Residential conveyancing


For sales of properties where you are selling the whole of your property with vacant possession (rather than selling just part of it, e.g. part of the garden) our fees are:

Basic fees

Residential Conveyancing Sellers

Additional fees

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

  • Anti-money laundering/identity check £12 per person
  • File opening fee £18
  • Organising electronic payments £36 per payment


“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 sales, the exact amount will depend on the particular circumstances and usually there will only be Land Registry fees for official copies of documents which cost £3 + VAT per document.


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.

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

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

Independent advice to occupiers who, although they don’t own the property, may be required to sign the contract to confirm they will be vacating the property.

The additional work required to be carried out if the sale price is less than the total of all mortgages and charges affecting the property (known as being in “negative equity”).

The additional work required to deal with mortgage redemptions if there is more than one mortgage on the property or there are any entries on the title relating to charging orders.


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

  • How quickly the buyer has a survey carried out and, if applicable, a mortgage valuation.
  • How quickly the buyer’s search results come back. This will vary from Council to Council for local searches and different water companies respond in different time frames.
  • If the buyer needs 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 buyer may be wanting to co-ordinate a related transaction i.e. your purchase is part of a “chain”.
  • In the case of leasehold property, the freeholder may be slow providing important information such as buildings insurance arrangements and service charge information.
  • Sometimes with leaseholds you need the landlord’s consent to sell. This can sometimes take a few weeks to be forthcoming, especially if there are any arrears of ground rent or service charges.

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