Buying or Selling in Hammersmith or Chiswick?

Owen White and Catlin LLP Solicitors – delivering peace of mind and personal service

The Hammersmith office of Owen White & Catlin offer a depth of local knowledge and expertise. The King Street firm, established soon after the First World War, has built up a comprehensive understanding of the Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush and Chiswick property market, and puts that experience to use for all clients.

“One advantage of using a local conveyancing solicitor is our knowledge of the area, and of specific matters that can affect properties,” Explains Tim Harry, a partner at the Hammersmith office. “These include local planning policies relating to conservation areas, parking or Article 4 directions,
which restrict some development which would otherwise be
permitted.

“Local knowledge of environmental issues can also be useful,” Tim added. “It is not uncommon for environmental
 searches to come
back as ‘failed’.
Because of our local knowledge we can often provide reassurance because we are aware of the history of the land, or building.” Online conveyancers based in remote call centres simply can’t match the on-the-spot knowledge of an experienced solicitor based in the area.

“With certain blocks of flats in the area, we’re likely to know their quirks,” added Tim, whose firm has a six-strong network of offices in west London and Surrey. “These might be unusual lease terms, the history of dealings with the freeholder, or issues relating to service charges.”

So are there any other advantages in putting what for many people is the most expensive transaction of their lives in the hands of trusted local experts? “There’s the convenience of being able to deal with the client locally,” said Tim.

In addition the firm, which has 11 partners and more than 80 staff, handles all other aspects of legal work. “The firm is multi-discipline,” said Tim. “We can help with all clients’ legal needs.”

While priding itself on explaining often complex legal procedures in plain English to clients, Owen White & Catlin can also assist with a wide spectrum of languages. Its staff speak 13 languages, including Polish, Russian, Urdu, Farsi, Pashtun, Hindi and Punjabi.

Free quotes are given for conveyancing work, so clients know the costs up front and can budget accordingly.

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