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Acting for lender fee

If you are purchasing the property with the benefit of a mortgage, your lender will usually require that we act for them as well as you. You will be responsible for our fee for acting for the lender in the sum of £150 plus VAT.

Arranging indemnity (per policy)

There are many reasons that an indemnity policy may be required. If following a review of the title and the search results it becomes apparent that an indemnity policy is required, we will charge of fee of £55 plus VAT per policy. This fee is in respect of our obtaining a quotation and draft policy and forwarding the same to you for review.

We would point out that although in some instances you may not feel a policy is necessary, where you are purchasing with the assistance of a mortgage, a policy may be required to protect our lenders interests. Please note the fee of £55 is for arranging the policy. The cost of the policy itself will be additional and depends on the type of policy required.

Complex chain surcharge

If you are part of a long chain, with more than two related transactions we will charge an additional fee of £75 plus VAT. This is in respect of the additional work associated in agreeing timescales for exchange and completion.

Dealing with third party solicitors

If there is a third party solicitor involved in the transaction whom we need to liaise with, we will charge a fee of £200 plus VAT. For example, if you are selling a jointly owned property and the joint owner instructs their own solicitor.

Expedited completion fee

We would recommend that there is at least a week between exchange and completion to enable you to make your arrangements and for us to carry out the final searches and, where necessary, draw down your mortgage advance. If there is less than a week between exchange and completion we will charge a fee of £150 plus VAT for prioritising your matter.

Leasehold fee

If the property you are purchasing is leasehold, we will charge a fee of £150 plus VAT in respect of the additional work involved including reviewing the freeholders’ title, obtaining evidence that the ground rent is paid to date and confirmation of their notice fees.

An additional fee of £150 plus VAT will be charged on top of the leasehold fee if the property is an apartment in respect of the additional correspondence we will need to review from the freeholder and/or management company (the total leasehold fee will be £300 plus VAT where property is an apartment).

Please note that there may also be notice fees and/or consent fees payable to the freeholder and/or management company on leasehold flats and houses. Notice fees and consent fees are charged at cost where applicable.

New Build

If you are purchasing a new build property we will charge an additional fee of £350 plus VAT. This fee may increase and will be reviewed upon receipt of the draft contract package from the seller’s solicitors. If we anticipate this fee will increase, we will contact you immediately upon receipt of the contract documentation with an estimate.

Restrictions

If there is a restriction registered against the property title, we will charge a fee of £50 plus VAT to deal with the compliance/removal of the same.

Restriction fee

If upon completion of your purchase a nonstandard restriction is required we will charge £150 plus VAT for completing the Land Registry form and submitting the same to the Land Registry. There are several instances when such a restriction may be required to protect a number of interests, for example, where you are acting as a Deputy of a Patient of the Court of Protection or where you wish to refer to a Declaration of Trust, setting out respective shares to be held in the property. You may also wish to impose restrictions against future transfers of the property.

Separate lender representation

If your lender insists on instructing their own Solicitor to represent them, we will charge an additional fee of £250 plus VAT. This is for the additional work involved in complying with the lender’s solicitors requirements.

Shared ownership

If the property you are purchasing is shared ownership, we will charge an additional fee of £350 plus VAT. This is for the additional work in reviewing the shared ownership lease, reviewing documentation from the management company/shared ownership solicitor and dealing with any additional requirements set out by your lender in your mortgage offer.

Third party gift

If any funding towards the transaction is being provided by a third party, such as a family member, we will charge a fee of £75 plus VAT. The fee is to cover the cost of our writing to the person providing the funding, checking their identity and their evidence of funds.

Unregistered title

In most cases the title to a property will be registered at the Land Registry. Registration of property had become compulsory following a disposition across all of England and Wales since 1990.

If the title to your property is unregistered we will charge an additional fee of £150 plus VAT. This is for the additional work involved in preparing the Epitome of Title to provide to the buyers solicitors with the draft contract.

Key undertaking

A key undertaking may be required if you agree with your buyers that they will be granted access the property between exchange and completion. The key undertaking will set out the basis of any agreement in this regard. We will charge a fee of £50 plus VAT to prepare or review a key undertaking.

Solar panel lease

If the property benefits from solar panels and there is a solar panel lease which needs to be transferred to the buyer we will charge a fee of £125 plus VAT to deal with the assignment of the lease and for entering into correspondence with the solar panel company.

Help to Buy ISA Deposit

If you are purchasing a property with the assistance of a Help to Buy Scheme we will charge a fee of £300 plus VAT for the extra work involved including reviewing and reporting on the scheme requirements and arranging for you to sign the necessary documentation. If your deposit is to be drawn down from a Help to Buy ISA scheme we will charge £50 plus VAT in connection with the extra work required to obtain the bonus payment.

If you have any questions, please contact us online or call us free on 0330 123 0068.

Acting for lender fee £150 plus VAT

Arranging indemnity (per policy)

£55 plus VAT
Complex chain surcharge £75 plus VAT
Dealing with third party solicitors £100 plus VAT
Expedited completion fee £150 plus VAT
Leasehold fee (house) £150 plus VAT
Leasehold fee (flat/apartment) £300 plus VAT
New build fee £350 plus VAT
Restrictions £50 plus VAT
Restriction fee £150 plus VAT
Separate lender representation £250 plus VAT
Shared ownership £350 plus VAT
Third party gift £75 plus VAT
Unregistered title £150 plus VAT
Key undertaking £50 plus VAT
Solar panel lease £125 plus VAT
Help to buy £300 plus VAT
Help to buy ISA £50 plus VAT
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Conveyancing Fees - More Information
    • What Is Conveyancing?
    • The term 'conveyancing' covers all the legal and administrative work needed when buying and selling property or transferring ownership of land and buildings from one person to another. For a standard transaction this might include:

      • Investigation of the title of the property
      • Document preparation
      • Writing and exchanging contracts
      • Payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax
      • Registration at the Land Registry.

