Cunningtons LLP Solicitors Braintree

Great Square
United Kingdom

Tel: 01376 326868
Fax: 01376 550003

Solicitors in Braintree since 1748

Cunningtons LLP in Great Square 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 more than 250 years of experience and tradition, and it is one of the oldest law firms in the UK.

If you need access to any of our legal services from property and family law to litigation and wills, you can talk to the right people face-to-face near you in Braintree for expert legal advice.

Contact us to ask about our legal fees, to request a conveyancing quote, or if you have any questions for our Wills solicitors or family law team. You can also visit our Braintree solicitors Walk-in Centre.

Bryony Wilmshurst, Head of Wills & Probate


Bryony Wilmshurst

Partner in charge of the Braintree branch

Bryony is the Partner in charge of the Braintree branch of Cunningtons. She also heads the firm’s Private Client department.

She deals with Wills, Probate, Trusts, Inheritance tax advice, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection matters and Charities.

Read more about Bryony on her Partner profile page here >>

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Cunningtons LLP solicitors in Braintree offer you a range of legal services, focusing on Property, Wills, Family Law and Civil Litigation.

Resdiential Conveyancing
Residential Conveyancing

At Braintree, we have solicitors who are experts in all aspects of residential property transactions from sale or purchase of both freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and agreed lease extensions.

Civil Litigation
Civil Litigation

Cunningtons Civil Litigation service is run by Braintree-based solicitor Mark Taylor. We can guide you through all aspects of litigation including debt, landlord & tenant, Will disputes and professional negligence.

Resdiential Conveyancing
Family Law and Matrimonial

Cunningtons in Braintree also offer a Family & Matrimonial service. We can guide you through all aspects of matrimonial law including pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, civil partnerships, cohabitation agreements, and childcare arrangements.

Civil Litigation
Wills and Probate

Cunningtons Will drafting service will help you to understand the forms to be completed and make sure final documents are correctly executed, giving you peace of mind that your affairs will be left in order and avoiding complex intestacy problems.

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Braintree and Cunningtons

If you’re looking for experienced lawyers with fixed legal fees to take care of your property in Braintree, look no further. Like many other law firms, we are limited liability partnership registered, and are run by our partners. We are of course monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

We don’t have any reviews from the 18th century, however, you can read some more recent testimonials here.

If you’re in Braintree, Essex, and you’re looking for solicitors near you, you’ve found us. As Braintree is Cunningtons’ founding branch, offering professional legal advice, you can access all our services through our Braintree hub.

This includes not only Conveyancing, but also Family Law, Civil Litigation, Wills and Probate, and Employment Law.


Click to find out more about our Conveyancing and Property Law services

Wills and Probate

Read more about Braintree Wills, Probate, LPAs and all aspects of law for the elderly …

Family Law

Our Family and Matrimonial team in Braintree take care of all aspects of marriage and divorce …

Civil Litigation

Cunningtons’ Civil Litigation department is also based at the head office in Braintree; however, you can access the service from all other branches. They can provide expert advice whenever you have to deal with general legal disputes, including contracts of any kind and property law issues.

Some of the more common queries they handle are concerns about property – and Cunningtons have a very strong conveyancing arm to back this up.

Other contracts that we all come into contact with at some stage in our lives are Wills, and we offer advice on all related aspects such as probate and inheritance issues. Cunningtons’ litigation solicitors in Braintree work with our other legal departments to provide you with all-round expert advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions that our Braintree branch gets asked: if you need an answer to a question that is not on this list, please contact us for an answer.

> What is the difference between a solicitor and a conveyancer?

When you use a solicitor for conveyancing you can be sure that they are regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA), a member of the Law Society, have degree-level qualifications and at least two years on-the-job training before qualifying as a conveyancing solicitor.

Whereas a conveyancer tends to be regulated by the Council for Licenced Conveyancers (CLC) and is usually less highly qualified, although can still be perfectly competent.

> What searches does a conveyancer do?

The standard searches your conveyancing solicitor undertakes are:
– local authority,
– water/drainage, and
– environmental.

There are a number of other searches to undertake depending on the locality of the property. For example, in mining areas a mining search is also always obtained. There may also searches for Gypsum in areas where gypsum mining has taken place, Lead Mining, China Clay, and Limestone.

Read more about searches here.

> When I ask for a conveyancing quote, do I have to pay anything?

All our conveyancing quotes are free and you are not obliged to use us.

However, we have found that most people who receive a quotation for our conveyancing services are happy to use us and remain loyal customers for future moves!

> Is there a difference between freehold and leasehold conveyancing?

The short answer is yes.

When dealing with leasehold transactions, there are many more things to check during the conveyancing process, including ground rent, service charges, licences under the Lease and leasehold covenants (obligations).

For this reason, we charge an additional fee for dealing with leasehold transactions.

> Should I use an online conveyancing company?

We do not generally recommend using an online conveyancer; although you often pay a lower fee, the level of service will also be lower.

You will rarely speak to the same person twice, and you have to be wary of the extras they add on.

When dealing with something as valuable as your home, it is important not to take risks. And the potential small savings to be made by using online conveyancing don’t add up – yet. You should meet the solicitor who is working on your case face-to-face in a ‘real’ law firm.

> How do I avoid fraudulent transactions when moving house?

With such large amounts of money changing hands, there can be attempts to steal them in transit.

It is easy to avoid fraud if you follow simple rules:
1 – Never ever disclose bank account details by email.
2 Never pay money into an account whose details you have received by email.
3 Both you and your solicitor should pay into accounts whose details you have received by phone or in person.
4 – Ideally, test the veracity of bank account details by making an initial payment of £1 – which you then verify by telephoning your conveyancing solicitor – before paying any more.

> How long does conveyancing take?

As most home moves depend on a number of different factors, it is impossible to predict how long your conveyancing will take. However, on average the process will usually take about 8 weeks for a freehold property, and slightly longer for a leasehold.

But as there can be a number of transactions going on at the same time, usually with a chain of strangers all buying and selling their homes and getting mortgages in place – the process rarely depends on just one person.


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Recent comments:
Bryony was so reassuring and made this process stress-free for which we are most grateful. Thank you for helping me.
Mrs S, Braintree
“I would just like to say that I would wholeheartedly recommend Cunningtons. I had a complicated move and I'm not sure it would have been possible without Cunningtons! Worth every penny!”
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