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PRICING INFORMATION FOR SALE OF A FREEHOLD PROPERTY

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

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

  • Legal fee – The price will depend on the complexities of the transaction, but all time is charged at the relevant fee earner’s hourly rate which can be found below. The cost of an average sale conveyance for a freehold property costing £262,000 is £750 plus VAT.

Our costs cover all the correspondence, preparation of documents and liaising with various parties in the sale transaction, such as the client, estate agent, purchasers’ solicitors and local authority, which take place during the various stages of the process listed below.

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 complications 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.
  • Mortgage fee – if your property is mortgaged, we charge a fee for dealing with removing a legal charge from the title to the property of £300 (inc VAT). This fee includes liaising with the mortgage lender to obtain a redemption statement in order to discharge the mortgage from the property.
  • HM Land Registry copy documents £36 (inc VAT). This covers requesting office copy entries for the property and any supporting documentation such as conveyances and transfers applicable to the title of the property. This fee includes our time in reviewing the documents.
  • Electronic money transfer fee £60 (inc VAT) per transfer. A transfer will arise, for example, when completion has taken place and the monies are to be sent to you on the same day. This fee includes our time in setting up and arranging the transfer with our Bank.
  • File archive storage £30 (inc VAT). This is to cover the costs of retaining your file off site. This fee includes scheduling documents and liaising with our storage provider.

The amount of VAT applicable to the fees and disbursements above is the current rate of 20%.

It is not possible to list all possible scenarios or unforeseen issues, but should they arise, we will inform you immediately of any price increase.

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.

Fee Earner Hourly Rates

Frank Smith (LLB Hons) Managing Partner £200 per hour
Sarah Kay (LLB Hons) £100 per hour
Louise Tottman (LLB Hons) £100 per hour

Paralegals will be supervised by Frank Smith, Managing Partner.

Please click to read each fee earner’s profile.

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can sell your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are selling to a first time buyer, with a mortgage, in principle, it could take 6-8 weeks.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a freehold residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have listed some key stages:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check if there is a mortgage on the property that is to be redeemed and contacting lender
  • Prepare contract documents
  • Send protocol documents, Property Information Form and Fittings and Contents Form to you for completing and then forwarding these to the purchaser’s solicitors.
  • Obtain planning documentation if required, together with any other documentation such as FENSA certificates, boiler installation certificates, timber treatment guarantees etc.
  • Reply to any necessary enquiries of purchaser's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which the purchaser will own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies to be received from lender and purchaser
  • Complete sale

Complaints Procedure

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint about any aspect of the service that you receive from the fee earner dealing with your matter, any such complaint should initially be addressed to Frank Smith as the firm's client care partner. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The Legal Ombudsman can help you if the Solicitors Regulation Authority are unable to resolve your complaint. If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them here:

Visit: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

PRICE BASED ON SELLING A FREEHOLD PROPERTY FOR £262,000

Conveyancer’s/Lawyer’s fees

Legal costs £750
VAT on legal costs £150
File Archive Storage £25
File Archive Storage VAT £5
Subtotal £930

Costs payable to other organisations (disbursements)

HM Land Registry fee (copy documents) £30
HM Land Registry fee (copy documents) VAT £6
Electronic Money Transfer fee £50
Electronic Money Transfer fee VAT £10
Subtotal £96
Total £1,026


PRICING INFORMATION FOR SALE OF A LEASEHOLD PROPERTY

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

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

  • Legal fee – The price will depend on the complexities of the transaction, but all time is charged at the relevant fee earner’s hourly rate which can be found below. The cost of an average conveyance for a leasehold property costing £262,000 is £750 plus VAT.

For all leasehold transactions, in addition to the fee stated above, we will levy a fee of £250.00 plus VAT in addition, to cater for considering the terms of the Lease to ensure they are suitable for the property you are buying.

Our costs cover all the correspondence, preparation of documents and liaising with various parties in the sale transaction, such as the client, estate agent, purchasers’ solicitors and local authority, which take place during the various stages of the process listed below.

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 complications 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.
  • Mortgage fee – if your property is mortgage, we charge a fee for removing a legal charge on the title to the property £300 (inc VAT). This fee includes liaising with the mortgage lender to obtain a redemption statement in order to discharge the mortgage from the property.
  • HM Land Registry copy documents £36 (inc VAT). This covers requesting office copy entries for the property and any supporting documentation such as conveyances and transfers applicable to the title of the property. This fee includes our time in reviewing the documents.
  • Electronic money transfer fee £60 (inc VAT) per transfer. A transfer will arise, for example, when completion has taken place and the monies are to be sent to the lender and you. This fee includes our time in setting up and arranging the transfer with our Bank.
  • File archive storage £30 (inc VAT). This is to cover the costs of retaining your file off site. This fee includes scheduling documents and liaising with our storage provider.
  • Leasehold Information Pack obtained from the Managing Agent £150.00 - £350.00. 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 the specific documents for your property.

