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  We are pleased to have Alex Cartledge join our Scarborough office from 2nd January 2024. Alex is an experienced Probate and Private Client Solicitor having worked in this area of law for many years. She deals with most aspects of Private Client work including Wills, Probate and Estate Planning as well as Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications. Contact our office today to make an appointment. 01723 351351

Business as usual! At Birdsall & Snowball, Scarborough & Filey offices we are adhering to the government guidelines in relation to Covid-19. Although our front doors are closed at our Scarborough and Filey offices, we are still working hard on your matters.  We are limiting visitors to our offices by offering face to face meetings on an appointments only basis to protect both you and us. We are still offering telephone appointments and are contactable by telephone, email and post: Scarborough office: 01723 351351,, 10 York Place, Scarborough, YO11 2NU; Filey office: 01723 515151,, 12 West Avenue, Filey, YO14 9AA. If you reach our answerphone please leave a voice message and someone will contact you as soon as possible.  

With regard to Stamp Duty, a higher rate is payable when an additional residential property is purchased in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The higher rates apply even if your other residential properties are outside any of these countries. HMRC state “You also need to pay the higher rates if you don’t own a residential property and buy at least 2 residential properties at the same time”. For more information visit: A handy Stamp duty calculator can be found at: First Time Buyer Stamp Duty Land Tax guidance can be found at: