Residential Conveyancing

Residential Conveyancing, the buying or selling of property, can be one of the biggest steps you take in your life, and we believe it is your right to know exactly what is happening at every stage of the process.

From experience we find that clients want a solicitor who can explain and take care of everything from start to finish, who they can telephone and speak to. Most of all, they want a solicitor they can trust to get the job done with minimum hassle.

It is said that moving house ranks up there alongside Death and Divorce as the three most stressful experiences in modern life. They say that it is worse than losing your job, your hair or anything else you can think of. The biggest source of that stress is the dreaded “chain” – a whole line of people itching to move at different times in different directions.

When moving house you  need to be able to contact your solicitor: you need to know what is happening and why it is happening . You need to know what to do and when to do it. As a law Firm we recognise just how important this is to you.

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Testimonials – 20th January 2021

We had issues further down the chain which highlighted how fortunate we was to have Sophie Croft as our solicitor/conveyancer she kept us informed at all times, we would definitely recommend her services.

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Testimonials – 20th February 2020

Thank you for your efficient service. I'm a first time buyer and you made it as painless as possible!

 

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Testimonials – 6th November 2019

I have been dealing with your firm for a number of years now and the care and attention by all the staff has been first class. It can not be improved. Through happy times and sad times it has always been the same. Thank you very much for all your help.

 

6th November 2019

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Testimonials – 6th November 2020

Simon and Travis were both extremely helpful from start to finish. I appreciate things are difficult at the minute but we still managed to complete in 3 months which is great as we thought it would take longer. Thank you so much.

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Testimonials – 21st Jan 2020

The progress of our purchase was poor because of the actions of the solicitors the represented the  vendor and also the actions of the vendor of the property. The vendors solicitors continually 'messed up' by not checking forms filled in by their client, not getting signatures ready for exchange etc and their continual lack of contact about the situation with Kerry. All of which made it very difficult for those, particularly Kerry, having to liaise with them and their actions or lack of actions.

By comparison, Kerry handled the situation professionally in or best interest. It was a difficult move due to extenuating circumstances but handled with compassion by Kerry. And also by members of other staff who where aware of our circumstances. Hazel on reception was for me absolutely what a receptionist is about, I found her very calming when i needed it.

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Testimonials – 23rd October 2019

Our main contact was through email. I recieved prompt replies to any questions I had. Good service. Would recommend to anyone buying a house.

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Testimonials – 15th January 2021

A thoroughly first class professional and friendly service in every way. Would thoroughly recommend.

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Testimonials – 23rd September 2020

Excellent service under difficult circumstances! Very professional and no corners cut! We was extremely impressed in how you dealt with our case considering the pandemic! Thank you.

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Testimonials – 21st November 2019

Sophie was always on the ball and worked ahead of plan to ensure a speedy service. She explained complex issues in a way we could understand and gave very good advice. We have never used a solicitors who were not local to us however Sophie made sure that this was not an issue and made sure that timings for post etc were never an issue - a real expert in all interactions.

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Testimonials – 6th August 2020

Fantastic service, recommend 100% Simon was brilliant!

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Testimonials – 2nd July 2021

Thoroughly delighted with the service I received and the personal phone call to confirm completion on my house purchase had taken place was much appreciated.

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Testimonials – 16th November 2020

Sophie Croft is exceptionally gifted and professional in her capacity as a solicitor. Even when I pushed her to the limit, she remained composed and professional. You’re awesome, Sophie.

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Testimonials – 8th July 2019

Exceptional Service. Your firm was new into Barton when we decided to give you a try. We are so glad we did. Could not fault Simon, Travis or the reception staff. We would and already have recommended your company to anyone and everyone.

 

8th July 2019

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Testimonials – 2nd October 2020

Sophie’s professionalism was 1st class and this was the second time I dealt with her. I would strongly recommend Sophie as she is so meticulous and treats you like the most important person every time regardless of the struggles with vendors and their solicitor’s with various legal attributes. Sophie ensures 100% satisfaction every time. I cannot thank you enough despite the added challenges of COVID-19. You are a credit to your firm. Thank you and take care.

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Testimonials – 11th August 2020

During the house purchase and sale process both Simon and his most able assistant Travis did a fully professional and faultless job whilst being totally helpful and friendly at all times.

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Testimonials – 10th February 2021

Jenny was very helpful in the final day before completing.

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Testimonials – 21st November 2019

It was a stressful time for us during the process. Sophie and the team showed empathy and patience. They ensured that everything went smoothly and where issues came up the team made sure that they minimised the stress involved. We cannot thank you enough. Cheryl Watkins was also very helpful and supportive.

