Our service

We can help you buy or sell a property. You can find out more about the process of buying and selling a property here. We specialise in mid- to high-value properties, property development, landed estates, and acting for foreign clients. As such, our service is highly bespoke and will be tailored to your needs and the type of property to be transferred. We deal with freehold and leasehold property. We do not advise on remortgaging. This page gives an example conveyancing matter and sets out what would be included in such a service. We routinely deal with matters very much more complicated than this example matter.

What is included

No matter whether you are buying or selling a freehold or a leasehold property, the main elements of the work we undertake are the same. We set these out below and indicate further below the elements of our service that apply only to purchases or sales.

Tasks included in all transactions


Tasks included only when you are purchasing a property


Tasks included only when you are selling a property


What is excluded

The fees set out below would not include any further work, such as:


What we charge

We charge an hourly rate for our services. The hourly rates of our solicitors vary, as do the number of hours required to convey a property. To give you an indication of our likely fees, we set out below example fee estimates for matters of varying complexity.


The following factors (and possibly others) will increase the complexity of the matter:


In addition to our fees, you will need to budget for the following:


Unless relevant reliefs apply and dependent on the purchase price of the property, purchasers must pay Stamp Duty Land Tax on the purchase. You can estimate the amount of Stamp Duty Land Tax 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. This calculator does not cater for all types of purchase. Additionally, sellers may be liable for capital gains tax (further details about which are available here.

This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the property. Certain leasehold properties can only be transferred with the consent of the landlord for which they and their lawyers will charge a fee. The lease may require other fees to be paid the landlord (e.g. when notifying a charge) or to the property’s management company (e.g. when entering into a required deed of covenant). The level of such fees varies considerably. We will let you know once we have received and reviewed the relevant lease if further fees apply.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of any leasehold property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

We would usually discuss these additional third-party costs and services (known as disbursements) with you in advance and incur those costs on your behalf when necessary. You are responsible for these costs, though we would usually handle their payment for you to ensure a smoother process and add these costs to your invoice.

Timescale

The transfer of a property in a low-complexity matter usually takes between six and twelve weeks from receipt of instructions from you. We often act for clients who prefer a shorter timetable. We do what we can, but it is not always possible to progress matters more quickly and typically any transaction involves others who will respond according to their own timetable.

If your property is part of a ‘chain’, then your transaction will only move at the pace of the slowest member of the chain. Where the property is a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take between four and six months (and sometimes longer), or where obtaining landlord’s consent is required this can take between six and eight weeks (and sometimes longer). We will be able to give you a better estimate when we know the nature of the transaction you wish to undertake.

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