Fixed Fee Residential Conveyancing

Costs and Service Information  

Residential conveyancing

Prices               

Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:

1.     Fees charged by JMW; and

2.     Fees payable to third parties.

Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.

SALE OF A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

Legal fees charged by JMW

The legal fees set out below are charged on the basis of fixed fees.

 

 

FREEHOLD

LEASEHOLD

Property price range

Legal fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total fee

Legal fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total fee

£0.00 - £149,999.99

£550-£800

£110 - £160

£660 - £960

£800 - £1,050

£160 - £210

£960 - £1,260

£150,000.00 – £249,999.99

£650-£900

£130 - £180

£780 - £1,080

£900 - £1,150

£180 - £230

£1,080 - £1,380 

£250,000.00 - £349,999.99

£750-£1000

£150 - £200

£900 - £1,200 

£1,000 - £1,250

£200 - £250

£1,200 - £1,500

£350,000.00 - £449,999.99

£850-£1100

£170 - £220

£1,020 - £1,320

£1,100 - £1,350

£220 - £270

£1,320 - £1,620

£450,000.00 - £549,999.99

£950-£1200

£190 - £240

£1,140 - £1,440

£1,200 - £1,450

£240 - £290

£1,440 - £1,740

£550,000.00 - £749,999.99

£1050-£1300

£210 - £260

£1,260 - £1,560

£1,300 - £1,550

£260 - £310

£1,560 - £1,860 

£750,000.00 - £999,999.99

£1150-£1400 

£230 - £280

£1,380 - £1,680 

£1,400 - £1,650

£280 - £330

£1,680 - £1,980

£1,000,000.00 +

£PoA

£PoA

£PoA

£PoA

£PoA

£PoA


Prices can vary for a range of issues including, but not limited to;

  • Strict / short deadline requested for the sale of the property.
  • Funds coming from overseas.
  • Geographical location of lawyer instructed.
  • Qualification / experience of lawyer instructed.
  • Complexity of transaction.
  • Complexity of lender requirements

​​​​​Additional fees charged by JMW

Chargeable service

Fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total fee

Telegraphic transfer fee

£35

£7

£42

Electronic identity check - Individual*

£5 - £20

£1 - £4

£6 - £24

Electronic identity check - Business** £25 £5 £TBC

Discharge of 2nd or subsequent charges

£150

£30

£180

Key Undertaking £100 £20 £120
Mortgage redemption fee £150 £30 £180
Shared Ownership Fee £250 £50 £300

 
*Depending on level of checks required

**Not including individual checks required

Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)

Description of Disbursement

Fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total

Land Registry Official Copies

 

£3.00 (per document)

 

£0.60

Two documents will always be required but more may be necessary depending on the title.

Leasehold sales only:

Sale pack from management company/ Landlord

This typically ranges from £100 - £300*

£20 - £60

£120 - £360


*Differs per management company/freeholder.

Work included and key stages

The precise work and stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical sale transaction:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Check the title of the property you are selling.
  • Prepare documents, the contract of sale and deeds relating to your sale.
  • Dealing with questions and enquiries raised by your buyer(s)’ solicitors.
  • Reporting and providing information to you relating to the property you are selling.
  • Exchanging contracts following any necessary negotiations on the terms.
  • Approving the transfer deed from the buyer(s)’ solicitors.
  • Completing your sale and accounting to you for the proceeds or receiving from you any monies required to complete the sale.
  • Dealing with all post-completion matters, particularly repaying any outstanding mortgages or loans.

Services excluded

Our service will not include any of the following:

  • Advice on the value of the property.
  • A physical inspection of the property.
  • Advice on any planning implications unless instructed to do so which may be subject to additional charges.
  • Checks on the property to ensure that it has been built in accordance with any planning permissions granted.
  • Advice on any search result findings that identify contaminated land, fracking sites, or other environmental issues.
  • Advice on tax or other accounting matters.

 Approximate/ average timescales

 How long it will take from the date you instruct your solicitor until the sale is completed, will depend on a number of factors. However, the average process takes around 12-16 weeks but can take longer for a leasehold property.