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Testimonials – 10th June 2020

Excellent service received. Difficult times due to Covid-19 but dealt with in a timely and very professional manner, giving me all he advice and guidance I could have asked for. Thank you

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Testimonials – 13th February 2021

I have dealt with Parminder now on 3 property transactions and I highly recommend. Each transaction has been smooth with great communication and dealt with in a timeline manner. A* Service.

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Testimonials – 25th April 2020

Really appreciate being able to complete our remortgage in the current climate. Thank you for your help.

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Testimonials – 27th April 2021

Jenny was very helpful, especially toward the end of the process and really pushed for what we needed. Thank you!

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Testimonials – 26th March 2019

Great service and always answered questions when they needed to be.

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Testimonials – 15th June 2020

Sophie Croft and her team assisted my partner and myself to buy our first home, which we did during the covid-19 lock down. Any problems we faced during this time Sophie and her team were amazing. Always professional, polite and brilliant at getting things done on time. All contact via phone or email with very quick response times. Highly recommend and would defiantly use them again.

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Testimonials – 12th July 2021

We started off with Hayley dealing with our purchase and sale but then when we did not require a Lloyds mortgage it changed without notice, which did cause some confusion and wasted time but generally very please with the whole service.

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Testimonials – 9th July 2020

We are very happy with Sophie's work on my sale and purchase. We always got a prompt reply to any queries and in plenty of detail if required in response to our questions. Sophie went the extra mile in our opinion and we'd certainly use your firm again.

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Testimonials – 6th February 2021

I'm always impressed with Simon's professionalism and his speed in getting the job done. Thanks

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Testimonials – 12th July 2021

It was a very difficult time due to Covid-19 restrictions, but generally the service was very good, but communication could have been quicker.

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Testimonials – 1st September 2019

Brilliant service, highly recommended.

 

1st September 2019

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Testimonials – 11th December 2019

Rex Garton, who I knew personally would be proud of the service you still provide.

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Testimonials – 28th June 2021

Perfect, made the process really simple and easy to complete. Thank you all and special thanks to Sophie and Ryan doing an excellent job.

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Testimonials – 3rd April 2019

We were very happy with Sue and the reception staff. They always kept us informed, went the extra mile and never gave us false information. Best Solicitors we have ever used. Thank you so much.

 

3rd April 2019

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Testimonials – 27th June 2020

Amazing service from Sophie, from start to finish she was amazing talking me through the next steps and processes. Being a first time buyer and frankly not really doing much research I didn't really know what to expect in regards to next steps, timelines etc.

She kept me in the loop every step of the way and every time I had questions she gave me a call and talked me through them. Prior to even completing I recommended your services to a friend and no doubt on my next purchase will be reaching out.

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Testimonials – 17th August 2020

Sophie and Megan were both very polite, friendly and professional. They were knowledgeable and supportive of my first time buyer experience when I had lots of questions.

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Testimonials – 30th March 2020

In what turned out to be a less than straight forward property purchase the quality and communication from Melissa Moran was outstanding; despite global pandemic! Very thorough and professional, and kept pushing the process on at all times. Thank you so much.

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Ann Hinds was excellent. She was extremely patient with us as first time buyers. She always had time to explain things to us, so we always understand what was happening. Nothing was too much trouble. Should I need a solicitor in the future, I wouldn’t hesitate to approach Ann again.

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Testimonials – 17th August 2020

Sophie was amazing. I couldn’t ask for more from her. Our process was long and stressful due to 3rd parties however my only confidence throughout both our sale and purchase was in Sophie the whole time. Thank you very much.

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Testimonials – 2nd June 2020

Would just like to mention how helpful Sophie was throughout our whole purchase during this strange time. So friendly and keeping us up to date throughout. It was really appreciated.

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Testimonials – 19th December 2019

Very good service from Melissa Moran. Our house sale/purchase was progressed quickly and easily. She was also able to prevent the sellers estate agents from causing trouble along the way. I would just like to say a thank you to Melissa Moran for all her help throughout  the process. It took all the stress out of buying and selling the house.

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Testimonials – 16th December 2019

Really happy with the speed and efficiency of their company.

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Testimonials – 24th October 2020

It was always going to be a challenge buying a property during the pandemic. But 5 months after our offer was accepted we’ve finally completed the purchase. Thanks to Becci for getting us over the line. Much appreciated.

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Testimonials – 19th December 2019

I had a great experience with Mason Baggott and Garton Solicitors. Sophie, my solicitor was excellent and quickly earned my trust. She is an informative, calm professional and we cannot thank her enough for her support.

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Testimonials – 25th January 2021

My personal thanks to Simon and Travis who were both excellent. Very pleased with the service.

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Testimonials – 26th February 2021

There is an error in calculation of the third party expenses. It was corrected after I reported this. This is an area you can improve/avoid, but it does not affect me to give you a 5-star rating. I am very satisfied with your responsiveness, professional service and competitive price.

