When Setfords was founded in 2006 the intention was to create a firm that addressed the frustrations faced by many people using legal services. Our aim is simple: to provide the best legal advice by creating an environment where lawyers can do their best work.
Biscoes is a full service law firm operating from 7 offices in South Hampshire and Isle of Wight. The Commercial Law Team is based at North End, Portsmouth.
We offer a fully comprehensive range of property service to clients. We pride ourselves in providing a professional approach in a friendly environment. Our emphasis is on providing straightforward advice tailored to the needs and expectations of our clients. Our service and standards have been recognised by the accreditation of the firm with the Lexcel quality mark. We offer free initial advice and a late night opening on Thursdays. Emergency and home appointments are also available.
Members: Graeme Quar, Jack Archer, James Chamberlain, Melanie Palfrey, Robin Keeler
Colin heads up our sales operation and has over 30 years estate agency experience in Portsmouth, joining Leaders following our acquisition of Mitchell & Perryer in February 2014. He lives locally, has extensive knowledge of the Portsmouth sales market, and is known for his outstanding level of customer service. Colin has a story for everything and entertains both clients and colleagues with anecdotes from working with people and property for most of his life
Sarah has extensive experience in the local area, she joined MD Colin Shairp’s previous company in December 2007 after working for a local competitor. When he decided to open the Fine & Country branch in Drayton, she moved with Colin to launch that office. Sarah passed her GPEA Estate Agency Qualification in July 2012 and completed her Lettings Qualification through the GPEA in August 2013, she has proven herself to be both a sales and lettings expert, so in August 2014 when we opened our second local office in Emsworth, she took the leadership role, dealing with both lettings and sales
ON CUE: From left, PPA chairman Danny Smith, former world snooker champion Dennis Taylor and Lorraine Blackburn from the Ickle Pickles charity. More than £6,000 has been raised for charity as the voice of property in the Portsmouth region marked its 90th anniversary in style.
Money raised from Portsmouth Property Association’s (PPA) annual charity dinner at Fratton Park, which attracted 240 members and guests, goes to Ickle Pickles.
The charity helps fund specialised equipment, such as incubators and ventilators, for premature babies in intensive care neonatal units.
PPA chairman Danny Smith, who hands over the ceremonial chain to vice-chairman Steve Cripps later this month, nominated Ickle Pickles as the chosen charity for his year-long tenure.
Money raised on the night included £600 paid in auction for an original match-day programme and rosette from the World Cup Final between England West Germany in 1966.
Hilarious storytelling by guest speaker Dennis Taylor, a BBC snooker commentator and former world champion, was the main highlight.
He famously beat Steve Davis from behind in 1985 on the last black after a 17:17-frame nail-biter, with 18.5 million people glued to their TVs into the early hours to watch the 86-minute decider at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
Rob Marchant, event organiser and a former PPA chairman, said: “We all had a great night – Dennis was simply an outstanding speaker who brought the house down with his anecdotes. People had tears of laughter rolling down their cheeks.
“Money being raised from our event, including the auction and raffle, for Ickle Pickles is still coming in – it is currently at £6,000.”
Neonatal staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth – the PPA invited ten of them along as VIP guests – were also treated to a huge round of applause.
Poignantly, the event last Friday evening (February 27th) was graced by Waterlooville mother Lorraine Blackburn, who has raised more than £200,000 to date in the South for Ickle Pickles.
Lorraine’s son Owen lost his fight for life after three months in September 2009, having been born at 26 weeks and weighing just 1Ib 10oz – equivalent to a bag of sugar.
She said: “The generosity and kindness shown by PPA members, and from Dennis, will always be appreciated by us here at Ickle Pickles. They are helping little babies who are very poorly and need all the medical help they can to live.”
Toasts were given by Lord Mayor Councillor Steven Wylie, Danny and Steve, with renowned charity auctioneer Clive Emson, of Clive Emson Auctioneers, doing the honours for the event auction.
PPA has more than 140 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, developers, accountants, solicitors and bankers.
The PPA was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.
Danny is the co-founder of Southsea-based ADN Financial Solutions, Rob is the local auctioneer for Clive Emson, the regional land and property auctioneers, and Steve works for NatWest Bank.
In a historic first for the PPA, the 94-year-old association formed two 10-people syndicates, with members contributing £100.
PPA secretary Neil Hawkins said: “A number of us here at the PPA are steadfast season ticket holders and, as part of the community, we’ve stood with Pompey in good times and bad.
“It seems only right that we show our unwavering support for the largest fan-owned football club in England by investing in its future with money and helping with sustainable growth.”
