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January 11, 2018


  We are delighted to announce the expansion of our Business with the opening of our new Estate Agency Office, POMPHREYS PROPERTIES located at 36 Hill Street, Wishaw. Having built up over 15 years of experience within Sales & Letting of Residential Property, we have an exemplary track record of selling and renting homes.  Our experience and drive ensures we maximise your properties exposure by using varied portals to cover all bases necessary to reach potential purchasers. By marketing your property with Pomphreys Properties your home will be advertised on our own company website and popular property sites such as Zoopla, S1 Homes, Prime Location and many more. In additional to our new LED Window Display we will also provide further prominent window advertising in our other legal offices in the area ensuring maximum exposure at all times. Pomphreys Properties also exploit the overwhelming power of social media to optimise […]
January 11, 2018

Our New Solicitor – Gosia Chylinska

Gosia graduated from University of Bialystok, Poland with a degree in Law, completing a Masters in Law, in 2002. She moved to Scotland in 2007 and began employment in Trainor Alston Solicitors. Working closely with one of the partners, she quickly gained experience in family law, personal injury, conveyancing and employment law to name a few. Whilst at Trainor Alston, Gosia studied for her degree in Scots Law. In addition, she worked closely with the Polish community in Glasgow and neighbouring areas assisting her fellow nationals with all types of civil and criminal matters. She became the ‘number one contact’ for the local Polish community. Gosia was awarded the Diploma in Legal Practice with distinction from Glasgow University in 2014. Her career progressed, working as a criminal defence lawyer with one of the most renowned criminal defence firms in the West of Scotland, McCusker McElroy and Gallanagh. She worked tirelessly […]
January 9, 2018

The Gender Pay Gap- What does it mean and how is it being tackled?

  The BBC has hit the headlines recently when it was revealed that their China Editor Carrie Grace has resigned due to what she described as a “secretive and illegal pay culture” being evident within the organisation. It was revealed that over the past 4 years the BBC has had four international editors, 2 men and two women, with the men earning at least 50% more than the women. Whilst Ms Grace was offered a pay increase in an attempt to remedy this it did not bring her salary in line with her male peers. She described the increase as falling “far short of equality”. This story and many others have highlighted that the Gender Pay Gap still exists. So what exactly does this mean? The Gender pay Gap can be defined as inter alia; “the average difference between a man’s and a woman’s remuneration. There are two distinct numbers […]
January 24, 2017

Lets sell in 2018

As 2018 is here, many people are planning to bring their home to market, and commissioning valuations. However, there is a crucial step to consider between appointing a solicitor to sell your home and welcoming viewers through the door. Making your house look fresh and tidy can be challenging, particularly with children or pets, but it’s essential to maximise your home’s appeal by making it as presentable as possible. Viewers won’t know your property the way you do, so they won’t realise the loft is floored or know about all those plug sockets hidden behind furniture. Walk around every room and make a detailed list of its good points – natural brightness, good storage, easy-to-clean flooring – which you can refer to while showing potential buyers around. To feel homely, your house has to look like people live in it, but equally it must be tidy. If you were looking […]
March 25, 2015

Ten Top Tips for Selling!

Would you like your property sold? Only half of the properties put on the market last year actually did. Whilst we can’t do anything about the facts, we can offer you some valuable advice that can help set your home apart from the rest and give it the best possible chance of being in the half that DO sell fast in 2018. A wise investment of time, imagination and money could make your Home more saleable, generate more viewings and add value too. Look at your home from a purchasers eyes and please…. be honest! Some top tips – 1 – Kerb Appeal Is your front door a bit shabby?  Are the windows needing a coat of paint? Can the satellite dish be repositioned to be more discreet? Could the concrete path be replaced by gravel or attractive tiles? Prioritise the biggest offenders and set about transforming them. 2 – […]


The abolition of SDLT for first -time buyers in England and Wales was a welcome Budget announcement. From 22 November 2017, first-time buyers will be relieved from SDLT on the first 300k paid for their property, so long as the value of the property does not exceed 500k. The measure is expected to benefit 95% of first-time buyers saving them an average of £1660 each.

In a similar move, the Scottish Government announced in it’s budget that it will be introducing LBTT relief on the first 175k paid by first-time buyers in Scotland.

Although considerably less than the SDLT relief, this is expected to cover most properties in Scotland, and will exclude 80% of first-time buyers from LBTT entirely. Additionally, as there is no upper limit on the value of the property, the tax paid by all first-time buyers will be reduced.