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Testimonials – 10th September 2020

Sophie kept us informed and looked after our interests throughout the process. When we tried to take risks she rightly expressed caution, but at the end of the day she pulled out all the stops to complete our purchase against all the odds. Thank you Sophie.

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Testimonials – 10th June 2020

Huge thanks to Sophie Croft for her patience and commitment to complete my transaction. As a 22 year old buying a house by myself is daunting but Sophie has been great answering questions and reassuring me every step of the way.

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Testimonials – 10th August 2020

Excellent service, speedy, great communication. I would defiantly recommend this solicitors.

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Testimonials – 30th September 2019

Amazing communication from start to finish. Simon and Travis have both been brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for them and I was kept up to date at all times.

 

30th September 2019

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Testimonials – 26th October 2019

Everything went very smoothly so much so that there was little contact needed.

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We as a family have used these solicitors frequently over the past few years in various departments as well. We have found them to be extremely efficient, informative and friendly in all of there departments.

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Testimonials – 22nd December 2020

Both Simon and Travis were superb, they kept us up to date throughout the process with information and progress. Would highly recommend.

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Testimonials – 1st September 2019

 

Sophie has been excellent throughout, keeping us informed and our best interests at heart. Thank you for a quick, reliable and efficient service.

 

1st September 2019

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Testimonials – 10th July 2020

This year has been difficult for all, I was expecting longer delays in the purchase. Communication has been excellent, giving clear instructions as to what was required.

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Testimonials – 12th December 2019

Excellent service. Jenny and Megan made sure that very rock was turned for us. Thank you for all your patience towards me. But I think our seller required a lot more than me. Thank you again for helping us with our conveyancing.

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Testimonials – 23rd April 2020

Mr Dean was helpful and a pleasure to deal with. The whole process was efficient and professionaly handled. I will be pleased to use Mason Baggott and Garton in the future.

 

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Testimonials – 7th December 2020

In the past few months a lot of my friends and family have moved house and it has been very stressful for them due to the service that the solicitor provided, however in our case the whole process was quick, easy and flawless. Well done to you all for a fantastic service.

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Testimonials – 10th September 2020

 

Sophie kept us informed and looked after our interests throughout the process. She was always polite and kept cheerful even when we were forcing her hand. A pleasure to work with.

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Testimonials – 10th March 2021

Extremely satisfied with the level of service we received. I would highly recommend yourself to others. The level of communication was clear and excellent.

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Testimonials – 30th June 2021

We would like to express our gratitude and thank you for  your help with our sale and purchase during this extremely busy period. You're exceptional attentiveness, and knowledge ensured we completed before the stamp duty deadline saving us money, your professionalism excels you.

We shall recommend you personally to friends and family. I would like you to forward our appreciation to the partners of Mason Baggot & Garton. Once again thank you

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Testimonials – 4th June 2021

I am very happy with the service I have received all the help and information from Parminder And Debbie has been excellent.

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Testimonials – 26th May 2020

We have been extremely impressed with the service from the first conversation through to completion. Very happy indeed with the full service particularly at this difficult time. Simon, Mary and Travis have been excellent. We will certainly use you when we purchase our next home.

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Testimonials – 1st June 2021

Excellent service, as always. Very efficient with a naturally friendly manner too. Highly recommended.

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Testimonials – 4th May 2020

Fabulous service, Simon couldn't do enough for us and any problems we had he got sorted straight away. Thank you.

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Testimonials – 18th March 2019

Great service been provided, always in time. Fast answers , friendly staff.

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Testimonials – 2nd February 2020

I just wanted to drop you an email saying thank you for all your help during my house buying process.

You and everyone in your team were absolutely brilliant and I am very happy with the service I received from you. Thanks a lot for all your help, great communication, and friendly and personal approach.

Definitely will recommend your company to any one buying a house, and definitely will use your services in the future.

All the best to you and everyone in your team!

Thank you

 

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Testimonials – 3rd June 2020

I only really dealt with Travis, Mr Brocklesby's assistant, who was very helpful in arranging witness signatures during lock down and was very clear with email and telephone conversations. All in all, very good.

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Testimonials – 28th June 2021

I am really happy with the service.

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Testimonials – 2nd July 2021

I just want to thank Becci and Juliet on the completion of our house, there service was excellent, keeping us up-to-date at every stage and answering any queries we had in a timely manner. I would highly recommend.

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Testimonials – 25th January 2021

Excellent service all round and Jenny was a pleasure to talk to. The matter did take nearly 5 months to complete but we were kept informed along the way and eventually came to a satisfactory conclusion. If we ever move again we will strongly consider using your services. Thank you.

