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Legal Fees – Our legal fees vary tremendously depending on the type of property involved (eg freehold, leasehold, newbuild, remortgage, shared equity) and the circumstances / complexities of the transaction. As a quick guide we have set out below the starting point for our fees:

 

Sale/Purchase Price (£) Costs from (£) VAT (£) Total (£)
£0 - £150,000 £595 £119 £714
£150,000 - £200,000 £650 £130 £780
£200,000 - £250,000 £725 £145 £870
£250,000 - £300,000 £775 £155 £930
£300,000 - £400,000 £850 £170 £1,020
£400,000 - £500,000 £925 £185 £1,110
£500,000 - £600,000 £995 £199 £1,194
£600,000 - £700,000 £1,050 £210 £1,260
£700,000 - £800,000 £1,095 £219 £1,314
£800,000 - £900,000 £1,150 £230 £1,380
£900,000 - £1M £1,195 £239 £1,434

For Properties over £1M please contact us direct

We would welcome you to complete the questionnaire(s) by clicking the appropriate box above.
We will then be able to give you an accurate quotation specific to your particular transaction.
Please note you will also incur our bank admin fee of £30 for each bank transfer we need to undertake.

In addition to our fees you will incur disbursements (payments to third parties):-

 

Sale Disbursements

 

There are limited disbursements on a sale and they include the cost of documents from the Land Registry £6.00-£12.00 (approximately) together with the fees of your selling agent (if any).

 

 

Purchase Disbursements

 

Turning to a purchase, there are additional disbursements and these can be summarised as follows:-

  • Local Search and Drainage Search - £99.60 (please be aware the searches required and costs will depend on the location of the property and the mortgage lender)
  • Bankruptcy Search - £2.00 per name (if a mortgage is required for the purchase)
  • Land Registry Search - £3.00 (if the property is registered otherwise Land Charges Searches based on £2.00 per name if the property is unregistered)
  • Land Registry fee - £20.00-£910.00. The Land Registry fee is dependent on three matters:-
  1. The value of the property
  2. If it is registered or unregistered
  3. If it is a transfer of whole or transfer of part

Below is a link to the Land Registry website which sets out their charges:-
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees

Stages of the Conveyancing Process

  1. Check that finances are in place to fund the purchase and contact the lender’s solicitors if needed
  2. Receive and advise on the contract documents
  3. We will carry out searches
  4. Obtain further planning documentation if required
  5. Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  6. Give you advice on all documents and information received
  7. Go through the conditions of the mortgage offer with you
  8. We will send the final contract to you for signature
  9. Agree a completion date (date from which you own the property)
  10. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  11. Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  12. Complete the purchase
  13. Deal with the payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  14. Deal with the application for registration at the Land Registry

How long will my house sale or purchase take?

The average process takes between 10-16 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 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 5 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Our solicitor fee makes a number of assumptions:

  1. 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
  2. That this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise
  4. All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  5. No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required