Buying or selling property is an exciting, but often stressful time. Our team of experienced conveyancing solicitors, based in offices throughout Cheshire will help you through this. We will explain each step of the way to you so that you can be confident that your move is being handled efficiently and carefully.
We are as committed to getting you moved as you are, so our service is centred around being as proactive as possible to drive your move forward to a speedy, hassle-free completion.
The high standard of our conveyancing work has been recognised with the award of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme mark.
Conveyancing is the process of transferring interests in property from one person to another – this includes sales, purchases, transfers of equity, and remortgages.
When you instruct us you will have your own dedicated and qualified property solicitor to manage your transaction from offer through to completion. Our lawyers are supported by experienced teams, who work together to ensure you receive a quality service.
Once you have agreed on a price with your seller or buyer, the estate agent will ask you to confirm which conveyancing solicitor will be acting for you. If you instruct one of Poole Alcock’s experienced conveyancing solicitors in Chester, we will immediately start gathering all the information we need to complete your move. The more information we can gather at the beginning, the smoother and quicker your move will be.
The solicitor acting for the seller prepares a ‘contract pack’ which will include the contract for sale and all the documents which should prove that the seller owns the property, and reveal any issues which affect the property (such as rights of way, restrictions on use etc). The buyer’s solicitor will review all these documents to make sure that the property is as the buyer is expecting it to be. They will also carry out ‘searches’ with agencies such as the local authority, the water authority, environmental companies and the mining authority. If there is anything revealed by these property searches which could affect the value of the property, or the buyer’s use of it, the buyer’s solicitor will notify the buyer and suggest any possible solutions. Your conveyancing solicitor will also ask the seller’s solicitor questions to clarify any potential issues and to make sure that completion is able to go through smoothly. The buyer will then receive a report from their solicitor, called a ‘Report on Title’, which will explain everything that they need to know about the property.
In the meantime, the buyer will be making sure that funds are in place and, if necessary, obtaining a mortgage offer. If there is a mortgage, the buyer’s solicitor will also need to deal with any conditions set by the lender, and confirm to the lender that the property is legally sound.
Once all funds are in place, any issues dealt with, and the buyer has confirmed to their solicitor that they are happy with everything in the Report on Title, both solicitors will exchange contracts. This is the point at which the sale and purchase are legally binding and when the completion date is set. The completion date is the date when the buyer can collect the keys and move into the property.
After completion, the seller’s solicitor will pay off any mortgage and ensure that the proceeds of the sale are forwarded to the seller. The buyer’s solicitor will register the purchase at the Land Registry.
Call us on 0800 389 7093, or click ‘Conveyancing Quote’, and we will be able to give you a fixed price quotation for your move. Also ask us about our Premium Package – a premier service tailored to your needs which includes a ‘No Move No Fee’ guarantee for your peace of mind, and a FastStart upgrade so that we can get your move started straight away – before the Estate Agent has even had time to print out their Memorandum of Sale!
Further information, is also available from www.gov.uk/buy-sell-your-home.
Buying or selling a property is one of the biggest financial commitments you are likely to make. Delays in the conveyancing process can also make it one of the most stressful, but Poole Alcock property lawyers in Cheshire will make the conveyancing process happen for you, swiftly, efficiently and proactively. That means providing a quality service, resolving issues as quickly as possible and saving time whenever possible.
You will have your own dedicated and qualified property solicitor to manage your transaction from offer through to completion.
The high standard of our conveyancing work has been recognised with the award of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme mark.
Victoria first joined the firm in 2004 and left in 2013 before returning in September 2015.
She is now training to become a qualified Licensed Conveyancer with only one final exam left to sit. She currently runs the second team at Sandbach specialising in Residential Conveyancing.
Tracy joined Poole Alcock in our residential conveyancing department earlier this year. Tracey has extensive experience in conveyancing, having worked in property solicitor offices since leaving school, starting off as an office junior and working her way up towards a fee earner. She has now been a conveyancing fee earner for the last 17 years, specialising in re-mortgages, sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, including new builds, shared ownership and help to buy matters.
Tom initially joined Poole Alcock’s Litigation department as a Paralegal in November 2015 having previously gained significant property litigation experience working in a large corporate firm of solicitors based in Sheffield. He gained experience in employment law at a firm in Manchester and all round commercial and civil litigation experience at a local firm whilst residing in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent.