It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain and the efficiency of third parties involved in the sale such as the buyer’s solicitors, the solicitors representing other buyers and sellers in the chain, your buyer’s bank if they are taking out a mortgage, search providers and the relevant local authority to conduct your buyer’s local search.

Factors that could increase costs

In some circumstances, we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

  • If there is a defect in the property title which requires remedying prior to completion.
  • If we are required to discharge more than one mortgage or loan on the property.
  • If we are required to obtain retrospective approval to any alterations to property or obtain an insurance indemnity policy in relation to any problem concerning the transaction.
  • If a chief rent or ground rent is payable and you do not provide an up to date rent receipt.

PURCHASE OF A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

Legal fees charged by JMW

The legal fees set out below are charged on the basis of fixed fees.

 

FREEHOLD

LEASEHOLD

Property price range

Legal fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total fee

Legal fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total fee

£0.00 - £149,999.99

£650-£900

£130 - £180

£780 - £1,080

£900 - £1,150

£180 - £230

£1,080 - £1,380

£150,000.00 – £249,999.99

£750-£1000

£150 - £200

£900 - £1,200

£1,000 - £1,250

£200 - £250

£1,200 - £1,500

£250,000.00 - £349,999.99

£850-£1100

£170 - £220

£1,020 - £1,320

£1,100 - £1,350

£220 - £270

£1,320 - £1,620

£350,000.00 - £449,999.99

£950-£1200

£190 - £240

£1,140 - £1,440

£1,200 - £1,450

£240 - £290

£1,440 - £1,740

£450,000.00 - £549,999.99

£1050-£1300

£210 - £260

£1,260 - £1,560

£1,300 - £1,550

£260 - £310

£1,560 - £1,860

£550,000.00 - £749,999.99

£1150-£1400

£230 - £280

£1,370 - £1,680

£1,400 - £1,650

£280 - £330

£1,680 - £1,980

£750,000.00 - £999,999.99

£1250-£1500 

£250 - £300

£1,500 - £1,800

£1,500 - £1,750

£300 - £350

£1,800 - £2,100

£1,000,000.00 +

£PoA

£PoA

£PoA

£PoA

£PoA

£PoA


Prices can vary for a range of issues including, but not limited to;

  • Strict / short deadline requested for the purchase of the property.
  • Funds coming from overseas.
  • Geographical location of lawyer instructed.
  • Qualification / experience of lawyer instructed.
  • Complexity of transaction.
  • Complexity of lender requirements.

 Additional fees charged by JMW ​​​​​​

Chargeable service

Fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total fee

Telegraphic transfer fee

£35

£7

£42

Electronic identity check - Individual*

£5 - £20

£1 - £4

£6 - £24

Electronic identity check - Business** £25 £5 £TBC

Lawyer checker fee

£20

£4.00

£24

SDLT Fee

£95

£19

£114

Dual Representation (seperate solicitors acting for lender)

£450

£90

£540

Gifted Deposit £150 £30 £180
If you instruct us to make an application on your behalf for a Help to Buy ISA bonus (per ISA) £50 £10 £60
If you are buying a property using the Government's Help to Buy Scheme £550 £110 £660
Mortgage Fee  £150 £30 £180
New Build Fee £250 £50 £300
Right to buy £250 £50 £300
Shared Ownership Fee £350 £70 £420
Staircasing exercised £350 £70 £420


*Depending on level of checks required

**Not including individual checks required

Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)

Description of disbursement

Fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total

Bankruptcy Search

£2.00 (per person)

N/A

£2.00 (per person)

Pre-Completion Search for registered property

£3.00 (per registered title)

N/A

£3.00 (per registered title)

Land charges search (for unregistered property)

£2.00 (per persons searched against)

N/A

£2.00 (per persons searched against)

Searches *

In the region of £250

£50

£300

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Dependent on property value and type of buyer you are. Please visit https://www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk/ to calculate your fee. **

Land Registry fee      

Dependent on property value and property type. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees to calculate your fee. **

Leasehold purchases only:

Notice of Assignment fee to freeholder and/or managing agent ***

This typically ranges from £50- 250

£10 - £50

£60 - £300

Leasehold fees are dictated by the management company/landlord.

*           The number and nature of searches that you will require may vary depending on the property and/or any mortgage lender.

