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Moving home, selling residential property or managing a portfolio are always labelled as stressful experiences, but when your solicitor gets the basics right, this doesn’t have to be the case. Our specialists combine vast experience with an empathetic understanding of your personal situation with clear communication with you every step of the way.

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How we can help with residential property matters

  • First time buyers – we can guide you through every step of buying your first home, communicating the progress of your transaction in plain English.
  • Buyers of new build properties and help to buy schemes – we have a specialist team dedicated to this area of work.
  • A range of services for those in the buy to let market – you might be purchasing a second home, adding to an already thriving investment portfolio, or buying an HMO
  • Assisting in the sale of buy to let properties and dealing with existing tenancy agreements.
  • Help with lease extensions – you might have a flat or house with a long lease that’s coming to an end.

How we work with you

  • Our aim is that the same lawyer work with you from start to finish
  • We are clear about our fees from the outset
  • The average house purchase takes around 8-10 weeks

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Costs

Please find below a list of our fees and disbursements for looking after your sale, purchase or re-mortgage of your residential house or flat. We have also given a brief explanation of the work we will undertake for you. Please note the fees listed may be subject to change on a case to case basis.

Please choose from the following:

Who will carry out the work?

Your matter will be looked after by one of the lawyers in our Residential Conveyancing department. Click on a lawyer in the “Meet the Team” section below to find out more about us.

You will be notified which lawyer will be looking after your matter when we send you our initial terms of business letter. That letter will also include confirmation of the hourly charging rate for that lawyer, which will apply to any work outside the scope of the fixed fees outlined.

How long will the transaction take?

How long it will take from the offer being accepted until you can move will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8 to 10 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower depending on other parties in the chain.

For example:

A transaction where either you or your buyer need a mortgage offer is likely to take longer than a transaction with no mortgage required.
A transaction where one of the parties in the chain is buying a new build property may result in a longer completion date.

If you are dealing with a leasehold transaction it may take longer to obtain the management pack from the landlord of if a lease extension is required this can take considerably longer, sometimes months rather than weeks to complete.

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How we’ve helped our clients

“Our house purchase was completed with the assistance of Jas Kaur Chahal who provided excellent support whenever we had questions, and was always on top of every task/issue that cropped up. She was the only part of the whole process that wasn’t stressful! We love the house and are grateful for all the work she did to make sure we completed by a strict end date.”

Elizabeth Rowlands-Spriggs

“Natalie and the Paris Smith Conveyancing team are a great team to work with. Since becoming a property investor in 2008, they are the only solicitors that I have worked with, who understand what a “time frame” is and understand when you say it’s “urgent” they respond accordingly. Personally I will never use another team. They tell you as it is, they take responsibility for their actions, they are competitive on price, they do what they say they are going to do and they have always met my time frame. Most importantly, they obviously enjoy what they are doing, as it’s always done with humour and in a friendly, understanding manor. Real people, making a difference in what has become a stressful industry. Highly recommend *****”

Charlie Thompson, Property Investor

“Efficient and helpful. Thank you Delicia. You made a stressful transaction painless and straightforward. Your knowledge was reassuring.”

Sale/Transfer of Equity Client

“We moved our business matters to Paris Smith some two years ago and have been delighted with the service that we have received. We are particularly pleased at the level of communication, advice and efficiency provided. They have certainly given us the confidence and support we were looking for and would recommend their services accordingly.”

Richard Murphy & Theresa Withams

“Katy was recommended to us and as far as we are concerned, it was a fantastic choice. Katy was fantastic, her communication was outstanding and she handled everything with such professionalism. We would have no hesitation in recommending Paris Smith and Katy in the future.”

Name withheld – Conveyancing matter

“We needed specialist conveyancing with our self build property and transfer of title deeds and we spoke with several solicitors. We were very impressed with Paris Smith – they gave us confidence that they knew that they had the expertise to handle the work, understood what was required and the complexities of a self build draw down facility and could meet our time challenges. Most importantly they kept us informed and responded quickly to all correspondence. They were personable and very easy to work with. When building a house there are enough stressful situations and they managed to provide some calm in the storm! Delicia and the team’s willingness to be proactive, they were always thinking ahead for us – it really felt that Delicia and her team were on our side! Would highly recommend!”

Julia Furse

“You deserve a very special thank you for the way you handled the sale. You have been a total delight to deal with—highly professional and knowledgeable, and unfailingly cheerful and helpful, especially in pushing through the final exchange and completion, and I couldn’t be more grateful. ”

LF

“Fantastic law firm who have stood the test of time! I used Paris Smith over 16 years ago for a property transaction and needed their help recently on that same property. They still had all the files and were able to assist me perfectly. Allison Fuller and her team (Dawn and Jess) were fantastic then and now. Thanks so much!”

Rich Waight

“Myself and my partner are first time buyers, we could not recommend Paris Smith enough. We had Hayley and Jess who were both amazing! Being first time buyers, we had no idea what we were doing, Hayley and Jess would answer any questions we had, chase anything up if needed and always replied so promptly. Although buying a house is never smooth, we felt Hayley and Jess handled our move so professionally that it went as smooth as it could possibly go. We would highly recommend Paris Smith to anyone who is looking for a great solicitor :)”

Charlotte Addison

“Great company to use , efficient on all levels , work carried out accurately and on time , very reassuring.”

Daniel Chandler

“I just wanted to say the biggest thank you, for all your help, hard work, support and determination throughout the purchase of my first home! I know it was a very drawn out and at times frustrating purchase and without your support and professionalism I would have given up on it months ago. Your ability to keep me updated and in the loop, as well as always offering reassurance got me through the whole process and was second to none – I can’t thank you enough for that! Having a stressful job as well as trying to buy a house is never easy! I have been singing your praises to everyone and recommended anyone to come to you for the sale/purchase of any property! ”

CC – 1st time buyer

“Many thanks also for all your work and efforts getting this across the line – it’s been a huge reassurance knowing that you’ve been on the case in dealing with the developer’s solicitors, help to buy and the bank. I definitely won’t hesitate to recommend Paris Smith in a heartbeat when friends hopefully come to buy their own homes in the future. ”

Oliver Booth – Purchase

“Responsive and effective service. Kept me informed and easy to deal with. Fees reasonable.”

NG – House Purchase

“We dealt with PS & R years ago, when it was relatively small and provided a very personal service. We were very pleased to find that although the firm is now much larger it has retained the ability to deal with clients in a friendly and helpful manner. ”

JL – House Purchase

“Jas made it very clear as to what was happening and when. I felt reassured and comfortable throughout the process.”

LR – Property purchase

“Personal and detailed understanding. Strong communication and explanation. You feel like you are making a new friend who “has your back”.”

Debra Stickley – Transfer of Equity Case

“I would like to thank you for all your support over the past few years, it certainly hasn’t been boring! You have been relentless though and a fantastic team, always pulling it out the bag for me at year end! Thank you for all your patience and understanding, there have been some stressful moments and you guys have always remained calm, professional and have been an absolute pleasure to work with. ”

A Developer Client

“Great service from start to finish, making a stressful time a lot less stressful!”

Paige Whayman

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