Conveyancing

Conveyancing

Moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences in your life so it is very important that you have confidence in your conveyancer. With over 30 years of experience we have come across most problems and try to give you both a legal and practical solution.

You will receive clear information with a full quote for my conveyancing services before you are committed in any way, with no hidden extras. Some of the costs vary depending on the property involved but a detailed price list can be seen by clicking here. You can be assured that we will take a personal interest in your plans and aspirations. You will also get straightforward advice about what is and is not possible. We do not pay referral fees to anyone so you know that we are completely independent.

The CQS Client Charter

Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest deals most of us ever make. We want to make it as easy for you as we can and will do all we can to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

This Charter tells you what you can expect from us.

The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)
The Law Society has set up a quality scheme for solicitors who deal with buying and selling property.

We are a member of the CQS, which means that we meet the high standards the Law Society sets to ensure that we give clients a professional and quality conveyancing service.

What you can expect from us:

  • When you contact us to discuss your sale or purchase we will explain clearly the steps in the process and what you can expect from your solicitor.
  • We will tell you what the costs will be.
  • We will keep you informed of progress in your sale or purchase.
  • We will work in line with the quality standards of the Law Society's CQS.

We will:

  • Treat you fairly.
  • Be polite and professional.
  • Respond promptly to your enquires.
  • Tell you about any problems as soon as we are aware of them.
  • Ask for your feedback on our service.

Conveyancing Fees

Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

Fixed Fee for our legal work:

Purchase Price of the Property £ Legal Fee £ VAT £ Total £
0-60,000 470 94 564
60,001-100,000 500 100 600
100,001-150,000 560 112 672
150,001-200,000 610 122 732
200,001-250,000 680 136 816
250,001-300,000 710 142 852
300,001-350,000 760 152 912
350,001-400,000 830 166 996
400,001-500,000 910 182 1,092
500,001-2,000,000 1,150 230 1,380

* Lender's Legal Fee £100 (min). Please refer to the Mortgage Offer.

* Our Legal fee for Purchase of New Build property will be an extra £150.

Disbursements (amounts we pay to others):

Disbursement Cost £ VAT Total
Local water and Mining Searches 205 (approximate) included 205 (approximate)
Land Registry Search 3 N/A 3
Bankruptcy search 2 per name N/A 2 per name
Bank Fee 20 4 24
Local Search Insurance (if required) This varies dependent on type and value of property + IPT 12% TBA – fees range from £10 (£75,000 property) to £55 both + IPT (£1M property), a property worth £250,000 would be £19 + IPT
Land Registry Fees to register your purchase: Purchase Price Fee Total
0-80,000 20 20
80,001-100,000 40 40
100,001-200,000 100 100
200,001-500,000 150 150
500,001-1,000,000 295 295
1,000,001+ 500 500
ID Check 33.60
Web-charges 15

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Referral fee (if any)

As a matter of principle, we do not pay referral fees to third parties (e.g. estate agents) under any circumstances.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website here.

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

NOTE:

* Our fee assumes that:

  1. This is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction.
  2. The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise.
  3. All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation.
  4. No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  5. That this is a residential conveyancing transaction. For our prices for commercial conveyancing please contact us for a specific quote.

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all the work* required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

Fixed Fee for our legal work:

Price of the Property £ Legal Fee £ VAT £ Total £
0-60,000 570 114 684
60,001-100,000 600 120 720
100,001-150,000 660 132 792
150,001-200,000 710 142 852
200,001-250,000 780 156 936
250,001-300,000 810 162 972
300,001-350,000 860 172 1,032
350,001-400,000 930 186 1,116
400,001-500,000 1,010 182 1,092
500,001-2,000,000 1,250 250 1,500

* Lender's Legal Fee £100 (min). Please refer to the Mortgage Offer.

* Our Legal fee for Purchase of New Build property will be an extra £150.

