Thank you for looking at our property services. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced property investor, we are here to take the stress out of buying and selling a home. We will guide you through each step of the process and tailor our service to your personal requirements, so you get exactly the service you need.
By dealing with all the associated legal requirements, we will help you to purchase your house quickly and efficiently. Where necessary, we can also recommend other professionals such as Surveyors, IFA’s and property valuers, giving you access to all the expertise you need.
We have an experienced team who take care of all the important legal details and remove any confusion and uncertainty from the process of selling a property. Whether you are selling your property through an estate agent or privately, we will make everything as clear as possible. Our team are made up of highly qualified Solicitors who have the legal and technical “know how” to resolve any issues as they arise in a professional and efficient manner.
We also recognise that communication is key, especially where there are complex issues to deal with, so will ensure you are always kept up-to-date and get answers to your questions in plain English.
We want you to feel confident that you are a priority, and so we aim to ensure that a member of our team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity at any stage in the process. We feel this provides reassurance and gives you an outlet for any concerns. We know that property is often the biggest investment you will have, so we want to offer a reliable, first-class service to protect that investment, while also providing value for money with no hidden fees.
We are proud to hold Lexcel and CQS Accreditations, issued by the Law Society. To obtain these accreditations, the firm must undergo a rigorous audit process that ensures we maintain high levels of client care.
We typically work on a fixed fee basis, ensuring that you know what the fees will be for your transaction from the outset. If, during the transaction, there is a new development, we will discuss any associated change in fees with you and agree a way forward.
Our fees cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your new home. This includes dealing with registration at the Land Registry and 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.
Land Registry Fee
The Land Registry will charge a registration fee depending on the value of the property on the following scale:
Value or amount
0 to £80,000
£80,001 to £100,000
£100,001 to £200,000
£200,001 to £500,000
£500,001 to £1,000,000
£1,000,001 and over
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.
These fees may be subject to change if further information relating to your property becomes available, such as if you require additional searches.
Stamp Duty Land Tax
This will depend on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay at HMRC's website, or if the property is located in Wales at the Welsh Revenue Authority's website.
We do not undertake tax advice.
Our fees are fixed, but there may be factors that would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
- If a legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered.
- If you discover building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained.
- If crucial documents that we have previously requested from you have not been provided to us.
- If the property is a new build.
- If the property is less than 10 years old.
- If you require to exchange within 6 weeks of instructing us.
- If you require completion within 6 weeks of instructing us.
- If you require simultaneous exchange and completion.
For any transaction, the timescales are subject to change depending on when your offer is accepted and factors such as:
- Number of parties in the chain.
- Whether you have a mortgage in place.
- Whether you are buying a new build property.
- Whether you need a lease extension for a leasehold property.
A typical transaction will take 10–12 weeks. However, if any of the factors detailed above apply, or there are other factors we need to take into consideration, it may increase the time by a further 4–6 weeks and additional charges may be incurred. We will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity, so you always have a clear picture of how long things are likely to take.
Every transaction will involve certain key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. These milestones usually include:
- Taking your instructions and giving initial advice based on the information you have provided.
- Checking finances are in place to fund the purchase and contacting the lender’s solicitors if needed.
- Receiving contract documents and providing advice on them.
- Undertaking searches.
- Obtaining further planning documentation if required.
- Making any necessary enquiries of the seller’s solicitor.
- Providing advice on all documents and information received.
- Advising you of the mortgage offer conditions.
- Finalising contracts and sending to you for signature.
- Agreeing a completion date (the date from which you will legally own the property).
- Exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened.
- Ensuring all monies have been received from you and the lender(s).
- Completing the purchase.
- Dealing with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax.
- Completing and submitting an application for registration at the Land Registry.