Fonseca and Partners Solicitors, Abergavenny

Latest News

COVID19 Update

Following recent Government announcements we are now working behind closed doors for the safety of our staff and clients and this will be kept under review in line with further announcements. Please do not attend the office unless you have a pre arranged appointment. For appointments please call 01873 857114. 

Court Hearings continue to be conducted remotely by Cloud Video Platform and telephone. 


Our office will be closing for Christmas at 12:30pm on 23rd December reopening at 9am on 4th January. 

We wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

We are hiring!

We are looking for a Legal Assistant/Secretary to join our team!

Job details can be found here


Richard Lovell is being interviewed on BBC Radio Wales on the 2nd December at 6.30pm in a programme called Jacko's Sporting Almanac featuring Lovell's Athletic Football Club. It can also be heard on the 4th December at 7pm. 

Divorce Law

As of the 6th April 2022 there will be the introduction of no fault divorces. We welcome this as a positive change in Family Law.

We offer a 20 minute free consultation for all new matrimonial clients. Please contact the office on 01873 857114 for an appointment. 

Bank Holiday

Our office will be closed from 5pm on Friday 28th May until 9am on Tuesday 1st June for the Bank Holiday weekend. 

SDLT Update!

Rightmove have today reported a huge 13% increase on prices in Wales alone this year with a combined increase of 6.7% throughout England and Wales since March 2020!

The Land Transaction Tax (Wales) holiday ends at the end of next month with Stamp Duty (England) having a further limited extension until September when normal rates will resume.

Stamp Duty/Land Transaction Tax is an important cost to factor into your property purchase and it can easily be the most costly disbursement!

To calculate your Land Transaction Tax clink here and for Stamp Duty click here. 

Bank Holiday Weekend!

Our office will be closed from 5pm today reopening at 9am on Tuesday 4th May.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday! 


Richard Lovell today retires as a Partner after 40 years. He will still be working at the office four days per week in his new role as Consultant.

Congratulations to our Emma Baldwin who became a Partner today!

Happy Easter to all of our clients. Our office will be closed for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend from 5pm today, 1st April until 9am on Tuesday 6th April. 

Coronavirus Update

We are continuing to work in the office behind closed doors for the safety of our staff and clients and this will be kept under review in line with further announcements. 

Court Hearings continue to be conducted remotely by Cloud Video Platform and telephone. 

Land Transaction Tax holiday extension!

Like Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty in England) the Land Transaction Tax (Wales) 'holiday' has been extended until 30th June 2021.

If you are purchasing a property rates can be calculated here!

Stamp Duty holiday extended!

Rishi Sunak has today announced that the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday will be extended by another three months, until the 30th June 2021.

You can read the full announcement here!

Stamp Duty/Land Transaction Tax Holiday

The Stamp Duty/Land Transaction Tax holiday is due to expire on 31st March 2021.

The housing market has seen a mini boom due to the holiday and this, along with complications caused by coronavirus, have resulted in significant delays in property transactions.

There are also delays with Mortgage providers, search results taking up to twice as long as usual and many firms being inundated with property transactions! 

With the national average property transaction time now at around 18 weeks from start to completion, new clients should calculate the rates from 31st March which can be viewed here for Stamp Duty and here for Land Transaction Tax. 

Coronavirus and the housing market!

The housing market saw somewhat of a boom in the latter half of 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, which was fuelled by the Governments temporary reduction of Stamp Duty (which is due to end on 31st March 2021) 

The property market shows no signs of slowing down with Rightmove predicting a 4% rise in property prices in 2021 although predicting a lull in the second quarter of the year once the Stamp Duty cut ends. 

This informative article by Which tells you all you need to know:. 

Land Transaction Tax changes!

From 22nd December 2020 the Land Transaction Tax (Stamp Duty in Wales) rates went up by 1% across all bands. 

You can read the full announcement here.

Happy New Year!

Wishing all of our clients a very Happy New Year! 

Christmas opening hours!

Our office will be closed from 12.30pm on Wednesday 23rd December reopening at 9am on Monday 4th January 2021.

Wishing all of our clients a safe and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

LTT Update!

