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Residential Property Solicitors

Helping smooth the process

Whether you are buying your first home, selling a holiday cottage or managing a rental property, navigating the conveyancing process can be daunting.

At Walker Foster, our team of experienced residential property solicitors is here to simplify everything for you by offering a tailored and flexible conveyancing service.

Our dedicated residential conveyancing team is committed to providing a personal touch and quick service, ensuring that your needs are met efficiently. We are equipped to handle all types of property transactions - whether you are dealing with a leasehold, freehold, shared ownership, new builds, or even complex unregistered properties. We are here to ensure that first-time buyers, seasoned property owners and new landlords alike can experience a smooth and stress-free journey from start to finish.

We manage every aspect of your property transaction, from explaining Stamp Duty Land Tax to dealing with the Land Registry, ensuring that every step is clear and straightforward. Our aim is to make the whole process as easy as possible for you, protecting your interests and securing your investment along the way. Walker Foster will be your trusted partner in residential conveyancing, guiding you smoothly from the initial stages to completion.

Get in contact with our dedicated team of specialist property solicitors to find out how we can support you.


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Our residential property services

At Walker Foster, we offer a broad range of residential property services designed to meet every aspect of your property needs.

Our expert team of residential property solicitors is committed to delivering top-tier legal support and advice, ensuring that all your transactions are handled with the utmost professionalism and care. Our expert property solicitors assist with stamp duty-related queries and guide clients through the process, including handling necessary paperwork.

Below is a complete list of the services our property team provides:

Each of these services is delivered with a personal touch, ensuring that we understand and meet your specific needs, providing peace of mind throughout your property journey. Walker Foster is dedicated to making your property transactions as straightforward and beneficial as possible, backed by decades of expertise and a deep understanding of property law.

If you need detailed information on any of our services or wish to discuss your particular property needs, our friendly and approachable team is ready to assist you.

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

The property buying process can seem daunting, especially for those who are new to it. Our residential property solicitors are here to guide you through every step, ensuring a transparent and smooth transaction.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the key stages involved in buying a property:

  1. Initial consultation:
  2. Understanding your needs: we start by discussing your property requirements and any specific needs, such as the type of property you are looking for and your timeframes.
  3. Legal preparation: early legal preparation is vital. We advise you on the documents and information needed, helping you set everything in place for a smoother process. Enlisting a residential property solicitor from the outset when applying for a mortgage can expedite the process, as having a solicitor in place early on ensures all legal requirements are met promptly.
  4. Property search and offer:
  5. Finding the right property: whether through estate agents or other sources, finding the right property is a journey we support by liaising with all parties involved.
  6. Making an offer: once you find your ideal property, we help you make an informed offer, considering factors like market conditions and your budget.
  7. The conveyancing process:
  8. Instructing your solicitor: after your offer is accepted, our conveyancing team will manage all legal aspects of the purchase.
  9. Conducting searches: we conduct a variety of searches to uncover any legal or physical issues with the property. This includes local authority searches, environmental searches and more.
  10. Reviewing results and advising: based on the search results and property surveys, we advise you on any potential risks or necessary negotiations of a legal nature referred to by your surveyor.
  11. Mortgage and financial arrangements:
  12. Securing a mortgage: if applicable, we liaise with your mortgage lender to ensure that their requirements are met.
  13. Stamp Duty Land Tax: we calculate and advise on the Stamp Duty payable, ensuring you are aware of all costs involved.
  14. Exchange of contracts:
  15. Finalising the contract: we review and negotiate the contract terms, and ensure that you are aware of these and their implications
  16. Exchange: this legally binding step confirms your commitment to the purchase, with both parties agreeing on a completion date.
  17. Completion and final steps:
  18. Transfer of funds and legal titles: we handle the transfer of funds and ensure all legal paperwork is in order for the property to be legally transferred to you.
  19. Handover of keys: the final step is the most satisfying - receiving the keys to your new home.
  20. Registration with the Land Registry: post-completion, we register your new ownership with the Land Registry, which essentially registers your ownership of the property. Following the completion of this process, the updated title documentation will be provided to you.

The residential property team at Walker Foster is dedicated to making this process as stress-free as possible for every property client. We pride ourselves on keeping you informed and up-to-date throughout the process, helping you handle the complexities of buying a property with ease and confidence.

The residential property team at Walker Foster is dedicated to making this process as stress-free as possible for every property client. We pride ourselves on keeping you informed and up-to-date throughout the process, helping you handle the complexities of buying a property with ease and confidence.