Now Tom is a Trainee Solicitor.
Tom completed his undergraduate in Law at the University of Chester in 2010 and went on to complete his LPC at the University of Law (Manchester) in 2012.Contact Me
Tania originally joined the firm back in 2005 and obtained her training contract in 2009, staying with the firm until qualifying as a solicitor in September 2011. She has now recently returned to Poole Alcock and re-joined the Conveyancing Team at our Nantwich Office.
Tania gained her LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology degree at Keele University, graduating in 2005 and completed her Legal Practice Course at Staffordshire University in 2008.
Tania deals with all kinds of Residential Conveyancing matters including Sales and Purchases, Re-mortgages, Transfer of Equity, Leasehold and Shared Ownership properties and prides herself on having good accessibility to clients, as she understands that it can be a very stressful time and being able to contact your Solicitor is important.Contact Me
Stacey joined Poole Alcock in July 2016 and is based at our Nantwich office.
Stacey qualified as a Solicitor in July 2012 and has over 10 years experience in residential conveyancing having previously worked within the industry in Manchester and South Cheshire whilst studying for her law degree.
Stacey deals with all types of residential transactions including Sales and Purchases, Re-mortgages, Leasehold Property and New Builds.Contact Me
Sarah McCleary joined Poole Alcock in September 2015 after successfully completing the LPC, with distinction, at Staffordshire University in July 2015.Contact Me
Sarah joined Poole Alcock in May 2016 and is based in our Alsager office.
Sarah has over 9 years experience in residential conveyancing as she worked full time at a local firm whilst studying part-time to obtain her law degree and further qualifications.
Sarah deals with all types of residential transactions including Sales and Purchases, Re-mortgages, Transfers of Equity and Equity Release matters.Contact Me
Leanne studied Counselling & Psychology at The University of Derby and graduated in 2012. Leanne started working at Poole Alcock soon after as an Office Junior. Over the past 3 years, Leanne has grown within the firm and is now a Conveyancer in our Alsager branch.
Leanne is experienced in all areas of residential conveyancing including, freehold and leasehold properties.Contact Me
Kate joined the firm in 1999 and graduated as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2012.
Kate is an experienced chartered legal executive based at our Sandbach office in Cheshire. She specialises in residential conveyancing and can assist in all aspects of conveyancing including property auction work.Contact Me
Jon qualified as a solicitor in July 2013 and joined Poole Alcock in August 2014, having worked in Staffordshire.
Jon has experience in all aspects of residential conveyancing including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, flats and new build properties.
Jon has acted for clients all over England and Wales who are buying or selling property.Contact Me
James joined Poole Alcock in 2012 and qualified as a solicitor with the firm in 2015.
James works within our Residential Conveyancing team in Nantwich and has acted for clients with property all over England and Wales.
James can provide assistance in respect of the following types of transaction, whether they relate to freehold or leasehold properties:
Gill worked for Barclays Bank for 14 years after leaving school. Having decided it was time for a change of direction, she joined Poole Alcock in September 1998, where she studied and qualified as a legal executive in June 2003.
Gill specialises in residential conveyancing, working with private clients and advising on all aspects of house sales and purchases. Moving house can be a very stressful time and Gill aims to make the whole process as smooth as possible.Contact Me
Geoffrey is the longest serving solicitor at Poole Alcock. Having qualified in 1976, he became a partner in 1981, then a consultant in 2011. He has practised in many areas of law, but now specialises in the purchase of new-build houses and flats.Contact Me
Cherry originally joined Poole Alcock in 2005, and qualified as a solicitor in 2007 before moving to another prominent Cheshire firm in 2008. She returned to Poole Alcock in October 2014, so that she could focus on the residential market in and around her home town, becoming partner in January 2016.
She is results focussed, with a pragmatic and proactive approach to ensure that transactions are kept on track and completed within agreed timescales.Contact Me
The unexpected experience of a H&S Executive prosecution was facing my company and this proved to extend over a period of several months because of the slow process. I instructed Poole Alcock to handle the matter on behalf of the company and I found Dan Brooks, the Partner who heads up Criminal Litigation, to be extremely supportive and responsive from initial enquiry and instruction through to the hearing and thereafter. The process did prove to be stressful but Poole Alcock walked us through each stage and ensured that it went as smoothly as possible. I was specifically grateful for Dan’s advice on the day of the trial. Their advice proved to be accurate and their recommendations were offered sympathetically and in a measured way.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the services of Poole Alcock to any company facing similar circumstances.
