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Conveyancing Assistance

Rutherfords Legal LLP can advise on a wide range of residential conveyancing issues.

Areas of Specialism

- Purchasing and selling a property - ranging from a house, flat or plot of land, property under construction bought off plan or a shared ownership property, whether new build or resale, right through to sale of part of land or a back garden or creating an option agreement for a purchase of the property.

- Auctions - we can prepare an auction pack for you and deal with any pre- or post-auction enquiries. We will attend the auction on your behalf and collect the deposit from the buyer.

- Buy to let - we will deal with the conveyancing on your behalf and ensure that mortgage offer conditions are complied with.

Sales and Purchases


All of the fees detailed below are intended as a guide only and we would therefore suggest that you contact a member of our Residential Property Department who will be happy to provide you with a detailed quotation depending upon your own circumstances, together with dealing with any other queries you may have. This quotation can then be sent to you by email or post if required.

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale or purchase of your new property, including dealing with 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 for Freehold and Leasehold Properties – Standard Transactions

Sale or Purchase Price Legal Fees VAT Total
Up to £125,000 £475 - £825£95 - £165 £570 - £990
£125,001 to £200,000 £495 - £845£99 - £169 £594 - £1014
£200,001 to £300,000 £525 - £875 £105 - £175 £630 - £1050
£300,001 to £400,000 £590 - £940 £118 - £188 £708 - £1128
£400,001 to £500,000 £675 - £1025 £135 - £205 £810 - £1230
£500,001 to £600,000 £775 - £1125 £155 - £225 £930 - £1350
£600,001 to £700,000 £875 - £1225£175 - £245 £1050 - £1470
£700,001 to £999,999 £925 - £1275 £185 - £255 £1110 - £1530
£1,000,000 POA POA POA

Plus electronic money transfer fee - £40.00 plus VAT and Land Tax Return Fee - £50.00 plus VAT.

Disbursements for Freehold Properties – Standard Transactions

Standard search fees - £245.20 (if additional bespoke searches are required then additional charges will apply and quotes will be obtained from the search provider for you).

HM Land Registry fee - £95.00 and above (dependant on price of property being purchased and if the property is registered at the Land Registry)

Official search - £3.00 per search

Bankruptcy search (where applicable) - £2.00 per search

Disbursements for Leasehold Properties – Standard Transactions

In respect of leasehold properties, there are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller's solicitors.

Standard search fees - £245.20 (if additional bespoke searches are required then additional charges will apply and quotes will be obtained from the search provider for you).

HM Land Registry fee - £95.00 and above (dependant on price of property being purchased and if the property is registered at the Land Registry)

Official search - £3.00 per search

Bankruptcy search (where applicable) - £2.00 per search

Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £25.00 and £180.00.

Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £25.00 and £180.00.

Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £180.00 and £250.00.

Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease and is approximately £100.00

These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

The above fees assume that:

a. this 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;

b. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease

c. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

d. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

e. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (Purchases Only)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. 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 sale or purchase take?

The average process takes between 8 and 12 weeks but this can depend on a number of factors. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take up to 12 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 12 months.

Stages of the Purchase Process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, the key stages are detailed below:

Take your instructions, give you initial advice, receiving initial payment on receipt of instruction paperwork and ID

Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed

Receive and advise 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

Arrange an appointment for you to attend the office to sign the contract documentation. If you cannot attend the office then we will send final contracts to you for signature

Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)

Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you

Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

Complete purchase

Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax

Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Stages of Sale Process

Take your instructions and give you initial advice

Check any mortgage information has been given (mortgage account number) in order to request redemption figures from any lenders (where applicable) with initial instructions paperwork, ID and including initial payment of £200.00 on account

Send out draft contract pack to buyers solicitor

Check on whether there are any managing agents and order the management packs where applicable (Leasehold and some new build properties only)

Deal with enquiries once received from the buyers solicitor

Arrange for clients to attend the office to sign the contract documentation, or, if they cannot attend the office then send the contract documentation to them

Order final redemption figure once completion date has been agreed

Exchange contracts

Complete sale

Deal with the redeeming of any charges on the title

Forward confirmation of discharge from the lender (where applicable) and forward to buyers solicitor


Specialist Finance and Charities/ Corporate Bodies

Additional fees will apply if the transaction involves specialist finance or a charity or corporate body is a party in the transaction.


Purchases of Residential Properties by Limited Companies

Please note that the purchase of a residential property by a limited company will be handled by our Commercial Team who will be help to provide you with more information in this regard.

Our Residential Property Team

There are seven members of the Residential Property Team who may work on your matter as detailed below:

Amanda Edwards is a Chartered Legal Executive and Head of Residential Conveyancing with a current hourly rate of £190 plus VAT

David Waterhouse is a Solicitor and Partner with a current hourly rate of £250 plus VAT

Claire Poulton is a Solicitor and a Partner with a current hourly rate of £250 plus VAT

Daniella Tarbuck is a Solicitor and a Partner with a current hourly rate of £250 plus VAT

Shazmin Hirjani is a Solicitor with a current hourly rate of £190 plus VAT

Amanda Austin is a Solicitor with a current hourly rate of £180 plus VAT

Sophie Mortimer is a Paralegal with a current hourly rate of £150 plus VAT

Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Claire Poulton, Partner and Head of the Residential Property.

Preferential Rates

Please note that preferential rates are available upon request for multiple instructions. Please contact the Residential Property Department for more details about these rates.

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