April Fool giveaway

It’s my birthday in April, so I’m giving a 10% discount on all new legal work where I receive (and accept)instructions in April 2010 – you need to quote “promo code April Fool” when giving the instructions (on the authority form, in the case of new clients) in order to qualify, so don’t forget...
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Client feedback

It’s always nice to have good client feedback. One completed questionnaire arrived this weekend from a pub-buying client: Communication: “Excellent“ Legal work: “Excellent“ Fees paid: “Good value for money“ Possible improvements: “Is there an improvement on ‘excellence’?!“ Would you recommend me? “Yes“ Comment:...
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A smooth handover

For once, a nice, efficient, pub completion today: the Ewe & Lamb at Rolvenden Lane has changed hands; I acted for the sellers and Janet Cousins at Mowll & Mowll in Dover acted for the buyers. She is always efficient and, while still protecting her clients’ interests, co-operative – unlike many solicitors, who seem to think it is part of their job description to be...
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Hotels and restauants, too

Though this blog is mainly about public houses – hence its name – most of the comments and information apply equally to hotels and restaurants, too In that connection, I am (I hope) on the brink of completing what has been a very lengthy and complicated leasehold hotel purchase. I expect moist of the details will be boring to those not directly involved, but there may be some...
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Clients slow me down

For the first time in ages, if not ever, I have a client (a publican at that) who has not sabotaged the start of his own transaction by not supplying paperwork, etc, and so slowing me down The pub has been on the market for the best part of a year, but in readiness for finding a buyer, my client sent me the lease, the premises licence, the certificates and reports, asbestos survey, etc, so that...
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Conveyancing process: ready to complete?

This is the stage just before completion of the sale and purchase: ff the draft transfer, etc, are approved (and, if appropriate, signed by the buyer), the final enquiries are satisfactorily answered, the pre-completion search results are satisfactory, and the licence to assign is agreed by the freeholder, the seller’s solicitor will get the completion papperwork signed by the seller, and...
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