Purchase of a freehold residential property

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

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

Please click here to see a full list of our conveyancing fees. For purchases up to £500,000, our current fees are:

Our legal costs £995 + VAT
Leasehold supplement  £295 + VAT 
New build supplement £495 + VAT 
Help to Buy £395 + VAT 
Shared ownership £395 + VAT 
Help to Buy ISA  £60 + VAT 
Lifetime ISA  £150 + VAT 
ID check (per person) £35 + VAT 
Bank charges £35 + VAT 
Completion of SDLT tax return £195 + VAT
Land Registry search £6.00
Office copy entries £12.00
Bankruptcy search ( per person) £4.00
Search pack £250.00
Mortgagees legal costs £195 + VAT
Gifted deposit £150 + VAT
Arranging indemnity insurance (per indemnity) £75 + VAT ( if applicable)

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.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website here.

We strongly advise you use the HMRC stamp duty tax calculator to ensure you have the funds to secure the property you're after.

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 8-10 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 8 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 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 conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • 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
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry


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