Freehold Purchase fees

Our legal fees and expenses for a freehold purchase are:

Legal fees

£0 – £500,000£850.00 + VAT
£500,0001 – £749,999£950.00 + VAT
£750,000 – £999,999£1,000.00 + VAT
£1,000,000 – £1,249,999£1,100.00 + VAT
£1,250,000 – £1,499,999£1,300.00 + VAT
£1,500,000 – £1,749,999£1,500.00 + VAT
£1,750,000 – £1,999,999£1,700.00 + VAT
£2,000,000 plus (from)£1,900.00 + VAT

Additional Legal fees (if applicable)

Mortgage£125.00 + VAT
New Build from developer£200.00 + VAT
First Registration of Title£200.00 + VAT
Shared Ownership Scheme£200.00 + VAT
Help to Buy Mortgage£200.00 + VAT
Help to Buy ISA£50.00 + VAT
Declaration of Trust£250.00 + VAT


Land Registry feeDependent on purchase price
Searches (approx.)Dependent on Local Authority
Land Regisry search£3.00 + VAT each
Bankruptcy search£2 + VAT per person
Administration fee including bank transfer fee£30.00 + VAT (each)
Stamp Duty Land Tax (Land Transaction Tax for properties in Wales)Dependent on purchase price and whether other property is owned

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The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. The process can be quick or slow, 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 can take a little longer than expected.

The fees and expenses quoted above assume that this will be a standard transaction. However, unforeseen difficulties may arise which would cause fees and expenses to increase. Examples would be where we discover a defect in title, there are missing documents, lack of planning permission and/or building regulations approval. The main stages of the process are:

  • 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 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 report on title and final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Provide you with a completion statement showing financial aspect of the transaction
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

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For guidance on buying in England and Wales, see the HM Government fact sheet below.

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