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Burgoyne & Co would like to welcome new property solicitor Ben Lyons to the firm.  Ben specialises in both Residengtial and Commercial Law and has many years experience in this field.  We are very pleased to have him on board. 

If you would like to make a commercial enquiry please email ben@burgoynesolicitors.co.uk


Time has now expired for First Time buyers Stamp Duty Land Tax

The Stamp Duty Land Tax exemption for first time buyers purchasing properties up to £250,000.00  came to an end on 24 March 2012.

After 24 March 2012 SDLT will be payable on most purchases over £125,000.00. Unless the property is in a 'Disadvantaged Area' where the relief is up to £150,000.00. 

Please telephone us to carry out a check on the Property you are interested in.

Call Paul Burgoyne today on 01922 616916 for further information.


A recent YouGov Survey has revealed that solicitors were used in almost nine in ten recent house purchases.

This is strong evidence that the public still overwhelmingly trust their solicitor to deal with what is often the most important transaction of their lives.

So why should you trust Burgoyne & Co Solicitors?

We have excellent local knowledge. The firm has been on the high street in Walsall for more than 20 years and our solicitors have vast knowledge of the local area with combined property experience of more than 50 years.

We are local and accessible. You can call us, email us, write to us and drop in to see us. We make ourselves available to our clients and you can be sure you will get direct access to a fully qualified solicitor specialising in property law.

We are an accredited member of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. We are recognised by the Law Society as being amongst the elite Conveyancing firms in the country. The scheme promotes speed and efficiency which are vital qualities in any Conveyancing solicitor.

We take the stress away by dealing with the whole Conveyancing process from acceptance of your offer right up to registration of the purchase at the Land Registry. We provide detailed advice on the things that matter to you such as boundaries, rights of way and planning issues.

We are thorough and you can rest assured that a fully qualified solicitor will be responsible for your purchase.

Our efficient service means that we will get to exchange of contracts as fast as possible but with no compromise on the quality of the advice we give.

Our clients say you can trust us. We regularly receive excellent feedback from clients and the majority of our new business follows a recommendation by a current client.

To discuss your specific Conveyancing requirements contact one of our specialists today on 01922 616916 or email:

Paul Burgoyne                     paul@burgoynesolicitors.co.uk


Self-build home enthusiasts exclusively offered public land under a new Government initiative could be exposed to a legal minefield, warns Burgoyne & Co. 

In May, Housing Minister Grant Shapps announced that people who build their own homes will soon be offered exclusive access to publicly owned land to build a home on under the new Build Now, Pay Later scheme. 

However, Burgoyne & Co in Walsall warns that self-build brings with it additional legal issues that risk being overlooked by self-build enthusiasts. 

Paul Burgoyne (Partner) says: “Buying a ready built home can be complicated enough, but buying land with the intention of building a home brings additional legal issues. Planning regulations, access rights, restrictive covenants and funding arrangements for buying the land and building on it all need to be considered before buying the land. Having a solicitor to assist you from the outset of the project can avoid costly problems later on.  

“To help self-builders and other home buyers avoid the legal pitfalls the Law Society has this year established the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, which recognises the high standards in residential property legal services that solicitors specialising in conveyancing  provide. 

"Anyone looking to take up the Government’s new initiative and buy land to build a home, or anyone simply buying a home through the more traditional, ready-built route, can turn to Burgoyne & Co a CQS accredited firm, to help negotiate the legal minefield. To secure the CQS quality mark we have undergone a rigorous assessment process and detailed application to gain the new status. 

Self-builders already account for one in every five homes built in Britain each year, collectively making them the biggest house builder in the country. However, there are horror stories of people’s self built homes being demolished due to errors in planning regulations or legal rights. Getting the right legal advice from a solicitor at the start of a project is vital.

Burgoyne & Co Solicitors in Walsall has become one of the first practices in the country to secure membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

Burgoyne & Co underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

Law Society President Linda Lee said that the Law Society introduced CQS to help to recognise high standards in the home buying process and deter fraud in the residential property market.

