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Taking the plunge with New Forest first-time property buyers

On 200 years of the RNLI, with Daniel Ratcliff from Scott Bailey LLP Lymington and Lyndhurst

Daniel Ratcliff is a Chartered Legal Executive, part of the property team at Scott Bailey Solicitors in Lymington (with offices now in Lyndhurst too). As someone who has always lived in and around the coast, Daniel is in awe to see that the RNLI is celebrating 200 years of lifesaving. As he says, saving over 144,000 lives in this period, it's sometimes hard to believe the courage and kindness of the volunteers who take that plunge into the unknown on a daily basis. 

Which got him thinking, about how first time property buyers kind of have to "take the plunge" too - far out of their comfort zone, as they make the biggest commitment they've made in their lives so far. 

Daniel Ratcliff, Chartered Legal Executive at Scott Bailey LLP

rnli 200 years

As a lawyer who has always lived in and around the coast, I am in awe to see that the RNLI is celebrating 200 years of lifesaving. Saving over 144,000 lives in this period, it's sometimes hard to believe the courage and kindness of the volunteers who take that plunge into the unknown on a daily basis. 

Taking the plunge...

Staying with the theme of ‘taking the plunge’ got me thinking about the idea of getting out of your comfort zone, and one of the things I see as a property lawyer are the worries and concerns that first-time buyers have when they 'take the plunge' and buy their first property. 

Explaining the jargon, smoothing the process

For most, it will be the first time they have stepped foot into a solicitor's practice, and this can be a daunting prospect. On top of this, there is the worry of not understanding the conveyancing process or the legal jargon, all of which is a fairly alien concept and can cause unnecessary stress. Fortunately, it is mine and my colleagues job to make this process smoother and stress-free and our dedicated property team prides itself on dealing with the entire process as smoothly as possible. So if you are looking to 'take the plunge' and require a steady hand to help keep you afloat, then the property team can help.

Literally taking the plunge - for Maggies!

And finally, (and yes, I am doing my best to stay on theme!) two of our conveyancing team members, Victoria Smalley and Merrin Kitcher, will be well and truly 'taking the plunge' on the 19th April when they take on a skydive to raise money for Maggies. Maggies is a charity that supports cancer sufferers and helps them take back control when life is turned upside down, with support from anything from treatment to side effects to money worries. Much like the RNLI, Maggies is reliant on the real dedication of its volunteers and its sponsorship by the public.

If you're looking to 'take the plunge', the property team at Scott Bailey has carried out thousands of property purchases and sales throughout the region, and it’s fair to say there are not many streets in the New Forest that our team does not have experience with. For a truly local and expert service when buying or selling your property, you should contact our trusted team by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 01590 676933.

About Scott Bailey LLP

Founded in 1930, Scott Bailey has grown to become a leading firm in the New Forest, providing a full range of legal services to private individuals and businesses. Services for individuals include Residential Conveyancing, Divorce, Family, Wills Trusts & Probate, Litigation & Disputes.

SME business legal services include Corporate, Commercial, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Landlord & Tenant, Insolvency and Employment Law. Scott Bailey LLP is one of only a very few firms based in the New Forest providing these specialist services. 

The first firm in the region to receive the Law Society's prestigious LEXCEL award for high standards of practice management and customer care, Scott Bailey LLP promises top-quality, professional help from a team of expert solicitors who will put your best interests at the heart of their work.

Scott Bailey was delighted and proud to win "Business of the Year" at the 2023 New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards - read story here.

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