Cunningtons Property Solicitors
31 Duke Street
Tel: 01273 725 229
Fax: 01273 779 758
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 the Laines near the seafront.
The office specialises in residential conveyancing for property transactions throughout Sussex and the South East, and also provides clients with access to a range of other legal services through our branch network. This network also allows us to help clients who are buying or selling property throughout the rest of England and Wales.
Click here to request a quote on how much your conveyancing will cost.
Partner in charge of the Brighton branch
Jason Bradshaw is Cunningtons’ senior partner, and partner in charge of the firm’s Brighton office. He specialises in Residential Conveyancing.
Jason graduated from Staffordshire University in 1993, and completed the Legal Practice course a year later.
He joined Cunningtons in 1997 as a trainee solicitor and qualified in 1999. He became a Partner with the firm in May 2002. He then became senior partner in 2018.
Jason is married with two children.
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Legal Services at Cunningtons Solicitors in Brighton and Hove
Cunningtons solicitors in the Brighton & Hove office offer you a range of legal services, focusing on buying, selling and remortgaging Property.
Wills & 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.
Jason Bradshaw, the Partner at the Brighton office looks after 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.
More about Brighton and Cunningtons Will Writing and Property Conveyancing Solicitors
The Sussex office of Cunningtons LLP solicitors 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 property conveyancing in Brighton and Sussex, and also provides clients with access to a range of other legal services through our branch network.
If you are selling your home, buying a new property, or simply remortgaging your existing home, our firm of property lawyers make sure that all the legal aspects of your transaction are taken care of. To find out how much conveyancing will cost, click here.
Local specialists, national coverage
Cunningtons Solicitors in Brighton & Hove provide a convenient local service for clients who appreciate the personal touch from their property lawyer, while at the same time benefiting from the technological backing of a larger firm, as Cunningtons conveyancing solicitors continue to invest in information technology.
Conveyancing Solicitors in Brighton – And Across the South East
Cunningtons in Brighton & Hove offer property conveyancing services to clients along the south coast of England, and as far north as Surrey. So if you need a recognised conveyancing solicitor to help you sell, buy or remortgage your property or home in Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Portsmouth, Worthing, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, East Grinstead, Sussex, Hampshire or Surrey, then why not talk to us at Cunningtons Solicitors Brighton & Hove for a comprehensive quotation of our fees?
We provide a speedy, efficient and friendly service that regularly wins awards for its customer service.
Cunningtons Brighton & Hove office is centrally located a stone’s throw from the famous Laines shopping district, and only a short walk from Brighton train station, and Churchill Square shopping centre.
A Brief History of Brighton
Brighton & Hove is a large conurbation and was granted City status in 2000 as part of the Millennium celebrations. The perceived benefits of sea air at the time, and the Prince Regent’s patronage of the town in the late 1700s and early 1800s started its rapid growth as the period saw the erection of many of the famous Georgian terraces which characterise Brighton and Hove’s streetscape.
Tourism is a major part of the local economy and has contributed to its continued growth, as has the City’s relative proximity to London with easy access up the M23 or on the train to London Bridge or London Victoria. This proximity to London has led to a buoyant housing market in Brighton and Hove even during the recent credit crunch, as people look to move out of the capital to the coast.
Conveyancing Solicitors for the Legal Side of Moving Home
Moving house with the help of a professional property expert makes things faster, easier and more secure. No-one wants to take risks with the sale or purchase of their most valuable asset, and our team of property conveyancing solicitors makes sure of that.
The team at Cunningtons provide Conveyancing for buying and selling property throughout England and Wales, and locally in West and East Sussex.
Conveyancing for Purchase
The process we go through when helping a client buy their home involves:
- contacting the seller’s solicitor to check title deeds,
- implementing necessary searches (read about your search options here),
- talking to the mortgage company to confirm the required money is in place to buy the property, and
- reporting back with all the required documents for them to sign.
Then when they have exchanged contracts, we:
- make sure the deposit money is in the right place,
- prepare all the papers and statements for completion,
- submit the certificate of title to the mortgage lender,
- ensure all the search information is received, then
- make sure that money from the mortgage lender is in the correct account.
When all this is done, it’s time for completion – we:
- make sure all the funds have been paid to the seller’s solicitor
- in exchange for the deeds and any other documents,
- finalise the client account,
- pay the required stamp duty, and
- register the new owner with the Land Registry.
Read more information on the buying aspect of the property conveyancing process.
Conveyancing for Selling
The conveyancing process for selling a house or flat is slightly simpler than when you are buying, although the legal part is just as important.
When a client has signed up with Cunningtons as their conveyancing solicitor to look after the legal side of selling property,
- their mortgage company sends us their title deeds, as well as a statement of the amount of money still owing for their property.
- The buyer’s solicitor asks us for any further information they need.
- We then prepare a sale contract with preferred dates to complete – this leads up to the Exchange of Contracts.
- The buyer then pays the deposit money into our solicitor account, and
- we are sent a statement from the mortgage company.
- As the vendor’s conveyancing solicitor we receive all the money needed to pay the estate agent’s commission fee – we account for this in the closing financial statement.
- On completion, we move the money from the sale to the seller, their estate agent, and the mortgage company.
- We arrange for the seller’s estate agent to hand over the keys to the property’s new owner.
- We then send any remaining money to the seller, as well as a statement detailing all the expenses of the sale.
- Finally we send over the deeds to the buyer’s solicitors – and the property is now legally sold.
Read more about the legal process of selling property.
Conveyancing for Remortgaging
When you remortgage, you still need to make sure the legal side is taken care of to ensure your house or flat is secure. Our property conveyancing service has you covered here too.
