Coronavirus Update

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: In the light of coronavirus updates issued by the Government, John M Lewis have taken the decision to close the office for face to face appointments and drop in. This is to safeguard our staff members and to enable us to continue with your transaction.  All matters can be dealt with effectively by telephone, post or email.  If you feel you require an appointment, please can you contact the member of staff who is responsible for your transaction and they will be able to make a decision if a face to face appointment is necessary.  

We have contingency measures in place to ensure your transaction can go ahead, but if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you have a new business query please contact us via our website, telephone on 01332 292204 or email: [email protected]

We also have the following additional advice to all clients who may be worrying about their move during this uncertain time and you are always welcome to contact your dedicated conveyancer for any additional advice and guidance.

John M Lewis & Co Client Update: As reasonable employers and business owners, we are committed to taking reasonable precautions within our control to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus whilst maintaining full business services.  This is going to involve reducing non-essential client meetings and having some staff working from home at certain times.  With our IT focussed business, we are confident that there will be little or no disruption to our service.

However, there are special legal considerations for clients who are entering contracts for the sale and purchase of properties.  Once you instruct us to exchange contracts to buy/sell your property, you will be legally committed to complete your transaction on the agreed completion date.  The standard contract provides remedies/penalties (sometimes financial) for the rare occasion when you or someone within your chain fails to complete.  The standard contract does not, unsurprisingly, specifically provide for a failed completion due to a Coronavirus situation anywhere in your chain.  The Law Society and others are considering the situation and, as time passes, we will begin to understand how Coronavirus affects the home moving process and those involved in it.  We may then be able to include (upon your instruction) a recommended and accepted contingency clause in your contract.  If you proceed to exchange now, we will do all we are able to make sure you complete on time and if your completion is then delayed (for whatever reason) we will do all we are able to mitigate any loss or inconvenience suffered by you.

We are hopeful that solicitors, banks, lenders and removal companies will be very much “business as usual” and if there are any problems, that parties will work together and take a pragmatic approach to ensure that transactions complete as quickly as possible.  However, we must be alive to the possibility that we could reach a time where there are delays, for example with lenders releasing mortgage funds, other parties’ solicitors not being fully operational or removal companies being short staffed or having access issues.  With co-operation, there are ways in which these issues can be resolved.  However, we would encourage you to check with all those involved in your conveyancing transaction prior to exchange of contracts to consider the length of time you need between exchange and completion and think about arrangements you could make should you or a member of your family need to self-isolate during the moving period. 

At present we anticipate that transactions will proceed as normal and there is no reason to be unduly concerned or change any plans, but we wanted to highlight this to you, and reassure you that we have given consideration to the current situation, have plans in place and will continue to monitor developments.

Jo Simpson shortlisted for LFS Awards Conveyancer of the year!

Jo has been competing for the LFS award of Best Conveyancer of the Year and we are delighted to announce that she has been shortlisted for the win!

Jo has been selected from a large number of competitors and there are only four other people who have been shortlisted this year!

Results will be announced on 18th September at the award ceremony in Birmingham.

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Welcoming Jo Simpson as Associate at John M Lewis

Welcoming Jo as Associate at John M Lewis

Jo joined the team at John M Lewis in January 2018 as a Legal Executive and we now welcome her as Associate.

Jo started conveyancing life as a secretary and qualified in 2010 after studying with the Institute of Legal Executives. Originally from Stoke, Jo actually had her first job after finishing school as a civil servant working for the courts and has since moved around the country working for a number of legal firms. With over 20 years experience in conveyancing Jo moved to Derby in 2005.

Jo actually fell into conveyancing as she saw a job for a ‘Property Assistant’ and applied, having no previous experience. She realised it was working for a solicitors firm and having been successful at interview really loved the work. When asked what she would do instead of conveyancing, Jo once had thoughts about being an air traffic controller or an accountant. We think she is much better at conveyancing!

Jo classes herself as a morning person and often arrives early to work to concentrate on any particularly complicated cases, proving her dedication to her role and our clients. Jo prides herself on working closely with not just clients, but also local estate agents where she has built a great rapport with many firms who really value her expertise and communication to keep things progressing. For Jo it really is a two-way street where everyone is trying to achieve the same goal so communication is key.

