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The Cheddar Office Has Moved!

We are delighted to report that after several months of planning the Cheddar Office move was finally completed yesterday and we shall open for business in our brand new premises on Monday (31st July).

The move went smoothly although we had to close the Office for the day, The phones were diverted to the Shepton Mallet Office and urgent issues were attended to. However, we do apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced in any way.

As you will see from the photo we are right next to (and above) the Post Office, and a short distance from Tescos. We are also opposite Lloyds Bank so finding us couldn’t be easier.

As well as access from Bath Street we have a large private carpark at the rear. Just drive through the Tesco Shoppers carpark, turn left as you reach the Factory Bargains Shop and you will see our carpark (signposted) in front of you. There is a door from the carpark to the Office with wheelchair access. Inside the premises are comfortable and spacious..

Thanks to all who helped with the move especially Simon from Delta (who maintain our IT systems). He worked very hard all day and got our computers moved, installed and online by late afternoon. We are just hoping that the phone line transfer (which normally takes 48 hours) has happened by Monday Morning.

The Staff are very happy in their new surroundings and we look forward to seeing our Clients (old and new) in the coming weeks and months.

Our new postal address is:-

Bath Street Chambers

Bath Street

Cheddar BS27 3AA

Phone number and e-mail addresses are unaltered.

Best Wishes from all at BGW

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Scams Awareness Month

We have recently received a communication from the Land Registry which says that July is “Scams Awareness Month”.  Now, admittedly, this is not going to excite public interest in the way that other publicised causes do but it is worth spending a few moments reading this summary of the risks and the action which you can take to protect your property from fraud.

Since 2009, HM Land Registry has prevented 254 fraudulent applications being registered, representing property valued in excess of £117,000,000.

You are most at risk if:-
• Your identity has been stolen
• You rent out your property
• You live overseas
• Your property is empty
• Your property is not mortgaged
• Your property is not registered with HM Land Registry.

What can you do?

• The first and best thing that you should do is make sure that your property is registered.

• If you bought or mortgaged your property after 1998 then it will be registered.  If the last transaction was prior to that date then it may, or may not, be registered

• If your property is not registered then you should consider contacting us to instruct us to apply for First Registration on your behalf.  The cost of doing this will depend upon the complexity of the title and the value of the property.  We are happy to discuss this with you should you wish to consider the option.

• It is sometimes possible to have the Land Registry register a restriction on the title whereby anyone applying to register a transfer has to produce a certificate signed by a Conveyancer that the Conveyancer has verified the identity of the Seller.  That is particularly helpful if you are living abroad and/or your property is empty.

Fraud is a huge issue these days even if you are ultimately successful in having the transaction set aside.  The shock and horror of returning home to find somebody else living in your property is worth spending some time and money to avoid.

If you wish to discuss this further please contact any of our branches.

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All Change At Cheddar

We are very pleased to announce that, finally, we are in a position to complete our move to our new premises in Cheddar.

You may recall from a previous post that we have secured a large and fully refurbished suite of offices above and behind the Post Office in Cheddar.

We have access at ground level from Bath Street and a private carpark behind Tescos which is a lot larger and more accessible than the carpark that we have at present. Access can also be obtained from the carpark. There is wheelchair access, a ground floor office for those who cannot manage the stairs and a disabled WC .

So, we expect to be in our new premises from Monday 31st July and look forward to welcoming clients and professional contacts from that point onwards.

The postal address will be:-

Bath Street Chambers

Bath Street

Cheddar Somerset

BS27 3AA

Phone, fax and e-mail will obviously be the same as before.