Purchase of a Residential Freehold Property - Pricing

For transparency and the avoidance of any doubt, our fees are below. Should you choose to instruct us, a tailored estimate of price will be provided based on your circumstances and the transaction and set out in our Engagement Letter.

The day to day work is carried out by Janice Colley, a Consultant Conveyancer and Solicitor and supervised by Richard Cramer, Managing Director and Solicitor.

Freehold Purchase CostsAmount (excluding any VAT applicable)
Our Legal FeesRange from £700 and £1800* (plus VAT)
Bank Transfer Fee (for each transfer made over £30,000)£25 (plus VAT)
Electronic ID Search Verification (per name checked)£6 (plus VAT)
Our Legal Fees for preparation of SDLT Return (if applicable)£50 (plus VAT)
Anticipated Expenses** 
Land Registry Search Costs (OS1) (per person)£2 (plus VAT)
Bankruptcy Search Costs (per person)£3 (plus VAT)


Purchase Price of the PropertyOur Legal Fees (excluding VAT)
Up to £100,000£700 – £1,050
£100,000 – £250,000£850 – £1,100
£250,000 – £375,000£1,000 – £1,250
£375,000 – £500,000£1,150 – £1,350
£500,000 – £750,000£1,350 – £1,550
£750,000 – £1million£1,600 – £1,800

* for properties with a value of £1million and above, fees will be provided upon request

** not listed in these expenses or included in our legal fees is:

  • HM Land Registry Registration Fee, which is based on the purchase price of the property
  • Conveyancing Search Costs, the cost varies depending on the search and provider

Stamp Duty Land Tax / Land Transaction Tax:

In addition to the above costs, you may also have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax on your purchase or if the property which you are buying is in Wales, Land Transaction Tax. You can work out what you will need to pay in respect of such tax using one of the following links: Tax Calculator (England) or Tax Calculator (Wales)

Your specific circumstances and those of the individual transaction may alter the amount of tax that you have to pay. Once we have all the necessary information from you, we will be able to make a calculation and let you know the likely amount owed in respect of stamp duty land tax. The amount will be based on the relevant tax rates in force on the day of completion of your purchase (rates do change from time to time, particularly following the budget in October / November each year).

Services included in this price:

The above range of figures are based of the purchase of an existing residential freehold property by one or more individuals (as opposed to a company or business partnership) with a title which is already registered at HM Land Registry and with the help of a mortgage from a traditional high street mortgage lender. Most property purchases in England and Wales will fall within this category. The fees include the following work:

  • Setting up your file
  • Checking and processing your instructions including carrying out the identity and anti-money laundering checks that we are required by law to carry out
  • Supplying information to you and those involved with the transaction (please note we do not project manage the entire process)
  • Approving on your behalf, the draft Contract prepared by the seller’s solicitor and reviewing any ancillary information forwarded.
  • Raising preliminary enquiries with the seller’s solicitor.
  • Checking the title deeds and other standard documentation that we receive from the seller’s solicitor
  • Ordering any necessary searches and checking the results
  • Clearing up any discrepancies or ambiguities in the information from the seller’s solicitor and obtaining any missing information
  • Reporting our findings to you and preparing paperwork for you to sign
  • Liaising with your mortgage lender and ensuring any conditions attached to the release of the mortgage money are satisfied
  • Exchanging contracts
  • Completing your purchase
  • Submitting a Stamp Duty Land Tax / Land Transaction Tax return on your behalf
  • Ensuring your purchase is registered with HM Land Registry
  • Closing and storing your file in accordance with our data retention policy
  • Keeping you and any relevant third parties updated throughout as appropriate

Factors that may affect the price that you have to pay:

Additional work may need to be carried out on your purchase which we are not aware of at the outset but which leads to an increase in our legal fees and/or the third party expenses which you will need to pay. If any such additional costs arise we will tell you about them as soon as possible. Examples of situations that might lead to an increase in costs include:

  • If the property is leasehold (separate pricing)
  • If the property is freehold but there are estate maintenance charges to pay
  • If you are buying in a company name
  • You are buying a share in a property jointly owned by a housing association (shared ownership)
  • The property is newly built
  • The property hasn’t been registered at Land Registry
  • You are taking a mortgage from a non- high street lender
  • There are problems with the title deeds
  • You are buying the property to let
  • You are using the Government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme
  • You are using a Help to Buy ISA/Lifetime ISA bonus
  • We have to pay a referral fee to the professional who referred you to us

Typical Timescales:

How long it will legally take to buy the property, so from your offer being accepted until you can move in to the property, depends on a number of factors.

At present, a number factors, namely the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a substantial and unexpected rise in the number of property transactions that are taking place and the current SDLT holiday, which is due to end on 30 June 2021, are combining to extend the average transaction time. There are a number of pinch points slowing the process affecting Conveyancers, Local Authority Searches, Valuers, Surveyors, Property Management Companies, Lenders and Removals Companies in different ways.  Sellers and other participants in the chain can also be affected by the pandemic during the process, including the withdrawal of previously agreed Mortgage Offers due to changed financial circumstances.

In “normal” times the average time from receipt of the purchase contract to completion taking place is 6 to 12 weeks but at present the timescale is more likely to be between 12 to 15 weeks. We aim to be better than average of course, however you should prepare for the fact that your transaction is likely to take longer than usual. We should also point out that if you are buying a property, we cannot guarantee that your transaction will complete prior to the end of the SDLT holiday on 30 June 2021 and you should therefore budget for any additional SDLT that you might become liable for.

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 from around 4 to 6 weeks.

Key Stages in the Purchase Process:

The exact stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the individual specific circumstances. However, the following are the key stages of a typical transaction:

  • Accept your instructions and provide you with our initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund your purchase and contact the 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 the documents and information received
  • Review the conditions of your mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree a completion date (the date from which you legally own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from your lender (and you)
  • Complete the purchase
  • Deal with the payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax as applicable
  • Deal with the application for registration at Land Registry of your title to the property
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