Meet the Conveyancing Team with Suzanne Dixon
What is your role in the team and how long have you been with Sintons
I am an Associate and I have worked at Sintons since 2014. My role in the team includes assisting Anna with supervision and I coordinate all our training requirements.
How long have you worked in residential property
After my law degree, I started working as a legal secretary for a consultant solicitor who specialised in residential conveyancing. I then completed a training contract, qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and have specialised in this area ever since. I have therefore worked in residential property for over 20 years
Why did you choose to specialise in this area of law
When I was studying for my degree at university, property law was the first area of law which “clicked” with me. In my first role as a legal secretary following university, the solicitor I worked for had 45 years’ experience in conveyancing and took the time to explain the practical application of the law to me. I really enjoy continuously developing my knowledge and understanding, as no two cases are ever the same.
What is unique about Sintons’ offering in the market
I think what makes us unique is we offer a personal service to each client. Our clients have our direct telephone numbers and email addresses, and we gather as much information as we can from the outset so that we really understand the client’s personal circumstances. This allows us to tailor our service to best suit the client’s requirements and needs.
The department has a very high percentage of repeat business and referred work. Why do you think this is the case?
We get to know our clients and offer a friendly, approachable service which is not only efficient but reliable. By building a strong relationship with our clients, they have the confidence to either use our services again or recommend us to their friends and family, which is the highest compliment we can receive from a client.
What is the outlook in the residential property market. Is this a good time to buy or sell?
The market has been remarkably strong through the majority of the pandemic. This has been helped by the SDLT holiday, which has now come to an end, however our levels of instructions are still strong and the market is still very busy. The market seems particularly good for sellers at the moment.
How has Sintons and the property market in general been impacted by the COVID pandemic?
Here at Sintons we have been able to quickly adapt to working from home, which hadn’t been the case before the pandemic. This has added a lot of flexibility to the working patterns of the team, whilst keeping in touch with each other and offering support wherever needed.
The property market ground to a halt in April and May 2020 while the country was in the first lockdown, but the Government was keen to open the property market back up as soon as possible. By introducing the stamp duty holiday in July 2020 and then extending this to the end of September 2021 the property market has been extremely busy.
Lockdown has led a lot of people to re-evaluate what they want from their homes, and many people have been eager to move to larger properties with outdoor space, especially since more people are working from home now. Prices have been rising, at times quite dramatically, and in some parts of the country properties have been selling within hours of going on the market.
Have you been involved in any unusual or unique property transactions you could disclose?
Every property transaction is unique in its own way, however I recently helped a client in the purchase of an island, at auction, which was quite unusual!
*What can people expect when appointing you as their conveyancing lawyer?
A friendly, approachable service with sound technical legal advice. My experience and legal knowledge enable me to provide practical solutions if problems are encountered, to explain situations thoroughly and set out the available options.