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Legal Advice by Emma Plant

When it comes to buying or selling your property, it can be an extremely stressful time.

Your house is probably the most valuable asset that you will ever own, and you want to be sure of a good job. Some may choose to carry out their own conveyancing without the need of a solicitor, however this can lead to complications and delays, especially if you don’t have a legal background or understand the legal terminology.

Selling a property can be a minefield when it comes to understanding the rights, covenants and obligations which are contained within your title documents. By instructing a solicitor, you can rest easy knowing that they will fully check the transfer of legal title from one person to another and will highlight any issues with you in order for you to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with your property sale or purchase.

There are many solicitors specialising in property law, whether they be based in the local area, further afield or even online, but with so much choice available how do you decide which solicitor is right for you?

One of the major factors for most people will be cost, but you should always beware a false economy! Often the cheapest option is to use an online conveyancer or solicitors who are out of the area. These options may appeal, especially to those who have busy lives and can’t get to their local solicitors. An electronic transaction conducted without ever seeing your solicitor might seem very convenient, but the high volume, low overheads approach of companies is often their biggest failing.

When it comes to selling your home, some things should be more important than cutting corners where costs are concerned. Using online conveyancers or out of area solicitors are likely to have no local knowledge of the area, you will be unlikely to ever meet your solicitor face to face and in most cases are allocated a team, not an individual qualified solicitor. This can make getting an update on your sale or purchase a difficult and frustrating process, and often leads to delays. If either of the above is your chosen option then we urge you to be cautious.

Using a local firm which knows the area ensures that you have the freedom to drop in on your solicitor, sign paperwork or provide documents at your convenience, while also ensuring that your matter is in capable hands. A face-to-face, personal approach is particularly useful if you are working to a deadline and need to avoid unnecessary delays, especially as most documents in conveyancing require a “wet” signature, (the real thing!) and scanned copies are often not acceptable.  A local solicitor also has local knowledge and will have carried out a number of transactions in your area, helping you avoid pitfalls that could easily derail an online transaction.

Thomas Horton Solicitors LLP has been offering outstanding legal services for over 150 years

Deborah Honick joins Thomas Horton

Deborah has joined Thomas Horton as part of the Commercial Property Team.

Deborah qualified in 2004 and has worked at a Commercial firm in Birmingham and in-house for a Local Authority so has experience from the Client’s perspective too. Deborah’s experience includes general commercial leasing including lease grants, lease renewals, assignments, variations, options, licence to assign and change of use, licence for alterations, licences to underlet, rent review memoranda and surrenders and general management advice together with acquisitions and disposals of general commercial property.

Deborah’s spare time is occupied by running around after her two young children.



Congratulations on qualifying as a Solicitor, Naomi

We are delighted to announce that Naomi Grace Whitfield has accepted the invitation to join us as Solicitor in our Corporate Department, and is admitted by The Law Society as a Solicitor today.

During her time as trainee solicitor Naomi has excelled in all of the departments that she has worked. Most recently she has shown a natural aptitude for business law and for dealing with business clients.

We hope this is the beginning of a long, happy and fulfilling career for her here at Thomas Horton LLP.

Congratulations on qualifying as a Solicitor, Naomi!

Naomi-Grace Whitfield Team Photo

Olivia Benner joins Thomas Horton

Olivia Completed her LLB Law degree at Keele University in 2011 and undertook LPC whilst working as a paralegal in 2013 -2014.

Olivia obtained a Training Contract and worked in various areas of law including: Wills and Probate, Conveyancing , Family – public and private law, and is a Fully Accredited Police Station Representative.

Olivia was admitted as a Solicitor in May of this year and joined Thomas Horton in September 2017 as a Solicitor in the Care Department.

Helena Palomino gets specialist paralegal qualification

After 15 years working in law firms and 11 years assisting commercial property solicitors as a PA and legal assistant, Helena Palomino decided to further her career by undertaking a specialist paralegal qualification in commercial property.

On 16 January 2017 Helena qualified and on 31 August 2017 she attended her graduation ceremony at the Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Helena is now a Fellow of The Institute of Paralegals and a member of the Professional Paralegal Register.

Well done Helena


Heleena Gandham joins Thomas Horton LLP

Thomas Horton are pleased to announce that Heleena Gandham has joined our Commercial Department at Bromsgrove.

Heleena worked for a commercial firm for 8 years after completing her law degree and Legal Practice Course. Heleena specialises in employment, litigation and insolvency law.

Having worked on a wide variety of cases across different areas of law, Heleena has gained a broad knowledge and she always strives to meet or exceed client’ s expectations and to achieve the very best possible outcome on her cases.




Experienced Receptionist required for Bromsgrove office


We require an experienced Receptionist to join our Bromsgrove office.

Whilst the position of Receptionist will be on a part-time basis, full-time hours will be considered for the right person as this role can be linked to that of a general float secretary. A full, clean driving licence is essential for this role, together with the flexibility to provide cover at multiple offices as and when required.

Current or previous experience of working within a busy, fast moving environment is essential. You should have a pleasant personality, the ability to manage and prioritise situations in a timely and effective manner, excellent typing skills and the ability to work as part of a team. In addition, previous experience of utilising case management systems would be advantageous although training can be provided.

Salary will be dependent upon experience.

Please send your C.V together with a covering letter including salary expectation to Mrs Veronica Newton at

Closing Date: Friday 15th September 2017

Nabjit Kaur Dubb joins Thomas Horton LLP

Thomas Horton are pleased to announce that Nabjit Kaur Dubb has joined our conveyancing Department at Bromsgrove.

Nabjit joined the legal profession in 2004 after successfully completing a Law LLB (Hons) Degree and Legal Practice Course.

Nabjit pursued her career in Residential Conveyancing as a Paralegal in 2006 working for a Redditch based firm in 2007, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2016.

Nabjit has already started to receive a volume of positive feedback for her clarity of approach, good communication and use of ordinary language rather than legal jargon so that clients can understand what can often be a frustrating if not daunting process.

Feeling like an April fool?


Did you believe that your relationship was problem-free only to discover that there were difficulties that you had not spotted or that your partner has formed another relationship?
Whatever has come to light, it can be emotionally and often financially, very difficult to deal with and you will need a great deal of support.
Here at Thomas Horton LLP we provide excellent legal advice and also the support you need to help guide you through this difficult period in your life, focusing on positive outcomes for you.

Contact our Matrimonial Department today on 01527 839417 to arrange an appointment.


Is there such a thing as a ‘good’ divorce?

It is hard to imagine that there is such a thing as a ‘good’ divorce but there are ways of making things easier for yourself and your family.

Emotions are already running high and the last thing you need is for your legal representative to make matters worse by inflaming the situation between yourself and your estranged spouse.

That is exactly why it is so important to instruct a firm that abides by the Resolution Code of Conduct .  Thomas Horton LLP’s family department actively promotes the code and seeks to promote the well being of yourself and your children by supporting you and conducting proceedings in a non-confrontational manner.

With our experience and knowledge we can assist you in reaching the best outcome by helping you manage the financial and emotional decisions that you have to make.  We also work with other like-minded professionals (financial advisors and mediators) to achieve the right outcome for you.

Thomas Horton LLP’s Family Department is also accredited by the Law Society, further endorsing our care and expertise.

The Resolution website is an extremely helpful one at times like this.

If you would like to discuss matters further with a member of our family team please contact Louise Bayley on 01527 839417.