What are the steps involved in selling a property?

Selling a property can be as intricate as buying one, but the residential property solicitors at Walker Foster will ensure that the process is managed efficiently, providing you with guidance and expert advice at every stage:

  1. Preparation for sale:
  2. Valuation and marketing: we can guide you on getting your property valued and advise on the best marketing strategies through our network of trusted estate agents.
  3. Legal documentation: our team prepares all necessary legal documentation upfront to avoid delays later. This includes the title deeds and any other required disclosures.
  4. The conveyancing process:
  5. Drafting the contract: we draft a contract that outlines the terms of sale, ensuring all details are accurately represented.
  6. Addressing enquiries: we handle all queries from the buyer’s solicitor, which may include questions about the property or clarifications on the contract. Anything we do not know, we will ask for your support and assistance as swiftly as possible
  7. Exchange of contracts:
  8. Agreeing on terms: we ensure all terms are agreed upon and that both parties are ready to proceed.
  9. Exchange: this step makes the agreement legally binding. We coordinate the exchange of contracts, ensuring that both you and the buyer are legally committed in accordance with your instructions to us.
  10. Completion:
  11. Final arrangements: we arrange for the payment of any outstanding mortgage or loans secured against the property.
  12. Handover of keys: finally, we coordinate the handover of keys to the new owner, marking the completion of the sale.
  13. Post-sale support:
  14. Dealing with post-completion formalities: after the sale is completed, we help with any remaining formalities, such as confirming the cancellation of your mortgage with the Land Registry, if applicable.

Our conveyancing solicitors at Walker Foster are committed to providing you with a seamless and stress-free selling experience. We understand the emotional and financial significance of selling your property, which is why we handle every case with personalised attention and professional care.

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Meet the Team

Bev AtkinsonChartered Legal Executive
David BartonSenior Solicitor
Fraser BellLicensed Conveyancer
Sarah BrightLicensed Conveyancer
Sue HartleyConveyancing Executive
Ian HaynesDirector & Head of Conveyancing
Laura KingsberryConveyancing Executive
Claire LodgeConveyancing Executive
Mariette MarrenSolicitor
Simone RobinsonSolicitor
Anna RobinsonSolicitor
Stuart RowlandDirector and Senior Associate Solicitor
Amelie ThewlisSolicitor

Why choose Walker Foster?

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We strive for excellence

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Choosing the right solicitor can significantly influence the outcome and experience of your property transactions. Walker Foster distinguishes itself with a blend of local presence and decades of trusted service in residential conveyancing.

Our firm has deep roots, dating back to 1919, and maintains strong connections with the communities we serve through our local offices in Skipton, Barnoldswick, Silsden, Settle, Ilkley, Northallerton and Harrogate. This local expertise allows us not just to offer legal advice, but also to provide insights into the specific nuances of each area’s property market.

Walker Foster has built a reputation for excellence and reliability over the years, reflected in our longstanding history and commitment to the communities we work within. This heritage underscores our dedication to delivering outstanding legal services and developing enduring relationships with our clients.

Our expertise in residential property law is backed by extensive experience and a comprehensive understanding of the conveyancing process. We are proud to be an accredited member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). This prestigious accreditation is a testament to our commitment to maintaining the highest standards in residential conveyancing. Being part of this scheme assures our clients that:

  • We adhere to best practice management standards: our processes and client handling are designed to meet the highest industry standards, providing reassurance that your property matters are in capable hands.
  • Our conveyancing procedures are recognised as efficient and professional: we streamline the conveyancing process to ensure that all transactions are conducted smoothly and without unnecessary delays.
  • The integrity of our conveyancing team is recognised by the Law Society: our team is skilled and trustworthy, upholding the integrity required to properly advise clients and manage their most significant transactions.

Let us take the stress out of your property transactions by ensuring they are managed efficiently, professionally, and with a personal touch that only a local firm like Walker Foster can provide.

If you are ready to discuss your residential property needs, contact Walker Foster to benefit from our expert guidance and comprehensive support. Whether you are buying or selling property, our friendly and professional team is here to help every step of the way.

Contact us today to speak to our residential property lawyers and start your journey with a trusted partner by your side.


"From my instruction, I found Simone to be both personable and knowledgeable. She always demonstrated a high level of professionalism in handling our conveyancing and all aspects of our sale and purchase. I would have no hesitation in recommending her and the team and Walker Faster to friends and family."

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