Residential conveyancing

You can be rest assured of the highest standards. We are:

  • Regulated and monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme demonstrating best practice; technical expertise; and assured quality of client service.

| Quote generator

Our quote generator will provide you with a quotation from our standard direct client fee scale based on the information that you provide to the system.  The quote will be for a regular fee-earner to deal with a standard and straightforward transaction.  The costs we charge can increase if for example a senior fee-earner is required to deal with the transaction or if the transaction becomes more complex than anticipated.

Please note that we have various referral arrangements from third parties and the quotations generated through the referrers will take precedence over any quotation subsequently generated from the quote generator on our website.

Our fees cover all of the work that we are able to anticipate being required to complete the your sale/purchase/remortgage transaction, including:-

Purchase: 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.

Sale/Remortgage: dealing with the redemption of any mortgage registered against the Title to the Property

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

| Basis of the quotation

We have tried to make our quotation as simple as possible. Our basic costs include dealing with one mortgage, one bank transfer fee, and two electronic Anti-Money Laundering (AML) checks.

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 and fees may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  5. (leasehold properties) this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease

How long will my conveyancing transaction take?

How long it will take from the offer being accepted until the transaction completes will depend on a number of factors. The average process for a freehold transaction takes between 8 and 10 weeks from the contract papers being sent by the seller’s solicitors to the buyer’s solicitors.  Leasehold transactions tend to take longer due to the additional requirements a leasehold property attracts.

The sale/purchase can be quicker or slower, depending on the complexity of the transaction and the number of parties in the chain.

The average process for the remortgage of a freehold property takes between 4 and 8 weeks after a mortgage offer has been received.  Leasehold transactions tend to take longer due to the additional requirements a leasehold property attracts.

|Purchase transaction

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. Generally speaking the key stages that will apply are:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches (On average searches can take between 1 and 4 weeks)
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Report to you on the mortgage offer
  • 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 (usually within 7 days of completion)
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry (time can vary depending on Land Registry processing times)

Likely Disbursements

The estimated cost of these will be on the quotation

Leasehold property – likely additional disbursements

There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the property. The additional disbursements in relation to the lease which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £60.00 and £300.00 (inclusive of VAT).
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £60.00 and £300.00 (inclusive of VAT).
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £60.00 and £300.00 (inclusive of VAT).
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £60.00 and £300.00 (inclusive of VAT).

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 as soon as this we receive this information.

| Sale transaction

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. Generally speaking the key stages that will apply are:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Generate contracts and send to the buyer’s solicitors
  • Deal with enquiries raised by the seller’s solicitor
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you sell the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with the redemption of any mortgages secured against the property

Likely disbursements

The estimated cost of these will be on the quotation

  • Land Registry Official Copy Entries (an up to date copy of your title deeds)

Leasehold property – likely additional disbursements

The buyer will require the landlord and/or the management company (if any) to provide them with information about the rent and service charge (if any). The landlord and/or the management company will usually charge a fee for providing this information which you will be responsible for (the fees charged by each party for providing this information can range from between £50 and £360 (inclusive of VAT)). 

These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be more than the ranges given above. We will update you on the specific fees once the landlord and/or management company provide us with this information.

| Remortgage transactions

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the remortgage of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. Generally speaking the key stages that will apply are:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Comply with mortgage conditions
  • Carry out searches (if required by lender)
  • Report to you on mortgage offer (usually within two weeks of receiving the mortgage offer)
  • Agree completion date
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete remortgage
  • Deal with the redemption of any mortgages secured against the property
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Likely disbursements

The estimated cost of these will be on the quotation

  • Land Registry Official Copy Entries (an up to date copy of your title deeds)
  • Searches – (Typically a Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search, Coal Mining Search and Environmental Search) OR search insurance (if acceptable to your new lender) – the premium for the insurance can range from between £15 and £100 (inclusive of IPT)
  • Land Registry registration fee – the charge levied by the Land Registry to register your transaction

Leasehold property – likely additional disbursements

We will require the landlord and/or the management company (if any) to provide information about the rent and service charge (if any). The landlord and/or the management company will usually charge a fee for providing this information which you will be responsible for (the fees charged by each party for providing this information can range from between £50 and £360 (inclusive of VAT)). 

These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be more than the ranges given above. We will update you on the specific fees once the landlord and/or management company provide us with this information.

We are covered by professional indemnity insurance  Additionally, our regulators, the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), operate a compensation fund, to provide compensation in specific circumstances where there has been loss as a result of a CLC Practice. Please refer to www.clc-uk.org for further information.