Mark Scott Legal Director- Residential Conveyancing - London
Mark heads up the London residential property team and specialises in all aspects of residential property law. He has built a good reputation with his clients and contacts, many of whom have now become life-long friends and continues to build his practice acting for a diverse background of clients from the UK and throughout the world.
Main areas of practice
Mark's main area of practice is private property matters for individuals and trust companies and acting for central London banks on high value secured lending transactions often involving very tight deadlines.
The clients Mark represents are from all walks of life and backgrounds ranging from private individuals, entrepreneurs, a number of high profile clients, overseas investors, trust companies and most lending institutions.
Mark has significant experience in the residential property market and throughout his career has acted on a number of large London estates dealing with both freehold and leasehold transactions. He is able to pull together often at very short notice expertise from other professionals, such as surveyors, mortgage lenders and insurance companies to assist his clients in providing a fully rounded and collaborative service to meet the demands of their busy lives.
Mark has acted for a number of large property developers on off plan sales and transactions and has travelled throughout South East Asia attending property exhibitions with developer clients dealing with reporting and exchanging contracts sometimes in a matter of hours.
Mark was the sole author of a legal reference guide "Conveyancing Factfinder" published by Jordan's and further edited by him for a number of years.
Mark has worked with a number of large London legal firms; including Lawrence Graham and prior to joining Blake Morgan was a lawyer with Mishcon De Reya in their private client team acting for a number of high profile clients and often complex residential property transactions. He has over 25 years' experience and has spent most of his career in Central London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives having first qualified in 2000.
In a move likely to impact anyone involved in the private rental sector, Parliament has enacted a bill known as the Tenant Fees Act 2019 which marks the end of the majority of upfront fees charged by landlords and letting agents in England.
Post the financial crisis of 2008, the buyer-funded development model has become increasingly common. Recent media coverage tells a tale of failed projects, financial loss and allegations of fraud. We explore how these schemes operate and the risks.
Freehold and leasehold are the two main types of property ownership in the UK. Here we explain how these types of ownership differ and the considerations to note when buying a leasehold property.
Articles by Mark
1 in 3 students say they've been 'unfairly cheated' out of deposits - your tenancy rights explained
Following the release of figures from the Halifax, we have recently seen a fall in house prices in December,,,
Earlier today the Chancellor of the Exchequer revealed the Government's Autumn Budget. Blake Morgan's residential property expert comments on Philip Hammond's decision to abolish Stamp Duty for first time buyers on properties under £300,000.
Related Knowledge & Resources
Chancellor announces changes to stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers but with no changes for the rest of the market
As had been hinted at over the weekend, in today's Autumn Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") to assist first time buyers to be known as "Discount Relief".
In an article for Lexis PSL Elaine Allen, legal director at Blake Morgan, examines issues currently facing the British housing sector, what the government is doing to combat the housing crisis and how effective the proposed solutions could be.
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