      There are many legal requirements which need to be met before a change in ownership of any property can take place. The process can be complicated and stressful but our team of specialist conveyancing solicitors will help make your transaction as smooth as possible.

      Read more in our Conveyancing Guide.


    • How Long Does Conveyancing Take?
    • Every transaction is different and each can take a different amount of time. The average time period is between 6-12 weeks depending on the speed of searches and mortgage offers, the other parties in the chain, the complexity of the transaction and more.

      We understand how important it is to resolve property matters quickly, especially when your family home is concerned. Our expert property solicitors will always endeavour to complete your transaction as quickly as possible. With a full service available via post, phone and email, you can take care of everything when it's convenient for you.

      See our Conveyancing Guide to find out more about how long the conveyancing process.


    • Why Should I Choose Irwin Mitchell For My Conveyancing?
    • Irwin Mitchell are one of the leading national property firms and we are passionate about delivering excellent results for each and every client. Our property lawyers are highly experienced experts who will ensure you receive a prompt and reliable service.

      We will keep you up to date, in plain English, at each step of the sale or purchase. In the unfortunate event that a dispute arises, we are here to deal with it on your behalf, seeking a swift and favourable resolution.

      Our conveyancing service is competitively and simply priced with all costs laid out upfront so there are no nasty surprises later on. You can manage the entire process by post, phone or email but we also have conveyancing solicitors based in offices around the country for when a personal touch is required.

      Call free us on 0330 123 0068 to find out more about how we can help you.



    • Meet The Team
    • Our Conveyancing and Property solicitors form one of the largest and most experienced teams in the country. Members of our team are regularly recognised as leading experts in their field by top legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

      Whenever you contact our team you can expect friendly, enthusiastic advice and support. We understand that buying or selling property can be a complicated and stressful process which is why we are dedicated to making your transaction as simple and stress-free as possible.

      Meet our team of expert conveyancing and property solicitors.

The whole team was pleasant and professional at all times. We recommend them without reservation."

Mr & Mrs Parkes, Clients
Mr & Mrs Parkes

Frequently Asked Questions

What's The Legal Process For Buying A Property?

Regardless of whether you’re buying your next home or adding to your portfolio, the process for buying property is exactly the same from a legal point of view. Once you’ve made an offer and had it accepted, your next step should then be to instruct a solicitor.

Pre-Exchange

We will carry out all the due diligence to give you a full picture of the property before you legally commit yourself to the purchase. We will request contract papers for the transaction and undertake surveys, searches and enquiries on the property. This is also the time to make sure that all finances are arranged.

We will send you all the information once it’s ready and we’ll ask you to sign the contract if you are happy with the details. You will need to send us the agreed deposit at this stage (usually 10% of the purchase price). 

You will also need to agree a completion date with the seller. This is when payment must be made and you will legally become the new owner of the property.

Exchange of Contracts

The transaction becomes legally binding when buyer and seller exchange contracts. Once the exchange has been made, you will be committed to completing the transaction on the date agreed.

Between exchange and completion we will send you a completion statement, showing the total payment we will require in order to complete the transaction. We will also request your mortgage advance (if any) from your lender.

Completion

On the agreed completion date, we will send the funds to the seller’s solicitor. When the seller’s solicitor has received them and the seller has vacated the property, the keys will be released to you by the estate agents. We will then attend to any post-completion registration formalities such as the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax and the registration at the Land Registry.

Download our Home Buyer's Guide to find out more about the process for buying a property.

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Why Do I Need Legal Assistance For Conveyancing?

DIY conveyancing is possible but it is a complicated and time-consuming business with very large sums of money at risk if you make a mistake. At a competitive price, our experienced and knowledgeable conveyancing solicitors can help you avoid this risk and speed up your transaction too.

Having our specialist conveyancing lawyers on your side offers real peace of mind during the already stressful process of buying or selling a property. Our experts have years of experience with a wide variety of property transactions so they can anticipate difficulties and know exactly how to resolve any issues that arise.

Your lawyer will always act in your best interests throughout the process. We will handle all the contractual arrangements, the investigation of the title of the property, document preparation, exchange of contracts, financial information, the mortgage lenders' legal work, payment of stamp duty, and registration at the Land Registry so you don't have to.

Contact us online or speak to one of our team on 0330 123 0068 to find out more about how our property lawyers can help.



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What Is Probate?

Probate is the legal process for managing a deceased person's estate. This includes specific requirements for selling or transferring ownership of the deceased's property, such as:

  • Selling a property requires evidence of your right to sell with a Grant of Probate
  • Sales also require additional clauses in the transfer contract to protect the personal representative or executor of the Will
  • Transferring a property requires a Deed of Assent, which is slightly different to the usual Transfer Deed used for property sales and transfers

Our conveyancing lawyers have extensive knowledge and expertise in dealing with probate sales and transfers. We can help you manage the process quickly and sensitively to minimise any stress during a difficult time. Our Wills, Estates & Probate Solicitors can also help with any other aspect of managing the estate.

See our Probate Sale Conveyancing page for more information.


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Private Client Team of the Year - Legal Business Awards 2018 Leading Firm - Legal 500 2017 UK Chambers & Partners Leading Firm 2018

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