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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/04/17

Wapping attractions

George Inn National Trust , Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse, Tate Modern Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are near to Wapping.

Drivers are well catered for with Wapping enjoying good road access inside 3m of the A102M.

The nearest station to Wapping is Fenchurch Street and London City Airport is 5 miles from Wapping. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 17 miles, London Heliport Airport is 6 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 19 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 17 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 15 miles, Elstree Airport is 15 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 13 miles away.

The neighbouring hospital for Wapping is London Bridge.


How do I find the best rates for conveyancing for a £556,000 property?


Many buyers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates, and many solicitors offer theoretically cheap conveyancing, but extra charges are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions. A quote should, in addition, define any disbursements to be paid.Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.


How long may conveyancing to buy residential property require, in your experience? The property is also local.


The length of time taken to sell or purchase a house varies. This is based on several factors which may include if third parties fail to promptly answer queries. With Homeward Legal's Wapping property experts, a sale, purchase or transfer of equity is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service.


The estate agent we are using in North Kensington has suggested the firm of solicitors. Is it risky to instruct this firm?

It is commonplace for estate agents to recommend a conveyancing solicitor, however, these referrals should be considered carefully, as it may be the case that the agent recommends the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best value for you.


Are many Wapping conservation areas likely to impact the building we are buying?


Buyers in Wapping should be aware of several local conservation areas. Your conveyancing lawyer will provide more details and discuss what specific restrictions are in place.


Has topsoil in Wapping been contaminated by molybdenum?


Even where some contamination has occurred in Wapping, risk levels are usually low. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as food-processing waste and groundwater contamination.


What are our options if we buy a house in a Tower Hamlets local authority designated conservation area ?


Part of the conveyancing process involves carrying out searches of Tower Hamlets planning authority to confirm conservation area status and the requisite consent being granted for any development. LLC1 searches are not fees and are charged at cost to the client. If no appropriate consents be supplied your solicitor will inform you of the options e.g. seeking cover from an indemnity insurance policy or requesting retrospective approval from the council.


Should you get searches for chancel liability? I am purchasing in Wapping.


The result of a landmark case in 2003 reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must contribute towards the cost of church repairs. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Wapping Parochial Church Council enforce liability.


Wapping solicitors order a number of conveyancing searches when they are acting for a home purchase client but what particular searches?


When getting a mortgage the building society of bank mandates a solicitor to get particular searches, including - Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search, and occasionally area-specific searches for example SIM Search.