Following on from the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) changes, the Welsh Finance Minister has today announced that people buying their main homes in Wales costing less than £250,000 will not pay any tax under temporary measures.

The changes will apply from Monday 27th July and last until 31st March 2021. 

You can view the full press release here:-


SDLT Changes!

From the 8th July 2020 the SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) rates are changing. You now only start to pay SDLT on the amount that you pay for the property above £500,000. These rates apply whether you are buying your first home or have owned property before. These changes will apply until up until the 31st March 2021. 

You can find out more about the changes here:

Coronavirus Update

Following the Welsh Governments press conference on Friday the lockdown in Wales is being eased from today with a further review on the 18th June. 

As little has changed for us we will continue to operate behind closed doors, liaising with clients via email, telephone and post.

We are still taking on new clients for conveyancing, matrimonial, Power of Attorney, Probate and Will matters so please do contact the office if you have any queries. 

Happy Easter!

Our office will be closed for the Easter weekend from 5pm on Thursday 9th April, reopening on Tuesday 14th April at 9am.

Coronavirus - Important information for clients

To protect our clients and staff at this difficult time we will not be seeing clients in reception or by appointment until further notice.

We will continue to act on behalf of our clients by telephone, email and post.

Our reception will remain open for deliveries only during normal office hours.

Thank your for your understanding and support. 

Stamp Duty/Land Transaction Tax

When buying a new home an important cost to factor into your budget is the payment of Stamp Duty (England) or Land Transaction Tax (Wales)

In England Stamp Duty is payable on residential properties from £125,000 and in Wales from £180,000. There is additional duty payable if you own more than one property. 

To calculate how much Stamp Duty or Land Transaction Tax you will be liable for you can use the online calculators below:-

Stamp Duty 

Land Transaction Tax 

Congratulations Stella!

Congratulations to Stella Baldwin who has been a practicing solicitor for 30 years. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

This office will be closed from 5pm on the 22nd December until 9am on 2nd January 2018. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Congratulations Emma!

Congratulations to Emma Baldwin who has completed her training contract and has been admitted to the role of fully qualified solicitors in England and Wales! We wish her all the luck in her future here at Fonseca and Partners. 

Richard Lovell is this month celebrating 40 years as a solicitor with Fonseca and Partners

Richard Lovell is this month celebrating 40 years as a solicitor with Fonseca and Partners!

Another satisfied client

"Thanks for all your efforts once again Julian. The service you provide is second to none and makes the whole process seamless". 16.1.17

Maternity Leave

Our Assistant Solicitor Angharad Carrington-Edmunds has started her maternity leave. We wish her all the best and we hope that everything goes smoothly! Please contact or telephone 01873857114 to speak to one of the partners. 

Christmas Opening Hours

Our office will be closed tomorrow afternoon (16.12.16) for our office Christmas Lunch. 

We will be closing our offices at 5pm on Friday the 23rd of December 2016 and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday the 3rd of January 2017. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Operation Christmas Child 2016

Angharad at the office is collecting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again this year if anyone would like to take part. Leaflets are available from our office or you can telephone Angharad for more information. The deadline is the 22nd November so please get your boxes to us before then! 

Another Happy Client!

Another one of our happy clients Rob Cartledge after completeing on his new home!

New Stores for JoJo Maman Bebe

Richard Lovell has now completed 70 Leases on stores for nationwide retailer JoJo Maman Bebe who continue to expand, the latest store being in Taunton!

Welcome Julian Baldwin

Fonseca and Partners are pleased to welcome Julian Baldwin who has joined us as a Consultant in the conveyancing, Wills and Probate department. 

Congratulations Angharad

Congratulations to Angharad who has today been admitted to the role of fully qualified solicitors in England and Wales!

Operation Christmas Child

Angharad is working with the Samaritans Purse charity by arranging for volunteers to take part in Operation Christmas Child. Leaflets are available for collection from our reception area and this will also be the drop off point for any boxes. For more information please phone Angharad on 01873 857114. 

Welcome Emma!

