Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF


Residential Property

For many people, the sale or purchase of a house or flat is their only contact with the legal profession and whether we are acting for first time buyers or experienced property investors we always aim to ensure that our clients receive an unrivalled service which is tailored to their needs.

The conveyancing market is awash with conveyancers who work on a “pile it high and sell it cheap” model which employs mostly unqualified staff working on a “tick-box” basis.
At Laceys we think differently and provide a bespoke service so that the appropriate member of our team is assigned to provide a single point of contact throughout the transaction from initial enquiry through to any post-completion support our clients may need. This helps to create a strong and lasting relationship of trust which not only benefits our clients but also gives our staff a great deal of personal satisfaction.

The sale or purchase of our homes is often the most expensive and important transaction in our lifetimes yet it is surprising how many people will chose their conveyancer on the basis of the cost.

We are not the cheapest conveyancers in the market, nor do we aim to be. It is our goal to provide a quality service and value for money. We set our fees by reference to the time it takes to get to know our clients’ needs, thoroughly investigate the property, keep our clients fully informed at all times, and to ensure we have experienced and approachable professionals who can deliver this service.

We like to think that our clients chose us as they trust in our skills and service. Judging by the great feedback we receive in our client surveys and the number of clients who return to us time and again we think our approach works very well.

In addition to the sales and purchases we provide a full-range of legal work relating to residential property including re-mortgages, equity release and transfer of equity, easements and rights of way, freehold enfranchisement and leasehold extension, trusts, and private mortgages.

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Meet the Team

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Zoe Joyce

Conveyancer — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205039
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “Very many thanks for all your hard work and unstinting dedication in achieving completion. We are extremely grateful and cannot praise you high enough. ”

    Gillian and Robert Quincey

  • “Many thanks for your help in the sale of Willoughby. Your professional ability made an oasis of calm amid the chaos!”

    Max Edwards

Zoe works in our residential property team, acting for a range of clients relating to residential conveyancing, transfers of equity and remortgages.

Prior to this she gained nearly 30 years experience as a legal secretary or conveyancing assistant involving residential conveyancing, commercial property, probate, landlord and tenant, transfer of equity, remortgages, beach hut sales and purchases and equity release.

Outside of work, Zoe enjoys going on holidays, eating out and generally socialising with family and friends over a drink or two!

Victoria Jarmolkiewicz

Solicitor — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205043
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “Laceys ensured the sale of our our property went through as smoothly as possible with minimal issues and delays. They were always on hand, both via email and telephone, to answer questions and queries as quickly and straight forward as possible. Victoria was great to work with and I always knew she was there to help with every step along the way. Thank you!”

    Christine Essery

  • “Buying and selling a home is stressful but Vicky at Laceys kept me fully informed at all times, which made things a whole lot easier I must say!”

    Wim Goodchild

  • “Everything went like clockwork, what was best for me was not only the efficiency but the feeling of genuine caring that everything went well and going the extra mile to ensure it did. I was kept up to date and never had to push for an action to be carried out. I would recommend Laceys to anyone and would not dream of going anywhere else. ”

    Jacki Bishop

Victoria is a Solicitor within Laceys Conveyancing Department. She deals with all aspects of residential Freehold and Leasehold properties including sales, purchases, mortgages, transfers of equity and unregistered land. She also has experience in development plot sales and Attorney and Probate sales

Victoria has a very approachable manner and ensures she regularly updates clients with clear and concise legal advice, relinquishing any emotion or stress that so often goes hand in hand with a sale or purchase of a property!

Away from work she likes to socialise with family and friends at the weekends. She is also affiliated with the Bournemouth Netball Association and plays competitively twice a week with a local Bournemouth team. Baking is another passion which unfortunately wipes out all the good work achieved throughout the week!


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Sue Chivers

Conveyancer — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205005
Switchboard: 01202 557256


Sue has vast experience within conveyancing, having specialised in this area for over 40 years, 12 of which have been with Laceys. Sue has a number of clients she helps with residential sales, purchases and transfers of equity.

Sue provides a friendly and approachable service to her clients, whilst appreciating that buying or selling a property is often an emotional investment, as well as a financial one.

Outside of work Sue spends time at Kingston Lacey, where she volunteers as a room guide for the National Trust. She also takes advantage of living by the sea and enjoys sailing with her husband exploring Poole Harbour and the surrounding coastline.

Simon Arnott

Associate — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 307864
Switchboard: 01202 743286


Kerry Parsons

Associate — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 307869
Switchboard: 01202 743286


  • “Your service was excellent and I will be recommending you to anyone else buying/selling a property, no matter where they are in the country! Cate and I were really impressed with the speed in which you worked especially when dealing with difficult estate agents and slow solicitors. All correspondence was clear and precise, and you were always on hand to answer any questions that arose. ”

    Matt and Cate Ford

  • “Very helpful and always there to give advice or take action if asked to do so. Very focused on the job and always on top of the latest developments and yet personable and ready to take time on the phone to give advice or answer queries without hesitation.”

    Jim Pilling

  • “We are extremely pleased with the service that Kerry has provided to us and wouldn't hesitate to use Laceys again. We would recommend Kerry and her firm at any time based on the quick and responsive way our transactions have been handled.”

