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Website of Sean O'Connor, French Property Lawyer

We are French Property Law specialists.

Sean O'Connor is a Solicitor admitted to practice in England and Wales. 

Sean O'Connor & Co. is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under No. 111473.  We are a small, personal service firm consisting simply of Sean O'Connor and two Secretaries.  We specialise in French property, nothing else.

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Introductory message from Sean O'Connor

Welcome to France.  Its economy is slightly on the upturn.  Its vigorous young new President Emmanuel Macron is strongly in favour of the European Union.  In recent elections his party 'En Marche' (On the Go) got 308 seats in the National Assembly and his allies got another 42 making 350 in all.  So more than 60% of the National Assembly's 577 seats.  The Socialists have 29 seats, the Communists 10, and France Insoumise (France Unbattered, a sort of Corbyn is not Leftie enough party) have got 17.  Les Républicains (French Tories, except that they are in favour of the European Union) now have 113 seats, and the National Front (a sort of French UKIP) has 8 seats.

It follows that while Britain is in the process of withdrawing from the European Union, France has recently and overwhelmingly endorsed it.  Wisely in my view.

I draw your attention briefly to that worthy candidate in Paris in the recent parliamentary elections, Aléxandre Hayek, who got no votes at all.  Yes, his score was 0.00%.  So he did not even vote for himself.  This is France.  Get used to it.

I come now to what I can do for you.

For approximately three years I was at one time a Legal Translator of the Court Reports from French into English at the Court of Justice of the European Union at Luxembourg.  I am a Member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, and a Member of the Institute of Linguists.

I can help you on the following matters :

(a)  French property purchases, to include in particular the Preliminary Contract (Compromis de Vente) and the Deed of Sale (Acte de Vente), and all matters connected therewith.

(b)  French property sales, to include in particular French Capital Gains Tax and the French Social Charges.

(c)  French inheritances, to include in particular French Inheritance Tax and French Notarial Vesting Attestations.

(d)  Transfers of interests in a French property by one joint owner to another.

(e)  Disputes and contentious legal proceedings in France concerning French properties.

We aim, here, to provide a solid, sturdy, reliable and at the same time pleasant professional service.

We offer a choice of package fees or hourly rate for purchases and sales.  Package will normally be best for you.

Our contact particulars are as follows :

Telephone :  01732 365 378. 

Email :

Postal address : 54 The Drive, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2LR.

Kind regards,


15 June 2017

What We Do

Our full range of French law and French property legal services

  • Legal advice for French Property Sales and Purchases

  • French Inheritance Law

  • French Inheritance Tax

  • French Capital Gains Tax

  • Transferring and Dividing Assets

  • Winding up of Estates

  • Property disputes in France

  • French contentious proceedings

All our staff are bilingual

Click here for advice on Purchasing a French Property

Click here for advice on Selling a French Property

Click here to find out how we work

Click here for French Legal Issues to read our latest issues :

              1- French Inheritance Tax

              2- French Inheritance law

              3- The French Planning System

              4- The French Social Charges when you sell

              5- French contract law

              6- Trusts & France

Or take a look at our FAQ's

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