Purchase of a Freehold Residential Property

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
Legal Fees
We anticipate it will take between 5 and 7 hours work with hourly rates between £120 – £220 per hour depending on the legal expert used
Between £725 – £1,950 Yes
Disbursements
Local Search Fees
Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Water & Drainage Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Environmental Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Clay/Tin/Coal Mining Search Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Commons Registration Searches Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
LawyerCheck Search Fee £12.00 Yes
Chancel Search Fees £15.79 Yes
Land Charges Searches  (bankruptcy) £2.00 per name Yes
Land Charges Searches £3.00 Yes
Other Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Electronic Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
HM Land Registry
Fee varies depending on value of house. See following link for an estimate of cost. View here
Variable No
Stamp Duty 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 website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website. Please see the following link: View here
Variable No
Stamp Duty Administration Fee £80 Yes
Estimated Legal Fees Total Cost Between £725 – £1,950 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property  
Estimated Overall Cost £725 – £1,950 + Disbursements + Stamp Duty Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage
1. Take your instructions and give you initial advice. 30-60 mins
2. Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed. 20-30 mins
3. Receive and advise on contract documents. 30-45 mins
4. Carry out searches. 20 mins
5. Obtain further planning documentation if required. 30-60 mins
6. Make any necessary enquiries of sellers solicitors. 30-60 mins
7. Give you advise on all documents and information received. 30-60 mins
8. Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you. 30-45 mins
9. Send final contract to you for signature. 20 mins
10. Draft Transfer. 20 mins
11. Advise you on joint ownership. 30-60 mins
12. Obtain pre-completion searches. 10 mins
13. Agree completion date (date from which you own the property). 10-60 mins
14. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened. 30 – 90 mins
15. Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you. 30 – 60 mins
16. Complete Purchase. 20 – 60 mins
17. Deal with with Stamp Duty/Land Tax. 30 mins
18. Deal with application for registration at Land Registry. 20 mins

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If you need a simultaneous exchange and completion £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Preparation of a simple Deed of Trust Joint Ownership form for Land Registry £100 Yes
Preparation of a short Deed of Trust for joint ownership £300 Yes
Preparation of a detailed Deed of Trust for joint ownership £500 – £750 Yes
Where funds are coming from a third party by gift or loan £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Covenant £100 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Buy to Let (where an existing tenant) or the property is an HMO £150 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declaration where the title is defective £125 Yes
Negotiating for access before completion and arranging necessary undertakings £100 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Help to Buy £350 Yes
Dealing with retention of funds £200 Yes
Advice, negotiation and drafting of lockout agreements Hourly rate Yes
New build purchase £200 – £350 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Sale of a Freehold Residential Property

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
Legal Fees
We anticipate it will take between 5 and 6 hours work with hourly rates between £120 -£220 per hour depending on the legal expert used
Between £675 – £1,350 Yes
Other Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Office Copy Entries £6.00 Yes
LawyerCheck Search £12.00 Yes
Electronic Money Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
Indemnity policies if required Varied Yes
Estimated Legal Fees Total Cost Between £675 – £1,350 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property  
Estimated Overall Cost £675 – £1,350 + Disbursements Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage
1. Take your instructions and give you initial advice. 30-60 mins
2. Take details of lender  and make contact. 20 mins
3. Order title for Land Registry and draft Contract. 30-45 mins
4. Prepare and send out Property Information Forms / Fixtures and Fittings for completion. 10 mins
5. Checking Property Information Form on return and submitting to buyers solicitors. 10 – 30 mins
6. Dealing with additional enquiries from buyers  solicitors. 30-90 mins
7. Obtaining planning / building regulation / NHBC warranty information. 30-60 mins
8. Receiving Transfer and approval. 20-45 mins
9. Go through Contract and Transfer papers with you. 30-45 mins
10.Contacting lender for redemption statements and procedures. 20 mins
11. Agree completion date. 10-60 mins
12. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened. 30 – 90 mins
13. Arrange for all monies needed to be sent to the lender and to you on completion. 30 – 60 mins
14. Complete Sale. 20 – 60 mins

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If you need a simultaneous exchange and completion £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Preparation and completion of a Deed of Covenant £75 Yes
Voluntary first registration for a sale £200 Yes
Dealing with third party lawyers (eg on a matrimonial sale) £200 Yes
Removal of registered cautions/restrictions/charges £150 Yes
Where there is a separate leasehold garage £200 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declaration where the title is defective £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Dealing with retention of funds £200 Yes
Advice, negotiation and drafting of lockout agreements Hourly rate  
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Purchase of a Leasehold Residential Property