    Jackie and Terry

  • “Moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful experiences in life. Needless to say, we did experience some challenges during our recent move, but thanks to Laceys, the legal and conveyancing aspects caused us no problems at all. They come with our full recommendation.”

    Mr and Mrs Lee, Ashley Heath

  • “During the flat buying process Kerry was a constant support and if ever I became worried about anything she would sort it for me quickly and calmly. Kerry was approachable, easy to get hold of and always responded quickly to my emails. I am now happily living in my new home and I can't thank Laceys, Kerry in particular, enough for getting me here. ”

    Mark Baker

Kerry is a Chartered Legal Executive and Associate in our Residential Property department based in Parkstone, with her experience spanning over a decade. Kerry has worked for two local authorities in Dorset as well as within private practice so is confident in dealing with a variety of purchases, sales, remortgages, transfers of equity and other property matters including Declaration of Trusts, adverse possession claims and ownership queries.

Kerry prides herself on being friendly and approachable with a ‘can do’ attitude and really enjoys the fast pace of Conveyancing. There is no matter too complicated and Kerry enjoys problem-solving as is often required on many property matters.

Away from the office, Kerry enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors and can often be seen out and about with her dog Baxter, who occasionally frequents the office! Kerry also joins in with many charity events along with her lovely colleagues.

Gill Walker

Solicitor — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205049
Switchboard: 01202 557256


Gill is a member of our residential property team dealing with the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold property, remortgages, transfers of equity and shared ownership.

Outside of work, Gill enjoys exercise classes, growing fruit and veg on my allotment and country walks, particularly those involving a tea room en route!

Desmond Leyden

Consultant — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 545177
Switchboard: 01202 755980


Charlotte Pottinger

Conveyancer — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205033
Switchboard: 01202 557256


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Charlotte for her recent conveyancing work carried out on my behalf. My purchase of a leasehold flat was subject to a lease renewal, but the transaction was completed swiftly and smoothly. Charlotte’s attention to detail was reassuring and refreshing without causing any protraction. I was updated on a regular basis, quite often by telephone. As a firm we already recommend Charlotte and Laceys and look forward to continuing this professional working relationship.”

Daniel Johnson, Director - Taylor Made UK

Charlotte deals with all things relating to residential property including purchases, sales, mortgages, remortgages, transfers of equity or equity release matters.

Away from work Charlotte enjoys  spending time riding her horse, training her working cocker spaniels and spending time with her husband.



Mark Preece

Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205013
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “Mark has acted for our varied property portfolio in Dorset for over 5 years, and has a real understanding of our business and how we operate. He shares our passion for high standards and attention to detail, providing us with invaluable advice and support on all aspects of our developments from initial site acquisition through to completed property sales. Mark and his team continuously add value by being proactive and delivering a fast and expert service."”

    Eddie Fitzsimmons- Managing Director, Lomand Homes Limited

  • “Mark and the team take great care of our commercial property requirements. We have always been delighted with their service.”

    Simon Ward, NSN Propertis Ltd

Mark is a partner working across our Commercial and Residential property teams acting for a wide variety of clients from property developers, property investors, businesses, first time buyers and those needing advice relating to enfranchisement and residential landlord and tenant dealing with all aspects of property work.

Away from work Mark spends his time with his wife and their three young boys who keep them very busy.

John Munro

Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205031
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “Changing solicitors is not to be undertaken lightly. However really impressed with the way that John Munro and his associates have dealt with us over the last couple of years in a variety of complex property related transactions and on the commercial and personal front as well. We look forward to working with them going forward.”

    Malcolm Tice, Director - Tice & Son Ltd

  • “Having dealt with Laceys on many a sale and purchase I’ve always found them to be efficient, knowledgeable and attentive. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to family, friends and clients.”

    Stuart Cockram - Frost and Co

John joined Laceys in 2001 and is now the Head of the Commercial and Residential Property Departments. He is also the firm’s Senior Responsible Officer under the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) with overall responsibility for the management of the property team and their delivery of the excellent service that our clients have come to expect.

John acts in his own capacity for a number of commercial property owners, developers and investors, but also allocates time to ensure his team are up to speed with changing law and professional regulations and clients are provided with members of the team who possess the right skills to deal with their individual requirements, delivering projects in the most time and cost-efficient manner.

Outside of work John seems to spend a great deal of time ferrying his children around but occasionally gets to put his feet up and listen to his eclectic collection of vinyl. He is also not averse to a good cheeseboard and a glass of IPA.

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Jonathan Ogden

Senior Partner — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205026
Switchboard: 01202 557256


Jonathan, who specialises in Commercial property, is both the longest serving partner at Laceys, having been with the firm for over 30 years and the senior partner.

He advises a wide client base on new site acquisitions for both residential and commercial developments, as well as hoteliers in connection with sales and purchases of hotels and associated businesses. He also assists with commercial tenancies, either with landlords granting leases to commercial tenants or vice versa.

Jonathan prides himself in being results driven and has a number of longstanding clients whom he has looked after for over 10 years, not only demonstrating the longevity of his work relationships but also proving he can deliver! Outside of the office, he enjoys a busy social life sampling local restaurants as well as entertaining at home.

When time permits he likes to immerse himself in a good book or sit back and watch a film. He also has a desire to complete a Philosophy Degree at some point in the future – watch this space!

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