What a fascinating job I have. As property lawyers, we are expected to be able to advise on a wide range of issues including planning and building regulation requirements, restrictive covenants, joint ownership and Stamp Duty Land Tax.
One moment I can be advising clients on rights of way and the next being asked whether sellers should have disclosed the fact that the property they sold had a macerating toilet. This is a salutary lesson for the unwitting buyer to inspect and to arrange any necessary investigations, so that they know exactly what they are buying - warts and all.
At times these expectations exceed our area of expertise. I remember many years ago, I was asked to inspect the foundations of a property thought to have excessive movement. Although driving a digger appealed to my more adventurous side (I did drive a tank once!), I of course advised the client to seek the advice of an expert.
Property lawyers are expected to have insight, good sight and often second sight, but it’s always worth remembering that you may go prematurely grey being a property lawyer, but you will never be bored.
Written by Jane Kendrew of Berwins Solicitors.