fees for residential property work are generally on a fixed fee basis and you can obtain quotations from this website, or contact us for additional information. If you are purchasing a property jointly, you may wish to consider a trust deed or cohabitation agreement to cover issues such as unequal financial contributions and arrangements for the sale of the property if your relationship breaks down - we will charge addtional fees for preparing such documents and can provide a costs estimate once we have discussed with you your specific circumstances. You may also wish to consider making or revising your will to set out what you would wish to happen to the property when you die.

For further details or to instruct us please contact Naureen Matlib on (020) 7700 0265 or naureen@percyshort.co.uk or Stephen Friday on (020) 7700 0265 or stephen@percyshort.co.uk to provide your details to us. In addition, please pass our details to the estate agent and mortgage lender or broker.

Commercial Property

We advise on all areas of commercial property transactions within the United Kingdom. Our clients include individual entrepreneurs, partnerships and companies.

If you are purchasing or selling a commercial property or leasing commercial premises we have the expertise to guide you through and aim to work within your timescale and budget. We aim to understand the business our clients undertake and accordingly we gauge our advice to suit their circumstances. In particular we can help in the following areas:

 

Acquisitions and Disposals

Residential Developments

Plot Sales

Grant and Assignment of Leases

Commercial Property Refinancing

 

We can agree a fixed price for most transactions. For further details please contact Stephen Friday on 020 7697 4971 or stephen@percyshort.co.uk.

Enfranchisement and Lease Extensions

We advise clients - landlords and leaseholders - on the provisions of the Leasehold Reform, Housing & Urban Development Act 1993. This is in connection with leaseholders' eligibility to acquire the freehold interest for their building and in relation to claims for new, extended leases. 

We can agree a fixed price for most transactions and often act for multiple leaseholders within one building (which means we can usually offer reduced fees). For further details please contact  Naureen Matlib on (020) 7700 0265 or naureen@percyshort.co.uk.

Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme

We have secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) - the mark of excellence for solicitors carrying out legal work in the home buying process. We understand that buying and/or selling a home can be a stressful time and your choice of solicitor can make a huge difference to your experience of the conveyancing process.

We underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process. The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS accreditation. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.

Ex-President of the Law Society, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, said that the Law Society introduced CQS to promote high standards in the home buying process:

"CQS has established itself as the quality mark of the home-buying sector and enables consumers to identify practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. With so many different conveyancing service providers out there CQS helps home-buyers and sellers seek out those that can provide a safe and efficient level of service."

For more information on the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs or contact the CQS Unit on 020 7316 5550 or CQS@lawsociety.org.uk

 


Related pages and guidance notes:

Purchases - Buying a property
Sales - Selling a property
Enfranchisement - Buying the freehold title to your building
Conveyancing fees - Costs of buying, selling or mortgaging property
Law Society�s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) - Quality mark for legal services
Making a will - Will writing and inheritance tax planning
Tenant owned private limited companies - Freehold companies owned by the tenants
Conveyancing Timeline - Summary of main legal stages of a conveyancing transaction

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Purchases - Buying a property

Sales - Selling a property

Enfranchisement - Buying the freehold title to your building

Conveyancing fees - Costs of buying, selling or mortgaging property

Law Society�s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) - Quality mark for legal services

Making a will - Will writing and inheritance tax planning

Tenant owned private limited companies - Freehold companies owned by the tenants

Conveyancing Timeline - Summary of main legal stages of a conveyancing transaction