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Welcome to St John's

The Specialists 

Everything to do with property and nothing else!

St John's is a medium-sized firm which focuses on nothing but property. We are an established firm of property lawyers made up of a team, all of whom are local to the area with in-depth knowledge of Watford and all surrounding areas.

Our friendly office is located in central Watford with free parking, where we are always willing to speak to and meet with clients at every stage of their transaction. We have helpful and knowledgeable support staff who can be turned to when main contacts are absent.

We have an abundance of experience to call on and the team is led by principals who have developed their skills through practising in Watford for more than 25 years.  We offer a very personal touch in our service which avoids the problems of 'big company' processing.

Excellence and value for money are our watchwords, we understand that speed is vital and that keeping in close touch is what our clients need, in order to minimize the stress of the legal moves and complete transactions smoothly.

St John’s is regulated by The Council for Licensed Conveyancers which is the main Regulator for property lawyers, so that you can be sure of our professional standards and trust our reliability without a second thought.

 

Our services

Independent from any nationwide chains, local to south west Hertfordshire property specialists, St John’s is the go-to company for everything to do with your house, your flat, your office, your shop and the arrangements between the owners

Moving house

Tying-up your sale and purchase and making sure we tell you all you need to know about your new home

First time buy

Holding the hands of people who are buying a house for the first time and explaining everything simply and clearly

Remortgaging

We can help and advise you on how to quickly change your mortgage lender

Help to buy and shared ownership

By focusing on all property areas, we are specialists in transactions of this type and can guide you through the extra red tape

Lease Variations

Preparing changes needed to reflect new regulations and make sure that your flat is easily saleable

At St John's, we're often asked how long a transaction is expected to take. Although it can be difficult to estimate due to the number of external factors involved, we have developed a Transaction Timetable that provides estimates based on our experience, of how long specific transactions should take. 

Leasehold Flat

Everything you need to know about what you can and cannot do with your flat and the service charges you will pay

Offices and shops

Negotiating the terms of a new lease of the property where you set up your business

Lease extensions

Add thousands of pounds to the value of your flat when you extend your lease by 90 years

Joint ownership

When you need to sort out terms about financial 

contributions, different ownership shares and what happens in the future

Development Sites

Designing site layout and preparation of documents for selling off houses and flats

Openness is one of our key values and for many transactions, and certainly with standard conveyancing matters, St John’s is happy to commit to charging a fixed fee.  As part of St John’s policy of openness we would like to point out that ‘fixed fees’ can increase in certain special circumstances. 

 

 

The Property team

The St John’s Property Team is led by our principals, Alan Bultitude and Loraine Marriott who are fully qualified Licensed Conveyancers registered with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Benefiting from 20 years’ experience in solicitors’ property departments and a lifetime resident of South-West Hertfordshire, Alan handles high level and complex transactions and has an in-depth knowledge of the special requirements of lease extensions and commercial premises.

Contact Alan on:

alanb@sj-propertylawyers.co.uk

With a particular interest in resolving the practical problems of tying up sales and purchases and the concerns of first-time buyers, Loraine takes the time to come up with innovative solutions to overcome delays and other worries and has a range of suggestions for dealing with the issues of special interest to joint-owners.

Contact Loraine on:

lorainem@sj-propertylawyers.co.uk

Everybody at St John’s has a minimum of several years’ experience in dealing with property arrangements but all significant aspects of the transaction are overseen by one of our principals.

 

In order to deal with practical aspects as efficiently as possible and to ensure matters are processed quickly other members of the property team make important contributions.

Although you are free to contact one of our principals at any time, on occasions, certain aspects of your file will be dealt with by one of our Legal Assistants whom, although not qualified conveyancers, have the skills and knowledge required to move matters forward.  As further support, St John’s engages secretarial support provided by other personnel who again are well versed in all events relating to property arrangements and able to provide updates and summarise certain outstanding issues.

Please refer to our Client Engagement Letter which will be posted to you at the beginning of the transaction for further information regarding day to day arrangements.

 

Regulatory Information

St John’s is a conveyancing law firm which is licensed by The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).

 

 A firm’s licensed status provides important safeguards for clients, including the assurance that the firm is subject to regulations aimed at protecting client’s interests and that there is special professional insurance in force for the purpose of meeting any appropriate financial claims.

 

 St John’s CLC Licence Number - 11384

 The Council for Licensed Conveyancers

 

Address:

WeWork, 131, Finsbury Pavement, London EC2A 1NT

 

Tel: 020 3859 0904

 

Email: clc@clc-uk.org

 

Our address: 22a The Avenue, Watford, WD17 4NS

 

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