Purchasing a Freehold Property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with the 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.

Our fees and disbursements:

Legal fee:

Our fees will depend on the value of the property you are purchasing and will range from £1,500.00 to £1,950.00 plus VAT*


  • Search fees – £600.00 plus VAT (approximately).
  • Land Registry search fees – £20.00 (approximately).
  • Land Registry registration fee – This mandatory cost is set by the Land Registry and depends on the value of the property you are purchasing. The fee will range from £20.00 to £910.00.
  • Electronic money transfer fee – £25.00 plus VAT per payment.
  • Money laundering searches – £7.20 per person or £14.40 per company.
  • Lawyer check – £15.00 plus VAT per check.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax

This depends on the purchase price of your property, whether you are a first time buyer and whether or not you or a spouse own any additional property anywhere in the world. 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.

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, including whether you are part of a chain. We will be in contact with you providing regular updates on the process of your property purchase.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential freehold property vary according to the circumstances however the key stages are as follows:

  • 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 you 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 the final contract to you for signature
  • Draft the Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain all necessary pre-completion searches
  • Agree a 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 the purchase
  • Deal with the payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with the application for registration at the Land Registry


Once we know the value of your property, we would be happy to provide you with a bespoke quote, talk you through the process and answer any questions that you might have. Most of this can be done over the telephone and by email, however, if you would like to meet your solicitor, a face-to-face appointment can be arranged at our office.

In order to satisfy mandatory money laundering checks, you will need to attend our office so we can certify your documents.


*Our fee assumes that:

Your property purchase is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction.

The maximum fee shown is for a purchase price of a freehold property of up to £1,000,000.00. Please contact us for a quote if the purchase price exceeds £1,000,000.00.

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