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  • Overview

    Our market leading team of ten experienced lawyers specialise in dealing with the sale and purchase of all types of residential property. We are one of the largest and most experienced residential conveyancing teams in the South East and are accredited under the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. We are frequently recommended by our clients, estate agents and other property professionals.

    With a broad range of conveyancing know-how we provide an efficient, personal and informative service to our clients in the following areas:

    • Freehold and leasehold - sales and purchases
    • High value properties (including large country homes and prestigious London properties)
    • Listed buildings
    • Holiday homes and investment properties
    • First time buyers
    • Executor and attorney sales
    • Court of Protection sales and purchases
    • New-builds
    • Lease extensions and lease enfranchisement
    • Matrimonial and probate transfers
    • First registrations of title with the Land Registry.
       

    We offer direct contact with the same lawyer (via telephone and email) throughout your transaction. Our residential conveyancing team are structured to ensure that your transaction will be looked after by another lawyer, without a reduction in our level of service, in the event of any absence.

    We actively liaise with estate agents to ensure your property transaction proceeds as efficiently as possible. We are on all of the major lenders’ panels and do not receive referral fees, if you have been referred to us by an agent it is because they are an advocate of our expertise and client care.

    Our clients benefit from our strong network of lawyers to provide additional advice on all aspects of your property transaction, including wills, trusts & tax planning, dispute resolution, family law and lease enfranchisement

    Contact our residential conveyancing lawyers on 01892 510000.

    “Our solicitor was clearly an expert in their field. They did everything required in the timescale requested, which was very tight. They queried and negotiated, on our behalf, aspects of the purchase / lease which we had no idea required querying. Communication was excellent.” Client 2017

    The pin map below identifies where in the UK our clients were based in 2016. This has been created using data from The Conveyancing Map supplied by the TM Group.

    The team are proud to be shortlisted in the 2017 Solictors Journal Awards.

  • Related Client Stories

    Buying a second property and transferring to a buy-to-let mortgage

    We were instructed by a client to act on a purchase being funded by a re-mortgage of an existing property at very short notice.

    'Land locked' in North London

    Claire Josef, of our residential conveyancing team, dealt with the sale of a residential property in North London where the garden land had been retained under a lock out agreement to a Developer.

    Negotiating terms of lease for prestigious Knightsbridge apartment

    One of our clients wanted some help with the purchase of an apartment in the Knightsbridge area next to a very well known Department Store. 

    When your buyer fails to complete

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Residential Conveyancing team who recently acted for a client whose property sale did not proceed to completion after contracts have been exchanged.

  • Latest Updates

    FAQ: Tax Planning

    Q. We want to help our 20 year old daughter buy her first flat, but we’re worried about putting such a valuable asset directly in her name. Is there anything we can do to protect the property until she’s a bit older?

    A technical update for buy to let

    The Chancellor, it seems, has taken a dim view of individuals taking advantage of low interest rates to buy property to rent out, and obtain income tax relief for the interest on borrowings used to purchase those properties.  The new rules, which will see tax relief restricted to the equivalent of basic rate tax on the finance costs of purchasing buy to let properties, are to be phased in over three years starting from 6 April 2017.  The full restriction will therefore apply to interest payments from 6 April 2020.

    Banks reassure savers about Help to Buy Isa

    Associate, Samuel Davies from our Residential Conveyancing team speaks to the Financial Times about Help to buy Isa's.

    FAQ: Resdiential Conveyancing

    Q. My buyer’s solicitor has asked me to provide any FENSA certificates. What are these certificates for?

    The legal week in 60 seconds

    The Solicitors Journal reports on Thomson Snell & Passmore's recent significant promotions within the firm.

    Top 25 UK Law Firm

    We are pleased to receive, for another year, the accolade from eprivateclient of being listed as one of the Top 25 Law Firms in the UK.

    Stamp Duty Land Tax on mixed use properties

    Recent changes in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates may have caused confusion as to what rates apply in certain circumstances, not least when purchasing farms and estates. 

    FAQ: Budget

    Q. Was there any good news for SMEs in the Budget? A. Whilst not transforming the landscape for SMEs, there was certainly some good news.  The Chancellor looked to shift some of the tax burden onto large corporates, giving him some room to assist smaller businesses.

    Landlord obligations

    Landlords renting out residential properties are facing challenges as a result of new legislation being introduced on a number of fronts. Here are a few of the changes coming your way.