Fonseca and Partners would like to welcome Emma who has come to assist Richard Lovell in the property department. We wish Emma all the best and hope that she enjoys being part of our team.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Staff Training

News update

The family department has been dealing with changes to family law.  The new Children and Family Act has now abolished Residence Orders and Contact Orders.   They have been replaced by a Child Arrangements Order.    This determines with whom a child is to live, spend time, or otherwise have contact.   The Act imposes a presumption that both parents should remain involved in the child’s upbringing, although this does not mean that parents are presumed to be involved to an equal extent.  

Another significant change is that there is now a requirement to engage in Mediation before starting any Court Proceedings except in an emergency.     

Our family team can answer any questions you may have about the changes.   

We continue to offer a free 20 minute consultation.   

20 minute free consultation

Fonseca and Partners are now offering a free 20 minute consultation for all new matrimonial and family clients. Please call us on 01873 857114 to book an appointment.

Merry Christmas!

Our office will be closed from 1pm on Monday the 23rd December and will re-opn on Thursday the 2nd January. 


Fonseca and Partners are pleased to announce that they have made Angharad Carrington a Trainee Solicitor with Fonseca and Partners. Angharad has successfully completed the examination stages of her training and will now be supporting Richard Lovell and Stella Baldwin in the conveyancing, Wills, probate, Powers of Attorney and matrimonial departments.

Upturn in the property market!

It seems that confidence is finally being restored in the property market. Fonseca and Partners have noticed a marked increase in activity with a considerable number of new instructions being received for sales and purchases.

More new Leases for JoJo!

More new stores for JoJo Maman Bébé.  Richard Lovell has completed more Leases for JoJo for their new stores in Cambridge, Berkhamstead and one just opened in Monmouth.

New Leases

Since the start of the New Year Richard Lovell has completed Leases for two new stores for nationwide retailer JoJo Maman Bebe Limited in Norwich and Balham.

The company are planning to open further stores during the course of this year.


New Leases

Richard Lovell has recently completed Leases for new stores for Newport based company JoJo Maman Bebe. Leases have been completed for Reigate, Godalming, Chichester, West Hampstead and York. The company founded by Laura Tenison MBE continues to expand!

Fonseca and Partners secures Law Society's new quality mark!

Fonseca and Partners underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

“The overall beneficiaries will be clients who use Fonseca and Partners when buying a home. They will receive a reliable, efficient service as recognised by the CQS standard."

Maternity Leave!

Our assistant solicitor Victoria Mills starts her maternity leave today! We wish Victoria every success and hope that all goes well. We also hope she is back with us soon.

Richard Lovell - Purchase

Acting for local clients Richard Lovell has completed the purchase of the historic Swan Hotel in Abergavenny which has changed hands for the first time in 40 years

Richard Lovell - Purchase

Richard Lovell has completed the purchase of a property in Chepstow for nationwide high street mobile phone retailer Get Connected


Janet Hills has retired from the firm after 31 years as a secretary. We wish Janet a long and happy well deserved retirement.

Richard Lovell - Lease

Richard Lovell acted for well known high street retailer JoJo Maman Bebe in the lease of its new office headquarters in London at JoJo House in Battersea Park Road.

Facebook and Twitter

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Victoria Mills got married during the Christmas break and has now returned to the office after her honeymoon in Paris. Congratulations to you both!


Our offices are closed from 1pm on the 23rd December 2011 until 9am on the 3rd January 2012.

Richard Lovell - Lease

Richard Lovell has completed another Lease for successful Newport based nationwide retailer JoJo Maman Bebe owned by local entrepreneur Laura Tenison MBE taking their total number of stores to 42 with 4 more under negotiation

New Case Law for Unmarried Couples

The Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Kernott v Jones that a man who left his partner nearly 20 years ago is not entitled to half the value of the house they shared.

For further information go to:

Richard Lovell - Lease

Richard Lovell today completed another Lease for Abergavenny based mobile phone retailer Get Connected.

Get Connected have 72 stores in Wales and England

Child Abduction case

Victoria Mills was recently involved in a Child Abduction case. The client provided instructions on Monday 11am. A court hearing was arranged and upon her representations, the judge made an order for the child to be returned. The child and parent were successfully reunited by 6pm  the following day.

A successful result for Fonseca and Partners!

New website launch

Our brand new website has been launched today!

You can find information about the services that we offer and keep updated with our 'Latest News' items.

We hope that you take a look - and that you enjoy the website!