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 


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