Residential Conveyancing Solicitors

We can guide you through buying and selling your home

Buying or selling your home is likely to be one of the most important, high-value and potentially stressful transactions you are likely to make.

That’s why we take time to listen to what’s important to you and make sure that it is reflected in the legal negotiation and drafting of documents.

We are different from unqualified conveyancers. They care about process, whereas we care about people. Our experienced, specialist property lawyers will act for you efficiently, effectively and without drama. We will keep you informed of progress at every stage and guide you through the process to make it as painless as possible, as we have done for generations of clients over 200 years.

As qualified solicitors, we’re also better equipped to handle more challenging and ‘non-standard’ transactions that other conveyancers may struggle with. So, if any issues arise during your case (as they sometimes do in conveyancing transactions), you can trust that we will deal with it competently and effectively.

Our specialist residential property solicitors have a broad experience dealing with all kinds of properties, ranging from listed buildings to new build properties, and from country cottages and mansions to townhouses – throughout the UK.

We help clients from all walks of life with:

Here’s what you can expect from us:

  • Clear, simple-to-understand advice
  • Regular updates, keeping you in-the-know at every stage of your conveyancing transaction
  • Prompt responses to your calls and emails
  • Qualified, Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accredited solicitors who have expertise handling all sorts of challenging cases
  • A proactive attitude from start to finish. No need to chase us – we’ll progress your transaction as fast as possible
  • A clear estimate of what it will cost you to buy or sell your home with us – we only charge you more when we come up against something unexpected. Visit our conveyancing fees section below for more information.
  • We never pay referral fees to estate agents. You can trust that we are totally independent and will only act in your interests.

Speak to our residential conveyancing solicitors

To discuss your requirements with our proactive, friendly conveyancing lawyers, please get in touch.

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Our residential conveyancing solicitors’ services

Buying and selling your home

Whether you are a first time buyer or you’re looking for your retirement home, moving home is always an exciting experience. But you’ll also know that it can be fraught with difficulty. Fortunately, most challenges can easily be navigated by choosing the right conveyancing solicitor.

We’ll help you take all the right steps to progress your conveyancing transaction as smoothly as possible. As part of our conveyancing service we will:

  • Review the legal title deeds.
  • Conduct conveyancing searches to check the suitability of the property.
  • Make or answer enquiries about the property.
  • Provide clear advice about aspects of the transaction so you can make informed decisions about moving forwards.
  • Liaise with your mortgage lender.
  • Draft and review all the necessary legal documentation, such as the sale contract.
  • Handle exchange of contracts and completion.
  • Handle Stamp Duty matters, such as filing the tax return with HMRC.

Find out more about buying and selling your home with our conveyancing lawyers.

Re-mortgages

If your mortgage is coming to the end of its fixed term, you will need to re-mortgage to avoid being automatically transferred to your lender’s variable rate (which is usually much higher).

However, while many people are happy to simply do a product transfer with their existing lender, it’s not for everyone.

You may want to switch lenders to get a better deal, or to change the type of mortgage you have (e.g. interest only to repayment mortgage). Whatever your reasons, our remortgage conveyancing solicitors can help with all the legal aspects.

As CQS accredited lawyers, we are approved to work with a wider variety of mortgage lenders than other firms. Our goal is to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible, allowing you to finish the process and get on with your life.

Find out more about our remortgage solicitors.

Holiday and buy-to-let investments

Whether you’re planning to buy just one property or building a property empire, investing in property can be lucrative. But it comes with various legal considerations that you should bear in mind.

We can advise on the unique conveyancing matters that come with buying additional properties such as holiday homes and buy-to-lets. Our investment property solicitors can guide you through the process, handling all the legal matters on your behalf.

We have experience in a range of specialist conveyancing processes that often affect these kinds of transactions, such as buying at auction.

Find out more about our holiday and buy-to-let conveyancing solicitors.

Residential property and building disputes

We have a dedicated Property Litigation team on hand to assist with a wide range of residential property disputes. Our expertise includes bringing and defending:

  • Rent arrears
  • Service charge disputes
  • Possession claims
  • Breach of lease terms
  • Nuisance (such as noise or flooding)
  • Leasehold enfranchisement (such as lease extensions and right to manage)
  • Co-ownership disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Right of way disputes
  • Covenant disputes

Our residential property dispute solicitors advise individual property owners, residential landlord, block management companies and managing agents.

Find out more about our residential property dispute solicitors.

Shared ownership

Our shared ownership solicitors help first time buyers make use of the government shared ownership scheme, which allows buyers who cannot afford a full home to purchase part of a home and pay rent on the rest.

These types of conveyancing transaction need specialist advice to make sure every detail is completed correctly. We’ll move quickly and proactively to progress your transaction so you can pick up the keys to your brand new home without delay.

Find out more about shared ownership.

Transfer of equity

If you want to transfer part of the legal ownership of your home to someone else, we can offer specialist advice and support.

Our transfer of equity solicitors can provide advice about how the process works and the implications so you can make an informed decision about going ahead. We can also handle all the legal aspects of the process, such as handling the paperwork.

We work closely with our other specialist teams wherever necessary, such as our Family Law team if the transfer of equity forms part of your divorce settlement.

Find out more about transfers of equity.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

You will have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) when you buy a property or land over a certain price in England and Northern Ireland.  If you buy property or land in Scotland or Wales, the tax will be different.

Full details about stamp duty, including the thresholds, can be found on www.gov.uk. There is also a tool to help you calculate how much stamp duty you will have to pay.

Our solicitors will talk you through when and how to pay stamp duty as part of the process of buying property.

Our conveyancing fees

When you get in touch with us, we will be happy to provide a detailed quote for the estimated cost of your conveyancing with us. The estimated cost of your conveyancing will depend on a number of factors, including the nature of your transaction, the value of the property, and whether there are any novel or unusual characteristics involved.

We will explain the breakdown of our quote and the scope of the work these fees cover. If there are any risks that are apparent at the start of your matter, we will explain how these could affect costs. Should issues arise during the course of your conveyancing that require extra work, we will always explain what has occurred, what work needs doing, and obtain your authorisation to incur the fees.

For an idea of our costs, visit our conveyancing pricing pages:

Speak to our residential conveyancing solicitors

To discuss your requirements with our proactive, friendly conveyancing lawyers, please get in touch.

01992 300333                     Ask a question

Case Studies

  • Acting on the purchase of a listed country home complicated by the discovery of a potential planning application to develop a neighbouring property and possible “gazumping”. The title deeds of the property were not registered at the Land Registry and we dealt with the first registration after our clients had completed.
  • Acting in the sales of four flats at a newly built development which included the preparation of new leases for each flat, the formation of a management company for the residents and preparation of all the sales paperwork as well as dealing with the sales of the individual flats themselves.
  • Acting in the transfer of two investment properties from the joint names of our client and another investor into our client’s sole name including the transfer of the mortgages on both properties into our client’s name.


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