Residential Conveyancing Fee Information

We are very happy to provide you with a personalised fee estimate by email.  Please contact our team to request this. The information which follows is general and for guidance only.

Our charges for dealing with residential conveyancing are usually based on a fixed fee basis and we will always let you know in writing what our charges will be for dealing with your sale, purchase or remortgage.  Occasionally, complications will arise during your transaction that can affect the amount that you will pay.  We will always let you know if that happens and will explain what the cost will be to deal with the problem.  We will agree this with you, before the cost is incurred.  We have set out examples of the kinds of issues that can sometimes arise below, together with the typical costs of dealing with them.

You can request a personalised conveyancing fee estimate by filling in our contact form.

We have set out below typical fees for a range of transactions.

Residential Property Sales

Our charges are usually offered on a fixed fee basis plus any extra administrative charges and costs paid to others on your behalf (known as disbursements’).

Scale of our fees

Price of property

Legal fees

Up to £500,000

£1,0001,300         plus VAT

£500,001 – £1,000,000

£1,250-1,850         plus VAT

£1,000,001 – £1,500,000

£1,800-2,100         plus VAT

£1,500,001 – £2,500,000

£2,000-3,000       plus VAT

Bank Transfer Fee

£35.00                 plus VAT

Third party charges

Land Registry document fee £6 per document

Landlord’s Information Pack (Leasehold property only) – Landlords and managing agents supply information packs including insurance and service charges information.  Their charges are usually between £100- £500

How long will it take?

The speed of your transaction from the point at which you accept an offer will depend on a number of factors. In our experience the average time is between eight and ten weeks.

Your transaction may move more quickly or more slowly depending on the other parties in your chain and the particular circumstances of your transaction. We will always talk to you about the timescale that you have in mind and will stay in touch with you to update you throughout.

What happens?

Every transaction is different but some of the key stages include:

  •  take your instructions and give you initial advice
  •  obtaining client ID and carrying out ID checks
  •  send you property information forms for completion
  •  drafting contract documents
  •  obtaining title information documents from the Land Registry
  •  sending contract package to the Buyers solicitors
  •  obtaining service charge information from the freeholder (Leasehold sales only)
  •  dealing with enquiries raised by the Buyers solicitors
  •  advising you on all documents and information relevant to the sale
  •  agreeing the final contract document and sending it to you for signature
  •  agree completion date (your moving date)
  •  exchange of contracts
  •  agreeing the transfer documents and sending to you for signature
  •  receiving the purchase funds and completing the sale
  •  paying the estate agents invoice from the sale proceeds
  •  redeeming any mortgage
  •  Send documents to the buyers solicitors
  •  Send money to you where applicable

Residential Property Purchases

We will deal with everything that is required to complete your purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry, 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.

Our charges are usually offered on a fixed fee basis plus any extra administrative charges and costs paid to others on your behalf (known as ‘disbursements’).

Scale of our fees

Price of property Legal fees
Up to £500,000 £1,000-1500        plus VAT
£500,001 – £1,000,000 £1,500-1955        plus VAT
£1,000,001 – £1,500,000 £1,800-2250        plus VAT
£1,500,001 – £2,500,000 £2,000-3125        plus VAT
Electronic Money Transfer Fee £35.00               plus VAT

Third party charges

Search fees £350.00 (estimated)

Once your leasehold purchase has been completed we will serve notice on your freeholder.  They will make an administrative charge for this, usually between £100 – £300

Land Registry fees – dependent on the property value:

Fee
£0- £80,000 £20
£80,001 – £100,000 £40
£100,001 – £200,000 £95
£200,001 – £500,000 £135
£500,001 – £1,000,000 £270
£1,000,001 and over £455

Search fees and Land Registry fees will vary depending upon local charges where tour property is situated and the property price.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Stamp Duty is charged in relation to the purchase price of the property and is increased if you own other properties. You can use the calculator on HMRC’s website for properties in England or the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website, if the property is in Wales

How long will it take?