Please note that there may be issues that arise that will increase the above costs such as:-

  • Liaising with the mortgage lender to obtain a redemption statement in order that the mortgage can be discharged on completion. The length of time this takes depends on the lender concerned. However, all work will be charged on an hourly basis according to the relevant fee earner working on the matter.

The amount of VAT applicable to the fees and disbursements above is the current rate of 20%.

It is not possible to list all possible scenarios or unforeseen issues, but should they arise, we will inform you immediately of any price increase.

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.

Fee Earner Hourly Rates

Frank Smith (LLB Hons) Managing Partner £200 per hour
Sarah Kay (LLB Hons) £100 per hour
Louise Tottman (LLB Hons) £100 per hour

Paralegals will be supervised by Frank Smith, Managing Partner.

Please click to read each fee earner’s profile.

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can sell your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if the purchaser is a first time buyer, purchasing with a mortgage, in principle, it could take 8-12 weeks. However, if the purchaser is 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 sale of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have listed some key stages:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check if there is a mortgage and obtain redemption statement
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Liaise with the Managing Agent and obtain standard leasehold information pack
  • Send protocol documents, Property Information Form and Fittings and Contents Form to you for completing and then forwarding these to the purchaser’s solicitors.
  • Obtain planning documentation if required, together with any other documentation such as FENSA certificates, boiler installation certificates, timber treatment guarantees etc.
  • Reply to any necessary enquiries of purchaser's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which the purchaser owns the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be paid to the lender and you
  • Complete sale

Complaints Procedure

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint about any aspect of the service that you receive from the fee earner dealing with your matter, any such complaint should initially be addressed to Frank Smith as the firm's client care partner. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The Legal Ombudsman can help you if the Solicitors Regulation Authority are unable to resolve your complaint. If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them here:

Visit: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

PRICE BASED ON SELLING A LEASEHOLD PROPERTY FOR £262,000

Conveyancer’s/Lawyer’s fees

Legal costs £750
VAT on legal costs £150
Legal fee for considering lease terms £250
Legal fee for considering lease terms VAT £50
HM Land Registry fee (copy documents) £30
HM Land Registry fee (copy documents) VAT £6
Electronic Money Transfer fee £50
Electronic Money Transfer fee £10
File Archive Storage £25
File Archive Storage VAT £5
Subtotal £1,326

Costs payable to other organisations (disbursements)

Leasehold Information Pack (Management Company) £125
Leasehold Information Pack (Management Company) VAT £25
Subtotal £150
Total £1,476


PRICING INFORMATION FOR PURCHASE OF A FREEHOLD PROPERTY

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

  • Legal fee – The price will depend on the complexities of the transaction, but all time is charged at the relevant fee earner’s hourly rate which can be found below. The cost of an average conveyance for a freehold property costing £262,000 is £750 plus VAT.

Our costs cover all the correspondence, preparation of documents and liaising with various parties in the purchase transaction, such as the client, estate agent, sellers’ solicitors, local authority and search provider, which take place during the various stages of the process listed below.

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 complications 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.
  • Mortgage fee – if you are buying with a mortgage we charge a fee for registering a legal charge on the title to the property of £300 (inc VAT). This fee includes our time for preparing and arranging for the mortgage deed to be signed, liaising with the mortgagee and registration of the mortgage at Land Registry.
  • Search fees £420 (inc VAT). We request a local authority search, environmental report, water and drainage report and coal mining report. Should there be a requirement for any additional searches, the relevant price will be discussed with you beforehand. This fee includes our time in arranging the searches and reviewing the results upon receipt.
  • Chancel Indemnity Insurance £60 (inc VAT). With every residential purchase, we advise our clients that a chancel policy is taken out to cover for any possibility of future charges being requested in order to fund repairs needed to a nearby church. This fee includes our time in arranging the policy and putting it on risk on completion.
  • HM Land Registry copy documents £36 (inc VAT). This covers requesting office copy entries for the property and any supporting documentation such as conveyances and transfers applicable to the title of the property. This fee includes our time in reviewing the documents.
  • Electronic money transfer fee £60 (inc VAT) per transfer. A transfer will arise, for example, when completion has taken place and the monies are to be sent to the sellers’ solicitors. This fee includes our time in setting up and arranging the transfer with our Bank.
  • Pre-completion searches £12 (inc VAT). This search ensures that no further adverse entries have been placed on to the title register since copy entries of the register have been requested. This needs to be undertaken to ensure that you will not purchase the property subject to any overriding interests. This fee includes our time in setting up the search and reviewing the results.
  • Bankruptcy search £2 per search. These are required by the lender where a mortgage is being taken out.
  • File archive storage £30 (inc VAT). This is to cover the costs of retaining your file off site. This fee includes scheduling documents and liaising with our storage provider.

