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If you are thinking of buying a house in the UK, you might be wondering what the laws involved are and how they affect you. Buying a house is a major decision and it involves a lot of steps and costs.

In this blog post, our experienced conveyancing team will explain some of the key aspects of the legal process of buying a house in the UK and how we can help you with it. We keep it simple, honest and transparent here at Howells, ensuring you are kept in the loop at every stage of the process. More...

Are you looking for a legal career specialising in property transactions? If so, we would like to hear from you. 

We are seeking to recruit at two levels: No prior legal experience is required for Conveyancing Assistants, but prior experience within a legal environment is required for Trainee Conveyancers. More...

Buying a second home as an investment property can be tempting, but there’s a lot that you need to consider before getting started. How do you know if it’s the right decision for you, and is an investment property worth it?

There are multiple pros and cons to buying a second home to rent. Here, we’ll look into what those are to help you make a decision.


Over the course of 2022, the cost-of-living crisis is something that many of us were all too aware of. The exact figures changed so much throughout the year that it can be difficult to see where 2022 stood in comparison to 2021.

So, what has caused the cost-of-living rise, and what are the exact figures?


japanese knotweed

Japanese Knotweed has blighted the UK landscape since its introduction in Victorian times. The ornamental plant is very resilient, spreads very quickly and can grow through many hard materials including tarmac, paving stones and even the foundations of buildings.

It is both costly and very difficult to treat and remove and many homebuyer surveys include specific questions asking the owner of the property to advise if it is present on their land. 

Failure to disclose this specific information does have legal ramifications, as was seen the week of January 23rd, 2023, in the Central  London county court. During this case, a homebuyer who did not declare the presence of this invasive plant in his back garden has been issued with a court bill of £200,000.


With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes