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All the prices and fees below are correct as at 1st December 2018.

Conveyancing

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Conveyancing

We can only assist with purchases and sales of property in England and Wales.

The fees detailed below cover all purchases and sales up to a value of £500,000. If your transaction is for a larger price, please apply for an individual quote.

 

 

    Fees for the 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.

    Property purchase up to £300,000

    • Conveyancer's fees and disbursements
    • Legal fee £595 + VAT (£714)
    • Search fees (inclusive of VAT):
      • Local search £171.80 (Note: fees vary slightly between districts - this figure is for Warrington properties.)
      • Mining Search £46
      • Drainage Search £52
      • Environmental Search £61.20
      • Flood Report (if required) £30
      • Energy & Infrastructure (if required)
      • Land Charges search £3
      • Bankruptcy search (per person) £2
      • Land Registry search £6
    • HM Land Registry fee. This depends on the value of the property. The Land Registry provide a calculator Land Registry Fees Calculator.
      For example the charge for a transfer of a £300,000 property is £135
    • Electronic money transfer fee £40 + VAT (£48)
    • Bank Charges £12
    • Dealing with SDLT submission, £60 + VAT (£72)
    • Subtotal for a £300,000 purchase £1323

    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

    This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's Calculate Stamp Duty or Land Tax or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's Land Transaction Tax Calculator
    For example, the Land Tax on a £300,000 home will be £5,000 in England, £4,950 in Wales. (If a second home, it will be £14,000 in England, £13,950 in Wales.)

    Estimated total for purchase of a £300,000 home is £6323

    Property purchase over £300,000 but more more than £500,000

    The charges will be the same as for a property of £300,000 or less, except that the Legal Fee will be £795 + VAT (£954) and the Stamp Duty or Land Tax will be higher - for example, on a £500,000 purchase the Land Tax will be £15,000 in England, £17,450 in Wales. (If a second home, it will be £30,000 in England, £32,450 in Wales.)

    Estimated total for the purchase of a £500,000 home £16,603

    * 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. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
    3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
    4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

    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 - 12 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 6 - 8 weeks.
    However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. 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.

    • 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

    Fees for the Sale of a Freehold Residential Property

    Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the sale of your home.

    Property sale up to £300,000

    • Conveyancer's fees and disbursements
    • Legal fee £595 + VAT (£714)
    • HM Land Registry copy of title fee, £6.
    • Electronic money transfer fee £40 + VAT (£48)
    • Bank Charges £12
    • Total for a £300,000 sale £780

    Property sale over £300,000 up to £500,000

    • Conveyancer's fees and disbursements
    • Legal fee £795 + VAT (£954)
    • HM Land Registry copy of title fee.
    • Electronic money transfer fee £40 + VAT (£48)
    • Bank Charges £12
    • Total for a £500,000 sale £1020

    Fees for the Purchase of a Leasehold Residential Property

    Our fees cover all 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 is in Wales.

    Our fees and the disbursements are the same as for freehold transactions, except that there will be additional disbursements relating to the lease. The Land Tax is also usually the same. The disbursements relating to the lease which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease.
    We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller's solicitors.

    • Fee for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender (where appropriate)
    • Anticipated Disbursements**
    • Notice of Transfer fee - This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease.
    • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) - This fee is set out in the lease.
    • Deed of Covenant fee - This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate.
    • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease.

    * 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 lease 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.

    **These fees vary from property to property. In particular, complexities in the lease will cause additional charges. 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.


    * 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 lease 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.

    **These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. In particular, complexities in the lease will cause additional charges. 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.

    The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances.
    • 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
    • Send final contract to you for signature
    • Draft Transfer
    • Advise you on joint ownership
    • Obtain pre-completion searches
    • 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

    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 - 12 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 6 - 8 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

    Fees for the Sale of a Leasehold Residential Property

    Our fees for the sale of a leasehold property are the same as for a freehold property, provided there are no undue complications.

    Please note the above charges do not apply to flats, and an individual quote will be necessary.

    Probate Charging Rates

    Probate / Administration - where we are not the Executor

    Fees are based on the value of the estate.
    Our fees are:

    • On the first £300,000 2.5%
    • On the excess over £300,000 2.0%

    Fees are subject to VAT. Our minimum fee for administering an estate is £1,750.
    For further information, please refer to Mr Canning.

    Acting as Executor

    Fees are based on the value of the estate.
    Because of the additional responsibility, our fees are:

    • On the first £300,000, 3.0%
    • the excess over £300,000, 2.5%

    All Executors fees are subject to VAT and are exclusive of disbursements such as probate fees. Our minimum fee is £1750.
    For further information, please refer to Mr Canning.

    Acting as a Trustee

    We charge a fee for the management of the trust of 0.4% each year, + VAT, subject to a minimum annual fee of £200, inclusive of VAT. The fee is usually charged half-yearly or quarterly.

    The fee is calculated on the market value of the trust assets at the time the fee is charged to the trust, or, where not available, the original value of the assets when they were taken into trust.

    To reflect the additional work involved when there is a distribution or disbursement of capital, or the trustee's duties are ended (including the transfer to a new trustee), a fee of 2% plus VAT of the value of assets paid out or transferred will be charged.

    In addition, any expenses which we incur as trustee will be reimbursed from the trust. We are currently being charged the following expenses which will be passed on to the trust, plus VAT:

    • 0.8% each year of the value of any quoted and unquoted investments, plus cash, held within the trust.
    • 1.0% each year of the value of any property held within the trust. This charge will be reduced to 0.5% on any residential property which is occupied by the beneficiary under the trust.

    Please note that in relation to both probate and trust matters, if the case becomes complicated or protracted, we reserve the right to increase the above percentages or to revert to charging on a time spent basis which would attract rates of £300 per hour plus VAT with letters/faxes/emails sent and telephone calls at one tenth of the above rate and letters/faxes/emails received at one twentieth of the above rate.

    Divorce, Matrimonial and Family Fees

    It is difficult to estimate the costs of matrimonial work, which vary tremendously from case to case.
    The cost of an undefended divorce will generally be £500 - £600 + VAT, together with the standard court fee of £550.

    If a divorce becomes defended (which is rare) the cost will inevitably increase substantially.

    Work in connection with children/financial matters will be charged at an hourly rate plus VAT and disbursements. We offer a free initial interview during which the complexity of your case and the likely fees can be discussed.

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