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
Legal Fees
We anticipate it will take between 6 and 8 hours work with hourly rates between £120 -£220 per hour depending on the legal expert used
Between £725 – £1,750 Yes
Disbursements
Local Search Fees
Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Water & Drainage Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Environmental Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Clay/Tin/Coal Mining Search Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Commons Registration Searches Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
LawyerCheck Search Fee £12.00 Yes
Chancel Search Fees £15.79 Yes
Land Charges Searches  (bankruptcy) £2.00 per name Yes
Land Charges Searches £3.00 Yes
Other Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Electronic Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
HM Land Registry
Fee varies depending on value of house. See following link for an estimate of cost. View here
Variable No
Stamp Duty 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 website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website. Please see the following link: View here
Variable  
Stamp Duty Administration Fee £80 No
Estimated Legal Fees Total Cost Between £725 – £1,500 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property  
Estimated Overall Cost £725 – £1,500 + Disbursements + Stamp Duty Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage
1. Take your instructions and give you initial advice. 30-60 mins
2. Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed. 20-30 mins
3. Receive and advise on contract documents. 30-45 mins
4. Carry out searches. 20 mins
5. Obtain further planning documentation if required. 30-60 mins
6. Make any necessary enquiries of sellers solicitors. 30-60 mins
7. Consider information supplied by management company. 30-60 mins
8. Give you advise on all documents and information received. 30-60 mins
9. Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you. 30-45 mins
10. Send final contract to you for signature. 20 mins
11. Draft Transfer. 20 mins
12. Advise you on joint ownership. 30-60 mins
13. Obtain pre-completion searches. 10 mins
14. Agree completion date (date from which you own the property). 10-60 mins
15. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened. 30 – 90 mins
16. Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you. 30 – 60 mins
17. Complete Purchase. 20 – 60 mins
18. Deal with Landlord / management company requirements. 20 – 30 mins
18. Deal with with Stamp Duty/Land Tax. 30 mins
20. Deal with application for registration at Land Registry. 20 mins

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If you need a simultaneous exchange and completion £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Where there is a separate leasehold garage £200 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Preparation of a simple Deed of Trust Joint Ownership form for Land Registry £100 Yes
Preparation of a short Deed of Trust for joint ownership £300 Yes
Preparation of a detailed Deed of Trust for joint ownership £500 – £750 Yes
Where funds are coming from a third party by gift or loan £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Covenant £100 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Buy to Let (where an existing tenant) or the property is an HMO £150 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declaration where the title is defective £125 Yes
Negotiating for access before completion and arranging necessary undertakings £100 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Variation to a Lease £300 – £500 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Help to Buy £350 Yes
Dealing with retention of funds £200 Yes
Advice, negotiation and drafting of lockout agreements Hourly rate Yes
New build purchase £250 – £350 Yes
Charges levied by freehold / management company on change of ownership £250 – £500 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Sale of a Leasehold Residential Property

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
We anticipate it will take between 5 and 7 hours work with hourly rates between £120-£220 per hour depending on the legal expert used Between £695 – £1500 Yes
Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Office Copy Entries £12.00 Yes
LawyerCheck Search £12.00 Yes
Electronic Money Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
Indemnity policies Varied No
Estimated  Legal Fees Total Cost Between £695 – £1500 Yes
Estimated Disbursements Total Cost TBC  
Estimated Overall Cost £695 – £1500 + Disbursements Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage
1. Take your instructions and give you initial advice. 30-60 mins
2. Take details of lender  and make contact. 20 mins
3. Order title for Land Registry and draft Contract. 30-45 mins
4. Prepare and send out Property Information Forms / Leasehold Information Form /  Fixtures and Fittings for completion. 10 mins
5. Contact Landlord / managing agent for freehold information pack. 10 mins
6. Checking Property Information Form / Leasehold Information Form / Management Pack on return and submitting to buyers solicitors. 20 – 30 mins
7. Dealing with additional enquiries from buyers  solicitors. 30-90 mins
8. Obtaining planning / building regulation / NHBC warranty information. 30-60 mins
9. Receiving Transfer and approval. 20-45 mins
10. Go through Contract and Transfer papers with you. 30-45 mins
11.Contacting lender for redemption statements and proceedures. 20 mins
12. Agree completion date. 10-60 mins
13. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened. 30 – 90 mins
14. Arrange for all monies needed to be sent to the lender and to you on completion. 30 – 60 mins
15. Deal with Landlord/managing agents obligations for sellers. 30 mins
15. Complete Sale. 20 – 60 mins

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If you need a simultaneous exchange and completion £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Preparation and completion of a Deed of Covenant £75 Yes
Voluntary first registration for a sale £200 Yes
Dealing with third party lawyerse (eg on a matrmonial sale) £200 Yes
Removal of registered cautions/restrictions/charges £150 Yes
Where there is a separate leasehold garage £200 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declartion where the title is defective £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Variation to a Lease £300-500 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Dealing with retention of funds £200 Yes
Advice, negotiation and drafting of lockout agreements hourly rate Yes
Charges levied by freeholder / management company for information pack £300 – 500 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Mortgages and Remortgages