    Buying a ‘listed’ property

    Tunbridge Wells attracts property buyers not just for being located in the Garden of England, it is also home to roughly 3,000 ‘listed buildings’, with many more located throughout the South East. This article covers what a ‘listed building’ is and the implications of buying such a property.

    Property fraud and cyber security

    Following the mortgage industry and Land Registry decisions to dematerialise title deeds to properties in the early 2000’s, there has been a huge rise in property related fraud.  The idea behind the decision was to save money on production and storage costs, as well as time producing documents.  No longer are owners required to produce an actual Land or Charge Certificate, which were only issued  by the Land Registry.  Instead, all that is required is a copy of the Registry’s electronic copy of the title.

    Surveying the damage – the importance of reading your building survey prior to exchange of Contracts

    A recent High Court decision has highlighted the importance to buyers of only proceeding to exchange of Contracts after their building survey has been reviewed and understood.

    Reflecting on a history of service in helping our valued clients buy and sell their homes

    Guy Hollamby, Partner and Head of Residential Conveyancing at Thomson Snell & Passmore talks about his career and achievements leading one of  the largest and most experienced residential property teams in the South East.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Samuel Davies wins Trainee of the Year award

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore last week saw solicitor Samuel Davies awarded the Kent & East Sussex (Junior Lawyer Divisions) Achievement Award for Trainee Solicitor of the Year 2014.

    On the move

    Solicitor Rachel Taylor at Thomson Snell & Passmore writes about preparing for your big day.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore Retains Excellent Rankings

    Thomson Snell & Passmore has achieved outstanding rankings in this year’s Chambers & Partners – with an impressive 24 lawyers recognised as “leaders in their field” – four more than last year.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore secures Law Society's new quality mark

    Thomson Snell & Passmore is one of the first firms in Kent to secure membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

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Excellent service. Always easy to get hold of and responded quickly. We're very pleased there were no conveyancing delays at all on our side.

Client

Very knowledgeable and explained matters clearly.

Client

Persistent and steered through to exchange when delays on other side which kept us to timetable.

Client

Samuel was determined to see the entire process through and galvanised his opposite numbers in the chain when they were not doing their job properly - that much was obvious to us.

Client

At every stage in instructing TS&P (and I have used them for Residential Conveyancing, Family Law and Employment Law) I have always been very impressed with the quality of the people I have dealt with.

Client

Sam was on the ball throughout. I have never dealt with any profession where I was not doing the pushing to get things done to my timescale. This was a first.

Client

Kept up to date, questions answered immediately, general support through a stressful process.

Client

Samuel always made himself available to answer questions via email and telephone and sent me regular emails to keep me updated when he was having to chase the sellers solicitors for information.

Client

Sam and the team made me feel at ease by the way they dealt with and advised on the stresses that come with buying a house. Due to me going abroad Sam set and achieved some tight deadlines - to work for me.

Client

Most importantly, they seem to act in the interests of the client. They do what they say they will do, when they say they will do it.

Client

It’s the first time for many years we had a solicitor who was worth his money, a breath of fresh air.”

Client

As first time buyers we had lots of questions, these were all answered in a timely manner and nothing was too much hassle.

Client

Both selling and buying, which was complicated, was dealt with, with exceptional understanding.

Client

We have had the conveyancing, the making of wills and probate as the three main things and they were dealt with from different departments. I really cannot fault any of it. Although costs seem very high in these matters, I felt that we paid for the best and we got the best.

Client

We needed a law firm in Tunbridge Wells for our house purchase in 1980 when we moved back from the USA, and we chose Thomson Snell & Passmore. We have used them ever since for conveyancing, wills and trust etc.

Client

Fantastic, personalised service. Guy went the extra mile to ensure the sale and purchase of our house went through.

Client

We find TS&P friendly and approachable. They always provide an excellent service, making us feel confident that our affairs are being dealt with correctly.

Client

Throughout the process, Samuel Davies provided the most professional and impressive service, this helped to ease an often fraught and stressful situation. His advice was timely, detailed and, above all, erudite.

Client

Kim Connolly was exceptionally professional and helpful throughout what was a very challenging, fraught and quick process. I have nothing but praise & thanks for her and Jan Clark. They really went out of their way to make everything run smoothly and to the very tight timeline we were given.

Client

Rachel Taylor was at all times a calm and reassuring presence throughout the process. I felt like I was listened to, looked after and received expert advice.  

Client

We really appreciate how hard everyone at Thomson Snell & Passmore worked for us by keeping us informed of progress regularly. We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for solicitors to aid buying/selling a house.

Client

Friendly & helpful service from day one. Exceeded expectation, thank you.