Jo’s favourite thing about her job is when she gets to call clients and tell them the good news of completion and client’s happiness is paramount to Jo. Jo is currently competing for the LFS Awards ‘Conveyancer of the Year’ and client satisfaction is a key part in how the awards are judged. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for her for a win! To date, Jo’s proudest moment is when she won ‘student of the year’ whilst studying by achieving the highest mark overall by any other student on the course that year.

Jo’s biggest role model is her dad, who worked as a Managing Director for many years. Her dad really taught her about work ethic and how to carry herself professionally. Most of all he taught her to treat people how you would like to be treated, which we believe is why so many of her clients are happy and come back to her time and time again.

In her downtime from work Jo loves nothing more than holidaying and her favourite place for relaxing is Aruba where she hopes to visit again and for a more adventurous holiday you can’t beat Vegas. Alongside spin class and relaxing with friends, Jo enjoys spending time with her grandson who is currently just over 18 month’s old, he keeps her on her toes that’s for sure!

We are delighted to have Jo on board and she looks forward to welcoming clients old and new to our firm for many years to come. Congratulations Jo!

Shortlisted Regional Conveyancing Firm of The Year

We are delighted to have been shortlisted by LFS Conveyancing Awards for the Regional Conveyancing Firm of the year category (East Midlands) for the 5th year in a row!

The awards will take place in Birmingham in September, fingers crossed for a win!

The 2019 Law Firm Services Conveyancing Conference is the largest event in the conveyancing calendar, with a host of innovative ideas and exhibitors.

Celebrating 30 Years

John M Lewis & Co are celebrating 30 years in business during 2019!

Having recently moved offices from St Peters Street to Vernon Street the business continues to enjoy success and the move to bigger and better offices in September 2018 has meant that the business has been able to expand gradually and further succeed.

The firm was first established by Mr John Lewis in 1989 as the first Licensed Conveyancing office in Derby and is now one of the longest running practices in England. The firm is run by partners Lisa Wills, Liz Knott and now welcoming Joanne Simpson as an associate partner.

John M Lewis & Co won the award for the Conveyancing Firm of the Year (East Midlands) at the LFS Conveyancing Awards in September 2018, won ‘Highly Recommended’ in 2017 and the winner’s trophy in 2016. Lisa got highly commended for conveyancer of the year for East Midlands and Lucy Hodgkinson who has recently qualified with us also won ‘Highly Recommended’ for Young Conveyancer of the Year at the event in 2018.

With awards coming through every year it is clear the business is going from strength to strength with customer satisfaction being the key to our success.

The ethos of John M Lewis & Co has always been to ensure a friendly, efficient service to all clients and Lisa, Liz and Jo would like to thank all of their clients past and present for their recognition and repeat business over the years.

Lisa, Liz and Jo look forward to providing a friendly and efficient service in the years to come.

Cyber Essentials

John M Lewis & Co have just become certified with Cyber Essentials. This gives us a nationally recognised standard for cyber security and helps reassure our clients that we are working towards securing our IT against cyber attacks, among other things!

Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously.

The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against unskilled internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities – which are freely available on the internet.

Organisations that undertake Cyber Essentials are encouraged to re-certify at least once a year and, where appropriate, progress their security.

Since 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts

The Big Move

The day has finally come! John M Lewis & Co are beginning their move to bigger and better premises today and will be closed from 3pm to facilitate this.  Please bear with us during this transitional period.  We expect to be up and running as normal on Monday morning.

Our new address is 6 Vernon Street, Derby, DE1 1FR. All other contact details will remain the same.

We look forward to welcoming you in our new offices.


Award Winners

We are delighted to announce that John M Lewis & Co have won the award for the Conveyancing Firm of the Year (East Midlands) at the LFS Conveyancing Awards 2018 which took place at the Vox Centre, Birmingham on Wednesday 19th September. We won “Highly Recommended” last year and the winner’s trophy in 2016.

In addition, Lucy Hodgkinson won “Highly Recommended” for Young Conveyancer of the Year.

Lisa and Liz would like to thank all their clients who responded to the client satisfaction survey.

LFS Conveyancing Awards 2018

John M Lewis & Co are pleased and delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the LFS Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year 2018.

In addition to this, Lucy Hodgkinson has been shortlisted for the Young Conveyancer of the Year at this year’s Law Firm Service Awards.

Winners will be announced at the Ceremony held at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham on the 19th September 2018.

Congratulations Lucy!