Stamp Duty Changes for First Time Buyers

Last week’s budget had important news for first time house buyers. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, told MPs that he had received representations for a stamp duty ‘holiday’ for first-time buyers, and that he would be abolishing stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers purchasing homes up to £300,000. Additionally, first-time buyers wanting to purchase a property up to £500,000 will not pay stamp duty on the first £300,000 and 5% from £300,000-£500,000. Continue reading…

Vacancy – Residential Conveyancer/Solicitor

Harold Stock & Co. Solicitors is looking for an experienced Residential Conveyancer/Solicitor to join our thriving team based in our Mossley office.

You will be experienced in handling a caseload of all types of transactional work, including but not limited to purchases, sales, remortgages, transfers, equity releases, shared ownership transactions, and dealing with registered and unregistered properties.

This post is open to qualified Solicitors, Licensed conveyancers and experienced non-qualified conveyancers.

Salary negotiable dependent upon experience.

Full details of the role can be found on the attached job description

To apply for this position, please forward your CV together with salary expectations to our Practice Manager, Mrs Alexandra Newman via email to

How can you make complex commercial conveyancing transactions straightforward?

Anyone who has bought a domestic property and lived through the property conveyancing process will tell you that they can, at times, be fraught with difficulties. What should, on the face of it, be a simple transaction, can, if handled badly and inefficiently, turn into the stuff of nightmares. But if you think domestic conveyances are problematic, just imagine what legal complexities are often involved in a commercial conveyance. Commercial sales and purchases can quickly slither out of control unless you have access to the very best conveyancing advice. Continue reading…

SRA seeks to canvass public opinion on the conveyancing process

Have you recently bought or sold a house? How did you find the process? Did the property conveyance run smoothly, or were you left dissatisfied or irritated by the whole experience? These are the crucial questions that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will be hoping to discover when it canvasses the opinions of 1,000 house buyers and sellers who have recently had a property conveyed. Continue reading…

What is chancel repair liability and could it affect the property you’re thinking of buying?

Have you ever heard of the legal term chancel repair liability? The chances are the answer is probably not. Not too many people have, and even fewer actually understand what it actually is. Yet, if you’re thinking of buying a property, it’s a search issue, just like the other more-common local, environmental, drainage and mining searches, that your solicitor may need to look in to during the course of a domestic conveyance. So what is chancel repair liability? Continue reading…

When it comes to domestic conveyancing, local knowledge and experience is priceless

If you’re looking to buy a property or have just accepted an offer on your house, then you’ll face a series of very difficult choices. You’re going to have to appoint someone to oversee the sale or purchase of your property, so you’ll need to decide who is going to deal with the property conveyance, and you’ll also want to know who is best-placed to deal with the transaction quickly and efficiently? So, what choices are available to you? Continue reading…

Protect yourself from property fraud

Imagine scrolling through Right Move and finding your house is up for sale without your knowledge. This is what happened to Mr To of Stockport after fraudsters had stolen his identity and transferred his property into their name! The gang involved had stolen Mr To’s mail from his mailbox in order to steal his identity. You can read full details of this case on the BBC News Website

According to, you are more at risk from property fraud if: Continue reading…

Harold Stock & Co welcomes new Director to the Board


Harold Stock & Co are delighted to announce that Tom Simpson has been made a Director of the firm. Tom joined the firm in 2010 as a paralegal and trained under Paul Stock. 

Tom really came into his own when he was invited to head up the Conveyancing Department at our then newly opened office in Stockport. Tom built the department up from scratch into the thriving success it is today. 

In 2015, Tom was made Head of the Conveyancing Department and his appointment as a Director is the next natural step in his career for him as well as being part of the longer succession plans for the existing Directors of the firm. 

In addition to residential conveyancing, Tom specialises in all matters commercial including property, business sales and purchases, commercial agreements and commercial litigation. 

Tom can be contacted on 01457 835597 or