Costs Information

RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING

Who will be dealing with your case?

Our property team are experienced in delivering a high quality, personal service in all matters relating to residential property transactions.  The team is made up of the Department Head and Partner of the firm, Roland Gibbins, who has 38 years’ experience in conveyancing.  Roland supervises Amandeep Bassi, a Licenced Conveyancer.  Heather Wood, Sarah Powell, Nancy Pickering and Jean Fraser provide secretarial and administrative support.  Click on Roland and Amandeep’s names to find out more about their experience and careers to date.

How much will it cost?

  1. Purchases and Sales* (excluding right to buy purchases)

    Price of Freehold Property (£)SELLING (£)BUYING (£)
    Up to 100,000610.00610.00
    100,001 – 150,000635.00660.00
    150,001 – 200,000660.00675.00
    200,001 – 250,000685.00740.00
    250,001 – 300,000735.00775.00
    300,001 – 350,000735.00800.00
    350,001 – 400,000815.00860.00
    400,001 – 450,000885.00910.00
    450,001 – 500,000935.00960.00
    500,001 – 600,0001025.001100.00
    600,001 – 700,0001085.001175.00
    700,001 – 800,0001135.001235.00
    800,001 – 900,0001225.001325.00
    Above 900,000Price on applicationPrice on application

    *Some Important Information regarding our residential conveyancing costs

    • All prices quoted above are exclusive of VAT and disbursements.
    • If you are selling a leasehold flat an additional charge of £75 plus VAT should be added to the price quoted in the table above. This is because such sale requires additional work in terms of liaising with managing agents.
    • If you are buying a leasehold flat an additional charge of £100 plus VAT should be added to the price quoted in the table above. This is because such purchases incur extra work in terms of checking information relating to service charges, insurance and other details.
    • If you are buying a new build property an additional charge of £100 plus VAT should be added to the price quoted in the table above as such purchases mean additional paperwork needs to be checked and verified.
    • If you are buying with a Help to Buy Scheme or Help to Buy ISA an additional charge of £150 plus VAT will be added to the price quoted in the table above as such purchases require additional work. For Help to Buy ISAs only the additional charge is £50 plus VAT.
  2. Other residential property transactions
    Shared Ownership (i.e. when a property is owned by the client and a housing association in differing shares) – See prices quoted in the chart above plus any leasehold supplement.

    TransactionPrice
    Shared Ownership (i.e. when a property is owned by the client and a housing association in differing shares)See prices quoted in the chart above, plus any leasehold supplement
    Freehold purchase/lease extension500 plus VAT
    Remortgage/mortgage only425 plus VAT
    Transfer of equity (not subject to mortgage)425 plus VAT
    Transfer of equity (subject to mortgage)535 plus VAT
    Right to buy purchase500 plus VAT

    What’s included in the price?

    The basics of a residential property transaction are set out in the information included in our “Useful Info” tab.  Click on this link to access it.

    Timescales

    If you are buying a property that’s part of a chain, it can take a while to complete the process.  Most conveyancers would probably agree that “you can only go as fast as the slowest person in the chain!”  A straightforward sale and purchase, with no unforeseen problems should take around 4 – 6 weeks to complete.  If you are under particular time pressure to complete, let our team know and we’ll do what we can to help.

NON CONTENTIOUS PROBATE

Who will be dealing with your case?

Our non-contentious probate department is headed by Roland Gibbins, a partner of the firm.  The majority of the work is dealt with by another of our partners, Dr Laura Brampton, who is supported by her assistant, Lisa Roots.  Together, Roland and Laura have over 20 years’ experience of dealing with non-contentious probate cases, ranging from the most simple estate, to ones involving multiple and complex assets.  Click on Roland and Laura’s names for more information on their experience and career to date.

How much will it cost?

We charge our non-contentious probate work on an hourly rate basis.  Our fees are outlined in the table below:

Member of StaffHourly RateLetters, emails and other communications receivedLetters, emails and other communications sent by us for you
Roland Gibbins£285£14£28
Laura Brampton£200£10£20

The prices quoted in the table above are exclusive of VAT and disbursements.  A disbursement is an expense that we must incur in order to progress your case.  For example, in the case of a non-contentious probate matter, a court fee would be a disbursement. 

We always aim to conduct your case in the most cost effective manner possible.  However, the types of thing that may lead to an increase in your costs are:

  • Estates comprising multiple assets;
  • Estates which involve foreign assets;
  • Insolvent estates;
  • Estates which are subject to Inheritance Tax;
  • Estates which require consideration of other tax issues.

We are able to provide estimates on request.  In order to do this, we’ll need some basic details about the assets and liabilities of the deceased’s estate.

What’s included in the cost?

As part of the process of applying for a Grant of Probate, we will:

  • Meet with the executors or administrators to talk to them about the deceased’s assets and liabilities;
  • Gather in further details of those assets and liabilities.  For example, write to the deceased’s bank to find out the balance of any accounts held on the date of death;
  • Prepare the necessary probate forms and draft the Oath that must be sworn by the executors/administrators;
  • Send the probate application to Court;
  • Gather in the assets of the estate and pay off any debts belonging to the deceased;
  • Liaise with HMRC if there is any Inheritance Tax to pay, and in relation to income tax issues;
  • Distribute the estate to beneficiaries in accordance with the terms of the deceased’s will or, if there is no will, according to intestacy laws.

Things that we do not budget for when providing a quote for a non-contentious probate matter include:

  • Preparing deeds of variation (if the beneficiaries of a will want to vary how the estate is distributed) and renunciations (if an executor decides they do not want to act); and
  • The cost of selling a property belonging to the deceased.  Our residential conveyancing costs are set out above.

Timescales

It is very difficult to give an estimated timescale in relation to obtaining a Grant of Probate.  The amount of time it takes can be affected by the number of assets and liabilities making up the estate and the complexity of those assets and liabilities.  We are also dependent on other organisations for much of the information we need, such as banks, building societies and pension providers. 

You should expect your case to take around six months from start to finish.  We always endeavour to provide an efficient service.  If we can deal with matters more quickly, we will.

Prices quoted are correct as at December 2018 but VAT and any disbursements will be at the current rate payable at the time of completion/application.  VAT is currently charged at 20%

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