Solicitors open for business amid Covid19 / Corona Virus lockdown
We are keen to ensure that our clients and our people are fully informed about what we have been doing to look after them during the course of the current regulations relating to the lockdown, social distancing and so forth.
Since the UK went into lockdown, our business continued to run its usual course. All of our staff have always been fully equipped to work remotely when required and we are not having any transition glitches. Everyone is fully operational with fast internet connections, phone connectivity and printer, scanner and postal access. We have full access to our shared network drive which means 100% access to client files. We have electronic access to all voicemails, overflow reception messages and faxes. In view of this, our clients, brokers and lenders will receive an unaffected level of service from us.
The company that we use to carry out our clients’ property searches are all working their usual hours and providing us with the search results within two weeks even with council offices being closed with skeleton staff working.
High Street mortgage lenders are continuing to operate with business as usual and working as quickly as they can in the circumstances. Some bridging lenders have withdrawn from the market temporarily and others have remained after slightly tweaking their criteria for the time being. These lenders and their valuers are also working as quickly as they can to assist their borrowers and provide the best possible service that they can.
We are continuing to work on current files with a view to completing them as soon as possible, and we are taking on new instructions as usual. We have completed several transactions since the lockdown began. If our clients do not have printer and scanner access we are posting hard copy documents to them and are providing them with stamped addressed envelopes for ease when required.
We are happy to continue taking on new instructions from individual clients, company clients, brokers and lenders.
We are insured with an A rated insurer for up to the sum of £3,000,000.00, we have four partners/SRA managers and we are Conveyancing Quality accredited which means that we do not have many restrictions on our ability to act for lenders or borrowers.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the clients, brokers and lenders who have instructed us to act on their behalf, and continue to do so. Your support is highly appreciated.
Here for you
We are still available during normal office hours. Ola Leslie Solicitors have not closed their doors once since we started trading over 10 years ago and we do not intend for the Corona virus to change that. You will still also always get through to someone on our office line. If you would like us to send a quote to you please email us the details and we shall do so immediately.
We hope that whoever is reading this is safe and well and we thank you again for your kind support.
Remote Legal Advice
When you purchase or remortgage a property, there may be some elements which require receiving independent legal advice from a different solicitor within a different firm. A third party connected with your transaction may require independent legal advice as your acting solicitor cannot advise the both of you due to there being a conflict of interest. The reason why mortgage lenders need people to obtain independent legal advice is so that once a matter has concluded, that party will not be able to claim that they were not given the opportunity to obtain any advice and make a claim or counter-claim against the lender. Nor will they be able to claim that they entered into the transaction under duress by the borrower.
Due to the current lockdown restrictions, we can provide independent legal advice by email, post and by video call, i.e. WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, Totok (for Dubai), Facetime etc and you can therefore do this from your home which saves a great deal of time. We can offer appointments outside of office hours and at weekends if required. In most circumstances, we can assist you on short notice.
We are able to arrange independent legal advice on a:
– Personal Guarantee / Deed of Indemnity
– Joint Borrower Sole Proprietor Mortgage (often with HSBC, Barclays, Metro, Family Trust, Danske Bank International Luxembourg etc)
– Deed of Consent / Occupier’s Waiver / Letters of Postponement,
– Indirect mortgage
– Mortgage where you are adding someone else’s debt onto it
– Deed of Gift for a donor / gifted deposit
– Equity release
– A fraud restriction on a title register
– Statutory declaration / affivdavit / PE2 & PE3 swearing
– Transfer of Equity – being removed from the title or being added on to the title
– Mortgage / Loan Redemption
– Settlement Agreement
– Help to Buy Redemption
– Bridging Loan (subject to the lender’s requirements – please enquire with them and us)
– Commercial Loan (subject to the lender’s requirements – please enquire with them and us)
– Second Charge (subject to the lender’s requirements – please enquire with them and us)
– Bespoke situation not listed above – please enquire – we deal with pretty much everything property related no matter where you are based, nationwide or worldwide.
Please call us on 02071835169 or email us on Info@olaleslie.com for details on our fees and our service.
We are Residential & Commercial Conveyancing Specialists
Ayesha Yunus, Senior Partner
Ola Leslie Solicitors LLP
The contents of this page are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this page.
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