Client

TSP greatly assisted in 'smoothing' a transaction which would otherwise have been very stressful. I had a 5 star service.

Client

I was very pleased with the prompt and efficient service provided to enable me to move house swiftly and smoothly.

Client

We found the service to be thorough, professional and quickly identified issues we should be aware of.

Client

As a first time buyer, I found that I was able to easily understand the process, was kept fully informed at every stage. Excellent service, and extremely valued recommendation that I would happily pass on.

Client

First class, friendly and professional service.

Client

Our first foray into buying property in the UK was made easy and (relatively) stress free thanks to the efficiency and speed with which TS&P helped.

Client

Our solicitor was an absolute pleasure to deal with, prompt, professional and proficient - speaking proper English rather than gobbledegook.

Client

Consistency, friendliness, approachability and professionalism are testament to what customers should experience when undertaking residential conveyancing. One feels utter confidence in the process and that all angles have been covered. Exceptional service.

Kathleen Muir

Sam offered a fantastic service and nothing was too much trouble.  

Client

Ahead of the game all of the time.  

Client

Every time I needed information all the staff were on hand to explain.

Client

They were so friendly and willing to help with anything that I needed.

Client

Quick response. Kept me informed. When Samuel was on holiday, Erin Denness tried to come up with a clever solution to make completion happen when a last minute problem (due to our buyer's solicitor) occurred

Client

Courteous service, kept well informed and sale went through quickly.  

Client

I have always found TS&P to be professional, very reliable and helpful.

Client

TS&P always appear to have the skill set within their organisation to help, whatever the problem

Client

I wanted to put on record the profound appreciation we felt for your prompt service, attention to detail, dedication and professionalism.  

Client

We were all working under severe time constraints in terms of our purchase and you had great demands placed upon yourself; however, you were very able to cope with these pressures and our expectations.

Client

I am happy to say that you firm stands head and shoulders above others in my experience.

Client

Provided clear, concise and patient advice to us as we went through the process of selling a house for the first time.

Client

You were the one point of sanity and efficiency amid the chaos!  We have been singing your praises to all who would listen.

Client

Transaction completed efficiently. Ruth made sure the pace was maintained.

Client

I have used them a few times in the past. I trust and find Alastair very accessible and thorough.

Client

Claire Josef was at all times professional, available for advice, was amusing when others were not behaving as they should, and she understood my jokes! The sale of our previous home and purchase of the new one turned into a tortuous process, but she kept on top of it, calming us down, pushing other parties as appropriate and standing for no nonsense, while smoothing the way.

Client

Her reponses to queries were prompt, full, and understandable. Even when she was on holiday, her colleagues, senior and junior, were fully informed and equally helpful.

Client

I felt she was very competent and approachable, answered all my questions and did not go above the agreed price for the service.

Client

Easily contactable, very helpful and professional, turned around documentation quickly, kept us informed at all times, very proactive, offered sound practical advice.  

Client

Prompt, calm and attentive service.

Client

It was all completed very efficiently with communication by email both to me and my son which I wanted

Client

Kim will work diligently to ensure she has explored every avenue to ensure the culmination of a success sale or purchase.

Client

Kim offered us solid professional advice, which was balanced and thoughtful. We felt fully supported through the process and knew that we could trust the advice that was given to us.

Client

We know how quick and thorough Alastair is, so we wanted to go with the best

Client

Great advice on our boundary wall issues, the extension with no planning permission/building regulations.

Client

All things were picked up by Alastair and acted upon immediately

Client

We were informed of these issues straightaway and all was explained very clearly to us so that we completely understood what was going on.

Client

Claire was very helpful and kind in ensuring it was a smooth process ... for which I am truly grateful.

Client

Always helpful and explained everything very clearly

Client

Impeccable service

Client

Very quick response to initial enquiry and correspondence thereafter all actioned quickly

Client

Efficient, friendly, approachable  

Client

Kim was an invaluable point of contact, professional and friendly, and her work was excellent.

Client

Worked hard to achieve completion date in a short time on a complex house sale.

Client

I only have one previous experience of conveyancing to go by, and Rachel was a lot more efficient and accessible than my previous conveyancer (not TS&P!).

Client

Overall very happy. Great communication throughout, and very helpful.

Client

Thank you very much for the speed and efficiency at which you managed our purchase. We have valued your expertise and instruction in dealing with a potentially difficult seller

Client

Ruth provided an exemplary service throughout. I was kept very well informed at all stages - and felt that everything was handled professionally and without any unnecessary delay.

