Buying or selling your property?

Our conveyancing team resolves to complete your transaction speedily because we know you want to move into your new home at the earliest opportunity.

Conveyancing Service

Willsons Solicitors provides a professional, friendly and efficient service with competitive fixed pricing. In our Conveyancing Department we have a Partner, Ajmer Kang, and a number of Conveyancing Executives all keen to help you through the process as smoothly and as quickly as possible. We offer a personal approach, you can meet the person face to face, at a time to fit into your busy day.

We are not a Conveyancing “bucket shop”. We are not just a voice on the phone. Willsons Solicitors provides a service whereby you have the opportunity to come in and meet the person dealing with your transaction. You can be confident that that person understands your expectations and that their aim is to achieve your goal and guide you through the process.

In our Conveyancing Department we have a Partner, a Solicitor and a number of Conveyancing Executives all keen to help you through the process as smoothly and as quickly as possible.

We are proud to have achieved the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation so you can rest assured that your conveyancing is in safe hands, whilst offering a professional, thorough and personal service.

Our investment in IT has given us the capacity to complete property transactions promptly. This has helped us become more efficient whilst providing an exceptionally thorough and personal service.

Purchase Costs

Purchase of a freehold or leasehold 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.

Please note all fees and disbursements are quoted excluding VAT.  VAT is currentlycharged at 20% and is subject to change.

Additional costs may be incurred for the following (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Bridging Loan
  • Help to Buy New Build
  • Help to Buy ISA
  • Help to Buy Armed Forces
  • Gifted Deposit
  • Complex transaction requiring a number of anti-money laundering searches if money is coming from different sources.
  • Multiple Purchasers
  • The requirement for a declaration of trust if buying as tenants in common
  • Indemnity Policy
  • Unregistered Title

Factors that would typically increase the cost of the service are:

  • If 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 you have previously requested from the client have not been provided

Purchase Freehold Legal Fees

Property value up to £200,000£200,001-£349,999£350,000-£499,999£500,000+Property value £1m and over
Average £580Average £630Average £695Average £9000.25% or 0.5% of the property price

Purchase Leasehold Legal Fees

Property value up to £200,000£200,001-£349,999£350,000-£499,999£500,000+Property value £1m and over
Average £780Average £825Average £895Average £11000.25% or 0.5% of the property price

Purchase Disbursements and Associated Fees (Where applicable):

FeeCostApplicable
Search Fees£150.00-£800.00 dependant on the location of the propertyAll purchase transactions
HM Land RegistryThese are set by the government and can be found hereAll purchase transactions
Electronic money transfer£30All purchase transactions
ID ChecksAll purchase transactions
Management Pack FeeFrom £250All purchase transactions
Acting on behalf of the mortgage lender£50All purchase transactions
Stamp Duty or Land TaxThis 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.All purchase transactions
VAT PayableCurrently 20%All purchase transactions
Please note these are estimated costs and individual circumstances and requirements mean these costs could be subject to change. During your first consultation, we will discuss an itemised quote with you to ensure you have complete clarity of the costs and the process.

Purchase Process

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.
There are two parties to the transaction so however quickly the transaction takes place is dependent upon the seller and the buyer having the will for the same date together with the buyers mortgage company being able to comply. If there is a chain; i.e. if there are a number of people buying and selling , they are all dependant on each other then it can take many weeks. It it very difficult to say right at the outset how long the transaction will be but we would anticipate it not usually exceeding 16 weeks and we would hope to complete within 6-8 weeks.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, the below is an overview of the stages you can expect during a “standard” transaction:

  • 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
  • Management packs (leasehold only)
  • 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

Sale Costs

Residential Conveyancing Legal Fees

Sale of a freehold or leasehold residential property
Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the sale of your new home.

Please note all fees and disbursements are quoted excluding VAT.

Sale Freehold Legal Fees

Property value up to £200,000£200,001-£349,999£350,000-£499,999£500,000+Property value £1m and over
Average £550Average £600Average £650Average £8200.25% or 0.5% of the property price

Sale Leasehold Legal Fees

Property value up to £200,000£200,001-£349,999£350,000-£499,999£500,000+Property value £1m and over
Average £750Average £800Average £850Average £10200.25% or 0.5% of the property price

Sale Disbursements and Associated Fees (Where applicable):

FeeCostApplicable
Electronic money transfer£30All purchase transactions
ID Checks£4.50 per personAll purchase transactions
Office Copy Entries£12All purchase transactions
VAT PayableCurrently 20%All purchase transactions
Please note these are estimated costs and individual circumstances and requirements mean these costs could be subject to change. During your first consultation, we will discuss an itemised quote with you to ensure you have complete clarity of the costs and the process.

Sale Process

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you complete on the sale of your house will depend on a number of factors.

There are two parties to the transaction so however quickly the transaction takes place is dependent upon the seller and the buyer having the will for the same date together with the buyers mortgage company being able to comply. If there is a chain; i.e. if there are a number of people buying and selling, they are all dependant on each other then  it can take many weeks. It itsverydifficult to say right at the outset how long the transaction will be but we would anticipate it not usually exceeding 16 weeks and we would hope  to complete within 6-8 weeks.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, the below is an overview of the stages you can expect during a “standard” transaction:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice

  • Investigating the Registered  title to the property, to include:

  • Carrying out searches with respect to title and obtaining title documents;

  • Reviewing replies given by you in pre-contract enquiries and adding any further necessary information;

  • Negotiating a purchase contract;

  • Negotiating a transfer document;

  • Advising you in respect of your repayment of the mortgage (if relevant);

  • Proceeding to exchange of contracts and then completion of the purchase;

  • Receiving funds by telegraphic transfer from the buyer’s solicitors;

  • Transmitting funds to repay your mortgage (if relevant).

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Meet The Conveyancing Team

Nicholas Churm

Nicholas Churm

Head of Conveyancing

Email: Nick
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Nick

Nick studied Law at De Monfort University in Leicester and graduated with honours in 2012. Nick started out his career in conveyancing with a national conveyancing firm accruing 6 years of experience in the process and subsequently joined Willsons in 2017. Nick is currently in the process of completing his final year of studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive.

Nick deals with various conveyancing matters both freehold, leasehold and new build matters. Nick has a keen passion for property and outside of work is a property landlord with 9 years' experience in redeveloping properties.

Away from work Nick enjoys spending time with his son and is a lifelong Leicester City fan. He enjoys going to see them play when
time allows.

Claire Kemp

Claire Kemp

Residential Conveyancer

Email: Claire
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Claire

Claire has been helping people move home since 2013. She joined Willsons Solicitors in December 2018 after working for a high street Solicitors firm based in Market Bosworth where she assisted clients buy new homes on the Longshoot Development.

With a passion to endeavour to make any conveyancing transaction as stress free as possible she has experience of Armed Forces Help to Buy Scheme, Purchases, Sales, Re-mortgage transactions and repayment of help to buy loans.

Outside of work Claire has 2 children who she loves spending time with, going to the cinema, bowling and playing pool.

Rupa Popat

Rupa Popat

Solicitor

Email: Rupa
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Rupa

Rupa joined us in April 2019 having had over four years of experience dealing with Residential Conveyancing work, and she has a great deal of knowledge and experience in dealing with both freehold and leasehold properties but also advises clients on re-mortgages, transfers of equity, declarations of trust and other property related issues.

Rupa prides herself on her professional and efficient service and pro-active approach to ensure that transactions proceed as quickly as possible yet maintaining great attention to detail.

Rupa is also multi-lingual and she is able to communicate with clients in Gujarati, Urdu and Hindi.