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Northampton residential conveyancing services

From our offices in Northampton, Clarity is the local law firm providing residential conveyancing services with clarity and understanding to clients in and around Northamptonshire. Our advice is based on our expert knowledge and local experience – our aim is to give you the best conveyancing experience in the region.

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Residential conveyancing expertise

Our dedicated Northampton conveyancing team combines expertise with a friendly approach, ensuring you’re informed every step of the way. Experience a stress-free journey through conveyancing with us. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Northampton team

Lucy Rendall

Senior Manager
lucy.rendall@weareclarity.co.uk

Recently returning to a Conveyancing role I completed my LPC at De Montfort University in 2002 following my Law Degree.

Having previously worked in a large busy Conveyancing department in Northampton for over 13 years I worked from an Assistant up to Fee Earner level during that time. I have extensive experience of freehold, leasehold, shared ownership schemes, right to buy and new build transactions.

Moving can be extremely stressful and our role is to make the process as smooth as possible. Cutting through the legal complexities and offering clear, concise advice and a high level of service whilst being empathic to our clients’ needs and timeframes.

Outside of the office the pandemic has made me really appreciate the Northamptonshire Countryside and I now regularly go for walks around where I live. I have also taken part in the 10,000 steps a day challenge for Cancer research.

Maurice Muchinda

Solicitor
maurice.muchinda@weareclarity.co.uk

I am a Solicitor and I joined Clarity from Shoosmiths in March 2022. I graduated from De Montfort University in 2008 with a Law Degree and completed my Training Contract and became a qualified Solicitor in 2016.

I bring a wealth of experience having worked in the Residential Property sector for over 8 years. In that time, I am proud to have helped a lot of clients move home and know exactly how it feels having moved twice myself. My own experiences remind me to treat my clients the way I would want to be treated if I was in their shoes. My job is to help my clients navigate the buying and selling process from a legal point of view through their entire journey from the point we are instructed, up to completion.

I deal with all kinds of freehold and leasehold purchases and sales. My aim is to make the legal process as simple and smooth as possible for my clients and I achieve this by understanding their needs and doing everything I can to meet those needs in a professional and timely manner whilst also liaising with Agents, lenders and other parties on their behalf. I enjoy what I do and it feels great when you hear a happy client say thank you after their matter completes.

I am currently the Vice President of the Northamptonshire Law Society, having been a council member since 2016. The society exists to represent all lawyers and to provide a platform for all people working in the legal sector in the Northamptonshire area.

I am happily married and enjoy walking my dog in my spare time as well as following various sports on weekends including my boyhood club Arsenal FC.

Amy Smith ACILEx

Assistant Manager
amy.smith@weareclarity.co.uk

I graduated with a 2:1 Law Degree from Northampton University in 2014 and prior to joining Clarity, worked as a Fee Earner within a busy Conveyancing department in Northamptonshire. Having returned from maternity leave in 2022, I now work part time in the Northampton office as the Assistant Manager for Clarity. Having purchased my own property in the past I fully understand how important it is to be kept up to date with the transaction from start to finish.

Away from the office I enjoy spending time with my family and friends whilst also trying to keep fit!

Amelia Gibbs

Assistant Manager
amelia.gibbs@weareclarity.co.uk

 I began working in conveyancing when I finished school in 2015 as Legal Apprentice in a busy Northamptonshire law firm. After completing my CILEx Diploma in Property Law and gaining several years’ experience, I took a break to do some travelling around Europe and Asia as well as living in Australia. I joined Clarity when I returned in 2020 and have recently purchased my first home – so can fully understand how stressful the experience can be! I aim to be down-to-earth and easy to communicate with for clients.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors in nature and have been learning to skateboard and surf.

Celesta Bendo

Junior Paralegal
celesta.bendo@weareclarity.co.uk

I studied Business Management and Marketing at the University of Lemnos Greece in 2012, followed by my studies as an Aesthetic in IEK KSINI at Thessaloniki Greece in 2014. I worked as a collection agent and administrator in a busy Northamptonshire law firm, where I fully understood the importance of communication and keeping up to date through a transaction from start to finish.

