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Residential property conveyancing: range of costs quotations

The examples below are to give you indicative figures. The fees quoted only relate to properties situated in the U.K.

These fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and 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.

Freehold properties – indicative fees range

Purchase price up to £500,000
Our fees will go up to:
£920.00 + VAT

Purchase price between £500,001 to £1,000,000
Our fees will go up to:
£1,315.00 + VAT

Purchase price over £1,000,000
Please call or email us for a bespoke quotation.

The figures quoted above assume a straightforward transaction without unforeseen complexity or issues. If the matter becomes complex then there will be an additional fee, examples of which include (but are not limited to):

  • Where your property involves a Help to Buy mortgage
  • Where your property is leasehold
  • Where your property is new build
  • Where your mortgage lender instructs its own solicitor
  • Where your lease purchase includes the purchase of a share of the freehold
  • Where a lease extension is involved
  • Where freeholder consent for any reason may be required
  • Where there is a perceived defect in title
  • If leasehold, that it is the transfer of an existing lease and not the grant of a new lease
  • Shared ownership transactions
  • Missing or absentee landlords
  • Compulsory Purchase
  • Where a transaction is required to be expedited
  • Contract races
  • Lock out/exclusivity agreements

Obviously, all cases are different and we will try our best to inform you as soon as we become aware of any feature that might have an impact on the quoted fee. Please note that all are work is normally charged on a fee basis as outlined above. For information purposes, if any work was carried out on a time spent basis, then the hourly rate is Partner at £220.00 plus VAT, Senior Conveyancer and Solicitor at £200 plus VAT and Conveyancer at £180 plus VAT. We will always inform you if any work was intended to be carried out on this basis.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs (i.e. expenses), 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.

The following comprise the usual disbursements:

  • Search fees – between £210.00 and £400.00 depending on the type and volume of searches required. For instance, in addition to the searches included in our professional search pack it may be necessary to arrange for a Mining Report which would cost £43 inc vat.
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax – Read more
  • Land Registry fee – Read more (where the property is in Wales read here)
  • Electronic money transfer fee £42.00 inc. VAT
  • Managing Agents pack on sale of leasehold – this can only be ascertained on receipt of documents but the average charge is approximately £360.00 inc. VAT, but can vary depending on the Managing Agent or Freeholder
  • Notice and compliance fees on leasehold purchases – these can only be ascertained during the transaction but typically can range between £240.00 to £480.00 inc. VAT

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 to 8 weeks.

It can be quicker or longer, depending on the number of parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage offer in place, it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 to 4 months. In such a situation additional charges would 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 the conditions of the mortgage offer with you
  • Send final Report to you with the contract for signature
  • Agree the completion date (date from which you own the property) with the sellers’ solicitor
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from the lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Our Wills & Probate Fees

We charge our probate matters on a fixed fee basis. The fee is very much dependent on the individual person’s estate who has passed away. For example, if the deceased has left a will with one property and one or two bank accounts to deal with, then the fee will be lower. If the deceased has not left a will and there are numerous properties and bank accounts, plus other investments such as stocks and shares and the estate is liable for inheritance tax, then the fee will be higher.

All of our probate matters will be dealt with by our specialist Solicitor Claire Brown. Her supervisor is Joanne Jones, Senior Partner.

Please see below some guidance for you on our fees. Please note that all matters will be quoted on an individual basis but this gives you some idea of the scope of this.

  • To obtain the Grant of Probate only: £750.00 plus VAT.
  • To obtain the Grant of Probate and administer the entire estate (simple) £1,500 - £2,000 plus VAT.
  • To obtain the Grant of Probate and administer the entire estate (medium) £2,500 - £3,000 plus VAT.
  • To obtain the Grant of Probate and administer the entire estate (complex) £4,000 plus VAT up to £7,000 if very complex and is liable for inheritance tax.

There are other additional disbursements involved in the process which you should be aware of below. Disbursements are costs (i.e.) expenses related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees:

  • Court fee to obtain the Grant of probate: £155.00 plus 50 pence for every additional copy required.

(Please note that the government are planning to increase this court fee significantly in 2019 and we will update this section when we are informed of the new fees.)

  • Solicitors fee to swear the Oath: £5.00 - £7.00.
  • Bankruptcy charges - £2.00 per individual.
  • Trustee Act Notice – from £100.00 - £300.00 plus VAT dependent on which newspaper this is posted in. We recommend that a notice is placed in the London Gazette and the local newspaper to the deceased to warn off any creditors.

(Please note that if a property is to be sold or transferred then this will be quoted at the time and is not included in the above fees.)

If you instruct us to obtain the Grant of Probate only, we will:

(N.B. this process normally takes 4-6 weeks on average)

  1. Provide you with an experienced Solicitor to work on your matter
  2. Identify the executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  3. Identify the type of probate application you require
  4. Obtain the relevant documents and information required to apply for the Grant by contacting all third parties including banks estate agents etc
  5. Deal with the placing of the Trustee Act Notice if required. This is an advert which is placed in the local newspaper and also the London Gazette to protect against any potential creditors of the estate
  6. Complete the inheritance tax report for HMRC and draft a legal Oath for you to swear. An Oath is a legal document which sets out to the court the details of the deceased, their estate and the other family members involved who are the executors.
  7. Submit the probate application to the court on your behalf
  8. Obtain the Grant of Probate and securely provide you with copies of this for your use
If you instruct us to obtain the Grant of Probate and administer the entire estate, we will do all of the above and the following:

(N.B. this process normally takes 2-4 months on average but is dependent on how complex the deceased’s estate is and so could take either slightly less time or slightly more time)

  1. Send the Grant of Probate off to all third parties who require it e.g. banks and estate agents
  2. Fill out all release forms to release all assets due to the estate
  3. Collect all assets in the estate
  4. Hold all estate monies in our designated client account for you
  5. Pay off any debts or liabilities on your behalf
  6. Prepare an estate account showing all monies that have come in and out of the estate
  7. Deal with bankruptcy searches for all of the beneficiaries. This is required as we are not able to pay out any money to people who are declared bankrupt.
  8. Pay all monies out to the beneficiaries once the final estate accounts have been approved
  9. Deal with the closure and finalisation of the estate

We offer free of charge consultations for you and your family to meet with our specialist solicitor Claire Brown who can answer all of your questions and offer guidance on the process in full. Please click on the link to read more about her experience and profile.