A. L. Hughes & Co.
Commissioners for Oaths
A. L. Hughes
& Co. is a small firm of Solicitors in Streatham, South
London, founded in 1950. The photograph shows a view of Streatham
from more or less outside our offices, but taken in the 1960s. Currently the
road is a red route, with perpetual congestion and no-one lurking on the road
as shown above. Although Streatham High Road was voted the least
attractive high street in Europe, or was it the world(?), the architectural
features of the frontages are such that the Council decided that it should be a
Conservation Area, a judgement which raised a few eyebrows, but is a fair one.
By all means look up at the attractive gabling and tilework, but watch out for
potholes and abandoned debris beneath your feet.
To get to us,
why not start by clicking on the hyperlink
Location Map of our offices
need to arrange transport. The area is well served by trains and
What are we about?
We aim to
provide our clients with a quality of service which they would expect from a
central London legal practice, but
with the personal touch of a small firm, and at a reasonable cost to them.
Information Notes and Terms of Business are available on-line. Just click on
Client Information Notes
Our fields of work.
in Property Law work. In essence that means:
- Commercial Property:
Leases, Assignments, Renewals.
Property: Conveyancing, Re-mortgages, Lease extensions, collective
- Development Property:
Setting up developments, Building land.
- Unregistered land Conveyancing
- Town and Country Planning advice.
- Wills and Probate and Estate
- Powers of Attorney and Public
Guardianship Office applications.
- Partnerships and Shareholder
Regulation Authority require all firms to publish
costs information on their website in relation to certain areas of work.† The areas which we undertake which are
affected by this are Conveyancing and Probate.
So to explain how we charge clients.
We like to give
an estimate at the outset which sets out our fees and expected expenses.† We estimate the length of time a transaction
will take, and charge a rate (currently £240 per hour plus VAT) plus a small
fraction (50p per £1,000) of the price, and 25p per £1,000 of any mortgage
being entered into).†
One question we
are often asked is ďHow fixed are your estimates?Ē† The answer to that is that in the unlikely
event of a transaction becoming very protracted, we will discuss our charging
with you and seek agreement to a way forward.†
However, we canít remember the last time that happened.
transaction is abortive, we will cap our fees at a maximum of 50% of our
estimate, but obviously if less work is done than this cap, we will be charging
transactions are charged on a time basis at the rate of £240 per hour plus
VAT.† Any Conveyancing element of a
Probate is charged instead at the Coneveyancing rate
Who does the work?
firms have moved on in the last half century.†
The modern way is to have semi-qualified or even unqualified staff doing
the nuts and bolts of transactions, uncomprehending of the underlying law or
practice and engrained with the ethos of ďcomputer says noĒ.† Then what they have done is passed up to a
supervisor who checks it and then deals with the stuff that hasnít been done before
passing the file to someone else.†† This,
we are told, is efficiency Ė it does cut costs of course.
stuff that. All the legal work in our firm is done by the three Solicitors
listed below.† We work together of
course, and cover for holidays, but when you speak to or write to the person
handling the case, itís us.† We donít
employ assistant lawyers or paralegals.
Has been at the
firm since 1968 and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1969 at a time when people
used quill pens and sacrificed goats to ensure successful house moves. Now part
time (Tuesdays only if we are lucky), he plays a lot of Golf between commercial
Laurence Mann, LLB, FRSA (Partner)
First worked at
the firm in 1977 before going to University. Qualified as a Solicitor in 1984.
Deals with Commercial and Residential Conveyancing, and Leasehold
Enfranchisement Is a Governor of a Community Comprehensive Secondary School in
Twickenham. Is involved in a Community Choir, but will not sing at you
without giving notice.
Frances Holton (Partner)
Trained at the
firm from 1980 and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1983. Specialises
in Residential Conveyancing, Wills and Probates, Powers of Attorney and
applications to the Public Guardianship Office (which is the newish name for
the Court of Protection).† In her
spare time, her two Schnauzer Dogs keep her very busy.
We aim to be
accessible. If you are calling or faxing from outside of the UK, please use
(+44) 20 instead of 020 as our telephone and fax prefix.
020 8769 7100
020 8677 6644
340 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 6HH
DX 58457 Norbury
General Information: [email protected]
Webmaster: [email protected]
- By all means email one of our
Partners with your enquiry, unless you are trying to sell something, in
which case please read this.
- Our firm is regulated by the
Solicitors' Regulation Authority and our ID is 51553
also have a Blog with information and articles written in spare moments.† We have not written anything for a while, as
reality appears to be more unlikely than anything we can come up with.
download pdf versions of our Information Sheets from these links.
Permitted Development Leaflet
Whose fence is it?† A
guide to boundary issues
Searches: what are they are for?
Making a Will Guide
How you can help
Avoiding Frauds Leaflet
Interesting and possibly useful links
are regulated by the Solicitorsí
list of partners can be inspected at our offices (see above for address).
We don't think there are any cookies on this website, and we prefer
custard tarts anyway, but if there are, then your use of this website may
involve their getting into your computer.
- Privacy.† We do not track users of this site. Who
knows who has been here?
donít accept service of documents by fax or email without prior
is important for you to note that any information in our Information
Sheets is not to be treated as formal advice.
have only one office, in Streatham. We are aware that Solicitors' firms
are targeted by fraudsters who claim to be operating from another office.
We do not have such an office and so if you get any such fraudulent emails
or letters, please refer them to the police and send us a copy too. All of
them offer things which are too good to be true. Our advice is that
if something appears to be too good to be true, then it is very likely not
to be true, and not likely to be good either. Obvious, eh?
Bank details were last changed in 2010. If you get an email saying they
have changed, then itís going to be a fraud.
- If you are trying to sell us
something, we beg to inform you that we never ever buy anything or
commission any services whatsoever from people who write to, email or
telephone us offering such things. You are wasting your time if you think
you will be the one exception to this rule. You won't be. No,
really. That means:
are not interested in photocopiers. Is anyone?† We no longer have one.†
are happy with our stationery supplier.
office furniture is servicable.
- Telephones.† We donít want any more.† We like the comforting feel of legacy
do not need a franking machine. Who sends letters?
you sent us a letter or flyer about your services or products, thanks. it's been recycled.†
If you sent an email, well, itís been deleted.
don't want to speak to people pretending to be from BT.
organise our own training.
do not want to borrow any money.
are allergic to recruitment agencies.
see no need to outsource our work to far off
places. We like our staff.
do not pay referral fees Not
now, not then, not never.
love our current electricity supply arrangements.
never advertise. Our Google ranking bores us.
you say you are calling on behalf of local hospitals, police forces,
schools, etc., about adverts in brochures or plasma TV screens, we know
what sort of scam you are seeking to perpetrate, so forget it.
website is the best in the universe, and no, you cannot improve on
that.† We even changed the colour
recently.† Thatís sophistication
do need people to meddle with our computer equipment and charge us for
it. Like a hole in the head.
note that the content of this website is out of date just as soon as it is
posted. We are always happy to supply the latest versions of any of
our materials. The last revision was in Autumn
reason this website does not have floating frames, CSS, RSS, ISS,
drop-down interactive and context sensitive menus, and other bells and
whistles is that we are more interested in getting on with legal stuff
than playing with these things. And who really wants them? Do you?