Residential conveyancing


For purchases of properties where you are buying either from a housebuilder (involving purchase of part of the builder’s development site) or from someone who is selling the whole of their property with vacant possession (rather than selling just part of it, e.g. part of the garden) our fees are:

Basic fees

Residential Conveyancing Prices

Additional fees

In addition there are following additional charges which usually, but not always, apply:

  • Anti-money laundering/identity check £12 per person
  • File opening fee £18
  • Organising electronic payments £36 per payment
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax return £90


“Disbursements” are payments we have to make to third parties on your behalf. These are charged to you at cost, so we do not make a profit on them.

With purchases, the exact amount will depend on the particular circumstances and there are significant number of variables, particularly Stamp Duty Land Tax, but also local authority search fees (which vary from Council to Council), water and drainage search fees (which vary from utility company to utility company) and Land Registry registration fees, which vary according not only as to the purchase price but also whether you are buying the whole of an existing title or part or if you are being granted a lease.

We will be pleased to provide a more detailed statement as to disbursements when requested and we have more details of your proposed purchase, but the following information should be of assistance:

Stamp Duty Land Tax calculator

Land Registry final search fee £3 plus VAT

Land Registry registration fees

Land Charges department search £2 plus VAT per name searched against.

Local authority search fees vary significantly from around £50 to £300.

Water and drainage search fees also vary significantly from around £40 to £180.


We have a team of 4 people who deal with this type of work:

  • Mark Appleyard, who is solicitor and the owner of the firm. He qualified as a solicitor in 1986.
  • Ian Machin, who is a solicitor and a consultant working for the firm. He qualified as a solicitor in 1977.
  • Lindsey McAteer, who is a solicitor working for the firm. She qualified as a solicitor in 2016.
  • Rebecca Shore, who is a conveyancing paralegal.

What is included

As part of a normal conveyancing transaction where we are acting for the seller, we will provide the services listed here and those services are included within the prices given above.

What is not included

Work required to address defects in title.

Preparing any power of attorney that may be necessary.

Independent advice to occupiers who, although they won’t own the property, may be required by a lender to sign documentation that gives the lender rights to evict them if the lender seeks to repossess the property.

The additional work if you are in breach of contract with the seller.

The additional work if the seller does not complete the contract and you decide you wish to take action against the seller, including serving a notice to complete.

The additional work required if you are buying with the aid of a mortgage and the mortgage lender instructs a different firm of solicitors to act for it.

The additional work required if you are buying with the aid of more than one mortgage or are using the “Help to Buy” scheme.

Independent advice to persons who are contributing to the purchase price but won’t own the property.


There are lots of factors that can affect how quickly the purchase takes, such as:

  • How quickly the search results come back. This will vary from Council to Council for local searches and different water companies respond in different time frames.
  • If you need a mortgage, each mortgage company often has its own unique set of requirements that have to be adhered to before they will lend the money.
  • The seller may be wanting to co-ordinate a related transaction i.e. your purchase is part of a “chain”.
  • Some sellers don’t provide the information that is commonly requested.
  • In the case of leasehold property, the freeholder may be slow providing important information such as buildings insurance arrangements and service charge information.

If things proceed smoothly a typical time frame for freehold purchases is 6 to 8 weeks from you giving us an instruction to proceed. Leaseholds are typically 8 to 12 weeks.