There is no requirement that you use a solicitor, or licensed conveyancer, when buying a house. You could choose to represent yourself. However, when...
    Below is a list of frequently asked questions about buying or selling residential property during the Covid-19 outbreak.
    We are delighted that newly appointed partner, Michelle Wilson, has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) National...
    The earlier the better is the answer. Property sales and purchases are often fraught with unnecessary difficulties and delays, such as chains...
    ‘Deeds’, as most people remember, is a large parcel of old documents, such as conveyances. These show how the property has passed between each person...
    At last, we have had some long-awaited good news from the budget for the housing market.
    When you come to sell your property so much happens very quickly, especially if you are lucky enough to find a buyer promptly.
    Over the years there have been several cases whereby unscrupulous people have sold or tried to sell properties that are not owned by them.
    The legal principles surrounding property ownership can be complicated and promises made can be binding.
    It was announced in the Autumn budget last year that an additional Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) charge of 3% on the entire purchase price would be made...
    This time last year I commented that the changes in lending rules in the Spring were likely to lead to a flurry of activity before the changes were...
    The Chancellor’s announcement on Stamp Duty Land Tax levels is a positive and welcome move. I welcome the very short notice which meant that no-one...
    In England & Wales we operate two forms of conveyancing: one for property which is unregistered and the other where the property is registered with...
    With property prices in the south west remaining high in relation to salaries and more attractive mortgage deals only being available to those with a...
    The recent High Court case of Stagecoach South Western Trains Ltd v Hind (2014) has reconsidered the landowner’s duty to inspect trees on their land....
    Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) on property acquisitions is expensive. It is a tax which has not kept pace with inflation. The bands for SDLT have not...
    Landlords of residential properties, and their agents, who may have thought they were up to speed on the regulations governing registration of...
    As we commented in a previous blog post, chancel repair liability still continues to cause headaches for property lawyers and owners.
    At Porter Dodson, we try to avoid bamboozling clients with legal jargon, but often get asked what is meant by the term “Caveat Emptor”. Translated...
    When you are discussing the costs of buying a house or flat with your solicitor, he or she should mention searches.  If you are getting a mortgage to...
    Our property lawyers have been struggling with the knotty subject of chancel repair liability for decades, so why has it only just come to the...
    We often a get asked for a “conveyancing” quote, so we thought we’d take a look at what the term “conveyancing” means; although we prefer to talk of "
    The short answer is….? Almost certainly, yes. Not so much a question of “when” but “how high”?