I was referred to Poole Alcock as a partnering legal company whom demonstrated a level of professionalism and care, which surpassed many of their competitors. It was a real concern of mine to change legal partners, however that said, moving to PA has without a doubt been one of the most productive business decisions we have made. Upon speaking with Luke Pritchard and his team, we opted for their Business Assist package.
Luke and his team make the legal challenges/questions faced by businesses, painless. He proactively assists with our corporate and international client’s legal teams requirements. Our legal documentation is maintained and refreshed regularly whilst new product launches are backed by comprehensive and concise agreements. Having worked with a number of legal teams over the years, finding a Solicitor with not only the passion and drive that Luke has, yet a sense of humour also, is a real breath of fresh air!
I visited Jane recently at the new offices in Congleton. The offices are beautiful and very well situated. Jane Jacques is a credit to her profession – extremely knowledgeable and incredibly professional. Jane took the time to fully explain the next steps and how the overall process would work. I left feeling very secure in the information I had received and extremely well supported by Jane herself.
I would highly recommend Jane and Poole Alcock. Thank you for all your help and support
Thank you so much for the professional way you handled the sale of our house
This is just a quick note to thank you very much for all your help on Friday 16th at Crewe Magistrates Court.
You understood my exact situation perfectly and communicated this very effectively to the court. You were a great comfort to me in unfamiliar circumstances.
Thank you very much again and you are correct – things are looking up once more!
I recommended a friend of mine to use Jane Jacques at Poole Alcock as his family solicitor as I found her to be highly professional and experienced. I was also aware that Jane is appointed by the Cheshire Police Federation to represent Cheshire Police officers and so I was confident that he would be in good hands. The feedback from my friend was excellent and he could not speak highly enough of Jane’s advice and assistance throughout the whole process. I wouldn’t think twice about recommending Jane and Poole Alcock again in the future.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work and effort and most importantly support involving my divorce.
It was one of the most traumatic experiences I have ever been through, however your attitude and your focus made me stay determined in securing a better outcome then I ever first thought.
Being able to speak to you at any point in what was a harrowing process was quickly short lived when I was able to build up a relationship with your dedicated secretary Louise and most importantly a fully committed relationship with yourself.
Your experience and reassurances made the last 12 months somewhat bearable especially with your expertise in involving children in a divorce.
With the added pressure of a Non-molestation and Occupation order, your support was second to none towards myself and my children.
I will have no qualms at recommending you to all my friends and family if a solicitor is ever required.
Poole Alcock are incredibly lucky to have you on their team and I wish you every success in furthering your career.
I would just like to personally drop you a line to thank you for your considerable personal and professional effort today, I am well aware that its your job, however when I spoke to Scott before he assured me without reservation that you were the man for the job, he was absolutely correct, I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone who may be in as an unfortunate situation that we were today.
Thank you for your time today, and all the advice given, very much appreciated and you made me feel at ease from the beginning. Excellent service needs recognition.
“I cannot praise Poole Alcock highly enough for the work they have completed for us. The Academy conversion has gone extremely smoothly largely because of the excellent service we received from Sarah Jarrett who handled our conversion. Sarah kept us informed every step of the way; dealing with the Local Authority and the Department for Education. Headteachers rarely go through this process twice so it was hugely comforting to have the support of such an experienced and competent legal partner.”
We consider Poole Alcock to be an invaluable business partner. Luke and the team took the time to truly understand our business and have tailored a package exactly to our needs.
With Business Assist we have the reassurance that we can receive speedy, professional, commercial legal support at any time, across a range of requirements. We have saved both time and money using the service, which has benefitted us hugely during a period of sustained growth.
I used the conveyancing services of Poole Alcock to deal with my house sale and subsequent related purchase in July 2017.
