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The property market can be fragile and the process of buying and selling one that is fraught with problems which is why an experienced residential property solicitor can be worth their weight in gold.

So, it’s quite an achievement that Bray & Bray’s Partner in Residential Property, Amanda Sutcliffe, is celebrating 30 years as a practising solicitor, specialising in conveyancing commercial and residential properties across Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Amanda joined Bray & Bray in 2012 and works from the Spa Place head office in Leicester city centre where she heads up the residential conveyancing department dealing with a range of transactions from first time buyers to multi million pound dream homes

What are Amanda’s areas of expertise in property law?

Now a residential property solicitor, Amanda has thirty years of experience in conveyancing both residential and commercial properties. She has specific expertise in the complexities around buying and selling leasehold properties. You can read one of Amanda’s articles about property searches here.

How has working as a property solicitor changed?

Amanda began her legal career as an A Level student studying Law before moving to the University of Nottingham to study Law. Her very earliest training as an articled clerk was in a criminal law firm in Nottingham spending her days in court sitting behind Counsel or in police station interviews at a time when interviews were all hand written and even lady solicitors took instructions locked in a cell with their client. In 1988 she qualified as a solicitor and moved to her first job in Leicester

Over the three decades since Amanda was admitted to practice law, conveyancing has seen many changes, becoming an increasingly complex and pressurised process.

Keeping on top of changes in the property market

“Buying and selling a property is one of the most significant financial decisions that anyone will ever make, and that’s a big responsibility,” Amanda comments. “Since I was first admitted to practice, the process has become more strictly regulated. Gone are the days when we paid for a property with a cheque accompanied by a letter from the senior partner to the seller’s lawyer undertaking to honour it. Much of that is a good thing as it is designed to protect both parties, but in an increasingly litigious society, it’s crucial to ensure that all processes are followed to the letter. It’s also important to keep on top of changes within the industry that occur regularly.”

How Bray & Bray help protect your property investment

Under Amanda’s leadership, Bray & Bray are members of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), introduced in 2011 by the Law Society to ensure a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices.

“The purchase of land or property is such an important investment, it’s important to have the assurance that you are dealing with experts in the field,” Amanda adds. “As members of the CQS, our clients can be assured that we are up to date with the latest regulations and offer the very best practice.”

Tim Gladdle, the Senior Partner at Bray & Bray, congratulated Amanda on reaching her 30th anniversary of practising law.  He comments: “To work in the legal profession for three decades is a real achievement and testament to Amanda’s dedication and expertise. She has such a wealth of experience and expertise to share with her colleagues and is a real asset to the team here at Bray & Bray.”

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