Staff Spotlight Charlene Boyaram

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Our Staff Spotlight is a monthly occurrence where we shine the spotlight on a member of our Barnes and Partner’s Solicitors team. From receptionist to finance team, conveyancing to employment law – we give you an opportunity to learn more about us. We have a wonderful dedicated team across all of our Barnes and Partners Solicitors branches and every month they vote for who will be featured in the Staff Spotlight.

This month we would like to introduce you to Charlene Boyaram who works in conveyancing. Colleagues say she is a “ray of sunshine” and she is a proactive and dedicated member of our Barnes and Partners team.

Charlene Boyaram Conveyancing


Read on to hear more about Charlene in her own words:

I am so pleased that I won the Staff Spotlight this month – it was such a wonderful surprise!

I started working at Barnes and Partners in October 2012 doing work experience a few hours a week and after a short time I was offered a job as a full time paralegal and from there I was eventually given a training contract.

I am fortunate to have worked with amazing members of staff who have been supportive and have taught me so much. I am a mother of three amazing boys Kairo aged 9, Noah aged 8 and Elijah aged 6. I am so grateful that the firm has made it possible for me to still be a fantastic mother to them.

I want to especially thank Wendy Gudgeon, Karen Newman, Andrea Greenwood, Kim Boylett and Anna-Marie Whelan for the amazing training that they gave to me whilst I was doing my training contract. In -fact all of the Partners have been wonderful. Without them I would not be where I am now.

Since qualifying as a solicitor last October I have worked in the E-move department as a Team Leader and I am now working between a couple of offices assisting fee-earners with their busy workloads.

I am currently having a great time working in the Ware office where the staff are all pleasant and amazing to work with. I am due to leave here in a couple of weeks to cover a member of staff in our Crouch End office. Whilst I am looking forward to my new adventure I will thoroughly miss the team in Ware.

A day in the life of me:

I am woken to the wonderful sound of a 6-year-old requesting a “mummy hug”…great start to the day and the best motivation any person needs to get up and go to work!

After washing, dressing and feeding my boys (in between sorting myself out) I do then school run and get myself to work.

As for a lot of us in law, work is always busy…phone calls, emails, exchanging contracts and completions. At the end of the working day I look forward to collecting my boys and then taking them to their extra-curricular activities (football, music lessons etc.) and whilst they are busy I take out my files again to squeeze in a little bit more work #addictedtothejob

My best part of the day is when I put my boys to bed, then put my feet up and gently sigh (with a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in hand)…then think “I’ve got to do this all again tomorrow”

In my spare time I love to play the piano, I enjoy listening to a variety of music and socializing with my friends (catching up on all the things that I have missed!)

I am also a member of the Athena networking group, which is a group of ladies who support each other in our businesses and career paths.

However, nothing beats spending quality time with my boys. They give me my drive and motivation. I work hard so that I can be a good role model to them and so that I can give them the best in life…everything that they deserve.

Thank you to everyone who voted for me xxx  



Thanks to Charlene for sharing with us and for her heart-felt words. Charlene is a fantastically dedicated conveyancing solicitor and such a valuable member of our team.

If you have a conveyancing query for Charlene or would like to appoint a conveyancer for your property sale or purchase, please call on 0208 370 2800

Gift or Not a Gift – Conveyancing

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When is a gift not a gift? I mean this in relation to buying a house and being given cash towards a conveyancing transaction.

You will no doubt have seen the piece in the news recently about Ryan Giggs moving into the house he bought for his mother.

More and more we are seeing gifts in conveyancing transactions, although usually they are from the bank of mum and dad and not the other way around! So what’s the difference between a gift and a loan and when is a gift not a gift?

The most common gifts seen in conveyancing transactions are gifted deposits -these are monies given to buyers and applied towards the purchase price and are usually from family members. However, gifts must be disclosed to both solicitors and mortgage lenders alike.

Money Gift ConveyancingIn order to comply with requirements solicitors are under an obligation to disclose the existence of gifts to the mortgage lender. The persons giving the gifts (let’s call them the giftors) will need to confirm in writing that the monies are a gift and not a loan and therefore the giftors will not have any interest in the property. The mortgage lender will rely on this declaration. Most solicitors will also require proof of identification for the giftors and evidence of the source of funds.


The majority if not all lenders will be reluctant to lend if the monies are not a gift and therefore will need to be repaid. This is usually be because the lender does not want any further parties to have an interest in the property in the event that the lender repossess’ the same.