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
Legal Fees
We anticipate it will take between 3 and 6 hours work with hourly rates between £120-£220 per hour depending on the legal expert used.
Between £495 – £1,250 Yes
Disbursements
Local Search Fees
Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Water & Drainage Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Environmental Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Clay/Tin/Coal Mining Search Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Commons Registration Searches Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Chancel Search Fees £15.79 Yes
Land Charges Searches  (bankruptcy) £2.00 per name Yes
Land Charges Searches £3.00 Yes
Other Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Electronic Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
HM Land Registry
Fee varies depending on value of house. See following link for an estimate of cost. View here
Variable No
Estimated Legal Fees Total Cost Between £495 – £1,250 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property  
Estimated Overall Cost £495 – £1,250 + Disbursements Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Where there is a separate leasehold garage £200 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Preparation of a simple Deed of Trust Joint Ownership form for Land Registry £100 Yes
Preparation of a short Deed of Trust for joint ownership £300 Yes
Preparation of a detailed Deed of Trust for joint ownership £500 – £750 Yes
Where funds are coming from a third party by gift or loan £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Covenant £100 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Buy to Let (where an existing tenant) or the property is an HMO £150 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declaration where the title is defective £125 Yes
Negotiating for access before completion and arranging necessary undertakings £100 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Variation to a Lease £300 – £500 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Help to Buy £350 Yes
Charges levied by freeholder / management company for information pack £300 – £500 Yes
Charges levied by freeholder / management company for notice of new lender £100 – £175 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Personnel Information

Private Charging Rates, Experience and Qualifications
If we do not work for you under the terms of a Legal Aid Certificate or Contingency Fee Agreement basis or fixed fee matter, we will charge you with the following schedule of fees, all charges listed below are subject to VAT. VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Qualifications
Head of Department – Sarah Witheridge Partner £220 Solicitor
Alexandra Croft Solicitor £175 Solicitor
Anne Keate Licensed Conveyancer £150 CLC
Anthony Fripp Partner £220 Solicitor
Anju Newcombe Associate £210 Solicitor
Ashton Partridge Solicitor £175 Solicitor
Brian Maxwell Solicitor £195 Solicitor
Carla Eagleson Chartered Legal Executive £175 Chartered Legal Executive
Carlie Broome Property Advisor £110 Studying CLC
Carly Kingdon Legal Assistant £110 No formal qualifications yet
Caroline Jennings Associate £185 CILEX
Cheryl Bolt Solicitor £200 Solicitor
Clive Williamson Solicitor £210 Solicitor
Darren Heard Solicitor £200 Solicitor; Chartered Legal Executive
David Wheaton Partner £220 Solicitor
Debbie Hamzij Partner £210 Solicitor
Emma Pearce Residential Conveyancer £110 No formal qualifications yet
Frances Griffiths Partner £195 Solicitor
Giselle Sayed Legal Advisor £150 ACILEx
Gill Bratcher Partner £185  
Helen Davies Partner £220 Solicitor
Joanne Hayes Partner £210 Solicitor
Julie McDermott Solicitor £190 Solicitor
Katrina Short Solicitor £140 LLB; Solicitor
Lloyd Hale Partner £220 Solicitor
Louise Crockford Associate £185 Chartered Legal Executive
Louise Evers Property Advisor £175 Associate Chartered Legal Executive
Louise Garnsey Chartered Legal Executive £180 Chartered Legal Executive
Lucy Oldacre Solicitor £175 BA/BSc Hons Law Degree; Solicitor
Marie Cude Property Advisor £120
Marie Moore Licensed Conveyancer £175 Licensed Conveyancer
Mark Carlisle Partner £190 LLB
Mark Ollier Partner £190 LLB; Solicitor
Paula Land Chartered Legal Executive £190 Chartered Legal Executive
Philip Mole Associate £220 Solicitor
Pippa Bruce Licenses Conveyancer £125 Licensed Conveyancer
Rachael Jones Residential Conveyancer £175
Richard Glanville Solicitor £190 CPE Law; Solicitor; LLM Environmental Law
Rod Lewis Solicitor £210 Solicitor
Samantha Thompson Partner £185 Solicitor
Sanjeev Harash Partner £190 LLB Law; Post Grad Diploma in Legal Practice
Suzy Seaby Residential Conveyancer £175 ILEX
Tracey Pearce Partner £220 Solicitor
Valerie Silverthorne Consultant £220 Solicitor
Yvonne Kellow Associate £185 Chartered Legal Executive

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