Sold or purchasing property? 

What questions do you ask when appointing your Conveyancer?

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Is the conveyancer recommended by estate agents in return for a referral fee paid between the parties?

At Ridley & Hall we are independent of any estate agent so we don’t receive fees for clients who choose to appoint us.  We are proud that a good proportion of our business achieved is on recommendation by friends of clients who may have used us and repeat business.  Our recommendations are not paid for and are genuine.

Are the fees estimated to me at the outset fully inclusive?

We aim to provide you with as accurate an estimate as possible on your first contact and likely costs will be confirmed to you in our initial letter to you.  Of course, it helps us to give you an accurate estimate of costs if you provide us with full detail of any issues anticipated which are not generally encountered in a straight forward sale or purchase transaction.  Our fees, for example, in connection with a purchase will include completing your stamp duty land tax return and submitting it shortly following completion to HM Revenue and Customs.  We don’t charge separately for this!

Will we be able to meet face to face to review the documents prior to signing?

We are happy to meet all our property clients in person to take signatures to documents and feel there are benefits in doing so particularly for buyers purchasing property.  We want to ensure that you are clear on the extent of property in purchase and the terms and conditions on the title deeds by which you will be bound following completion.  Sometimes discrepancies in boundaries, additional parcels of land which should pass with property ownership, are only discovered in face to face meetings when viewing plans and documents.  There are some firms which will refuse a face to face meeting!

Will I have the same lawyer from start to finish?

There are occasions when we, as conveyancers, struggle to speak with the same person twice in solicitors firms representing the seller or buyer.  How frustrating must this be for a client?  When instructing us you will have an individual conveyancer who will handle your matter from start to finish, save that we do have holidays once in a while when the matter will come under the care of another conveyancer!

I am disabled and would struggle to get to your offices. Would you see me at home?

We recognise that not everyone is as mobile as they would like.  We can, and do, where the circumstances require it, arrange to meet people at their home to sign documents.  Our premises are, in any event, disabled friendly.

My preferred method for correspondence is e-mail. Can you accommodate this?

E-mail correspondence is also a timesaver for ourselves and we would be pleased to undertake the majority of your work in this manner, if required.

Will you require monies ‘up front’?

We generally do require search fees from you in advance of submitting the search applications on a purchase transaction.  The balance of deposit, legal costs and disbursements would generally be calculated and requested from you in the lead up to completion and once dates are being discussed.

On a sale transactions costs are generally deducted from the sale proceeds at completion and no ‘up front’ fee is required although we often incur small disbursements (generally fees paid to the Land Registry to obtain up to date copy titles) early in the transaction.

I’m ringing on behalf of …

We have no objection to liaising with a client’s family member aiding in a transaction but instructions must be provided by the person selling or buying.

And, saving the best for last … How long will it take?

The average timescale is 6-8 weeks in standard purchase transaction but whilst this is an average we are unable to ‘guarantee’ completion dates at the date of instruction as we are often dependent on other parties providing documents, etc, to enable a transaction to reach exchange of contracts and/or completion.  Whilst necessarily a chain does not mean a longer timescale, it does mean that more people within the chain need to reach that stage before dates can reliably be agreed for completion.  We appreciate it is frustrating for clients, and ourselves, if we are ready and waiting for a chain to ‘catch up’ and we would always prefer to discuss  prospective completion dates once all parties are ready to proceed.

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What our clients say:

  • Thank you both very much for all your hard work and patience, we know it wasn’t as straight forward a job as it should have been but had it not been for your professionalism I’m sure it would have taken a lot longer. We will hopefully be back in touch soon when we have a buyer for our current house as we would like you to act for us again.

  • Adam provides a high quality and effective service that I do not hesitate to recommend to others. Good eye for detail and clear, timely communications. Highly recommended.

    Tuesday 11 February 2014
  • The service provided was of the highest standard from start to finish. Adam was friendly, thorough and professional which made buying our house easy and stress-free. I was recommended Ridley & Hall, and Adam in particular, by a friend and I would recommend him to everyone I know! Many thanks Adam

    C.W. Wednesday 22 May 2013
  • We found Adam and his staff to be excellent, to the point and very willing to go the extra mile to satisfy our need for detailed answers.

    Tuesday 05 February 2013
  • Just wanted to thank you for all your help and support in getting our house purchase through! I’m sure we’ve been the most bothersome clients you’ve ever had, but we really are grateful for your help. We are so excited to finally be moving and to really be able to get properly started on our new life back in England. We can’t wait to put up some coat hooks and pictures! Thanks!

  • Thank you for your e-mail and, whilst as you say the matter is not proceeding, I would like to say how impressed I was by your teams promptness and enthusiasm for keeping things moving at the time. I have bought/sold a few properties over the years and I must say this was very refreshing when compared to other legal firms that I have used.

    Wednesday 28 January 2015
  • I wish to thank you, Jill & Mark along with everyone else at Ridley & Hall who has dealt with  my Mothers case over the past months. As you can imagine the past two years have been a very emotional and stressful  period for my family  as my Mother first became ill and finally passed away. The professionalism and rapidity   we have received from yourselves has been a great help in these hard times. Personally it has left me with a very positive view of Ridley & Hall and you  will certainly be my first choice when I next require legal representation – but I’m sure you’ll forgive me  for saying I hope that time will not be too soon 😉 Again thank you all your help.

    Thursday 7th July 2016
  • Thank you so much for all your help with everything, you've made the whole thing as straight forward as possible. This process (and witnessing the shambolic behaviour of the seller's conveyancer) has taught me that a good lawyer is priceless when moving! - Doreena H, London    

    11th November 2016
  • "Hi Adam, many thanks for all your help in completing the sale. We were took aback how much detail you covered in a short time scale, would you also pass on our thanks to your team who we know worked hard on this." - Terry & Susan, Leeds West Yorkshire

    Monday 9th January 2017
  • “To Mark and Helen, Thank you so much to you both for making all our legal needs go so smoothly! Best wishes Clare & Jane”  

    Friday 24th February 2017

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