Neil, a chartered surveyor at Chandler Hawkins in Portsmouth, added: “It’s a welcome relief to see Portsmouth FC, which won the FA Cup in 2008 and 1939 and the English league in 1949 and 1950, back on an even keel following three relegations, two administrations and five different owners.
“The best return we can get on our outlay is for Pompey to return to top-flight form, underpinned by exemplary financial management. Our shareholding is very much a vote of confidence in the club’s future.”
Shares in the community club, of which the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) is the principal shareholder, entitles the PPA to attend shareholder meetings and exercise voting rights.
The soccer club’s roots date back to 1898. In September 2014 the club announced that all legacy debts, taken on as part of its exit from administration in April, were fully settled, two years ahead of schedule.
Pompey’s chief executive, Mark Catlin, said: “Our focus is very much on looking forward and we can do that with the incredible backing of the supporters, including members of the PPA.
“The backing of fans, such as the PPA, is like having a 12th man on the field at Fratton Park as we rebuild this wonderful club.”
As of November 10th, Pompey is laying ninth in Sky Bet League Two, with Wycombe heading up the table and Hartlepool propping up the bottom.
Members of the PPA include estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, accountants, solicitors and bankers.
The organisation was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.
ON THE BALL: Portsmouth Property Association (PPA), with 140-plus members, has bought £2,000 worth of community shares in the trust which runs Portsmouth FC. Pictured at the club’s
home ground of Fratton Park, to mark the transaction, are members of the PPA with Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin, front left. With him, from the far left, are Martin Grouse of Dack Property
Management, Peter Chandler of chartered surveyors Chandler Hawkins, Ian Sedgley of surveyor Langham Knight, Steve Sprake of estate agency Pearsons (behind Mark’s right shoulder), Steve Cripps of NatWest, Neil Hawkins of Chandler Hawkins and PPA secretary (wearing a Portsmouth FC jacket), Neil Shaw of estate agency Chinneck Shaw, Greg Jerram of Handelsbanken and Ruth Wallis of legal firm Coffin Mew.
The sweeping reform – which has already come into immediate effect – will save buyers an average of £4,500 as long as their new home is worth less than £937,500.
Steve Sprake, Director of Pearsons in Southsea, said: “It is very positive news.
“It will help the buying and selling public as there will be more flexibility on price.
“Buyers will make a saving on stamp duty and sellers will also have more money in their pocket as they no longer have to stick to rigid bands.
“This will keep the market moving and allow us all to attack the new year with renewed confidence.”
Some 98% of home buyers are expected to benefit from the overhaul, helping first-time buyers onto the bottom rung of the property ladder and other property owners step up.
Albert Zarb-Cousin, Property Consultant at Town & Country Southern in Drayton, said: “The reform has been very well received on all counts.
“All of our clients who have been on the phone are aware of the changes. It is very positive indeed.”
As well as injecting fluidity into the market and stimulating activity at the lower end, it should also boost wider consumer confidence and housebuilding.
Ian Lee, a former PPA Chairman and a Director at McAndrew Martin chartered surveyors in Portsmouth, added: “This will have positive knock-on effects for the industry as a whole. “Anything which helps the housing market has to be a good thing.”
PPA Secretary Neil Hawkins, of Chandler Hawkins chartered surveyors in Portsmouth, said: “This reform of a vastly unfair tax has been long overdue.
“It will be of real benefit for the majority of the market, and will be welcomed by many buyers and sellers as well as members of the PPA.”
The previous stamp duty system was based on amounts owed jumping at certain threshold levels.
It was considered grossly unfair as someone who bought a home for £250,000 would pay £2,500 stamp duty under a 1% levy but anyone who paid £250,001 would be liable for a duty of £7,500 under a 3% rate.
This has been replaced by a graduated rate, with different amounts of duty due on the parts of a property’s value that fall into five new bands. They will no longer pay the same rate on the entire purchase.
Nothing will be paid on the first £125,000 of a property price and then 2% on the next portion of the property up to £250,000, 5% up to £925,000, 10% on the portion up to £1.5million and 12% on anything above that.
Under the new duty, buyers will save £1,000 on a £150,000 property and £500 on a £200,000 property.
On the UK average first time buyer price of £210,000 there will be a saving of £400, while at the average UK house price of £275,000 the saving will reach £4,500.
The saving stands at £4,900 on a property costing £510,000 and £1,000 on a £900,000 property.
A £2million property will carry an increase of £53,750 and a £5million property will have an increase of £163,750.
The Portsmouth Property Association promotes and maintains the highest professional ethics and integrity amongst its members in the property services industry but also aims to create a positive image of Portsmouth and the surrounding area and encourage inward investment.