Residential Property Law

Our goal is to get everything signed, sealed and the keys transferred with the minimum of fuss, stress or expense.

Buying or selling your home is often the biggest investment decision you’ll make.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer, an experienced property developer or landlord, or perhaps you’re looking to down-size, it’s important you have the right legal advice.

Moving house should be an exciting time, not stressful and fraught. We’ll work closely with you, involving you as much or as little as you’d prefer, to ensure your property sale or purchase goes smoothly and efficiently.

We speak in plain English, have wealth of conveyancing experience and extensive local knowledge, so whether you’re moving nationally or locally, you’ll be in safe hands.

Buying & Selling

We understand your requirements will be different depending on whether this is your first home, a buy-to-let investment or land you’re purchasing for development.

Perhaps you’re moving to a new area or downsizing. Within our Residential Property team, we have experience in all types of property, from flats to country estates, agricultural and equestrian land, and everything in between.

The process of moving home can be a stressful time. We understand and do all that we can to make things as smooth as possible, working within your timescales, and keeping in contact with you throughout. We aim to identify and resolve any issues at an early stage, before they become a problem.

Take a look at our helpful flowcharts for more information about what to expect – Buyers flowchart and Sellers flowchart

Here are just some of the properties we can assist you in purchasing or selling:

  • Buy-to-Let, Let-to-Buy and Investment Properties
  • New builds
  • Auction Sales & Purchases
  • Help-to-Buy and Shared Ownership
  • Farms & Agricultural Property
  • Equestrian Land & Property
Development of Estates & Plot Sales

The development of estates, and the subsequent sales of plots to new buyers, are overseen by our team of highly experienced property lawyers.

We can advise you on any issues relating to the proposals, assist with resolving any disputes or claims, and we can prepare transfers of plots including all relevant covenants and easements.


Whether this is a first-time mortgage, or if you’re remortgaging your home or raising finance to invest in other projects, we can help. We can deal with the legal formalities on behalf of you and your mortgage lender through to completion of your mortgage.

Equity Release & Lifetime Mortgages

A lifetime mortgage, also known as an equity release mortgage, is a loan taken out against your home. There are not usually any monthly repayments, as the interest is added to the loan amount, which becomes repayable in the event of your death, or should you leave or sell the property.

When considering this type of mortgage, it’s important that you receive full independent advice to ensure you are aware of all the terms and the way interest is added to the loan. It’s also worth noting that the earlier you take out a loan of this type, the more will have to be repaid.

Our experienced mortgage lawyers are able to meet with you at the office or at your home if it’s difficult to travel, to explain the mortgage and oversee its completion.

Land Issues including Rights of Way, Covenants & Land Agreements

Covenants are obligations put on land owners, usually when land changes hands, which bind all future owners of that land. We can prepare, complete and register deeds to ensure land is treated in a particular way.

There may come a time when such covenants are no longer desirable or necessary. In that case we can prepare the required deed of release, with all parties’ agreement.

Easements are rights given over land, for example rights of way or rights to light. Again, formal deeds for these rights or the release of them must be carefully prepared, agreed and registered at the Land Registry to ensure they are fully in effect. Our property law team can advise on these and other land-related issues.

Need help? Contact us today.

Our Residental Property Team

Julian Dickins

Partner | Solicitor
Victoria Hopgood - solicitor and partner at Dickins Hopgood Chidley

Victoria Hopgood

Partner | Solicitor

Emily Payne

Partner | Solicitor
Lucy Robinson - solicitor at Dickins Hopgood Chidley

Lucy Robinson

Carina Denness - conveyancing executive at Dickins Hopgood Chidley

Carina Denness

Conveyancing Executive
Deborah Wason - conveyancing executive at Dickins Hopgood Chidley

Deborah Wason

Conveyancing Executive
Rebecca Aram - trainee solicitor at Dickins Hopgood Chidley

Rebecca Aram

Trainee Solicitor
  • “Julian, thank you very much for your services. It has been a pleasure to work with you and your efficiency and permanently being ‘ahead of the game’ made the whole procedure very trouble free for us.

    We have been in [our new home] for nearly a month now and are very happy with our purchase and move.

    Many thanks again – we will not hesitate in recommending you.”

  • Ms. Denness was extremely forward-thinking and professional in every step of the conveyancing for purchasing my property.

    She anticipated all the shortfalls of my seller’s solicitors, and went over-and-above her own responsibilities, making phone calls to ensure that all their paperwork was complete and in good order for the agreed completion date.

    Her communication was always reassuring and kept my mind at rest. We completed as agreed, even though my seller’s solicitors were sluggish and quite uncooperative.”

  • “Carina and her team at DHC have been acting for us professionally and personally for 20 years and have always provided a first class service.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

  • “I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks for your work on this sale, even when the situation was not so clear from the buyer’s side, you left me in no doubt that you had everything under control – thank you.

    I will not hesitate to recommend you and your office should anyone ask.”

  • “We want to thank you both [Carina and Loren] for your help with our sale … and purchase …  You made a ‘difficult’ time so much easier. I have never known solicitors to be so helpful with the random queries I asked you and for responding to any questions so quickly.  

    We enjoyed our conversations and dealing with both of you, thank you again for your help, patience and cheerfulness!”

  • “Thank you Carina for all your hard work in helping us to successfully complete our sale and purchase. When we sell, we will be knocking on your door again!”

Resources – the answer could be just a click away

We have more helpful free legal advice in our fact sheets, just click to download:

Buying your freehold
Joint Ownership
Lease extensions
Conveyancing process –
flowchart for sellers
Conveyancing process –
flowchart for buyers
All other resources

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