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Born: near Ilkley Moor
Education: Bradford Grammar School and Durham University
Previous roles: Dunn Connell and Kirbys Solicitors of Harrogate
Joined Raworths: 2001
Member of the Property Section of the Law Society
Mike deals with all aspects of the sale and purchase of residential property whether freehold or leasehold.
Examples of matters which Mike has advised upon include:
We have an excellent team of highly qualified and experienced solicitors who provide a quality service to rival any in the locality.
I recall purchasing a house for a client in Knaresborough which was centuries old and which had never been out of the ownership of the family. For reasons which are unclear, a rumour started in the town that the property was being bought by Daniel Craig (James Bond) and numerous members of the press and local people were camped outside the property attempting to get a glimpse of the actor. I would love to say that I was acting for James Bond but that was not the case and it still remains a mystery as to how the rumour got hold.
I have to say that the basic principles of checking title and rights and responsibilities which go with the ownership of land have stayed just about the same. However, the number of checks which have to be made have increased over the years. The only matter which has made the task somewhat easier is the increasing use of IT.
I anticipate a continued growth in the use of IT. Further, an increased use in indemnity insurance to deal with gaps in title.
Love it or hate it, Stamp Duty is a tax simply for signing a deed to buy a property. It is very easy to collect and I cannot see the Government ever doing away with it. I find it somewhat ironic that the tax was originally brought in as a temporary measure to finance the Napoleonic Wars but has stayed with us ever since.
The Government has brought in some measures to assist first time buyers but many still struggle. I fear that with a continued shortage of affordable housing the problem will remain for many years,
Spending time with my family, hiking and being part of a lively Church community.