Nancy Gasser joins Charles French & Co

Posted: 08/03/2019

We are pleased to announce that Nancy Gasser has joined the firm as a Conveyancing Executive from local firm Coodes. Nancy has over 20 years residential conveyancing experience and deals with all areas of residential conveyancing including sales and purchases, re-mortgages, drafting/approving easements, transfers of equity and Affordable Housing. Charles French is very pleased to welcome Nancy to the team.  Nancy brings with her a wealth of local knowledge and is a well-known Conveyancer, who will be a great asset... Read More »

We are recruiting!

Posted: 31/01/2019

Charles French & Co. is looking for an experienced Commercial Property Solicitor, ideally with a minimum of 5 years PQE. The successful candidate will be responsible for running their own files with minimum supervision, be hard working, have good interpersonal skills and be able to build strong relationships with commercial clients and contacts. Salary will be competitive and commensurate on experience. Please apply with cv to Allison Bunney Charles French & Co. Quayside House, Newham Road, Truro, TR1 2DP

Are you up to date with CIL?

Posted: 16/10/2018

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was adopted by Cornwall Council earlier this year, and charging will commence from 1 January 2019. CIL is a development land tax which is set at a local level and recovered by the Local Planning Authority (LPA). It will primarily apply to new build properties (which are not self-builds). CIL will be used to raise funds for “local infrastructure” (which should not also be funded through Section 106 Agreements). In comparison Section 106 Agreements will... Read More »

Stamp Duty for First Time Buyers

Posted: 11/01/2018

Are you a first-time buyer? It is likely that you will benefit from the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) relief granted to first time buyers in the latest budget. This is a well welcomed relief for first-time buyers trying to get onto the property ladder. First time buyers paying less then £300,000 for a residential property will pay no SDLT. First time buyers paying between £300,000 – £500,000 will just pay stamp duty on 5% of the purchase price over... Read More »

Charles French & Co Opens Newquay Office

Posted: 11/05/2017

We are delighted to announce that the firm has expanded and opened a Newquay Office. The firm was originally established with two members of staff in Truro in 2007. The last 10 years have seen the firm expand. Charles French & Co now employs 30 staff with offices in Truro, St Austell, Mevagissey and now, Newquay. Director, Charles French, said: “We are delighted to be able to launch a new office in Newquay this year, marking a period of sustained growth... Read More »

Residential Service Charges: Reasonableness is the Limit

Posted: 28/03/2017

The majority of Leases of residential flats contain a service charge, to cover the costs incurred by the Landlord in providing ‘services’. These services often include repairs, maintenance and insurance of the main building or estate (of which the flat forms part). While the Lease will set out in detail those items which can be recharged by the Landlord, residential service charges are subject to statutory restrictions. In particular, service charges are payable ‘only to the extent that they are... Read More »

Fancy a Break? A Warning to Tenants

Posted: 10/01/2017

When leases are negotiated, a tenant will often seek to include a break clause so that the lease may be brought to an end before the contractual term expires, affording the tenant some flexibility should unknown future business needs demand it.  Landlord’s are often willing to agree a tenant’s break clause in order to encourage them to take a lease of the property. Tenants have long been advised to seek legal advice before exercising a break clause. While the specific terms... Read More »

New Associates at Charles French & Co

Posted: 04/01/2017

Charles French & Co is pleased to announce that Ben Birkett and Nicola Harrison have now been promoted to Associates of the Firm. Ben Birkett, who joined the firm in 2010, works in both the Residential Property and Commercial Property Departments. Ben is based in the St Austell Office and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Nicola Harrison is also based in the St Austell Office and began working for the firm in 2013. Nicola is... Read More »

Charles French & Co appoint a new Director!

Posted: 16/08/2016

We are pleased to announce that Kathy Carr is to be appointed Head of Residential Property and becomes a Director of the firm from 1 September 2016 Kathy joined the firm in October 2014 and is a member of the Council for Licenced Conveyancers.   Kathy carries out a wide range of residential conveyancing work, including buying and selling high value residential and leasehold property, as well as equity release transactions.  With over 30 years’ property experience in Cornwall, Kathy is... Read More »

You’re never too young to make a Will

Posted: 18/05/2016

Charles French & Co are proud participants in Cornwall Hospice Care’s ‘Make A Will Week’ which gives you the opportunity to write or update your Will in return for a charitable donation. Making a Will is often something people start to think about later in life. Research has revealed that 73% of 16-54 year olds do not have a Will. In the event that someone dies without a Will then what happens to their property is determined by the Government under... Read More »