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Residential Conveyancing

Residential Conveyancing

Buying or selling a house can be one of life’s biggest and most important financial transactions. At Hawker Jones Solicitors we know how intense the process can be having experienced it ourselves, but it doesn’t have to be if you have the right team of legal professionals on your side.

Let Hawker Jones Solicitors help you through this process swiftly, efficiently and with minimum fuss. We endeavour to make your experience of buying or selling easy.

Our client-solicitor relationship is built on trust and we will ensure that our solicitors will speak to you directly and guide you through the entire process.

You can be confident that your sale or purchase will be dealt with by someone who knows exactly what is needed, and how to achieve this as effectively as possible with no hidden charges.

What is Conveyancing?

This is a legal process that surrounds the buying and selling of a property and the transfer of ownership. Whether buying or selling, it is a conveyancing solicitor's legal duty to protect your interests. The process involves a lot of legal work and there is a large amount of complex paperwork that needs to be processed correctly before you can exchange contracts and complete. A conveyancing solicitor will act on behalf of the buyer to ensure they receive the title deeds to the property.

A Conveyancing Solicitor will take care of the following:

  • Obtaining the title deeds and provides guidance when filling in all of the necessary questionnaires.
  • Preparing and distributing a contract for sale.
  • Requesting a settlement figure for your mortgage.
  • Acting on your behalf and liaising with the relevant parties in order to negotiate a moving date.
  • Acting as the recipient of the house deposit.
  • Organising the final accounts and preparing a final settlement.
  • Approving the deed of transfer.
  • Paying off the remainder of the mortgage.
  • Handing over the property deeds.

How long will my house sale take?

The time frame from your offer being accepted and move in date depends on a number of factors. The average process typically can take between 6 to 8 weeks. However, this can vary from situation to situation, as there are many factors that can alter the speed of this process. This includes the number of people and professionals involved in the chain, such as the seller’s solicitors, the solicitors representing other buyers and sellers in the chain. You should expect a lot of communication back and forth between yourself, your mortgage lender, your conveyancer and the buyer and/or seller’s solicitor. Many of these timings will be out of your control. Furthermore to consider, is your bank if there is a delay in getting a mortgage offer, delays with search providers and the relevant local authority to conduct your local search.

Factors that could increase fees

There may be some occasions; where we may need to increase our fees to account for the following: additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions.

Examples that may increase the overall costs include:

  • If we receive detailed instructions from your lender requiring us to deal with matters other than those relating to the title to the property.
  • In some circumstances, your lender may instruct another conveyancer to act on their behalf.
  • Your lender requires anything other than a simple certificate of title (a simple certificate of title is standard with most lenders). Which is needed to send the mortgage funds to our firm.
  • If a title defect becomes evident during the transaction and needs to be remedied prior to completion.
  • The requirement of a trust document.

It is to be noted that our fees assume that:-

  • This is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) complication with title
  • The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise
  • All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required

Purchase of a freehold residential property

Property Price Range Legal Fee VAT (20%) Total Fee
£0.00 – £100,000.00 £500.00 £100.00 £600.00
£100,001.00 – £200,000.00 £550.00 £110.00 £660.00
£200,001.00 – £300,000.00 £600.00 £120.00 £720.00
£300,001.00 – £350,000.00 £650.00 £130.00 £780.00
£350,001.00 – £400,000.00 £700.00 £140.00 £840.00
£400,001.00 – £500,000.00 £750.00 £150.00 £900.00
£500,001.00 – £600,000.00 £800.00 £160.00 £960.00
£600.001.00 -£700,000.00 £850.00 £170.00 £1020.00
£700.001.00 -£800,000.00 £900.00 £180.00 £1080.00
£800,001.00 + Call for quotation
Disbursements (approximate)
Fee Description Fee VAT (20%) Total
Bank Transfer Fee £35.00 £7.00 £42.00
Official Search £3.00 (per search) N/A £3.00 (per search)
Bankruptcy Search £2.00 (per person) N/A £2.00 (per person)
Lawyer Checker Fee £25.00 £5.00 £30.00
Searches * £240.00 approx Included -
ID Check £25.00 per person £5.00 £30.00
Land Registry Fee - dependant on purchase price
Stamp Duty Fee - dependant on purchase price
Purchase of New Build Property Please call for quotation

Sale of a freehold residential property

Property Price Range Legal Fee VAT (20%) Total Fee
£0.00 – £100,000.00 £400.00 £80.00 £480.00
£100,001.00 – £200,000.00 £450.00 £90.00 £540.00
£200,001.00 – £300,000.00 £500.00 £100.00 £600.00
£300,001.00 – £400,000.00 £550.00 £110.00 £660.00
£400,001.00 – £500,000.00 £600.00 £120.00 £720.00
£500,001.00 – £600,000.00 £650.00 £130.00 £780.00
£600,001.00 – £700,000.00 £700.00 £140.00 £840.00
£700.001.00 -£800,000.00 £750.00 £150.00 £900.00
£800.001.00 -£900,000.00 £800.00 £160.00 £960.00
£900,001.00 + Call for quotation
Disbursements (approximate)
Fee Description Fee VAT (20%) Total
Bank Transfer Fee £35.00 £7.00 £42.00
Office Copies £3.00 (per search) N/A N/A
ID Check £25.00 per person £5.00 £30.00

Additional Legal Fee if applicable (approximate)

Fee Description Fee VAT (20%) Total
Remortgages £300.00 £60.00 £360.00
Transfer of Equity £250.00 £50.00 £300.00
Leasehold Properties £99.00 £19.80 £118.80
Flat Fee £49.00 £9.80 £58.80
Shared Ownership £75.00 £15.00 £90.00
Retention Fee £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
Buy To Let or Second Home £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
Help To Buy ISA £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
Help To Buy Equity Loan £100.00 £20.00 £120.00
Help To Buy Loan Redemption £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
Right To Buy £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
New Build £100.00 £20.00 £120.00
Restrictions £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
Unregistered Property Transactions £100.00 £20.00 £120.00
Self Build £100.00 £20.00 £120.00
Mortgage Fee £30.00 £6.00 £36.00
Islamic Mortgage £100.00 £20.00 £120.00
Auction/Reposession £125.00 £25.00 £150.00
Statutory Declaration £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
Indemnity Admin Fee £20.00 £4.00 £24.00
Gifted Deposit £75.00 £15.00 £90.00
Probate/Power of Attorney Sale £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
Deed of Postponement £75.00 £15.00 £90.00
Deed of Covenant £50.00 £10.00 £60.00