Please note that there may be issues that arise that will increase the above costs such as:-

  • Liaising with the mortgage lender to respond to the enquiries they raise in order to satisfy themselves that they are lending against a good marketable title. The length of time this takes depends on the lender concerned. However, all work will be charged on an hourly basis according to the relevant fee earner working on the matter.
  • Owning the property as tenants in common in unequal shares will mean preparing a Declaration of Trust to reflect this ownership at a cost of £300 (inc VAT).

The amount of VAT applicable to the fees and disbursements above is the current rate of 20%.

It is not possible to list all possible scenarios or unforeseen issues, but should they arise, we will inform you immediately of any price increase.

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.

Fee Earner Hourly Rates

Frank Smith (LLB Hons) Managing Partner £200 per hour
Sarah Kay (LLB Hons) £100 per hour
Louise Tottman (LLB Hons) £100 per hour

Paralegals will be supervised by Frank Smith, Managing Partner.

Please click to read each fee earner’s profile.

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.

Land Registry registration fees

Once a purchase has completed, the title register needs to be updated to reflect the new owner. The Land Registry charge a fee for this which will depend on the purchase price of the property but you can refer to the HM Land Registry’s website for a list sending out the range https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/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 new house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 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, 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 freehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have listed some key stages:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender 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

Complaints Procedure

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint about any aspect of the service that you receive from the fee earner dealing with your matter, any such complaint should initially be addressed to Frank Smith as the firm's client care partner. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The Legal Ombudsman can help you if the Solicitors Regulation Authority are unable to resolve your complaint. If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them here:

Visit: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

 

PRICE BASED ON PURCHASING A FREEHOLD PROPERTY FOR £262,000

Conveyancer’s/Lawyer’s fees

Legal costs £750
VAT on legal costs £150
File Archive Storage Fee £25
File Archive Storage VAT £5
Subtotal £930

Searches

Local Authority Search
Water and Drainage Search
Environmental Search
Underground Mining search
Search fee
£350
VAT on search fee £70
Chancel Indemnity Policy £50
Chancel Indemnity Policy VAT £10
Subtotal £930

Costs payable to other organisations (disbursements)

HM Land Registry fee (registration) £135
HM Land Registry (copy documents) £30
HM Land Registry (copy documents) VAT £6
HM Land Registry pre-completion search £10
HM Land Registry pre-completion search VAT £2
Electronic Money Transfer fee £50
Electronic Money Transfer fee VAT £10
Subtotal £243
Stamp Duty Land Tax £3,100*
Total £4,753

*(this is based on being your main residence and not a second home).


PRICING INFORMATION FOR PURCHASE OF A LEASEHOLD 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

  • Legal fee – The price will depend on the complexities of the transaction, but all time is charged at the relevant fee earner’s hourly rate which can be found below. The cost of an average conveyance for a leasehold property costing £262,000 is £750 plus VAT.

For all leasehold transactions, in addition to the fee stated above, we will levy a fee of £250.00 plus VAT in addition, to cater for considering the terms of the Lease to ensure they are suitable for the type of property being purchased.

Our costs cover all the correspondence, preparation of documents and liaising with various parties in the purchase transaction, such as the client, estate agent, sellers’ solicitors, local authority and search provider, which take place during the various stages of the process listed below.

