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Our Patch OCTOBER 2015 Our Patch OCTOBER 2015 WHITE OWEN & CATLIN Fulham Fireworks Bishops park, Fulham palace road, sW6 Friday 6 November hammersmith Fireworks ravenscourt park, paddensWick road, W6 Saturday 7 November Funfair, food, family fun and music Gates open 6.00pm (entry gates close at 8pm) • Children’s fireworks 7.15pm • Main display 8.10pm Admission: On the gate £8 (under fives free) • Advance ticket £6 Online sales visit: www.lyric.co.uk or Call 020 8741 6850 Events team 020 8753 2135 CHILDREN’S TOKEN FAIR EELBROOK COMMON FULHAM/CHELSEA SW6 4SQ WEDS 23 SEPT - SUN 4 OCT facebook.com/johnnys children’s fairs This Fair is a Token operated event NO CASH ON RIDES OR STALLS ACCEPTED NEW S N RIDE FU for all the FAMILY FREE ENTRY 1 TOKEN £1.00 TOKENS ON SALE AT BOOTH www.parnhamfunfairs.co.uk 22/23 12 TOKENS £10.00 Telephone 07956 245531 local knowledge we can often provide reassurance because we are aware of the history of the land, or building.” Online conveyancers based in remote call centres simply can’t match the on-the-spot knowledge of an experienced solicitor based in the area. e hi t “With certain blocks of w n e .ow flats in the area, we’re w w w li n . c o . u k likely to know their c a t 74 1 7 1 7 1 8 quirks,” added Tim, whose 0 02 firm has a six-strong network of offices in west London and Surrey. “These might be unusual lease terms, the history of dealings with the freeholder, or issues relating to service charges.” So are there any other advantages in putting what for many people is the most expensive transaction of their lives in the hands of trusted local experts? “There’s the convenience of being able to deal with the client locally,” said Tim. “We’re always here. You can pop in and see us, and it makes for simple delivering and picking up of documents when you’re in a hurry. That can be a great help.” Owen White & Catlin thrives by being a substantial organisation overall, but with firmly rooted local centres, each serving a community. “It’s the best of both worlds,” said Tim. “We work very closely with local estate agents, especially the established independent ones. We view them all as being a help to us. “We’re all working towards the same goal, and we find them very helpful in terms of sorting out any problems that may arise.” In addition the firm, which has 11 of the area, and of specific matters that partners and more than 80 staff, can affect properties,” Tim (pictured inset handles all other aspects of legal work. below) said. “The firm is multi-discipline,” said “These include local planning Tim. “We can help with all clients’ policies relating to conservation areas, legal needs.” parking or Article 4 directions, While priding itself on explaining which restrict some development often complex legal procedures in which would otherwise be plain English to clients, Owen permitted. White & Catlin can also assist with “Local knowledge of a wide spectrum of languages. environmental issues can also Its staff speak 13 languages, be useful,” Tim added. “It is including Polish, Russian, Urdu, not uncommon for Farsi, Pashtun, Hindi and Punjabi. environmental Free quotes are given for searches to come conveyancing work, so clients back as ‘failed’. know the costs up front and can Because of our budget accordingly. SIGN ON THE LOCAL LINE When it comes to buying a home, local knowledge spells peace of mind for clients of this veteran Hammersmith legal firm T empted by cut-price conveyancing fees offered by remote websites? If so, you should first consider the depth of knowledge and expertise a local solicitor can offer, advises Tim Harry, a partner at the Hammersmith office of Owen White & Catlin. His King Street firm, established soon after the First World War, has built up a comprehensive understanding of the Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush and Chiswick property market, and puts that experience to use for all clients. “One advantage of using a local conveyancing solicitor is our knowledge