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I am the National Head of the Private Wealth Residential Property Team. I have worked in the residential property sector for over twenty years and have particular experience in London and the South East, although many of my clients have properties throughout the country.
I have a range of clients, from property developers and investors to banks and lending institutions, landlords, tenant groups, management companies and individuals from England and many other countries.
I specialise in all aspects of residential property law, including:
I have been extensively quoted in the national and property press and have appeared on the BBC (radio and television) and Channel Four News. I also write an occasional blog for Huffington Post.
My original motivation was for an interesting and intellectually stimulating job. The inspiration came later when I had specialised in the residential property sector, which appealed from day one in the office.
The range of people in the industry, bringing big deals to fruition and helping clients through the maze of relevant legislation all combine to keep the work fascinating, challenging and fun.
The sport of fencing has been a big part of my life since starting secondary school. I still train and compete, and fifteen years ago I helped set up a club in my home town of Tunbridge Wells. With three teenage children with a range of interests, the weekends are normally busy watching them play sports or taxiing.
I have recently contributed to:
I have also recently conducted an interview for BBC Radio.
I qualified as a solicitor in 1993.
“I am delighted that we have both new and returning talent joining the team as growth is a key part of our ambitious plans for our residential property team at Irwin Mitchell.
“Having Diane in Chichester is a particular coup as not only does she have a wealth of experience and knows the local market extremely well, she also knows the firm. Diane leading the residential conveyancing arm in Chichester will allow us to help even more clients in the region.
“Anoushka’s hire in London also allows us to provide an even better service to our existing client base and gives us a formidable line up in London for all aspects of residential property work.”
“The continued and deepened assistance for first time buyers via SDLT is to be welcome and given the delayed nature of most of the measures announced, it is a pleasant surprise that this relief will be retrospective.
Additional funding for the housing infrastructure fund will need to be closely monitored as the supply site problems in the market are well documented and it is essential they are addressed in reality rather than just in theory.”
“The 2002 Land Registration Act has shown itself to have been over-ambitious in its expectations as to how electronic and online conveyancing would provide an instantaneous, digital and easy land registration system.
“The Law Commission’s latest recommendations are more grounded (pun intended) and limited in scope, focusing heavily on the fear of ever-increasing property fraud, and various other practical changes. The suggestion of another set of standards for conveyancers to adhere to however, is likely to increase administration and delays in the conveyancing process, and divert attention from the real objective of combatting fraudsters.
Modern conveyancers have many masters, all of whom wish to set new agendas, whilst claiming to make things simpler and cheaper. The Government should be wary of allowing the regulatory burden to increase without forcing all the interested parties to sign up to what is proposed."
“Jeremy's appointment will ensure that the residential property department grows in strength and depth across our offices and complements our strong commercial team. Irwin Mitchell now has 36 commercial real estate partners across eight national offices covering all aspects of commercial property including planning, construction, litigation, finance and tax and a team of 5 residential partners. We plan to expand further to reflect the firm’s ambition to become a leading real estate team."
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