So when gifting monies, giftors should appreciate the fact that they will have no control over the monies given and cannot claim it back! In most situations there is no problem with this but consider the following example:

Tim and Sarah have decided to buy a property for £300,000. They are obtaining a mortgage for £200,000 contributing £60,000 themselves from their joint savings. Sarah’s dad, Jeff, is gifting £40,000. But who is he gifting the monies to – Tim and Sarah or just Sarah? If to Tim and Sarah then there is no problem. If Jeff wishes the money to benefit his daughter only how can the gift be given for the benefit of Sarah if the house is being bought jointly between Tim and Sarah – Jeff will have no control over the gift. Well, one way would be for Tim and Sarah to enter into a deed of trust, stating that in the event the property is sold the first £40,000 of the equity could be applied for the sole benefit of Sarah with the remainder of the equity being split between Tim and Sarah. This means that whilst Jeff’s gift is a gift, the gift is going to the benefit of his daughter both now and in the future. The gift that keeps on gifting!


We hope this has been illuminating.

Should you like more information please contact Nicola Payne, Partner, Conveyancing – 020 8506 3729 or for any questions about trusts please contact Nancy Mortemore or Nigel Barnes on


Nicola Payne, B&P Solicitors Chingford

Staff Spotlight – Edmonton Office Robert Dawson

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Our Staff Spotlight is one of the ways we celebrate the excellence of our workforce across all of our Barnes and Partners Solicitors branches. We take the opportunity to give you a glimpse into the lives of some of our fantastic legal professionals.

This month we shine the spotlight on Robert Dawson, Conveyancer, at our Edmonton Barnes and Partners Solicitors office.

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Robert is in his seventh year as a Barnes and Partners employee. In his years with us he has become a vital part of our team and his enthusiasm, work ethic and skills are illustrated in the way he carries out his daily role.

This is what Robert has to share with us:

I cut my teeth at a high street solicitors firm in my hometown of Billericay, starting off learning post-completion matters. Whilst there a solicitor took me under his wing to learn about the conveyancing process – I was fortunate to have my skills nurtured and receive this guidance, which culminated with me running my own caseload during the end of my five-years at the firm.

Fresh opportunities came calling and I joined a panel conveyancing firm called DC Law in Basildon and there I handled volume conveyancing transactions, working with Move With Us. After more experience with another high street firm, in 2007 I ventured out to seek a new position at a well-established, larger firm. I hoped to find fresh challenges and it was then I was offered a role at Barnes and Partners.

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I was asked to cultivate my own workload from local estate agents and I am now handling a full caseload from local estate agents. During my time here I qualified as a licensed conveyancer, followed by a qualification as a legal executive.

Currently a day-in the life of me constitutes daily contact with clients and estate agents. I am always doing my best to maintain contact with my clients and I care about giving them a quality service and experience. I am conscious that in the legal world processes can be complex and by their nature slow, but my aim is to progress clients’ transactions to completion as quickly as possible without compromising thoroughness.

I enjoy the face-to-face client contact that I have, which helps build a strong relationship that I don’t feel can be achieved as well merely by e-mail or telephone. I gain a huge amount of job satisfaction through helping clients get a successful outcome and the fact that I have the opportunity to cultivate my own clients and build my own little business under the B&P umbrella, makes it even better from a personal achievement point of view.

I am constantly learning from different transactions and from dealing with various types of people and their needs. This helps me to continue to develop and improve the way I work and the customer service I can offer.

Barnes and Partners genuinely does feel more like family than work colleagues and this is not something I have experienced during my working life before. It really makes all the difference. The management are progressive and encourage the staff to have an input, this makes everyone feel part of the team and there is no distance between employees and partners. I believe this makes everyone feel valued and not afraid to communicate with the partners.

I honestly live and breathe my job as I love it! That said I do of course love to spend my spare time with my partner and children. I also really enjoy eating out and trying new restaurants as well as improving my handicap on the golf course.


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Many thanks to Robert for sharing this with us. Robert’s colleagues say of him “he always displays maturity and commitment. He is very organised and gives an outstanding service” and “he is knowledgeable, helpful and an all around nice guy.”

We are proud to have Robert as a dedicated member of the Barnes and Partners’ team.

If you have a question for Robert at our Barnes and Partners Solicitors Edmonton branch then please don’t hesitate to get in touch – 0208 884 2277