Cunningtons LLP Chelmsford

141 New London Rd,
United Kingdom

Tel: 01245 264494
Fax:  01245 494537

Family Law & Residential Conveyancing Solicitors in Chelmsford

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.

If you are selling your home, buying a new home, or simply remortgaging your existing home, our firm of conveyancing solicitors make sure that all the legal aspects are taken care of.

Whether you are looking for property sale or purchase, click here to request a quote for your conveyancing fees.

If you are looking for a legal service to assist you with any aspect of family law – be it prenuptial agreements, mediation, separation, divorce or cohabitation – please contact our Family Law team direct.


Kate Horsted, Conveyancing Partner

Kate Horsted

Partner in charge of the Chelmsford branch

Kate Horsted is the Partner based at our Chelmsford office.

Kate spent the majority of her professional training working in the conveyancing department and gained a great deal of experience dealing with a wide range of conveyancing issues.


Telephone: 01245 264494

Why Cunningtons?

  • Fixed Fees
  • Personal Contact
  • Local Branch
  • National Coverage
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  • Great Reviews
  • Award-winning Solicitors
  • Conveyancing since 1748
  • Specialist Conveyancers


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Cunningtons solicitors in the Chelmsford office offer you a range of legal services, focusing on Family & Matrimonial and Conveyancing.

 Residential Conveyancing
Residential Conveyancing

Kate Horsted, a Partner at the branch looks after all legal aspects of property transactions and conveyancing from sale or purchase of both freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and agreed lease extensions.

 Family & Matrimonial Law
Family & Matrimonial Law

Cunningtons Family & Matrimonial Law service will help through elements of Divorce and Civil partnership dissolution, arrangements for children after a separation, Prenuptial agreements and Injunctions.


More about Chelmsford and Cunningtons

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.

Chelmsford, which began as a Roman settlement, is the county town of Essex, and was awarded City status to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, is situated equidistant between London and Colchester.

The town incorporates the districts of Broomfield, Great Baddow, Springfield and Widford. It is close to Stansted Airport, as well as the towns of Dunmow, Ingatestone and Writtle, and has excellent transport links to London.

The town’s cathedral is the second smallest in England, and became a cathedral in 1914. The town is also host to the Essex County Cricket Club.

Chelmsford is home to the leading independent Catholic school of New Hall, located in the Tudor palace of Beaulieu, to the grammar schools of Chelmsford County High School and King Edward VI Grammar school, as well as part of the Anglia Ruskin University.

Our Conveyancing Sevice: 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 solicitor team of property conveyancing experts makes sure of that.

The experts at the Chelmsford branch of Cunningtons provide Conveyancing for buying and selling property throughout England and Wales, and locally in Essex.

Conveyancing for Purchase

The process we go through when helping a client with the legal side of buying their home involves contacting the seller’s solicitor to check title deeds, implementing necessary searches (read our page on search options here), talking to their mortgage company to confirm the finances are in place to buy the property, and reporting back with all the required documents for signature.

When contracts have been exchanged, we make ensure the deposit money is in the right place, prepare the papers and statements for completion, send the certificate of title to the mortgage lender, make sure all the search information is received and that money from the mortgage lender is in the right account.

Finally, it’ll be 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 correct amount of stamp duty, and inform the Land Registry of the change of ownership. Read our section 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.

Family Law

Family Law is not just about divorce, though it is naturally a big part of a Family solicitor’s work. Our expert team helps people with preparing for marriage and partnerships by setting up formal relationships such as prenups and cohabiting agreements.

Sadly, there are times when people talk to us about divorce, separation, and relationship breakdowns that can involve domestic violence and coercive control. Then you might need to get involved with the legal side of matrimonial law. 

We are aware that if a relationship doesn’t work out the people who suffer the most are children, and our team is focussed on ensuring that they are at the heart of any separation. This includes ensuring that contact between both parents and children is taken care of appropriately.

An obvious part of our divorce service means that we provide help to assess the financial implications of a relationship breakdown – the costs of ending a relationship can make life difficult.

As part of our services for children, we also assist with the legal side of adoption and guardianship.

Range of Legal Services at Cunningtons

If you are searching for another legal service outside of property conveyancing and family law, we work closely with other Cunningtons branches across England and Wales in order to offer a full range of legal services to our clients.

We are often asked to help with professional will drafting and commercial property acquisitions – and we know that we can rely on contact with the experienced professionals in other offices of Cunningtons Solicitors throughout the UK.



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