There are times when you need the help of a solicitor and times when you don't. Not all legal matters or things to do with the law are complicated. We are always happy to help, even with the simple stuff, if you want us to, but quite often we can just point you in the direction or give some straightforward common sense advice at a sensible price.
We suggest you try our 'Get An Answer' button. It's free!
But there are times when you need a chance to meet with a solicitor and talk through a problem.
Who We Are Not.....
Online and Supermarket Lawyers
Some estate agencies offer a one stop shop to sell your home.....because they are linked as part of the same organisation, Purple Bricks and Countrywide come to mind, or because they get paid a referral fee when you to sign up. If you don't want to meet with the person who is conveying the property, and there are many who do not feel the need to do so, then one of these conveyancing sheds becomes an attractive proposition, because they will charge you less. But to do so they prefer to prepackage their information and rely on insurance policies to cover awkward questions, as they are not set up to deal with the problem issues that can arise, as quickly or as thoroughly as your local high street firm.
Since October 2011 supermarkets and banks been providing legal services, but we think you will still want a chance to talk privately to a solicitor, as well as buying a product from a legal services provider. An off the shelf can of beans is not what we provide. There is nothing complicated about groceries - that is why we don't sell them - we know that's not our bag.
Who we are.....
A P Bassett Solicitors
We really are friendly and approachable. We also think we are fair and reasonable when it comes to our fees. Why not give us a call on 01208 871485 or pop into the office for a friendly chat to find out for yourself. We are also regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for your protection and peace of mind. (SRA No. 443687) We maintain Professional Indemnity Insurance, details of which are available on request.
Paul Bassett (Principal)
Paul established the firm in 2006. He was admitted to the Role of Solicitors of the Supreme Court on the 15th April 1981. He was playing golf at the time - it was his first round on the Old Course of the Royal and Ancient St Andrew's. He spent over 20 years in London as a commercial litigation solicitor before venturing to Cornwall as a family man.
Peter Ripley (TEP)
Peter qualified as a Solicitor in 1970 specialising in Trusts and Estates work and who now divides his time between work and sailing, with far too little time spent on his boat as apposed his classic Mercedes and sports cars. We could say a lot more about Peter, but he prefers to be succinct, although will give you chapter and verse on the use of Latin in probate matters.
Steven Gilbert (Trainee)
Steve joined us in August 2021 and is seeking to quailify as a solicitor having obtained a Law Degree and working in several firms . He has experience of and works on disputes including divorce matters. He is a family man with two young children and his interests include reading, golf and football, when he gets a chance.
Justine popped into the office to make a Will in 2013 and never left! She lives within, literally, a stones throw of her desk and is the indispensable support for our Probate and Conveyancing practitioners.