Fee Guide

In accordance with the Solicitor’s Regulations Authority rules we are pleased to give the following information about our fees and pricing structure for residential conveyancing and probate matters.

We are always willing to speak to new or existing clients and to provide a detailed estimate of the likely costs in these or any other legal matters. Please either call us or contact us to make an online enquiry.

Residential conveyancing matters:

Freehold sales

FEE LIST PDF

GUIDANCE NOTES PDF

SALE TIMETABLE PDF

ADDITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES RESI CONVEYANCING PDF

PROPERTY TAX LEAFLET PDF

COMPLAINTS POLICY PDF

LEGAL OMBUDSMAN – HERE TO HELP LEAFLET

Instruct us:

SALE INSTRUCTION FORM PDF

CLIENT INSTRUCTION FORM PDF

TERMS OF BUSINESS PDF

Our fee assumes 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
  • this is the sale of a single existing residential property and ancillary outbuildings in a single registered parcel of land
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Freehold Purchases

FEE LIST PDF

PURCHASE INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE NOTES PDF

PROPERTY PURCHASE TIMETABLE PDF

ADDITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES RESI CONVEYANCING PDF

PROPERTY TAX LEAFLET PDF

COMPLAINTS POLICY PDF

LEGAL OMBUDSMAN – HERE TO HELP LEAFLET

Instruct us:

PURCHASE INSTRUCTION FORM

CLIENT INSTRUCTION FORM

TERMS OF BUSINESS PDF

Our fee assumes 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 or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  • this is the purchase of a single existing residential property and ancillary outbuildings in a single registered parcel of land
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Leasehold Sales

FEE LIST PDF

LEASEHOLD SALE GUIDANCE NOTES PDF

SALE TIMETABLE PDF

ADDITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES RESI CONVEYANCING PDF

PROPERTY TAX LEAFLET PDF

COMPLAINTS POLICY PDF

LEGAL OMBUDSMAN – HERE TO HELP LEAFLET

Instruct us:

SALE INSTRUCTION FORM PDF

CLIENT INSTRUCTION FORM

TERMS OF BUSINESS PDF

Leasehold properties also usually require payment of fees to a number of different parties. These might include:

  • A Landlord
  • A Management Company; OR
  • A Solicitor or agent acting on behalf of one or both of the above

We have estimated the following Anticipated Leasehold Disbursements*

  • Licence to Assign fee – The lease will confirm if required. The fee could be between £150 and £500.
  • 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 £50 and £200.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 and £200.

*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 or speak to the parties concerned.

Our fee assumes 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
  • this is the assignment of an existing leasehold flat (together with any ancillary garage/store) held under a single parcel of registered land and is not the grant of a new lease
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Leasehold Purchases

FEE LIST PDF

LEASEHOLD PURCHASE GUIDANCE NOTES PDF

PROPERTY PURCHASE TIMETABLE PDF

ADDITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES RESI CONVEYANCING PDF

PROPERTY TAX LEAFLET PDF

COMPLAINTS POLICY PDF

LEGAL OMBUDSMAN – HERE TO HELP LEAFLET

Instruct us:

PURCHASE INSTRUCTION FORM

CLIENT INSTRUCTION FORM

TERMS OF BUSINESS PDF

Leasehold properties usually require payment of fees to a number of different parties. These might include:

  • A Landlord
  • A Management Company; OR
  • A Solicitor or agent acting on behalf of one or both of the above

We have estimated the following Anticipated Leasehold Disbursements*

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 and £200.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 and £200.
  • 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 £50 and £200.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 and £200.

*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 or speak to the parties concerned.

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.

Our fee assumes that:

  1. 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. this is the assignment of an existing leasehold flat (together with any ancillary garage/store) held under a single parcel of registered land and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication 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.

Anticipated Leasehold Disbursements*

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between XX- XXX.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between X and X.
  • 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 X and X.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between X – X.

*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.


Mortgages/Remortgages

Mortgage fee LIST PDF

MORTGAGE/REMORTGAGE GUIDANCE NOTES PDF

ADDITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES RESI CONVEYANCING PDF

PROPERTY TAX LEAFLET PDF

COMPLAINTS POLICY PDF

LEGAL OMBUDSMAN – HERE TO HELP LEAFLET

Instruct us:

MORTGAGE/REMORTGAGE INSTRUCTION FORM

CLIENT INSTRUCTION FORM

TERMS OF BUSINESS PDF

Our fee assumes that:

  1. 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 or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. this is the mortgage/remortgage of a single existing residential property and ancillary outbuildings in a single registered parcel of land
  3. the current owners will remain owners after the mortgage/this is not a transfer of equity and no advice is required on joint ownership
  4. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  5. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  6. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

COMPLAINTS POLICY PDF

LEGAL OMBUDSMAN – HERE TO HELP LEAFLET

Instruct us:

CLIENT INSTRUCTION FORM

TERMS OF BUSINESS PDF

 


FAQs:

How do you charge for your services?

The amount you pay us is split into two different categories – Fees and Disbursements.

The amount payable at the end of the transaction will depend on the work actually involved. It is not always possible to know at the outset of a transaction whether further work or disbursements are required, but we try to give the best estimate possible based on what you tell us.

The prices published on our website are indicative only and are published to comply with the Solicitor Regulation Authority’s Transparency in price and service guidelines. For an accurate estimate of the likely costs involved in your transaction based upon your circumstances, please contact us.

What are fees?

Fees are charges for our time in providing our service to you and include such things as preparing documents, phone calls and time considering how best to deal with that matter. They are subject to VAT and our terms of business.

Fees are recorded as work is carried out in six minute units of time by the person dealing with your matter. Generally, one piece of incoming or outgoing correspondence (such as a letter, phone call) will be one unit of time, although in the case of short emails, it may take several to constitute a single unit, depending on the time spent preparing to give the response.

Whilst we try to keep our fees within our original estimate we reserve the right to increase our fees if more time is spent in dealing with your matter.

We do not charge for our initial time in giving an estimate based on your circumstances and welcome all enquiries.

What is included in your estimated fees?

All of the work required to complete your transaction as set out in our guidance notes and in the case of residential conveyancing transactions, one bank transfer fee.

Our website fee estimates set out above are in respect of a usual transaction and are partly based on the time involved in dealing with the matter. There may be additional fees depending on your requirements and the amount of work involved in the transaction.

What additional fees might there be?

There may be additional fees for any matters not referred to as being included in our service or for additional time involved. For those types of transactions where we have published pricing information please see our notes which detail types of possible additional charges and our hourly rates. Our hourly rates may differ for different types of work outside of these.

Referral Fees

Some firms pay an introducer to refer conveyancing transactions to them and add this cost to your bill.

We do not pay referral fees and rely solely on our reputation to attract your business. You can therefore be assured of our independence and that we will work hard on your behalf to achieve your goals.

What are disbursements and how much will they cost?

Disbursements are costs 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 amount you will pay is the amount it actually costs us. We have given an indication of usual disbursements in our estimated fees above but the actual amount may vary.

I need Tax advice – do you deal with this?

Please see attached our Property Tax leaflet which explains the limit of our advice and details some situations in which tax may become payable in conveyancing transactions.

If you are buying a property you may have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax. The amount of tax depends on the purchase price of your property and whether the additional rate is payable or any reliefs available for you or the property. In simple cases, you can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website.

How long will my transaction take and what are the stages?

Please see our guidance notes.

What is not included in your fee?

Anything outside the scope of a usual transaction and our guidance notes. We also reserve the right to charge for additional time spent on your matter if this exceeds our original estimate. Please see our additional services leaflet for further information and details of our hourly rates.

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