Residential Conveyancing

Cunningtons LLP: Your Residential Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying and selling your home is not only stressful and time-consuming, it can also be a real worry when you read horror stories in the news about the process going wrong. As your home is probably the most expensive thing you will ever own, you don’t want to take any chances with it.

To look after you and your family’s home you need to use a professional you can rely on, one with decades of cast iron experience in getting the process right. And one you can communicate with easily!

Cunningtons’ award-winning customer service means that our clients know they are in safe hands. Whether you are buying your first home or are investing for your future your Cunningtons property specialist will guide you through the process.

As well as dealing with the sale and purchase of residential property we can offer expert advice and assistance on re-mortgages, home equity release loans, transfers of equity, leasehold extensions, leasehold enfranchisement and tenancy agreements.

Cunningtons have conveyancing solicitors based around England, so you do not have to deal with a faceless call centre – you will have the direct dial number of your own legal representative.

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Our Locations

Braintree - 01376 326868

Cunningtons LLP in Great Square and Tofts Walk in Braintree, Essex, is the head office for Cunningtons Solicitors across the UK. Established in 1748, the Braintree head office in Great Square is still in its original offices. This amounts to almost 300 years of Experience and Tradition.

Rhyannon Andrews and Sarah-Louise Green are the senior conveyancing solicitors at the Braintree office. They are supported by qualified Solicitors and Licenced Conveyancers.

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Braintree Walk In
Brighton & Hove: 01273 725229
Chelmsford: 01245 264494
Croydon: 0208 688 8446
Ilford: 020 8553 0002
Solihull: 0121 7056868
Wickford: 01268 732268

Residential Conveyancing Services

Cunningtons are market leaders in residential Conveyancing, dealing with several thousand property transactions each year. Find out more below:

Buying A House

Buying Your Home

A General Outline of the Steps you Follow When Buying Your Home

To help you understand the process of buying your home, we have detailed the usual steps completed by the various parties involved.

For more general advice about how to buy your home and not regret it, read our free guide, How To Buy A Home – And Get It Right.

Who Does What

Once we have been instructed by you, the client, Cunningtons LLP will:
  • Contact the seller’s solicitors to obtain and check both the title deeds of the property and the proposed contract with the seller
  • Deal with various searches and enquires and check results
  • Receive the mortgage offer from your lender
  • Report to you with the contract, mortgage transfer and associated documents for your signature

Exchange Contracts

  • Deposit Handed Over
  • Prepare for completion
  • Prepare financial statement for the client
  • Submit final searches
  • Submit certificate of title to lender
  • Receive mortgage advance and any balance due from client


  • Send monies to seller’s solicitors
  • Receive deeds and documents from seller’s solicitors
  • Account to client with surplus funds if applicable
  • Pay any stamp duty
  • Register your ownership with the Land Registry
  • Send deeds to purchaser/lender
  • Arrange a Survey, you should check with your lender on this to ensure you comply with their requirements
  • We may be able to arrange the survey for you, please speak to your solicitor for further details
  • Arrange for both building insurance and life cover in readiness for exchange of contracts
  • Raise any neighbouring planning concerns that you may have with the council
  • Lodge deposit with your solicitor
  • Return all documentation received by your mortgage lender ensuring that it is signed
  • Return all documents to us signed where indicated
  • Source a removal company if required

Exchange Contracts

  • Place buildings and life cover on risk
  • Confirm removal company booking if required
  • Agree arrangements with estate agents for the hand over of keys
  • Notify change of address to friends, banks, building societies, credit card companies, insurance companies, DVLA etc.


  • Collect keys & move in
  • Carry out a valuation survey of the property
  • Check that you are eligible for the mortgage
  • Send us the mortgage offer and will instruct us to check:
    • the title deeds of the property;
    • that all the mortgage conditions in the offer can be satisfied.

Exchange Contracts

  • Mortgage advance sent to Cunningtons
Selling A House
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Our Clients Say

I would like to say thanks for all your work in getting the 2 flats I purchased through Cunningtons to completion prior to the end of March (after March I would have of course incurred significant costs in the shape of stamp duty on the buy to let purchases).  In what was not the most straight forward case and with numerous issues raised by the lender, your prompt response and advice ensured the transactions still went through and I thank you sincerely for your efforts. 

Particularly with the second purchase being instructed by me with only about 1 month to go before the end of March, it was a very quick turn-around to get that, indeed both, transactions completed in such quick and efficient time.

I have used Cunningtons for almost 15 years, and I would certainly be happy to do so again, including recommending yourself and Cunningtons to friends and family.

Questions We Get Asked

The following are common questions we get asked about buying and selling your home. If you cannot find the answer here, please contact us for an answer.
When should I instruct my conveyancing solicitor?
You should find a solicitor to act for you in your property sale or purchase as early as possible: you don’t need to wait until you’ve had an offer or found a new home to get the ball rolling.
What documents do I have to get ready?
How much will my conveyancing fees be?
What does ‘exchange’ mean?
What is a local search?
Are conveyancing searches necessary?
What issues can make the conveyancing process more time-consuming?
What are conveyancing disbursements?
How long does conveyancing take?
Are conveyancing fees vatable?