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 complications 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.
  • Mortgage fee - if you are purchasing with a mortgage, we charge a fee for registering a legal charge on the title to the property of £300 (inc VAT). This fee includes our time for preparing and arranging for the mortgage deed to be signed, liaising with the mortgagee and registration of the mortgage at Land Registry.
  • Search fees £420 (inc VAT). We request a local authority search, environmental report, water and drainage report and coal mining report. Should there be a requirement for any additional searches, the relevant price will be discussed with you beforehand. This fee includes our time in arranging the searches and reviewing the results upon receipt.
  • Chancel Indemnity Insurance £60 (inc VAT). With every residential purchase, we advise our clients that a chancel policy is taken out to cover for any possibility of future charges being requested in order to fund repairs needed to a nearby church. This fee includes our time in arranging the policy and putting it on risk on completion.
  • HM Land Registry copy documents £36 (inc VAT). This covers requesting office copy entries for the property and any supporting documentation such as conveyances and transfers applicable to the title of the property. This fee includes our time in reviewing the documents.
  • Electronic money transfer fee £60 (inc VAT) per transfer. A transfer will arise, for example, when completion has taken place and the monies are to be sent to the sellers’ solicitors. This fee includes our time in setting up and arranging the transfer with our Bank.
  • Pre-completion searches £12 (inc VAT). This search ensures that no further adverse entries have been placed on to the title register since the copy entries of the register have been requested. This needs to be undertaken to ensure that you will not purchase the property subject to any overriding interests. This fee includes our time in setting up the search and reviewing the results.
  • Bankruptcy search £2 per search. These are required by the lender where a mortgage is being taken out.
  • File archive storage £30 (inc VAT). This is to cover the costs of retaining your file off site. This fee includes our time scheduling your documents and liaising with our storage provider.
  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee (if chargeable) is set out in the lease of the Property. Often the fee is between £60.00 - £150.00.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £60.00 and £150.00.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided to the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £60.00 and £170.00.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £60.00 - £120.00.

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 a leasehold property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information from the Property management company.

Please note that there may be issues that arise that will increase the above costs such as:-

  • Liaising with the mortgage lender to respond to the enquiries they raise in order to satisfy themselves that they are lending against a good and marketable title. The length of time this takes depends on the lender concerned. However, all work will be charged on an hourly basis according to the relevant fee earner working on the matter.
  • Owning the property as tenants in common in unequal shares will mean preparing a Declaration of Trust to reflect this ownership at a cost of £300 (inc VAT).

The amount of VAT applicable to the fees and disbursements above is the current rate of 20%.

It is not possible to list all possible scenarios or unforeseen issues, but should they arise, we will inform you immediately of any price increase.

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.

Fee Earner Hourly Rates

Frank Smith (LLB Hons) Managing Partner £200 per hour
Sarah Kay (LLB Hons) £100 per hour
Louise Tottman (LLB Hons) £100 per hour

Paralegals will be supervised by Frank Smith, Managing Partner.

Please click to read each fee earner’s profile.

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.

Land Registry registration fees

Once a purchase has completed, the title register needs to be updated to reflect the new owner. The Land Registry charge a fee for this which will depend on the purchase price of the property but you can refer to the HM Land Registry’s website for a list sending out the range https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/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 6-8 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 8-12 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 leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have listed some key stages:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents, lease and leasehold information packs
  • 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

Complaints Procedure

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint about any aspect of the service that you receive from the fee earner dealing with your matter, any such complaint should initially be addressed to Frank Smith as the firm's client care partner. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The Legal Ombudsman can help you if the Solicitors Regulation Authority are unable to resolve your complaint. If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them here:

Visit: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

PRICE BASED ON PURCHASING A LEASEHOLD PROPERTY FOR £262,000

Conveyancer’s/Lawyer’s fees

Legal costs £750
VAT on legal costs £150
Legal fee to consider terms of Lease £250
Legal fee to consider terms of Lease VAT £50
File Archive Storage £25
File Archive Storage VAT £5
Subtotal £1,230

Searches

Local Authority Search
Water and Drainage Search
Environmental Search
Underground Mining search
Search fee
£350
VAT on search fee £70
Chancel Indemnity Policy £50
Chancel Indemnity Policy VAT £10
Subtotal £480

 

Costs payable to other organisations (disbursements)

Notice of Transfer fee £83.33
VAT on Notice of Transfer fee £16.67
Deed of Covenant fee £83.33
VAT on Deed of Covenant fee £16.67
Notice of Charge fee £83.33
VAT on Notice of Charge fee £16.67
Certificate of Compliance fee £83.33
VAT on Certificate of Compliance fee £16.67
HM Land Registry fee (registration) £135
HM Land Registry pre-completion search £10
HM Land Registry pre-completion search VAT £2
Electronic Money Transfer fee £50
Electronic Money Transfer fee VAT £10
Subtotal £607
Stamp Duty Land Tax £3,100*
Subtotal £5,417

*(depending on the amount of lease rent and/or lease premium and based on this being your main residence and not a second home).