The speed of your transaction from the point at which you accept an offer will depend on a number of factors. In our experience the average time is between eight and ten weeks.

Your transaction may move more quickly or more slowly depending on the other parties in your chain and the particular circumstances of your transaction. We will always talk to you about the timescale that you have in mind and will work to meet your expectations where possible.

What happens?

Every transaction is different but some of the key stages include:

  • take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • obtaining client ID and carrying out ID checks
  • check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • review documents, information forms and contract received from seller
  • carry out all relevant searches
  • send enquiries arising from the papers to seller’s solicitor
  • advise you on all documents and information received
  • deal with Deed of Covenant, Licence to Assign and share certificate transfer forms (Leasehold only)
  • review and advise you on the conditions of any 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
  • request mortgage monies from lender
  • advise you of the amount we need to receive from you to complete your purchase including apportionments of ground rents/service charges (leasehold purchases only)
  • carry out pre-completion searches at the Land Registry
  • complete purchase
  • deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • apply for registration at Land Registry
  • provide you with a copy of completed registration at the Land Registry
  • Notify the freeholder of the transfer and obtain new share certificate (Leasehold only)
  • Confirm registration of your mortgage with your lender

Residential Property Remortgage

We will deal with everything that is required to remortgage your home. including redeeming any existing mortgage and dealing with registration at the Land Registry. 

Our charges are usually offered on a fixed fee basis plus any extra administrative charges and costs paid to others on your behalf (known as ‘disbursements’).

Scale of our fees

Amount of funds borrowed

Legal fees

Up to £500,000

£650-900               plus VAT

£500,001 and above

£840-1440              plus VAT

Electronic Money Transfer Fee

£35.00 plus VAT

Third party charges

Land Registry document fee £6 per document

Landlord’s Information Pack (Leasehold property only) – Landlords and managing agents supply information packs including insurance and service charges information.  Their charges are usually between £100- £500

Once your leasehold remortgage has been completed we will serve notice on your freeholder.  They will make an administrative charge for this, usually between £100 – £300

How long will it take?

The length of time it will take to complete your remortgage depends on a number of factors, including the requirements set by your new mortgage lender.  In our experience the usual timescale is 2-4 weeks from receipt of your mortgage offer. We will always talk to you about the timescale that you have in mind and will stay in touch with you to update you throughout.

What happens?

Every transaction is different but some of the key stages include:

  • take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • obtain copy title documents and review
  • carry out searches
  • give you advice on all documents and information relevant to the remortgage
  • send the mortgage deed to you for signature
  • agree completion date
  • obtain redemption figure on existing mortgage(s)
  • submit report on title to the lender and request funds
  • redeeming any mortgage(s)
  • account to you with any balance of funds held
  • register new mortgage at the Land Registry

Possible Additional Charges

Every transaction is different and sometimes complications arise that are outside our control.  The following list is not intended to be exhaustive but shows some commonly encountered complications which can affect our charges:

Accelerated Completion – fewer than five working days

£175

Additional Bank Transfer fee

£35

Additional Money Laundering checks (per person)

£6

Dealing with Gifted Deposit

£195

Dealing with Help to Buy ISA bonus account (per account)

£50

Dealing with Occupier’s Consent

£125

Dealing with Occupier’s Signature on Sale Contract

£50

Dealing with service charge retention, costs to be advised but from

£60-£200

Declaration of Trust costs to be advised subject to assessment of requirements

£300-£600

Discharging Second Charge

£100

Drafting and lodging Deed of Covenant

£150

General Power of Attorney (Short Form)

£125

Obtaining copies of Bankruptcy Entries if indicated by search

£50

Obtaining Indemnity Insurance

£60

Obtaining references and dealing with Licence to Assign

£250

Transfer of Share Certificate

£75

VAT is added to all the above items