Christopher Goldingham

Director
Office:
  • Banbury
Phone:
01295 204082
LinkedIn:
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Specialisms:
  • Residential Property
  • Agricultural & Estates

Christopher qualified as a solicitor with Swindon firm Townsends in 1978 and became a partner in 1980. Following a series of mergers with firms based in Bath, Bristol and London, Christopher became a partner in Thrings LLP in 2001 and Head of Thrings Private Property Team in Swindon in 2003. He was subsequently asked to lead the Team across all of the firm’s offices. Christopher then spent time running the Private Property Team in Thrings new London office in 2007-2008 before returning to lead the Team in Swindon.

Christopher joined Spratt Endicott as a Partner in 2013 and heads up the ​Agriculture & Estates team, working closely with other solicitors in the Private Client Departments.  He is a versatile property lawyer with particular experience in high end residential conveyancing, agriculture and property development.

Work highlights:

  • The regular sale and purchase of quality residential property. The properties are often listed buildings and include amenity land and equestrian facilities

  • Purchase of a mixed portfolio of over 70 properties

  • Purchase and conversion of multiple office buildings to residential for a developer client

  • The sale and purchase of a range of agricultural properties

  • Residential lease extensions and other leasehold enfranchisement transactions, mainly in London

Professional memberships, publications and interests:

  • Christopher is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2016 and has been recognised as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 UK in 2015 and 2016.
  • Christopher enjoys playing golf, tennis and blues harmonica. He is also a hobby olive farmer and a Member of the Agricultural Law Association

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Case Studies

  • Large period barn – water, water everywhere ….
    Christopher acted for the purchaser of a very large period barn with amenity land, with planning consent for conversion into a substantial dwelling. Searches revealed that there was no mains water supply in the vicinity. It transpired that water was being brought to the property by tanker, which naturally dampened Christopher’s client’s enthusiasm for the property! 

     Christopher arranged for contracts to be exchanged, with completion of the purchase being conditional on a satisfactory water supply being located. Following exchange, an exploratory borehole was drilled, with the cost being shared between the two parties. Tests revealed an excellent private water supply some distance underneath the property and the client proceeded to complete the purchase. 
  • Sale of a substantial estate
    Christopher acted on the sale of a residential, agricultural and sporting estate of more than 2500 acres to a foreign buyer. The majority of his client’s title to the property had not been registered at the Land Registry but, working in partnership with the clients land agent and other advisers, Christopher was able to overcome the many complications that arose to achieve a successful outcome. 
  • Conversion of large commercial building into residential use
    Christopher acted for the purchaser of a large office building that had been vacant for many years. The client obtained planning consent for the conversion of the property into 20 flats with business use on part of the ground floor. Unfortunately the seller had lost the title deeds to about 50% of the building. An application to the Land Registry for possessory title was submitted and subsequently granted by the Land Registry. With the addition of title insurance, paid for by the seller, Christopher advised that it was safe to proceed with the transaction and he later successfully disposed of all 20 flats on long leases. 
  • Redevelopment of a farmyard
    Christopher dealt with the legal side of the sub-division and sale of the principal house and nearby farmyard for a farming client into 5 separate residential units, which included unravelling various historic planning agreements and advising on how to deal with common areas and necessary legal easements 

 

Testimonials

  • "Spratt Endicott were professional and timely in the handling of my late mothers affairs. At this difficult time their experience and expertise was extremely important and gratefully received."

    Dr Claire Stocker
    Buckingham
  • "Chris Goldingham was unfailingly helpful and efficient"

    Mrs H
    Oxfordshire
  • "For me Spratt Endicott provides the ultimate service experience from a client’s perspective, delivery with consummate ease, a fully holistic service from start to end, professionally delivered, thorough, complete, accurate and detailed, all delivered with excellence re legal services and a major smattering of good old common sense and pragmatism. But NEVER compromising legal service delivery."

    Mr Biscomb
    Banbury

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