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Testimonials – 22nd November 2020

Travis was a very nice young man, very pleasant and most helpful. A pleasure to work on my house sale, nothing too much trouble.

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Testimonials – 18th December 2019

Everything was very easy for me as a first time buyer, everything was explained in a ways I could understand and they answered any questions and query’s straight away. They always chased on things as well, trying to get me moved forward and into my new home as quickly as possible

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Testimonials – 24th July 2019

Always an excellent and trustworthy service, thank you!

 

24th July 2019

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Testimonials – 7th September 2020

Your service was excellent.

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Testimonials – 7th September 2019

Friendly professional service. My first time dealing with a solicitor as a first time buyer and they kept me informed all the way along, and made me aware when I needed to do anything. Happy with the service.

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Testimonials – 28th February 2021

Excellent service provided again by both Travis Dean and Simon Brocklesby at the Barton office, I will definitely continue to use Mason, Baggot and Garton for any future housing conveyance work.

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Testimonials – 5th June 2019

Moving house was stressful for all the normal reasons but the one element that consistently met or exceeded expectations was the service from Mason Baggott & Garton. Jenny and Pippa were great but special mention has to go to Megan who was my main point of contact and who offered a flawless service throughout.

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Testimonials – 25th March 2021

Parminder did an excellent job of both our sale and purchase. She was very on-the-ball and quick to deal with all issues at a particularly busy time. Based on my experience, I have indeed recommended Parminder to a close friend.

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Testimonials – 1st June 2020

I’d just like to acknowledge the exceptional level of service that I recently received from Sophie Croft from your organisation during my recent house move. Please could this e-mail be passed to her supervisor and superiors to recognise her professionalism, diligence and empathy during a very stressful period. Words cannot thank her enough. She is an asset to your organisation and should be highly recognised for how she approaches her work!

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Testimonials – 6th November 2019

Even though Becci was up against poor buyers solicitors she did a fantastic job. Communication was excellent throughout and she answered all the questions I had.I would have no hesitation in recommending your firm to anyone.

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Testimonials – 26th May 2020

This was my first ever house purchase and i knew nothing about the process. Simon and his team made everything so simple even don to my questions which he must have answered so many times before. Couldn't have asked for a better solicitors to deal with.

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Testimonials – 24th October 2020

Travis was exceptional at returning calls and emails, very helpful!! Excellent service!! Thank you.

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Testimonials – 6th October 2019

Everything went ahead efficiently and without and problems. All matters dealt with via email or phone with minimal effort from mtself and making the whole process smooth and stress free.

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Testimonials – 28th March 2020

Do call back clients as quickly as possible.

 

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Testimonials – 10th September 2020

Could not fault Hayley one bit for the work she did for us. She was extremely responsive and informative and went above and beyond on the day of exchange when we were faced with certain problems. Would definitely recommend!

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Jenny was ahead of schedule at all times. Whenever I rang she was on the ball immediately with our case and always knew exactly where we were at with things. She came across as very personable and real which made her very easy to talk with…..I only have experience of one house sale and purchase before, and from that thought it was a given that solicitors were slow and a bit difficult. I cannot praise Jenny enough. I never thought I would recommend a solicitor.

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As the housing market continues to benefit from the Government’s stamp duty holiday, and with residential transactions returning to pre-Covid-19 levels, we are noticing that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on industry professionals working in private residential property.

In consequence, the Conveyancing Industry is currently advising that  the average national conveyancing transaction is taking nearly 5 months.

At Mason Baggott and Garton Solicitors our IT systems mean that we can securely work from home and process almost everything as we normally would in the office. We have adapted how we work so that our Conveyancing service can remain largely uninterrupted - instructions can often be taken by telephone, and the use of email (or the post) is invaluable for being able to send documents. Yet whilst we have put plans in place to ensure business continuity there are, unfortunately and undoubtedly, delays to usual timeframes.

Delays are being reported with lenders, solicitors, the Land Registry and also at Local Authorities. We know that the coronavirus outbreak coupled with the popularity of the stamp duty break is posing challenges over how certain day-to-day activities are completed which, in turn, is creating difficult conditions for all concerned in the conveyancing arena. By way of a single example, where search agents are undertaking Local Authority searches, terminals might be used which have to be cleaned between each appointment, reducing the number of appointments available each day.

Solicitors are reliant on third parties for many aspects of a conveyancing transaction, from other solicitors to mortgage lenders, to local authority and search providers. We are conscious that the whole system has slowed and the high number of variables makes it very difficult at the moment to predict an accurate timescale for any transaction.  With the stamp duty “holiday” set to end at the end of March 2021, we urge clients for whom stamp duty may be at issue to start making financial  and other contingencies, as assurances cannot be given that it will be possible to complete transactions before the stamp duty break ends.