Buying a property

Whether it be your first, second or third property, it can be very daunting and rightly so as it is likely to be the largest financial transition and investment you make during your lifetime. That’s why it is so important to have a firm of solicitors you can trust to guide you through. Our conveyancing specialists have years of experience and will ensure the right questions are asked and research made. We will prepare and provide you with a full property report and then invite you to attend the office to discuss any queries you may have and to sign the relevant paperwork.

We usually estimate that a transaction will take six to eight weeks however, like in all things, some matters may be speedier and some longer, it is all dependant on the nature of the transaction and property you are purchasing. When carrying out your purchase the main stages are: 

  • Receive sale information from estate agent and contact all relevant parties
  • Review contract documentation and raise any necessary enquiries with the seller’s solicitor
  • Order searches
  • Review contract documentation and raise any necessary enquiries with the seller’s solicitor
  • Review search results and carry out any additional investigation (if necessary)
  • Review your offer of mortgage
  • Prepare Report
  • Attend upon you to answer any queries you may have and execute documentation
  • Discuss completion dates
  • Request evidence of funds, request deposit/balance completion monies and mortgage advance
  • Exchange Contracts making the transaction legally binding
  • Complete your purchase
  • File Stamp Duty Land Tax return
  • Register your ownership of the property with HM Land Registry
  • Check the register of title is correct and provide you with the relevant completed documentation.

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Your Residential Conveyancing Team

Peter Blackett


Senior partner Peter Blackett has practised for over 50 years in Durham & North Yorkshire and has been involved in many significant commercial and agricultural…

Jemma Louise Ebdon


Jemma is our Residential Conveyancing team leader based at our Darlington office with over 14 years experience. She joined BHP Law in 2010 and during…

Emily Jayne Crick


Emily trained with Co-op Legal Services in London and Manchester where she worked in the family and probate departments and qualified into family law…

Janet Ford


Janet Ford joined our Residential Conveyancing team as a solicitor in January 2022. After studying for her professional qualifications at The College…

Lauren Jordan


Lauren obtained her law degree from the University of Cumbria, graduating in 2012 and started her LPC at Northumbria University, graduating the following…

Dorothy Burgess

Conveyancing Executive

Dorothy has worked for BHP Law since 1987 initially as secretary for Norman Hart (now retired partner) and training as a fee earner in residential conveyancing…

Nicola Hobson

Conveyancing Executive

Nicola joined BHP Law as a conveyancing secretary in 2015. Following two years working as a conveyancing secretary at another local firm, Nicola returned…

Sara Khan

Conveyancing Executive

Sara completed her Law degree in July 2016 at Teesside University and began working in a local firm doing residential conveyancing. She completed her…

Lorna Turnbull

Conveyancing Executive

Lorna joined BHP Law as a secretary in our residential conveyancing team in 2019. She brings a wealth of experience working in residential and commercial…

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