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.Click To Get Your FREE Quote
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.
The Senior Partner at Cunningtons’ Braintree office is David Drake. Paul Fenton is the Joint Managing Partner. He, along with Johanna Withams are the residential conveyancing partners at the Braintree practice. They are supported by qualified Solicitors and Licenced Conveyancers.
The Brighton & Hove office of the firm Cunningtons LLP was opened on 1 April 2014 by Cunningtons partner Jason Bradshaw, and is located on Duke Street in Central Brighton. The office specialises in residential conveyancing in Brighton and Sussex, and also provides you with access to a range of other legal services through our branch network.
If you are selling your home, buying a new home, or simply remortgaging your existing home, our firm of residential conveyancing solicitors make sure that all the legal aspects are taken care of. To find out how much conveyancing will cost, click here:
The Chelmsford office of Cunningtons LLP was founded as Colemans Solicitors by Brenda Coleman in 1979. Colemans was incorporated with Cunningtons Solicitors in 2001.
Cunningtons’ Chelmsford branch specialises in residential conveyancing and family law.The Chelmsford office of Cunningtons LLP is situated on New London Road and deals with residential conveyancing in the Chelmsford and mid-Essex area, including Brentwood, Epping, Basildon, Ingatestone and Maldon.
The Croydon branch of Cunningtons LLP was opened in January 1995, and specialises in residential conveyancing and commercial property issues.
Jason Bradshaw, who was based at the Croydon office when he joined the firm, is the Partner with overall responsibility.
Nicholas Brothers joined Cunningtons Solicitors as a Senior Associate in 2006 and is based at Croydon. Nicholas is Cunningtons’ specialist commercial property solicitor.
The Solihull branch of Cunningtons LLP was established in July 1994, and is now run by managing partner Aymer Hutton. Aymer is a specialist residential conveyancing solicitor, and became a partner of Cunningtons Solicitors in 2001.
The Solihull branch of Cunningtons LLP deals mainly with residential conveyancing enquiries, covering a large area of the country including Birmingham, East and West Midlands, Wales, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Coventry, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. The Cunningtons Solicitors Solihull branch also works closely with other Cunningtons branches so they can offer the full range of Cunningtons’ services to our clients, with dedicated specialists in matrimonial law, personal injury, wills and probate, litigation, immigration and commerial property.
Cunningtons LLP’s Wickford Office was opened in 1989 by Cunningtons LLP Managing Partner Paul Fenton and is located on London Road in Wickford. The office specialises in residential conveyancing.
Cunningtons LLP Wickford offers a dedicated and personalised residential conveyancing service for the local community. Cunningtons Solicitors Wickford believes in the traditional approach of an office based around the personal touch with each client telephone call being answered by the solicitor or secretary. The modern benefits of the technological world prevail in the methods we employ to gain information upon properties. The internet is utilised to request information from the Land Registry and the search results upon properties are e mailed to each solicitor to save any unnecessary postal delay. Clients regularly comment on the friendliness and efficiency of the service.
Residential Conveyancing Services
Cunningtons are market leaders in residential Conveyancing, dealing with several thousand property transactions each year. Find out more below:
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
Selling Your Home
A General Outline of the Process you Follow When Selling your Home
To help you to understand the process, we have detailed the usual steps completed by those involved when selling residential property in the UK.
For more general advice about how to sell your home and get the best result, read our free book A Guide to Selling Your Home.
Who Does What
Remortgaging Your Home
A General Outline of the Process
To help you to understand the process of remortgaging your home in the UK, we have detailed here the usual steps completed by those involved.
Who Does What
This is the sum of money paid by the Buyer to the Seller on exchange of Contracts.
Normally the amount is 10% of the purchase price, but usually a deposit of less than 10% is agreed where the Buyer’s mortgage finance is over 90% of the property purchase price.
Searches : You Have A Choice
You do not need to print, sign and return this form if you are happy for us to make the decision about local search arrangements on your behalf.
These days “choice” is a much-heralded right that we all want.
Dealings with solicitors are no longer rigid. Whilst much of the work we do has to be done in a particular way to satisfy Government and procedural requirements, one area where choice has developed is in the range and type of searches that are available and undertaken. This means there is choice both for you and us.
Most clients have heard of local searches, but now there is a whole raft of different types of searches available to clients – local; plan; environmental; tin mining; coal mining; chancel repairs; Cheshire brine; drainage etc. Some are compulsory to satisfy lenders, whilst others are optional at your request – Please therefore see the separate Guidance Notes on these, and the “Additional Specialist Search Request form” available on request if you want us to undertake any of the additional listed searches.
There are also a number of different ways in which searches can be done:- directly to the relevant authority for an official search; via one of three national third party computer hubs (NLIS); personally by us; via a selection of personal search agents appointed by us; to process the personal search as our (not yours) agents.
Although some of the personal search agents, that we appoint as our agent, provide the personal search result at lower costs than official searches, we charge fees for liaising with, co-ordinating and achieving bulk purchase performance advantages, and a managed procedure and our fees charged to you are set at the sums quoted for consistency and in relation to local searches so that the total cost to you is the same as the cost that would otherwise be payable to the local authority providing an official search. These charges are ALWAYS lower than what we would charge on a time recording basis if our fee earner personally conducted the personal search. However, the charges of the personal search agent vary according to the buying power of the third party companies or us and you will not benefit from this as the third party companies or ourselves retain the difference for managing the procedure and as the client you are unable to apply for a personal search yourself.
We would consider offering 2 options:-
1. Instructing us to obtain an official search.
2. Instructing us to obtain via our own staff or outsource agent for a personal search.
THE TOTAL COST TO YOU OF EACH OF THE ABOVE IS IDENTICAL. THE COST IS SPECIFIED ON THE FORM OF INSTRUCTIONS.
It may help to highlight a few of the differences and advantages/disadvantages of the different options: With an official search, if there is an error in the result, you would have a direct claim against the local authority though they do contain exclusion clauses. With a personal search, if there is an error, you are fully protected, firstly under our indemnity insurance cover, but also under our company search agent’s insurance as we have a contractual relationship with them. A disadvantage of official searches is that we are entirely in the hands of the relevant authority as to how long the search will take, and local authorities, in particular, are invariably unwilling/unable to be chased to queue jump search applications.
With a personal search, however, we believe there is greater opportunity for the result to be procured more quickly than an official search result.
Given the above and given that the total cost to you would be the same whichever option you choose unless you have a particular or alternative preference (in which case you are free to let us know), we will proceed under option 2.
We hope the above notes are of use to you.
1. YOU DO NOT NEED TO RETURN THE FORM OR TAKE ANY ACTION IF YOU ARE HAPPY FOR US TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED ROUTE SUGGESTED BY US ABOVE whereby we will arrange for and manage the personal searches via our personal search agents or our own staff.
2. If you do want us to take any other course of action, then please click here to download a copy of the form to print, sign and return to us.
You do not need to print, sign and return the form if you are happy for us to make the decision about local search arrangements on your behalf.
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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.
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