Sarah Hooper at the Alsager branch was my main point of contact, she is delightful to deal with; friendly, professional, with excellent customer service skills. She was proactive, in regular contact, and just generally wonderful at reassuring me and keeping me informed. Even better, when Sarah was unavailable to speak to, the rest of her team were also excellent, and always knew what was going on with my transactions. Having had an absolute nightmare when we last went through property sale and purchase 6 years previously (using a different firm), it was totally refreshing to have such a positive experience this time around.
Our relationship with Poole Alcock is an important one to St Luke’s Hospice for a few different reasons. For one Poole Alcock and staff have been supportive of St Luke’s as a local charity. Great efforts have been made both Corporately and by the team at Poole Alcock to raise much needed funds for us to care for the people of Mid and South Cheshire.Just as important to us is the support we have received professionally. We have used Poole Alcock’s legal services to minimise our risk and to help grow our business arm. The staff we have dealt with have been fantastic. We have always been dealt with courteously, professionally and with respect, and an understanding that the law can be complex for non-professionals to understand.This professionalism is underpinned by excellent knowledge and coupled together we are left feeling both supported and secure as an organisation….which means we can get on with what we are really here for, supporting and caring for our patients and their families.
Thank you for your hard work in reaching a settlement in the claim following the death of my late husband. The final sum far exceeded what I’d imagined it would be.
Again my thanks.
Thank you for all the hard work you have done for me.
Poole Alcock delivered exceptional support through a complex due diligence exercise involving several limited companies, leasehold and freehold properties.
Their professionalism, breadth and depth of expertise was key in concluding the sales transaction. A huge thank you, it was a pleasure working with the team.
I just wanted to say thank you for always believing in me. I will be forever thankful to you for always understanding me. Its like you were in my head the whole way through. You’ve been by my side for almost a year now and it meant a lot that you believed in me.
We asked Sarah Jarrett of Poole Alcock Solicitors to assist us in purchasing a small accountancy practice to merge into our own business.
Sarah talked us through all of the legalities of doing this, drafted a thorough contract for approval by all parties and always kept us informed throughout this complicated procedure.
She liaised with the vendors solicitors continually and helped us all to negotiate the finer points of the company purchase.
Although sadly the vendor eventually pulled out of the deal we received very good service during the process and would have no hesitation to use Poole Alcock again when the need arises.
I cannot recommend Jane Jacques highly enough. I expected my divorce to be a very difficult and tough experience but it was surprisingly seamless and stress free thanks to Jane.
She was friendly, approachable and efficient and she communicated with me at all times. I would like to thank Jane and Poole Alcock for their excellent customer service.
Adam Pavey sensitively but strongly helped us manage our way through a potentially difficult employment dispute. He helped us right wrongs and achieve a fair and satisfactory financial settlement. I highly recommend his services.
I just wanted to write to you to say thank you for the fantastic service that you and your team have provided so far with HR Assist. I think the product is fantastic and couldn’t be without it.
I didn’t think that Owl Projects needed a service like HR Assist, until I had cause to call you for advice on an employment law matter. It was that conversation that triggered my interest in taking up HR Assist and I am so glad we did! I didn’t realise how exposed we were to having a claim made against us. I now have peace of mind knowing that all of our HR needs are taken care of and that all of our contracts, handbooks, documents and processes are kept up to date by specialist solicitors.
I would heavily recommend Poole Alcock and HR Assist to any business. It’s scary how quickly the law changes and things become out of date. I didn’t understand how massive the area of HR is. I don’t have to worry about that anymore.
The service I received from Eve Lakin was very respectful, professional and helpful and I noted a clear emphasis in ensuring that the communication was agile throughout the process of developing contracts for a specialist area of work. The professional advice was thorough and efforts were noted in understanding fully the particularly specialised points to be included in the contract requested. Thank you! A trusting professional place to come back when seeking legal advice.
I would like to thank you for the service that you and the team at Poole Alcock continue to provide to me and my clients. I recommended your HR Assist service to a long standing large client, over twelve months ago and they have been very impressed with the service and have renewed for their second year.
There are many HR/Employment law providers in the market place. The HR Assist product is very competitively priced and the service and advice from the employment law solicitors is of the highest standard.
I would not hesitate in continuing to recommend you and your team to friends, family and clients in the future.
An extremely approachable, professional and dedicated team providing a high level of client care. On occasions when we have needed support and guidance, we have received a timely and informed response. The team have listened to the needs of our organisation and supported a bespoke approach to meet our requirements.
