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Do I need to use a ‘local’ property lawyer?

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No. You do not need to use a local property lawyer.

In fact, all property solicitors can act for clients throughout England & Wales utilising data held at the Land Registry, local and other statutory authorities, and raising carefully constructed enquiries tailored to the particular property concerned.

However, being local can have its advantages if your chosen property lawyer has unique local knowledge about private roads, planning history, and new developments for example.

If you are keen to meet your property lawyer, then choosing a specialist local to you will certainly have its advantages enabling you to hand over documents and deal with any necessary formalities in person.

As do many modern law firms, Trethowans uses a digital client onboarding platform which enables you to complete your ID, AML, and property forms from the comfort of your own home. We will also tailor our work to your preferences, whether dealing with all communication by email, or arranging personal visits where required.

You may wish to consider the following points when choosing your property lawyer:

  • How well established are they?
  • Are they contractually linked to the estate agent who recommended them to you, or are they recommended because they are renowned for being thorough and efficient?  
  • Do they have Law Society accreditations such as Lexcel and CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) which demonstrate a commitment to the very highest of standards?
  • Are there any testimonials published on their website?
  • Do they offer a dedicated lawyer for you with a personal email address and direct telephone number?
  • Are they an actual firm of solicitors regulated by a professional body such as the Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), or CLC? Or are they some other ‘legal’ business which may not offer you complete protection?

There are many conveyancing outfits which are not regulated by approved regulators for legal services. Often, estate agents are compelled to refer clients to these bodies due to contractual (paid for) relationships which might not always be in your best interests.

A professional, experienced, and knowledgeable lawyer will listen to your instructions and work to resolve any problems to best suit you.

It is all due to the quality of the lawyer you use.

Choose wisely.

If you are looking for conveyancing services in the South, our expert residential property solicitors based in Salisbury, Southampton, Poole, Bournemouth and Winchester are on hand to provide you with the legal help and guidance you need. Don’t hesitate to contact Partner and Property Solicitor Lucy Spollin on 01202 339006 or contact us here.

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