• What do we do?

    From our City center offices in Exeter, our expert Solicitors offer specialist legal advice to both the business and non-business client. Our commercial and residential property (conveyancing) Solicitors can assist with all matters connected with buying and selling property or land, leasehold matters and any other issues connected to the ownership and use of property. Our Family law department will guide you through all areas of relationship breakdown, including divorce, the division of assets and finances in divorce and any issues concerning arrangements for the children of a relationship. Our dispute resolution department will provide practical advice in all areas of litigation. Our wills, trusts and probate department will provide the support and specialist advise you need in order to get you affairs in order (including inheritance tax planning where appropriate) and our Probate department will guide you through your duties and obligations as an Executor or Administrator in an Estate. Go to our Legal Services page to find out more about the services we offer.

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  • Who we are

    Morgan & Pope Solicitors was formed on 1st October 2011 when 208 years' worth of experience were combined following the merge of Stephen Morgan & Co and Popes Solicitors (previously J. & S. P. Pope). We are a medium sized law firm based in Cathedral Yard, Exeter and you can expect to receive, as standard, exceptionally high quality legal services at a price you can afford. However, it is our friendly, non-stuffy approach to the law that sets us apart from the rest of the lawyers in Exeter and makes us a must when deciding who to instruct to deal with your everyday legal needs.

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  • Why choose us?

    We understand that you come to see us either when you are going through a very distressing time or when you have a question that requires specialist knowledge. This is why we ensure that you are assigned a qualified lawyer who has the specialist skills you need and why that person will continue to be your main point of contact until the case has been completed. With Morgan & Pope Solicitors, you never need to worry that your case has been lost to a team of unqualified fee earners!

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What is residential conveyancing?

The term residential conveyaning means the legal process of either buying or selling a house. The term applies whether you are buying or selling a house which you intend to live in, or have lived in, as your main house or if you are buying or selling houses as part of an investment portfolio (i.e. rental properties).

What is the legal process?

When selling a house, it is our job to draft and check all the legal paperwork in order to transfer the legal ownership of your property to your buyer. It is also our job to answer, on your behalf, any questions that are raised by your buyer or their Solicitor in relation to the legal Title to the property. We do this either by referring to the legal principles that apply or by asking you to provide answers to those questions which require personal knowledge of the property.

When buying a house, it is our job to check the legal paperwork that has been provided by the Seller’s Solicitor to ensure that you are obtaining a good legal Title to the property. We also carry out a range of searches which assist us in identifying any problems to do with matters such as Drainage and Water, Environmental and Planning matters. As part of our service to you we will provide you with a full report on Title so that you are in possession of all the information relevant to your new home.

Whether buying or selling a property, if you have a mortgage, we will ensure that the lender’s requirements are fully met, at no additional cost to you.

How long does it take to buy and sell a house?

There is really no definite answer to this question. We aim to complete transactions within 6 to 8 weeks. However, there are various factors which may mean that we either exceed this timescale or complete the matter much more quickly.

For example, if you are a cash buyer and are buying a property which is empty and where there is no chain (i.e. your seller does not have a related purchase) it could be entirely possible to complete the purchase within 4 weeks or less.

However, if you are buying with the aid of a mortgage and selling a property too, where both your buyer and your seller have related transactions and also have mortgages, the whole process could take much longer.

The basic rule is; the longer the chain and the more people in that chain who have mortgages, the longer the transaction will take to complete.

How do we charge?

We charge fixed fees for all property transactions and at the time of providing you with an estimate as to costs, we will also tell you how much all the searches, land registry fees and stamp duty land tax will cost too. That way, you can be certain that there are no hidden costs and can budget from the very beginning of your transaction.

Although we don’t make any profit from the searches that we undertake on your behalf, those costs do vary depending upon where your property is located as each Local Authority will charge a different amount.

Therefore, in order to ensure that the information provided by us is correct at the time you ask for it, we ask clients to telephone us (01392 274006), or to complete our online enquiry form to obtain an accurate no obligation estimate as to the costs involved with your transaction.

Other things to think about when buying and selling houses:

Although your main focus will, undoubtedly, be either completing the sale of your house of moving into you new home as soon as possible, you must also consider the following:

  • Do you need to update your Will?
  • Do you want to own your new home with your spouse or partner as tenants in common or as joint tenants?
  • Do you need to have a Trust Deed drawn up to reflect the different amounts of money you and your spouse or partner have invested in the purchase of your new home?
  • If you are buying your house with you partner and are unmarried, should you enter into a cohabitation agreement?

If you would like further information about any of the above, please telephone us and we can advise you as to whether the above apply in your circumstances and if so, provide you with a fixed fee.


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  1. The reasonableness of the Admissions Policy
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These valuable hours wasted means a loss in business productivity which can have serious adverse effects on the company’s cash-flow and overall profitability.

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Education has become somewhat of a hot topic and is often at the centre of one controversy or another, whether it’s yet another change to the National Curriculum, attitudes towards school discipline or teachers’ pensions. However, despite the enormity of the role education plays in shaping our children’s lives, parents often feel that the system does not afford them a say on how their children are educated and that decisions are imposed on them without consultation and without full explanation.

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Michael Prest, founder of Nigerian energy company Petrodel Resources, separated from his wife after 15 years.  During the divorce he said that Petrodel’s assets did not belong to him but to a family trust and that he was in reality in debt to the order of £48m.

Yasmin Prest asserted that her husband was in control of all the companies which were 100% owned by him and he was worth millions (the Court estimated he was worth not less than £37.5m).

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