Client

Ruth understood the process inside out - she had the experience and expertise required to ensure that everything progressed smoothly on our side.

Client

Pointed out issues relating to adoption of the sewage system by South West Water. Detailed advice on the contract, ensuring we were happy with the detail. Transparency of fees. All delivered in a very short timescale.  

Client

Alastair helped enormously with the purchase of our new house, smoothing over issues with the seller and providing helpful, professional and extremely timely advice.

Client

The instructions l gave were kept to, the budget was kept to, and the advice l received was business like and effective.

Client

Claire was very persistent and supportive in a drawn-out transaction.

Client

Excellent service, always kept fully informed. First time I have purchased a property and did not know what to expect. Ms Josef was always there to explain the position to me.  

Client

Amy was efficient and thorough

Client

Efficient, effective work by Alastair and his realistic and pragmatic approach

Client

I like Alastair's no nonsense approach and his awesome work ethic

Client

Mr Harvey was exceptionally helpful and professional. He was always in control of the situation and reacted immediately to our questions and requests  

Client

Claire always keeps us fully updated with all aspects of the purchase. The information we received was exceptional and Claire was always on hand to assist. She was very helpful and we could not fault the level of service we received from her  

Client

Claire was very persistent and supportive in a drawn-out transaction.

Client

Excellent service, always kept fully informed. First time I have purchased a property and did not know what to expect. Ms Josef was always there to explain the position to me.

Client

We also appreciated that he was very efficient - we knew he would get along with things swiftly (without us having to remind him) and on the odd occasion that we had complicated instructions for him, we knew he would carry them out faultlessly.

Client

I felt that Alastair was not merely giving bog-standard advice or answers to us but had carefully considered his responses, taking into account our unique circumstances.  

Client

Thank you so much for trying everything you could to see our house. My mum and dad have had a lot of stress with paperwork, fencing and silly hard questions. But thanks to you, we have now sold our house. You’re probably one of the best solicitors ever. I think you and your team have done really well. So now we can enjoy our lives forever.

Client

I was kept informed and Ruth quickly dealt with any issues.

Client

Sam provided us with excellent advice and was always willing to speak with us on the telephone to discuss our purchase. As first time buyers, Sam guided us through the process of purchasing our property. Time was of the essence in this purchase, and Sam was very proactive in progressing the matter with the seller's solicitors. In addition, Sam always kept us up to date and explained the conveyancing process and any risks associated with the property and lease in a clear and concise manner, avoiding legalese. This made the process a lot less stressful for us as first time buyers, and we would definitely recommend Sam. Thank you for your help!

Client

They provided the service that I expected. That is why they have been the family solicitor for more than fifty years.

Client

The legal wordings in documents, such as covenants, are not always easy to understand. Alastair was good at explaining them to us. Alastair also explained to us when he was not legally happy with a situation, and also offered practical solutions to problems, such as indemnity insurance.

Client

Alastair was very helpful indeed, again. When we see the quality of some of the other solicitors, we realise how good he is. We have recommended Alastair in the past to family, friends and also work colleagues in London, and will continue to do so.

Client

Excellent communication and attention to detail.

Client

Always guided us when needed. Looked after our interests and ensured we followed best practice.

Client

Whole process was carried out smoothly without any input

Client

Thanks so much for being so quick and efficient about all this.  It’s made a huge difference to know you’re all so on it there.  A very different experience to my previous encounters with solicitors.  Very glad our paths have crossed.

Client

Guy was extremely responsive. I would always receive a timely reply to my questions, and he was attentive to my needs. In my experience this is the exception rather than the rule! Guy was proactive and thoughtful, and he helped make the transaction totally painless.  

Client

Kim was a constant voice of calm, reason and competence during a problematic purchase process. Thoroughly pleased to have had her in my corner. Whilst obviously being very busy, Kim has a great knack of slowing down when talking to clients and giving 100% of her attention, making you feel valued.  

Client

Alastair was efficient and thorough in his work, highlighting potential issues with building regulations on old loft conversion and seeing them through to resolution, chasing council and other solicitors to ensure a speedy result.

Client

I wanted to thank you for the excellent service we received from you and TS&P during the sale of our flat. You were at all times professional, thorough and persistent, and managed to keep the momentum going, resulting in a very swift sale, which was a great result. We will happily recommend you to any friends and family who are looking for legal advice.

Client

Smooth, easy transaction and sound guidance along the way

Client

Every aspect of the transaction was expertly dealt with.

Client

Rebecca Swain was extremely efficient and effective, and patient!!

Client

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