Posted on 14th May 2008

Latimer Hinks Launches HIPs service

Darlington law firm Latimer Hinks has expanded its range of services to provide a one-stop-shop for clients selling properties. In addition to the usual conveyancing, the firm has launched a Home Information Pack service. As HIP providers, Latimer Hinks is one of only a small number of law firms throughout England and Wales currently providing this service and its implementation highlights the firms progressive approach to embracing legislative changes. Since 14 December 2007 every home put on the market, no matter what size, must have a Home Information Pack, which brings together key information needed by buyers and sellers at the start of the process and ensures that details regarding energy efficiency are made available every time a property is sold. Latimer Hinks professional team will use its legal knowledge to bring together all the relevant documents required by the buyers solicitors. HIPs have a number of compulsory documents which must be incorporated, including an energy performance certificate, sale statement, standard searches and evidence of title. Nicola Neilson, partner at Latimer Hinks said: As a progressive law firm with a successful conveyancing department and a track record of providing excellent customer service, it is a natural progression to provide the Home Information Pack. Conveyancing solicitors need to remain reactive to the market and this includes ensuring we are up-to-date with our services. The Home Information Pack Regulations 2007 set out the required content or minimum terms for some of the documents. As a law firm we are aware of exactly what other firms require making transactions more efficient and less likely to fall through between offer and exchange. Martin Williamson, conveyancer at Latimer Hinks added: There has been a lot of criticism surrounding the HIPs, and in particular the quality and usefulness of some of the packs. As experienced property professionals we know exactly what a buyers solicitor will be looking for and can ensure that our packs contain everything that is necessary to facilitate a smooth transaction.