“CQS improves efficiency with common, consistent standards and service levels and enables consumers to recognise practices, such as Burgoyne & Co, that provide a quality residential conveyancing service.

"Buying a home is one of the largest purchases anyone will make in their lifetime, so it is essential that it is done to the highest standard by a solicitor. There are many different conveyancing service providers out there, making it difficult for home buyers to identify those which can ensure a safe and efficient level of service.”

Ben Lyons, says: "Burgoyne & Co is delighted to have secured CQS status. It is recognition of the high standards we provide to our residential property clients and is a signal to future home buyers of the excellent service level we provide at what is often a stressful time for many people. 

“The overall beneficiaries will be clients who use Burgoyne & Co Solicitors when buying a home. They will receive a reliable, efficient service as recognised by the CQS standard."

The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society and to those who meet the demanding standards the scheme will set and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, and the Association of British Insurers. 

For more information on the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs


On 4th March 1991, Burgoyne & Co. Solicitors opened its doors for the first time at 11a Vicarage Place, Walsall.

The firm today proudly celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

As a special treat for all new clients we will be offering a free will with every new conveyancing instruction received in the month of March 2011. To benefit from this offer please quote WEB20 when instructing the firm. If you already have a will, we will be happy to reduce £50.00 from our conveyancing fee on completion.


The latest edition of the firm's newsletter will be distributed shortly and features a special promotion for the month of March.

Do not miss out on the article bringing interesting memories facts and figures from 1991 when Burgoyne & Co was established.

If you do not already receive the newsletter please email ben@burgoynesolicitors.co.uk to request a copy.


Burgoyne & Co are proud to announce special offers and discounts for season ticket holders of Walsall Football Club.

The firm has been Walsall FC's solicitors for many years and also advertises at the Banks's Stadium.  

We are now pleased to be able to offer exclusive discounts to season ticket holders when they instruct this firm to act for them.     

Please mention that you are a season ticket holder when you instruct the firm and we will apply the exclusive discount when we provide our fee estimate.                                                     

You will need to show your season ticket at the outset of the transaction.

Having successfully operated the firm as a sole practitioner for 19 years, Paul Burgoyne entered partnership in 2010 as the firm entered a new era.

As Walsall says farewell to the oldest remaining Sole Practitioners firm it also welcomes an exciting future.


The Government has today announced that they have suspended Home Information Packs (HIPS) with immediate effect. Sellers will not be required to provide a Home Information Pack for any residential property sold from 21st May 2010.

It will remain a requirement for sellers to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on the sale of all property. The EPC must be made available by the seller within 28 days of putting the property on the market.

HIPS have been suspended, however they are set to be completely scrapped once the government can pass the required legislation.

The Conservative party had previously pledged to abolish HIPS and have today made that pledge a reality.

The effect that this will have on the property market remains to be seen, however the fact that this abolition is set to leave thousands from the HIP industry out of work shows immediate evidence of the effect on the economy as a whole.

Whether the abolition is a positive or a negative we are proud at Burgoyne & Co. of the way in which we have handled the HIP process since the introduction in 2007. We have provided low cost quality Home Information Packs to our clients and have never taken a profit from HIPS. We shall continue to source low cost EPC's for our clients in order to provide the service our clients expect and deserve.


Existing clients and contacts of the firm will be aware that we publish an informative newsletter from time to time. It has been some time since the last newsletter however rest assured the latest addition will be released shortly.

If you are not already on our mailing list please email ben@burgoynesolicitors.co.uk with the word "newsletter" in the subject field.


If you have visited our offices recently you may have noticed some disruption to the building. Whilst we are proud of our historic building, the age of the building also brings its own challenges.  We have recently been undergoing major remediation works to the ground floor however we have now reached the redecoration stage and the entire ground floor will soon be ready for business as usual! 

Tel: 01922 616916



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