What do you do at Home Property Lawyers?
I am a Technical Adviser in our conveyancing team, managing files across all types of freehold and leasehold properties including new builds, unregistered properties, shared ownership, help to buy properties and other Government funded schemes and company owned property sales and purchases.
As a Technical Adviser, I review the legal documents relating to the property (which are the deeds for unregistered properties or the title information document for properties registered with the Land Registry), together with reviewing the contract, transfer deed and any ancillary documents such as planning and building regulation documents. Where searches have been ordered (which is about 99% of the time), I also review the searches (being a local Authority search, Water and Drainage search and Environmental search as a minimum). When reviewing the documentation, I am looking to ensure the information received agrees with what our clients believe they are purchasing and what has been advertised. I am also looking for any adverse matters, some of which need the seller to remedy before our clients can purchase (for which I raise enquiries with the sellers’ solicitors) and other matters I will bring to our clients attention. I compile the information we have on the property into a easy to read Property Report for our clients consideration and make amendments to the contract and transfer deed where necessary to ensure our clients are not contractually bound to irrelevant or unnecessary clauses which would adversely affect them.
What’s your career background?
My introduction into the legal world was by fortunate happenstance. Having left school with no A-Levels and a Higher National Diploma in Equine Management, I was working in banking which involved a lot of sales work. Sales not being my strong suit, I approached a recruitment agency advising them that I did not want to do sales work but had strong administration skills. They found me a position as a Conveyancing Assistant at a local law firm. I had no previous experience or interest in law (save for the occasional fantasy of being a crack legal mind, with glamorous people, swanky houses, cars, posh dinners and clever fast retorts, after watching an entirely unrealistic American legal programme). Nonetheless, I immediately caught the ‘Legal Bug’. That was in 2005 and since then I have been a Conveyancing Assistant, Post-Completion Assistant, Legal Secretary in Company and Commercial, Paralegal in Commercial Property, Senior Conveyancer and now a Technical Adviser in conveyancing, whilst obtaining legal qualifications: a Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives; and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from King’s College, London.
What do you love about working at Home Property Lawyers?
is seen on TV (particularly if you are watching a show based on the wrong legal system), it is varied, interesting and can be exciting; and I do get to work with glamorous and intelligent people, so the best part of the TV shows is real!