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Conveyancing in Holborn Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/07/17

Holborn attractions

Brixton London Windmill, Holborn Lincolns Inn Great Hall Historic Building and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Buildingare all around Holborn.

Drivers are well catered for with Holborn having excellent road access within 2m of the A40M.

Holborn's closest airport is London City Airport (7 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 5 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 13 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 15 miles away. The nearest station to Holborn is Farringdon, around 1 mile away.

The most convenient hospital is Royal London Homeopathic.


We are trying to find a law firm that offers cheap conveyancing. and what is included?


Many online and high street solicitors promote theoretically cheap conveyancing. However extra fees will be included in the terms. Excited homeowners, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Charges needs to be fair and reasonable and only come into force where the solicitor is required to complete unexpected extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.


In relation to the fact that last year was second wettest year since records began, I am concerned that property conveyancing searches won't be exacting enough?


A competent conveyancing solicitor in Holborn should always apply for environmental searches if the environmental search spots a the local Holborn flood risk

For extra area background you could also try to converse with a neighbour or local resident.


Our agent has named the property solicitor. Should we instruct this firm?


It is common for estate agents to recommend one or more conveyancing firms. Such referrals must be carefully considered, as the agent

may recommend the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.


What are the alternatives if buying a Holborn property in a Camden planning authority conservation area ?


An integral part of the conveyancing process includes carrying out searches of Camden council to determine conservation area status and the requisite formal approval for modifications. .


The web is full of a multitude of online articles going into great depth on do it yourself conveyancing. Do we necessarily have to use property solicitor in Holborn ?


Legally speaking there is absolutely no argument why you cant adopt a DIY approach and take care of he legal and technical work yourself. However, a solicitor is in charge of a large number of skilled tasks including chasing deeds and apportioning ground rents some of which really need a qualified professional.


Is it important to get a chancel search? We are buying a residence in Holborn.


Owners of property near to church property in the locality must subsidise repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Terms used in a property's name, like 'glebe', may indicate chancel liability. A solicitor will be able to advise further. Churches in this area where a chancel search may be appropriate include St Alban and St Sepulchre.


Does homewardlegal.co.uk manage the conveyancing of auction properties in Holborn?


Homeward Legal is very capable working with residential property auction procedures. Normally more complicated to convey lots for example residential investments, are listed in property auctions which tend to want extra legwork. Solicitors therefore strongly advocate that purchasers formally appoint a SRA regulated conveyancing solicitor well in advance of the actual auction to allow time for a full investigation of the sellers documents.

Thereafter, following the auction day itself your experienced lawyer is utterly geared up to concluding the legal side of things within 4 weeks as typically required .


Can we avoid paying stamp duty?


Stamp Duty Land Tax is usually payable for property purchases valued at over 125,000 pounds. Homeward Legal strongly advise against any form of stamp duty reduction scheme, because these schemes are costly and unreliable.