Your named solicitor receives your title deeds, as well as a copy of your title from the Land Registry – they then run your up-to-date search options as required. Your lender sends your solicitor your new mortgage offer, and you get sent the mortgage deed to sign.
They arrange to receive the money from your new loan, and get an updated account of your loan amount. One or two final search checks, then your remortgage is complete – the remaining money goes into the correct accounts and your remortgage is registered with the Land Registry. For more information on the remortgaging side of the conveyancing process, click here.
Will Writing Solicitors, Advice with Probate and Powers of Attorney
Cunningtons have a team of specialist solicitors who are recognised for their expertise in Will writing and advice for the elderly. Everyone needs a valid Will throughout their life, to avoid a dispute about inheritance or to avoid excessive inheritance tax – but may not need a Lasting Power of Attorney or an Advance Directive.
Our team are experienced in providing impartial advice at difficult times – contact them here.
Range of Legal Services at Cunningtons
If you are searching for another legal service outside of property conveyancing or elder law, you can call on Cunningtons LLP Solicitors’ Brighton & Hove branch. We work closely with other Cunningtons branches across England and Wales in order to offer a full range of legal services to our clients.
As well as requests to help with professional will drafting, we provide assistance with commercial property acquisitions, family and divorce, civil litigation for property and inheritance disputes, and employment issues.
We know that we can rely on contact with the experienced legal professionals in other offices of Cunningtons LLP Solicitors across the UK.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions that our Brighton branch gets asked: if you need an answer to a question that is not on this list, please contact us for an answer.
Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring property, and it happens whenever UK property is bought, sold or remortgaged.
The conveyancing process for each transaction is different, and generally involves liaising between buyers, sellers, mortgage companies, local councils and the Land Registry.
If you are buying property:
We contact the seller’s solicitors to check the title deeds and contract, then conduct a variety of searches depending on the location, check the formal mortgage offer, collect together documents that require signing, organise the handing over the deposit, ensure all monies are in the right accounts, arrange completion of sale, ensure the correct stamp duty is paid, instruct the land registry of the change in ownership, then send the deeds to either the buyer or the mortgage lender.
If you are selling property:
We obtain the title deeds and up-to-date information from the Land Registry, arrange the contracts that outline the sale, liaise with the buyer’s solicitors, find out the balance on your mortgage if necessary, send deeds for signing, arrange for estate agents’ fees to be paid, collect all funds due to the seller, submit statements and send dees and keys to the new owner.
If you are remortgaging:
We obtain the title deeds and up-to-date title copy from Land Registry, deal with any searches, receive mortgage offer, ask you to sign mortgage deed, arrange for the delivery of the new loan, get up-to-date statement from current lender, run searches at the Land Registry, receive the loan and repay existing mortgage, and register the new mortgage with the Land Registry.
In brief, conveyancing has a number of stages and differs according to the purpose of the transaction, the finances of the buyer/seller/remortgager, the geographical location of the property, and the number of other transactions in the chain.
Talk to your conveyancing solicitor throughout the process and they’ll keep you up to date with this important process.
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.
The standard searches your conveyancing solicitor undertakes are:
– local authority,
– water/drainage, and
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.
Check with your property solicitor to find out which searches they are intending to undertake.
All our conveyancing quotes are free and you are not obliged to use our conveyancing services.
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!
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.
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 you are 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.
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.
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.
That’s why moving home is a great time to practice calm and patience, as it is out of your control.
Tom Dyckhoff wrote about Brighton in his Let’s Move To … column in The Guardian in June 2019:
What’s going for it?
Aside from the fact that it is on a coastline at the end of the country, threatened by sea level rise and postglacial rebound, Brighton is possibly the best place in the UK from which to fight the climate crisis. Calm down, Bristol, European Green Capital 2015: yes, you are incredibly woke, too. Only, you are not home to the UK’s first (and still only) Green party MP, Saint Caroline Lucas, or the UK’s highest number of Green councillors – 19, as of May’s elections. The Greens also topped the polls in last month’s European elections, with 35.7% of the vote. However, you may struggle slightly to square the property prices – of London proportions – with your belief that a truly green philosophy entails a fundamental restructuring, if not overthrow, of capitalist economics. But at least you will seldom spot a Daily Mail in your neighbour’s recycling.
The case against
Embrace the grime, love the seediness. Ditto with stag/hen parties, Bez-alikes partying like it’s 1999, and sundry eccentrics. Don’t mention S******* Railway.
I said, don’t mention S******* Railway. Trains: north to London Bridge (66 mins) and beyond, or London Victoria (1 hr); east to Eastbourne (40 mins) and Hastings (70 mins); west to Chichester (55 mins) and Portsmouth (1 hr 21 mins). Driving: its parking, traffic and one-way system are enough for you to dump your car; if not, Gatwick (eek) is 40 mins.
Primaries: all but one are “good”, Ofsted says, with Patcham Infant and Downs Junior and Infant “outstanding”. Secondaries: Patcham High, Varndean, Dorothy Stringer and Cardinal Newman Catholic are all “good”.
Hang out at…
You won’t go thirsty, hungry or unentertained here. But top of the tree has to be meat-free Terre à Terre.
Where to buy
The centre is “famous” Brighton, either the net of old cottages in the Lanes or North Laine conservation areas, or classic Regency or Victorian stucco in the grand squares, or cute streets off Western Road. More of the same, just less touristy, in Seven Dials, West Hill and Clifton Hill. Immediately north are Five Ways and the London Road neighbourhoods of stucco mid-Victorian terraces, and dense suburbs, such as Preston Park and Moulsecoomb (less cutesy, cheaper). Large suburban homes roll up and down the hills: Withdean (with Dyke Road, the priciest part of town), Patcham and Hollingbury.
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