Property co-ownership disputes – the trust for sale


Joint property owners – 1 wants to sell other doesn’t We always advise strongly, when a property is bought jointly, and where the parties are not married, that as part of the transaction a co-ownership deed is entered into. Like wills, these documents are at the more inexpensive part of legal advice, often costing less READ MORE

Would you rather see your lawyer or your dentist ?


Most will answer that, given the choice, they would rather see neither ever again ! There are a lot of similarities between lawyers and dentists, including :- both are dreaded both are seen as painful, without obvious benefits and expensive The similarities do go a little deeper though – your dentist will nag you about READ MORE

Disputes with SEO companies


A significant number of businesses who were getting a lot of traffic and business via google have lost out – can those businesses blame and possibly sue their online marketeers ? Online marketing is now big business – high rankings in search engines, especially google are worth a lot of money and business. Search Engine READ MORE

Confusing client care with service and assurance


I always enjoy reading content authored by Paul Hajek, who has a similar outlook towards legal practice and a great sense of humour (which some may argue sets him apart from many lawyers !) Paul recently contributed to an interesting article in the Solicitors Journal about deregulation of legal services and how solicitors might be READ MORE

Extending a residential lease – calculating the premium


If you are the owner of a flat, you will be aware it is subject to a lease. The very nature of a lease means that it will always be diminishing and in theory should the remaining term of your lease reach zero, your freeholder will take back possession of your flat. In reality this 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

Professional negligence law needs to catch up


The buzzwords around law and legal practice at the moment centre around fixed fees and unbundled legal services. Whilst no 2 legal matters are the same and in some areas, such as litigation, fixed fees are very difficult as so many matters are outside the lawyers (and sometimes clients control), I fully understand that, whether READ MORE

You need a confident lawyer not an egotistical one


Legal matters and issues are important and objectively speaking, legal advice doesn’t come cheap, so as a client you deserve good advice, good value and above all to feel you are in good hands. Over the years, in dealing with hundreds if not thousands of clients, the character and experience levels of my clients, reflecting READ MORE

Incentives and gifts in property transactions


It was a common feature of the boom years in property transactions for deals to proceed with all manner of incentives by sellers and others to buyers, especially with new build properties. In some cases, incentives are still provided. The difficulty with the way incentives were and sometimes are made available is if they are READ MORE