COVID-19: Although our offices are closed until further notice, our teams are still working and can be contacted by phone, email or live chat. Click here for more information

Will house moves go ahead during the new national lockdown?

A third national lockdown will take place in the UK over the coming weeks, with a review planned for 15th February 2021. Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday 4th January 2021, the government has confirmed that house moves will continue despite the tighter restrictions.

Will you continue to work on the conveyancing for my property during lockdown?

Yes. We will continue to progress your conveyancing transaction as usual with our ‘contactless’ service. Please be aware that delays associated with third parties may occur, such as longer processing periods for mortgage offers, surveys, searches and reports. Our teams will continue to work from the office and remotely – please note that our offices are closed to the public until further notice.

What happens if the chain is affected by COVID-19?

If a party in your chain has symptoms of coronavirus or is asked to self-isolate, your house move will be delayed. Your conveyancer will discuss provisions for this in your contract. The government has requested that home movers are flexible, whilst following social distancing guidelines, letting in fresh air and carrying out additional cleaning measures throughout their moves.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or NHS Test and Trace ask you to self-isolate, please contact your conveyancer as soon as possible.

Can I physically move house during lockdown?

Yes. You can still travel to move house during lockdown. Conveyancers, estate agents, removals firms and surveyors can still operate throughout the national lockdown.

Can I drop off paperwork at your offices?

Yes. Please use the letterbox at the bottom of the door at our No.6 Colton Mill office or Rothwell Commercial Street office, depending on where your conveyancer is based. 

Is Emsleys Solicitors COVID secure?

Yes. We’ve put in place contingency plans to ensure our team is not affected by illness. Please read our coronavirus strategy for more information.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact Associate Director Adam Dawson by emailing or calling 0113 264 4414.

Adam Dawson

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Adam Dawson

Associate Director

Adam is an Associate Director. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2012 and specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, auction purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, shared ownership and grants of new leases. Adam also supports the development of our...

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