**         We will be able to confirm your exact fee once we have specific information about your purchase.

***        These fees vary from property to property and can sometimes be significantly more than the ranges given. We can give you a more accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents. You should also be aware that ground rent and service charges are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property.

Work included and key stages

The precise work and stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical purchase transaction:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Check finances are in place to fund the purchase and contact the lender's solicitors if needed.
  • Receive and advise on contract documents.
  • Carry out searches.
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor.
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received.
  • Go through the conditions of mortgage offer with you.
  • Check the title of the property and prepare the document to transfer ownership to you.
  • Send the final contract to you for signature and ask you to pay the agreed deposit to us so that contracts can be exchanged.
  • 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 the lender (if applicable) and you.
  • Complete purchase.
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax.
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry.
  • Notify you and your lender (if applicable) of registration once confirmed.

 Services excluded

 Our service will not include any of the following:

  • Advice on the value of the property.
  • Advice on the suitability of your mortgage or any other financial arrangements.
  • A physical inspection of the property.
  • Advice on any planning implications unless instructed to do so which may be subject to additional charges.
  • Checks on the property to ensure that it has been built in accordance with any planning permissions granted.
  • Advice on any search result findings that identify contaminated land, fracking sites, or other environmental issues.
  • Advice on tax (other than SDLT) or other accounting matters.

Approximate/ average timescales

How long it will take from instructing your solicitor until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. However, the average process takes around 12-16 weeks but can be longer in leasehold matters.

It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain and the efficiency of third parties involved in the purchase such as the seller’s solicitors, the solicitors representing other buyers and sellers in the chain, your bank if you are taking out a mortgage, search providers and the relevant local authority to conduct your local search.

Factors that could increase costs

In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

  • If your lender makes detailed instructions requiring us to deal with matters other than those relating to the title to the property.
  • If your lender instructs another conveyancer to act for them.
  • If the lender requires anything other than a simple certificate of title (a simple certificate of title is standard with most lenders) in order to send the mortgage funds to our firm.
  • If a trust document is required.
  • If there is a defect in the property title which requires remedying prior to completion.
  • If the transaction requires a new lease to be granted rather than an assignment of an existing lease.

REMORTGAGE OF A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

Legal fees charged by JMW

The legal fees set out below are charged on the basis of fixed fees.

Property price range

Legal fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total fee

£0.00 - £149,999.99

£450-£700 

£90 - £140

£540 - £840

£150,000.00 – £249,999.99

£500-£750

£100 - £150

£600 - £900

£250,000.00 - £349,999.99

£550-£800

£110 - £160

£660 - £960

£350,000.00 - £449,999.99

£600-£850

£120 - £170

£720 - £1,020

£450,000.00 - £549,999.99

£650-£900

£130 - £180

£780 - £1,080

£550,000.00 - £749,999.99

£700-£950

£140 - £190

£840 - £1,140

£750,000.00 - £999,999.99

£750-£1,000

£150 - £200

£900 - £1,200

£1,000,000.00 +

£PoA

£PoA

£PoA


Prices can vary for a range of issues including, but not limited to;

  • Strict / short deadline requested for the remortgage of the property.
  • Funds coming from overseas.
  • Geographical location of lawyer instructed.
  • Qualification / experience of lawyer instructed.
  • Complexity of transaction.
  • Complexity of lender requirements. 

Additional fees charged by JMW

Chargeable service

Fee

VAT

(charged at 20%)

Total fee

Telegraphic transfer fee

£35

£7

£42

Electronic identity check - Individual*

£5 - £20

£1 - £4

£6 - £24

Electronic identity check - Business** £25 £5 £TBC

Lawyer Checker fee

£20

£4

£24


*Depending on level of checks required

**Not including individual checks required

Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)

Description of disbursement

Fee

VAT (20%)

Total fee

Search fees (if required by your lender) might have option to proceed on search indemnity policy*

£20- 250 approx depending on whether search indemnity can be used in lieu of searches

£4 - £50

£24 - £300

Land Registry Fee **

Dependent on property value and property type. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees to calculate your fee. **

 *           The number and nature of searches that you will require may vary depending on the property and/or any mortgage lender.

