Many of us buy or sell a home at some time or a number of times in our lives. Conveyancing is the legal work which a conveyancer (including a Solicitor) carries out for the buyer or seller in order to transfer ownership of a home.
Repeated experience shows that many homeowners prefer to entrust something as important as the sale or purchase of their residence to a Solicitor and ideally, one whom they know and meet in person.
At this firm, Conveyancing is only carried out by me, David Cartwright.
Moving house has been known for many years to be one of the most stressful times of life. We believe that helping you to understand both the process and cost beforehand, so that your expectations match what happens in practice, is key to avoiding unnecessary worry.
For the Buyer, the Conveyancing process is an opportunity for you to learn as much as possible about the property you are buying. Our contact with you includes making reports on the results of searches and enquiries made for you: we will do our best to interpret these in a non-technical and user-friendly way. If you still have questions or have difficulty in understanding advice or information given to you at any stage of the transaction, we would prefer you to let us know or ask for further explanation.
If you are the Seller, you will have to provide information to the Buyer both at the beginning of the sale and as enquiries are made during the course of the transaction. A Seller is under a duty to be honest and in any event it will probably put the Buyer off the property if the Seller seems reluctant to give full information or to produce documents.
For both Seller and Buyer, we recognise that your contact with us needs to be open and frequent in order to ensure that you are not exposed to risk and that the transaction is completely successful.
We believe that Conveyancing fees should be transparent. Hourly rates are uncertain for the Client who may be trying to work out a budget and make it difficult for the conveyancer to provide a good value-for-money service. By choosing to charge and publish fixed fees, reviewed every six months, we are able to give cases in which a fixed fee applies the attention which they deserve, instead of the attention which your budget or our estimate permits.
You can expect us to keep you informed of what we are doing to move the transaction forward, even if nothing is happening because we are up-to-date and waiting for someone else. You can also expect us to do our utmost to understand your needs and requirements and to take all reasonable steps within our power to help fulfil these.
As David Cartwright Solicitor is not a panel-firm for mortgage lenders, if your transaction is a purchase involving a new mortgage advance, this firm can act for you on the basis that the mortgage-related work will be dealt with by an outside firm to which I will refer on your behalf. You will pay a flat fee for the outside firm’s work related to the mortgage and will not pay for any mortgage-related work done by me.