Pricing (Conveyancing)

 
Please find below examples of our typical prices.

Please note that these may vary depending on individual matter circumstances and complexity. For further information get in touch today.



 

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. Typical examples are given below but will vary depending on property values. For further details please see our full pricing guide.
 

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

 

  • Legal fee £750.00 (depending on purchase price)
  • Search fees £114.00 (Local Authority Search only) – £236.52 (Search Package, Local , Water and Environmental) – £24.00 (Chancel Repair Search)
  • HM Land Registry fee £135.00 (depending on purchase price and if the property is a new build)
  • Electronic money transfer fee £40.00
  • VAT payable £150.00

Estimated total: £1,189.00 (Local Authority Search only and depending on purchase price)
 

Disbursements

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

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?

 
The average process takes between 6 and 8 weeks.
 
It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 8 to 10 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 4 months. In such a situation, additional charges would also apply.
 

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

 

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.
 

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

 

  • Legal fee £750.00 (depending on purchase price)
  • Search fees £114.00 (Local Authority only) £236.52 (Search Package, Local, Water and Environmental) – £24.00 (Chancel Repair Search)
  • HM Land Registry fee £135.00 (depending on purchase price and if a new build)
  • Electronic money transfer fee £40.00
  • VAT payable £150.00

Estimated total: £1,189.00 (Local Authority Search only and depending on purchase price)
 

Disbursements

 
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements that we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  • HM Land Registry fee: £135.00 (depending on purchase price and if the property is a new build)
  • Search fees: £114.00 (Local Authority only) £236.52 (Search Package, Local , Water and Environmental) – £24.00 (Chancel Repair Search)
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £40.00

Subtotal: £289.00 (Local Authority Search only and depending on purchase price)
 
Anticipated Disbursements:

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £100.00 and £200.00 (depending on Management Company)
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £100.00 and £200.00 (depending on Management Company)
  • 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 £100.00 and £200.00 (depending on Management Company)
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100.00 – £200.00 (depending on Management Company)

 
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.
 

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 process

 
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 6 and 8 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties involved in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could typically take between 6 and 10 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, typically between 3 and 4 months. In such, a situation additional charges would also apply.
 
Our fee assumes that:
 
a) 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
b) this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease.
c) the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise.
d) all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation.
e) no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.