**         We will be able to confirm your exact fee once we have specific information about your mortgage/ remortgage.

Work included and key stages

The precise work and stages involved in the mortgage or remortgage of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical mortgage/ remortgage transaction:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Obtaining your title deeds.
  • Checking the title of your property.
  • Carrying out a Local Authority search if required by your lender.
  • Acting on your mortgage lender’s instructions.
  • Explaining the terms of your mortgage to you.
  • Preparing the mortgage and other documents and obtaining your signature to them where appropriate.
  • Reporting to the mortgage company and obtaining the mortgage advance.
  • Completing the remortgage. This is the date when the old mortgage will be repaid and the new mortgage will commence.
  • Registering the transaction with the Land Registry.
  • Forwarding the title documents to the mortgage company and accounting to you for any money held on your behalf.

 Services excluded

 Our service will not include any of the following:

  • Advice on the value of the property.
  • Advice on the suitability of your mortgage or any other financial arrangements.
  • A physical inspection of the property.
  • Advice on any search result findings that identify contaminated land, fracking sites, or other environmental issues.
  • Advice on tax (other than SDLT) or other accounting matters.

 Approximate/ average timescales

 The length of time that it will take to complete your mortgage or remortgage will depend on a number of factors. However, the average process takes around 4-8 weeks depending on circumstances and title.

It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain and the efficiency of third parties involved in the mortgage or remortgage such as your lender, search providers and the relevant local authority to conduct your local search if required.

Factors that could increase costs

In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

  • If your lender makes detailed instructions requiring us to deal with matters other than those relating to the title to the property.
  • If your lender instructs another conveyancer to act for them.
  • If the lender requires anything other than a simple certificate of title (a simple certificate of title is standard with most lenders) in order to send the mortgage funds to our firm.
  • If a trust document is required.
  • If there is a defect in the property title which requires remedying prior to completion.

Qualifications and experience of our team 

Our Team

Warren Martin
Partner and Head of Department
Real Estate CommercialReal Estate ResidentialReal Estate Finance
Andrew Garvie
Partner and Head of Department
Real Estate Residential
Michael Purvis
Partner and Head of Department
Real Estate Residential
Sophie Maryan
Partner and Head of Department
Real Estate Residential
David Arivo
Partner
Real Estate Residential
Breda Fallon
Partner
Real Estate Residential
Julian Rogozinski
Partner
Real Estate Residential
Holleh Cyples
Senior Associate Solicitor
Real Estate Residential
Heather Lambert
Senior Associate
Real Estate Residential
Gaynor Turner
Senior Associate
Real Estate Residential
Layla Atha
Senior Associate Solicitor
Real Estate Residential
Golly Etemad
Partner
Real Estate Residential
Stephanie Cairns
Associate Solicitor
Real Estate Residential
Nicola Graham
Associate
Real Estate Residential
Jenna Hogan
Solicitor
Real Estate Residential
Amanda Smith
Conveyancer
Real Estate Residential
Thea Wimpenny
Conveyancer
Real Estate Residential
Craig Marsden
Associate
Real Estate Residential
James Duggan
Associate
Real Estate Residential
Joseph Goodier
Post-Completion Assistant
Real Estate Residential
Abbie Tottle
Post-Completion Assistant
Real Estate Residential
Lana Parker-Yates
Conveyancer
Real Estate Residential
Amy Hawtin
Post-Completion Assistant
Real Estate Residential
Reece Green
Post-Completion Assistant
Real Estate Residential
Billie-Jay Jenkins
Paralegal
Real Estate Residential
Marina Lemis
Paralegal
Real Estate Residential
Kinga Nosal
Paralegal
Real Estate Residential
Luciana Curti
Solicitor
Real Estate Residential
Noordin Mushetet
Solicitor
Real Estate Residential
Sabreena Awan
Solicitor
Real Estate Residential
Catherine Cattani
Solicitor
Real Estate Residential
Darlene Tinson
New Homes Manager
Real Estate Residential
Ellie Priest
Post Completion Assistant Manager
Real Estate Residential
Lisa Howes
Paralegal
Real Estate Residential
Rhia Sharma
Solicitor
Real Estate Residential

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