Disbursements (amounts we pay to others):

Disbursement Cost £ VAT Total
Local water and Mining Searches 205 (approximate) included 205 (approximate)
Land Registry Search 3 N/A 3
Bankruptcy search 2 per name N/A 2 per name
Bank Fee 20 4 24
Local Search Insurance (if required) This varies dependent on type and value of property + IPT 12% TBA – fees range from £10 (£75,000 property) to £55 both + IPT (£1M property), a property worth £250,000 would be £19 + IPT
Land Registry Fees to register your purchase: Purchase Price Fee Total
0-80,000 20 20
80,001-100,000 40 40
100,001-200,000 100 100
200,001-500,000 150 150
500,001-1,000,000 295 295
1,000,001+ 500 500
ID Check 33.60
Web-charges 15

Additional Leasehold Disbursements may include**

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is £50 - £200.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is £50 - £200.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is £80 - £200.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, this can range from £50 - £200.

**These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge when we receive this information.

Referral fee (if any)

As a matter of principle, we do not pay referral fees to third parties (e.g. estate agents) under any circumstances

Stamp Duty Land Tax

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website.

Stages of the Transaction

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.

NOTE:

* Our fee assumes that:

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  • this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  • That this is a residential conveyancing transaction. For our prices for commercial conveyancing please contact us for a specific quote.

Conveyancing Fees

Sale of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the sale of your new home.

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

Fixed Fee for our legal work:

Sale Price of the Property £ Legal Fee £ VAT £ Total £
0-60,000 410 82 492
60,001-100,000 450 90 540
100,001-150,000 490 98 588
150,001-200,000 550 110 660
200,001-250,000 590 118 708
250,001-300,000 630 126 756
300,001-350,000 700 140 840
350,001-400,000 760 152 912
400,001-500,000 840 168 1,008
500,001-2,000,000 1,000 200 1,200

Disbursements (amounts we pay to others):

Disbursement Cost £ VAT Total
Office Copies 18 N/A 18
Bank Fee 20 4 24
Indemnity insurance if required This depends on the issue involved, and the type and value of property + IPT 12% TBA
ID Check 33.60
Web-charges 5

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Referral fee (if any)

As a matter of principle, we do not pay referral fees to third parties (e.g. estate agents) under any circumstances.

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Obtain Office Copies of the title to the property
  • Liaise with your lender to discharge any mortgage on completion
  • Prepare and send to purchaser’s solicitors draft contract documents
  • Obtain and supply documentation relating to the property e.g. planning, building control, FENSA Certificates and proofs of service of boiler etc.
  • Respond to any enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you no longer own the property) co-ordinated with any related purchase
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Complete sale, co-ordinating this with any related purchase
  • Deal with discharge of any mortgage and any apportionments e.g. rent charges.
  • Deal with enquiries raised during the purchaser’s application for registration at Land Registry

NOTE:

* Our fee assumes that:

  1. This is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction.
  2. The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise.
  3. All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation.
  4. No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  5. That this is a residential conveyancing transaction. For our prices for commercial conveyancing please contact us for a specific quote.

Sale of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all the work* required to complete the sale of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

Fixed Fee for our legal work:

Price of the Property £ Legal Fee £ VAT £ Total £
0-60,000 510 102 612
60,001-100,000 550 110 660
100,001-150,000 590 118 708
150,001-200,000 650 130 780
200,001-250,000 690 138 828
250,001-300,000 730 146 876
300,001-350,000 800 160 960
350,001-400,000 860 172 1,032
400,001-500,000 940 188 1,128
500,001-2,000,000 1,100 220 1,320

Disbursements (amounts we pay to others):

Disbursement Cost VAT Total
Office Copies 18 N/A 18
Bank Fee 20 4 24
Indemnity insurance if required This depends on the issue involved, and the type and value of property + IPT 12% TBA
ID Check 33.60
Web-charges 5

Additional Leasehold Disbursements

Purchase of a sales pack from your freeholder and/or management company. In our experience these can cost between £50 and £288 including VAT and may increase at short notice. These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be more than the range given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge when we receive this information.

Referral fee (if any)

As a matter of principle, we do not pay referral fees to third parties (e.g. estate agents) under any circumstances

Stages of the Transaction

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Obtain Office Copies of the title to the property
  • Liaise with your lender to discharge any mortgage on completion
  • Prepare and send to purchaser’s solicitors draft contract documents
  • Obtain and supply documentation relating to the property e.g. planning, building control, FENSA Certificates and proofs of service of boiler etc.
  • Respond to any enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you no longer own the property) co-ordinated with any related purchase
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Complete sale, co-ordinating this with any related purchase
  • Deal with discharge of any mortgage and any apportionments e.g. rent charges.
  • Deal with enquiries raised during the purchaser’s application for registration at Land Registry

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. In such a situation additional charges would apply to the lease extension.

