THE SCENIC ROUTELiz Seal, a Partner heading up the Residential Conveyancing team, started out as a legal secretary in the Midlands in the late 1970s. At secretarial college she had opted to include a Law A Level and “just fell into” working for a law firm. Her abilities were soon recognised and she started working towards Legal Executive qualifications. But it wasn’t until after Liz had started a family that she decided to train to be a Solicitor. She studied part-time for four years – on top of her full-time job – and qualified in 1995. Three years later she moved to the South West and joined Curtis Whiteford Crocker where she manages the Conveyancing team.
Liz’s background and personal experiences offer her a unique insight into one of the most important aspects of her job – client handling. Moving home is a stressful time and Liz needs to help people through the sometimes complex process. There’s pressure from several sides for progress and conveyancing often proves to be quite a juggling act. Although most of the relevant legislation dates from a 1925 Act, there have been more changes in important aspects of the law like freehold and leasehold rights and stamp duty issues which Liz needs to be aware of.
OUTSIDE THE LAW
Liz enjoys swimming, keep fit and walking her two Jack Russell dogs on the beaches of Salcombe where she and her husband live.
Before the European Referendum vote earlier this year, the Conveyancing Association issued a note of caution, predicting that a vote for leave would create uncertainty in the housing market and lead to a period of nervousness. Chairman Eddie Goldsmith said that the Association members – conveyancers and solicitors responsible for 20% of all the residential…