Residential Conveyancing


Moving home can be a stressful but exciting time and we aim to make the experience as painless as possible and to guide you seamlessly through all the different stages of the process, from receipt of your initial instructions, through to exchange of contracts and completing your sale or purchase.    

Our team of residential lawyers combine a personal service with their individual expertise and they have broad experience of the sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties and in connection with mortgages and re-mortgage transactions.

We believe that Communication between all parties is key to a residential transaction proceeding smoothly. We try to keep both client, agent and solicitors advised of the current position.  This ensures that tight exchange deadlines can always met when parties need to proceed quickly.

A large percentage of our transactions are returning clients or from referrals to their family and friends.

Knowledge and Expertise

Our involvement goes beyond simply dealing with the legal aspects of a transaction. We discuss with clients the most appropriate marketing policy for existing properties and the best type of survey arrangements for a proposed acquisition.

Our team has over 130 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to conveyancing.  We have six members of the team who may work on your matter.  Each has a proven track record and we are proud of our solid and well regarded reputation for residential property work and we believe that our individual approach to each client’s specific needs helps to overcome any difficulties that may be encountered.

Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Duncan Gadsby, Partner and Head of Residential Conveyancing

We are accredited to The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.  We actively support electronic conveyancing which we believe will streamline the conveyancing process to the benefit of all concerned.

Work types

The work of our Residential Conveyancing Department extends to include being able to help with;

Sales and Purchases

  • Sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties;
  • Converted properties and listed building transactions;
  • Complex property matters;
  • Family arrangements and gifted deposits; and
  • Transfers of equity.

Mortgages Finance and Bridging Loans

  • Mortgages of both freehold and leasehold titles for both repayment and interest only mortgages;
  • Equity Release Schemes; and
  • Home Purchase Plans (HPP) Ljara, Musharaka and Murabaha.

(We are member of all the panels of the major banks, building societies and lending institutions and the vast majority of other known lenders).

New Build

We have specialised teams dealing with new-build purchases and also acting for developers on plot sales.


  • Purchasers buying newly constructed houses and flats including leasehold and freehold titles from developers;
  • Purchases using the Help to Buy Scheme; and
  • Shared Ownership purchases.


  • Acting for developers on new-build and converted property sale transactions; and
  • New build development and estate set up, plot sales of leasehold and freehold titles;

Leasehold Enfranchisement and lease extensions,

We act for tenants and for landlords on leasehold matters including;

  • Leasehold Enfranchisement and statutory lease extensions;
  • Collective enfranchisement (Where a number of tenants wish to buy the freehold);
  • Right to manage (Tenants take management of a building without buying the freehold); and
  • Tenant’s right of first refusal to buy the freehold of a building.

Local Authority and Housing Associations

  • Sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties; and
  • Shared equity purchases and staircasing;


  • Advice on planning issues, drawing on the expertise within our Commercial Property Department.

Commonly asked questions

What is Stamp Duty and how much do I have to pay?
Can you act for my mortgage provider too?
What is the difference between exchange and completion?
How long does it all take?
What is the difference between a freehold and a leasehold property
What do I do with my Deeds?
We are putting in different amounts for the deposit, can we protect that?
Do I need a survey?