On my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, enjoying outdoors activities and travelling when I can, finding new places to visit and I am also a detective movie and book lover.

Amy Blood

Junior Paralegal
amy.blood@weareclarity.co.uk

I graduated from the University of Reading with a law degree in 2019. Since then, I have enjoyed working in the hospitality industry locally but am excited to now be taking a step into the legal sector. Buying or selling a house can be incredibly stressful, and having worked in the hospitality industry I know how important it is to be approachable for clients.

Outside of work, I like to spend time watching the football or a film, or reading a good book.

FAQ's

Your residential conveyancing questions answered

How long does it typically take to complete the house buying process?

The house buying process in England and Wales typically takes around 8 to 12 weeks to complete. However, this timeline can vary depending on various factors such as the complexity of the transaction, the responsiveness of all parties involved, and any unforeseen issues that may arise during the process. Read more in our blog.

Buying a house is a significant financial and emotional decision, and the process can be quite involved. It is essential to understand the various stages involved to navigate through the process smoothly. Contact us today for support.

What are the steps involved in the conveyancing process when buying a property?

The conveyancing process involves several key steps when purchasing a property. In this blog we will explain the steps that a conveyancing team such as Clarity, will take to ensure that all legalities have been dealt with in the correct manner.

We are an experienced team of conveyancers, with office in Milton Keynes and Northampton. If you have any questions you have about the home buying and selling process, please feel free to get in touch or read more in our blog

Why consider downsizing your property?

As life progresses, priorities change, and circumstances evolve. For many homeowners, the prospect of downsizing from their existing property to a smaller one becomes an attractive option. Whether it's to free up finances, simplify living, or embark on a new chapter, downsizing can hold numerous benefits. We've listed some key considerations and benefits over on our blog.

What is Stamp Duty?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a tax imposed by the UK government on the purchase of residential properties over a certain price threshold. The amount of SDLT payable is determined by the property's purchase price and its classification (e.g. main residence, second home, or buy-to-let investment). The tax is payable to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and must be settled within a specific timeframe after completion. Understand how its calculated by reading our blog.

What is the difference between a freehold and a leasehold property?

There are two primary types of property ownership: freehold and leasehold. Each possesses its unique set of characteristics, responsibilities, and implications.

When you buy a freehold property, you acquire full ownership of both the building and the land it stands on. As the freeholder, you have complete control over the property without any time constraints. In contrast, when you purchase a leasehold property, you only own the right to live in the property for a fixed term, known as the remaining term of the lease. The lease is essentially a contract between you (the leaseholder) and the landlord or freeholder, granting you the right to occupy the property for a specified number of years. However, the land itself remains the property of the freeholder. To know more, read our blog.

What are the pros and cons of buying a new build property?

In recent years, new build properties have gained popularity among homebuyers. These properties offer modern amenities, energy-efficient features, and the allure of a brand-new living space. They are also generally lower to maintain than older properties and include a builder’s warranty, for peace of mind.

On the flip side, they can include a premium price tag. New build homes can also be subject to completion delays and snagging issues. Engaging a reliable conveyancing company such as Clarity will help you stay informed and ensure that you are making a sound investment in a property with a reliable developer, resulting in a smooth and hassle-free experience. Read our listed pros and cons here.

How does shared ownership work when buying a property?

Shared ownership is a housing scheme that allows buyers to purchase a share of a property (usually between 10% to 75%) and pay rent on the remaining portion owned by a housing association or the developer.

Over time, buyers can gradually increase their share through a process known as "staircasing," which involves purchasing additional shares. This allows individuals who may not afford to buy a property outright to get onto the property ladder. Read more about how shared ownership works by reading our blog.

How can I buy a property on my own?

Buying a property on your own in the can be a significant financial decision, but it can be a feasible goal with careful planning and understanding of the process. Whether you are purchasing on your own, or considering shared ownership, buying with a friend or using a guarantor. Read more in the blog.

The process can be complex, so it's crucial to seek professional advice at each stage. Consider consulting with a financial advisor, mortgage broker, and an experienced conveyancing firm such as Clarity to ensure a smooth and successful purchase. Contact us today to get started.

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