Freehold purchases

Our fees

Some transactions are inevitably more straightforward than others.  So that our charges fairly reflect the complexity of a matter, we charge according to the time needed to be spent by our professional staff to undertake each matter. 

Our current hourly rates are:

  • £250 for partners,

  • £225 for senior solicitors

  • £205 for solicitors

  • £180 for conveyancing assistants

  • £135 for trainee solicitors.

The majority of our residential conveyancing transactions are undertaken by senior solicitor Joanna Leslie and/or her conveyancing assistant Lisa Jenkins. Joanna has been undertaking residential conveyancing work since 1998 and Lisa since 2006.

Typical fees

We are always happy to provides quotes of our charges for particular transactions, but our typical charges for purchase of a freehold residential property which does not present unusual difficulties is around £725 + VAT.  If the property is a new-build, the fee is likely to be around £1,200 + VAT.  In either case, where funds are remitted by telegraphic transfer/CHAPS (which is usually the case), there is an additional charge of £24 + VAT. 

​​Disbursements

Disbursements are expenses which we have to pay to others to enable your transaction to proceed. The actual disbursements payable will depend upon the property.  Typical disbursements on a purchase may include:​

  • Local Authority Search fee  - £60 - £400 + VAT depending upon the local authority involved.- those in London tend to be the most expensive.

  • Environmental Search fee - £49 + VAT

  • Chancel Check Search fee - £20 + VAT

  • Drainage Search fee - £41.80 + VAT

  • Land Registry Search fee - £3 + VAT

  • Land Charge Search fee - £2 per name + VAT

  • Land Registry fee - £40 - £910 depending upon the purchase price

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax - depends on the purchase price of your property and your particular circumstances but HMRC have a useful calculator.

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between X-X weeks. 


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 X weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between X and X months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.


Stages of the process - purchase

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property will vary according to the circumstances. However, the following are typical key stages that are included in our fee estimates above: 

  • 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 and draft the transfer deed

  • Give you advice on all documents and information received

  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you

  • Send final documents to you for signature

  • Agree 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 lender and you

  • Complete purchase

  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax

  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Overall, a typical purchase takes around 6 weeks, but much will depend upon who is acting for the seller.  If the seller instructs a firm that delegates much of its conveyancing work to junior staff, this may well delay progress.  It will generally be in both parties interests for the seller to instruct a traditional firm with a strong reputation rather than a volume conveyancing practice.

       Grays Solicitors LLP

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       York

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