Property lawyer’s thoughts on Brexit


The result all real estate solicitors feared came to pass last week. Now what? This is my view on the various sectors Residential domestic property I think we are in for a period of sustained inactivity here. Sellers won’t sell because prices will notionally drop. Buyer’s won’t buy for fear of taking on additional commitments READ MORE

Ransom strips


The inspiration for this short post was a recent discussion with a colleague. The colleague no longer practices property law but did so some years ago. He had rarely come across a ransom strip situation whereas I have quite commonly. A ransom strip is a small piece of land, generally strategically retained when a larger READ MORE

Title deeds – how important are they?


You’re about to sell your property and can’t find that file of papers sent to you by the conveyancing lawyer when you bought – a swell of panic slowly rises and you start thinking you have a big problem. Well, in most cases, YOU CAN RELAX. Title deeds not generally important for legal ownership due READ MORE

Absent freeholder – legal problems and solutions


Absent freeholders or landlords Although it has to be said there are some benefits to having an absentee freeholder when you are the leaseholder of a property, such as the quiet enjoyment of the property without the interference or even unreasonable demands of the landlord or the foregoing of hefty service charges, when it comes READ MORE

Old leases for flats in converted houses – watch out for problems


With a rapidly expanding population and shortage of housing, since the Second World War, many houses have been converted into flats. According to the Office of National Statistics, there are over 800,000 properties where houses have been converted into flats in England. The flats created have generally been sold off on long residential leases. In READ MORE

Buying a property – understand the legal position with estate agents


I work with lots of estate agents very closely and have excellent relationships with them and we get a lot of our work via recommendations from them. As in any area of business, estate agents role is to make money. They also are well advised to ensure they keep a good reputation. However, with property READ MORE

How we can help with a fast exchange of contracts


In the video below James Swede explains that Darlingtons are highly efficient and experienced in securing a fast exchange of contract on property transactions. In many cases, where a property is in demand, moving quickly to exchange contracts is the difference between success and failure. To move quickly, you need a solicitor who is experienced READ MORE

Buying a property – valuation or survey ?


In the video below James Swede explains why buyers should always seriously consider a full survey or at least homebuyers report rather than the lender’s standard valuation. Valuation or survey ? READ MORE

Contaminated Land


What is Contaminated Land? Contaminated land is land that is a potential hazard to the environment because it has been polluted usually due to industrial use which has now ceased such as power plants, rubbish sites, mining, factories, steelworks, refineries and other agricultural activities. What’s the legal risk ? Contaminated land issues usually arise in READ MORE

Arm’s length transactions


In order for a transaction to be considered at “arm’s-length”, there is a requirement that the involved parties are independent in nature and equal. When looking at “arms-length transactions” specifically in relation to contractual agreements, it is vital that different parties in an agreement maintain this independence. It may be the case that both parties READ MORE