We are
Downs Solicitors

We are here to help you at every step of your journey

From buying your first home to helping you through a family bereavement or getting your start-up idea off the ground to succession planning.  Our specialist solicitors based in Surrey provide outstanding legal services to businesses and individuals.

Downs
  • We are
    Safe and Secure

    Our approach to service continuity during Coronavirus - Updated 24 September 2020

    Further to recent Government announcements and guidance, we will now be offering pre-booked personal appointments ONLY in all offices. For further details or to book a meeting please contact us in the normal way, or on 01306 880110.  Please keep checking our website and social media for updates.


    We are here to help and support you.


  • We are
    Downs Solicitors

    Trusted legal advisers to individuals, families and businesses since 1836.

    With offices across Surrey, we provide clients with a personal and value for money service wherever they may be located.

     

  • Delicate Situations

    We like to treat each case differently, after all, no two are the same.

    The work our family team does is much more than divorce. We help with pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and co-habitation agreements, children disputes and matters concerning domestic abuse.   

  • We offer sound judgement

    We don’t over-complicate things with legal jargon.

    Marriages between two good people can fail for a number of reasons. Our experienced divorce lawyers will understand the separation outcome a client wants, and help achieve it while being attentive to both timescales and costs. We also provide support to help prepare for life’s next chapter.

  • We are
    here for you 

    Navigating the course of life present both challenges and opportunities.

    The role of a private client lawyer is to protect the interests and assets of clients as they ‘navigate the course of life.’ At Downs Solicitors we have represented generations of the same family as well as working with new clients who are attracted by our friendly and professional approach to client service.  

  • We are
    local

    We are on your doorstep.  

    We are proud about our local heritage. We have offices in Dorking, Godalming and Cobham. Local knowledge counts for a lot when it comes to working with other professionals to achieve successful outcomes for our clients.

Warning for will-holders as expat succession rules could change after Brexit

As talks continue surrounding Brexit and the UK’s formal departure from the EU, expats are being urged to update some of their important legal paperwork before the exit deadline.

Making the most of property incentives? Don’t wait!

Time is running out for those who are planning to purchase new properties and take advantage of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) reductions applicable until the end of March 2021.

Solicitor’s pet uncovers curious will that dismisses copy-cat claim in court

You couldn’t make it up, but it seems that a mischievous moggy was solely responsible for unravelling a mystery and helped solve a family feud over a £2m will battle.

The Bank of Mum and Dad

It's a good time to sell. Demand for properties amongst buyers is currently exceeding supply meaning properties in the South East are selling quickly and often at, or even above, asking price. The availability of lending to First Time Buyers (FTBs) continues to improve and with lenders offering FTBs incentives such as paying their Stamp Duty Land Tax bill, more young people will be enticed to take their first step onto the property ladder.

Commercial Leases and Break Clauses

In 2014, we reported on the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Marks & Spencer PLC v BNP Paribas Securities Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd (BNP Paribas). Following this, Marks & Spencer PLC were allowed by the Supreme Court to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal to not grant them a refund of the rent they had paid past the break date of the lease.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Private Rented Property

If you are a Landlord of domestic and/or non-domestic private rented property and the Energy Efficiency Rating of that property (shown on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)) is F or G, then this article is relevant to you.

Cobham

15A High Street
Cobham
Surrey
KT11 3DH

T: 01932 589599
F: 01932 867587

DX: 46102 COBHAM

Dorking

156 High Street
Dorking
Surrey
RH4 1BQ

T: 01306 880110
F: 01306 502283

DX: 57300 DORKING

Godalming

The Tanners
75 Meadrow
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 3HS

T: 01483 861848
F: 01483 861856

DX: 58308 GODALMING 1