NOTE:

* Our fee assumes that:

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  • this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  • That this is a residential conveyancing transaction. For our prices for commercial conveyancing please contact us for a specific quote.

Conveyancing Fees

Mortgaging or Re-Mortgaging of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the mortgaging or re-mortgaging (“mortgage”) of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry.

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

Fixed Fee for our legal work:

Mortgage Amount £ Legal Fee £ VAT £ Total £
0-500,000 380 76 456
500,001-2,00,000 600 120 720

* Lender's Legal Fee £100 (min). Please refer to the Mortgage Offer.

Disbursements (amounts we pay to others):

Disbursement Cost £ VAT Total
Office Copies 18 N/A 18
Land Registry Search 3 N/A 3
Bankruptcy search 2 per name N/A 2 per name
Bank Fee 20 4 24
Search insurance This varies dependent on type and value of property + IPT 12% TBA – fees range from £10 (£75,000 property) to £55 both + IPT (£1M property), a property worth £250,000 would be £19 + IPT
Land Registry Fees to register your mortgage: This varies dependent on type and value of property and whether there is also a new person added to the title. N/A TBA – fees range from £20 - £455; a property worth £250,000 would be £40 or £135 if a new person is added to the title.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Referral fee (if any)

As a matter of principle, we do not pay referral fees to third parties (e.g. estate agents) under any circumstances.

How long will my re-mortgage take?

How long it will take from the award of a mortgage in principle will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the circumstances and the lender involved.

Stages of the Process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Liaise with previous and proposed lenders and contact lenders’ solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on mortgage documents
  • Carry out any required searches or take our search insurance
  • Obtain any further documentation required by lender
  • Make any necessary enquiries required by lender
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final mortgage deed to you for signature
  • Agree completion date
  • Complete new mortgage
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from new lender are paid over to previous lender to discharge current mortgage
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

NOTE:

* Our fee assumes that:

  • This is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  • This is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  • The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  • That this is a residential mortgage transaction. For our prices for commercial conveyancing please contact us for a specific quote.

Mortgaging or Re-Mortgaging of a Leasehold Residential property

Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the mortgaging or re-mortgaging (“mortgage”) of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry.

Fixed Fee for our legal work:

Mortgage Amount £ Legal Fee £ VAT £ Total £
0-500,000 380 76 456
500,001-2,00,000 600 120 720

* Lender's Legal Fee £100 (min). Please refer to the Mortgage Offer.

Disbursements (amounts we pay to others):

Disbursement Cost VAT Total
Office Copies 18 N/A 18
Land Registry Search 3 N/A 3
Bankruptcy search 2 per name N/A 2 per name
Bank Fee 20 4 24
Search insurance This varies dependent on type and value of property + IPT 12% TBA – fees range from £10 (£75,000 property) to £55 + IPT (£1M property), a property worth £250,000 would be £19 + IPT
Land Registry Fees to register your mortgage: This varies dependent on type and value of property and whether there is also a new person added to the title. N/A TBA – fees range from £20 - £455; a property worth £250,000 would be £40 or £135 if a new person is added to the title.

Additional Leasehold Disbursements**

  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is £50 - £200.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, this can range from £50 - £200.

**These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge when we receive this information.

Referral fee (if any)

As a matter of principle, we do not pay referral fees to third parties (e.g. estate agents) under any circumstances

Stages of the Transaction

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Liaise with previous and proposed lenders and contact lenders’ solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on mortgage documents
  • Carry out any required searches or take our search insurance
  • Obtain any further documentation required by lender
  • Make any necessary enquiries required by lender
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final mortgage deed to you for signature
  • Agree completion date
  • Complete new mortgage
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from new lender are paid over to previous lender to discharge current mortgage
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

How long will my re-mortgage take?

How long it will take from the award of a mortgage in principle will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the circumstances and the lender involved.

NOTE:

* Our fee assumes that:

  • This is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  • This is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  • The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  • That this is a residential mortgage transaction. For our prices for commercial conveyancing please contact us for a specific quote.

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