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At Hardmans, our specialist conveyancing team can help you every step of the way when you are buying or selling your home. There are many things to consider and it can be very stressful – that is why we are here to make sure everything is covered.

We have over 120 years experience in local property matters which is why our experts can make sure your interests are protected each step of the conveyancing process.

Don’t forget, when you have a life changing event, such as buying or selling your property, you should consider reviewing your Will.

Conveyancing Services we offer

  • Purchase or Sale
  • Freehold property
  • Leasehold property
  • Shared Ownership
  • Help to Buy
  • Lease Extensions
  • Property Trusts
  • Commercial property

Conveyancing Quality

CQSHardmans are proud to hold the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation. The firm underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure the CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

Each year, our Conveyancing Solicitors are assessed and undertake compulsory training to ensure continued high standards are met so you can be assured that we are providing you with the best possible service we can offer.

Because we have this quality standard, this means we can act for you and your lender. Many Lenders will only instruct solicitors who have satisfied the strict conditions required by the scheme.

Jointly owned property

When you are purchasing a property with someone else, be it a Spouse, Civil Partner, business Partner or whoever, then it is absolutely essential that professional advice is sought.

Did you know, there are two ways of jointly owning a property. The most common way, particularly where married couples are concerned, is as joint tenants.

  • Joint Tenants – this ensures that upon the death of either owner the property passes automatically to the other irrespective of what is said in any Will. A joint tenancy cannot provide for different shares in the property at any point

The second way of owning is as tenants in common.

  • Tenants in Common – you can hold the property in differing proportions, for example, you can hold the property 60/40 or 80/20 and so on. A Declaration of Trust is also then advisable to set out the terms of ownership more fully. However, with a tenancy in common the property does not automatically pass to the other upon death, but passes according to your Will or intestacy (if you have not made a Will).

In most cases of ownership where owners are not married or in a civil partnership, you should consider setting out your respective interests in the property by owning as tenants in common and entering into a Declaration of Trust.


Our Conveyancing Team

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Eleanore attended Dover Girls Grammar School and read Law at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 1991. Thereafter, she completed the Law Society Finals at the College of Law, London. Eleanore then spent two years in the Merchant Navy, and then re-entered law, beginning her training contract at Hardmans in 1994. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1996, became a Partner in 2001, and Senior Partner in 2004.

Eleanore specialises in Family Law incorporating Civil Partnership advice, being a Member of Resolution and the Solicitors Regulation Authority Family Law Accreditation Scheme.

Having also practised in Wills and Probate, and continuing to undertake domestic conveyancing, Eleanore is particularly adept at grasping complex issues, which also cross over into other areas of Law.

Eleanore has been instructed in a number of “big money” ancillary relief cases, and has experience in all Courts, up to the Court of Appeal.

Eleanore enjoys live music, and attempting to become a better cook and proficient horse rider.


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Catherine was born in Rochester and educated at Fort Pitt Grammar School. After graduating from her LLB Honours Degree from University in London she moved to York to study professional qualifications at The College of Law.

After leaving York Catherine moved to Deal to start her training with the firm in 1996 and qualified in 1998. She was made a Partner in 2002 and continues to enjoy serving the local community of Deal and Sandwich.

Catherine has settled in Deal and has a strong commitment to Kent, having grown up and lived in the County for the most part of her life. She has a particular interest in the continued existence and growth of small businesses in East Kent which provides essential support and economic stability to local communities. Catherine is the Managing Partner of Hardmans and has a broad base of clients, both high net worth requiring specialist Inheritance Tax advice and business clients requiring specialist commercial advice.

Catherine feels it is extremely important that clients of all walks of life can continue to receive advice from a local firm from people with local knowledge who are available and on-hand to provide advice on a face to face basis, although use of the internet and telephone are useful and important communication tools. Results are however often achieved by talking to people – a method often forgotten in this time of electronic communication and faceless companies.

Catherine is Clerk to a local charity and also undertakes pro-bono work for a number of long standing Deal Charities.

Catherine lives in Deal and enjoys walking her dogs and going to the theatre.


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Jan started work at Hardmans in 2002, having previously worked in property. She supports and works closely with the Partners in conveyancing, and she is usually our client’s first point of contact in any conveyancing transaction.


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Donna’s biography will be published shortly.



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