SUNDERLAND law firm Sweeney Miller has bolstered its property team as it reports life returning to the housing market.

Experienced property solicitor Michael Storey has joined Sweeney Miller from Tyneside firm Samuel Phillips as house sale completions continue to rise.

After several years of stagnation, the North East regional property market is starting to move while in the South East sales and prices are starting to soar.

Sunderland solicitor Michael Storey Sweeney MillerMichael Storey said: “The market remains a little fragile and unpredictable in the North East but there is no doubt that 2013 turned out to be a lot better than many in our sector expected.

“Judging by the amount of conveyancing work coming through the door at Sweeney Miller the signs are that 2014 is going to be a good year. We are not going to see the sort of action experienced in London but the market is moving at last which is great news.

“I think it is too early to say if the Government’s Help To Buy scheme has had a direct effect on the market but it was a positive story which probably helped to generate a bit of a feel good factor.

“There has also been a more positive outlook in the media and house builders are starting to develop on land that has sat idle for a few years.”

From its office in the Ashbrooke area of Sunderland Sweeney Miller has developed a strong client base in Sunderland and the North East, as well as clients from across the country in areas such as residential conveyancing, commercial property, personal injury and business affairs.

Michael, who is noted in the industry bible Legal 500 as one of the North East’s leading conveyancing experts, joins an extremely strong team of conveyancers, litigators, legal executives and administrative staff at Sweeney Miller’s Mowbray Road headquarters.

Senior partner Paul Miller said: “Michael’s arrival could not have come sooner as the residential property market has started to really move again.  He brings a wealth of experience and contacts with him which will help us continue to represent clients not only in the North East but across the UK.”

Sweeney Miller is also accredited through the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) under which firms go through rigorous examination and testing to demonstrate they have a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice.

The CQS scheme has been officially recognised by the Legal Ombudsman, Association of British Insurers (ABI), Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) and the Building Societies Association (BSA).

Lenders including HSBC, Santander, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank have also recognised that Conveyancing Quality Scheme members provide a service that can be trusted, granting our legal experts entry onto their lender panels.


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