Could you please pass my thanks to Richard for being so helpful, informative and generous with his time.
He gave me a really clear picture of all the options and processes involved. His informal advice was also really invaluable – such a refreshing experience compared to poor information and advice I had been given elsewhere. From the moment I walked in the door everything lived up to your website.
I used Poole Alcock for my divorce. On my first meeting with Jane Jacques I was in a complete state of panic about what was happening. She immediately put me at ease and I felt confident that my case was going to be in the right hands. From the outset everyone was very professional but at the same time very caring.
It was unfortunately a very difficult, drawn out case, but every dealing I had with Jane left me feeling positive and confident.
I was kept informed every step of the way and Poole Alcock were very upfront about the process and the expected costs.
At one point I had to deal with another solicitor – Nicola Deakin. Nicola was also lovely, professional and caring. The barrister appointed by Poole Alcock was excellent. Mr Julian Shaw was extremely experienced and knowledgeable and did a fantastic job in court for me.
As my case now draws to a close I can’t thank the team at Poole Alcock enough. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the firm and especially Jane Jacques to anyone requiring a family law solicitor.
On behalf of myself and family, we would like to thank you, and everyone concerned, for the successful conclusion of our claim. It was a long road that seemed to have no end, but you never gave up, so to you Andrew and everyone at Poole Alcock LLP, we wish you all the best in the future and may the company prosper in the coming years as it surely deserves to for your dedication to your client.
“Thank you Andrew thanks for all your hard work and the team we really appreciate it.”
I just wanted to thank you for the way your solicitor, Stuart Flood defended my cousin at Crewe Magistrates Courts recently.
Stuart did a tremendous job of keeping the case at the Magistrates Courts and in getting the best possible outcome we could have ever hoped for. All concerned were mightily impressed at his skill & professionalism. Stuart and the Probation Officer were a formidable team.
Thank you once again from all the family. One never knows whats is around the corner but with respect, hopefully we won’t be in need of your defence services again, however, if we do we will know where to come.
Special thanks to Sarah Jarrett and Scott Harding from Poole Alcock who provided us with legal assistance for a management buyout and HR assistance for our business. We have been delighted with the levels of service, advice, friendliness and positive approach from Sarah and Scott, as well as all the support staff at Poole Alcock. All aspects were dealt with in a personable but meticulous and professional manner with plain English explanations which was very much appreciated. We would highly recommend Poole Alcock Solicitors to other businesses and individuals that are considering instructing legal services. Thanks again for all your help and continued support.
To Stacey & Lisa,
May we take this opportunity to thank you both very much for all the hard work you have done to help us with our house move.
We know it’s not been easy a times but we made it in the end.
You have been fantastic and completely on the ball with everything
Thanks James, I wish you the best of luck in the next stage of your training. The service that you have provided has been excellent and far superior to other solicitors that I have used it the past. Should you require any supporting evidence for your portfolio I would be happy to write a more detailed account of this.
The Contract has been worth every penny and has been a great investment so I am very grateful.
I am pleased to submit this testimonial relating to the service provided by Nichola Armstrong of Poole Alcock Solicitors on my behalf relating to the sale of a commercial property in Congleton, Cheshire.
What started out a a straight forward transaction soon altered as a number of awkward and time consuming problems caused by the purchaser developed with additional parties becoming involved. Much of this work was carried out whilst I was residing in France.
Throughout the transaction Nichola acted in the most professional manner, keeping me informed and offering advice and guidance at all times. This resulted a successful completion of the sale.
I have no hesitation in recommending Nichola to anyone looking for an outstanding professional to act for them in any situation
Super fast and helpful! Gill was great and got us in the property before X-Mas which was amazing, how she managed to do this in 3-4 weeks is beyond me…. absolutely outstanding! highly recommended!!
“I just wanted to say thank you. As frustrating as this whole thing was for me, on the occasions when I could have and would have felt very vulnerable and way out of my comfort zone, you brought the situation back to being very relaxed and “human”. I really appreciate that, I doubt I could have had that experience on a court day with many solicitors, and I honestly left the court hearing on both occasions pleased it was you at my side. Thanks Amie, I’ll be back in touch if I need to, but for now I hope all is good with you.”