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Conveyancing Fees & Expenses


In addition to your conveyancing solicitor’s fees there are various other conveyancing fees and expenses (often called disbursements). These expenses will normally be the same regardless of which solicitor or conveyancer you instruct but some, such as searches, can differ depending on which search provider a firm uses.

Stamp Duty

This is a government tax on the transfer of property and is usually the largest of the conveyancing fess and expenses. The rates for residential property are as follows:-

Properties up to and including £125,000 are exempt. The current scales for residential properties are:

conveyancing fees
  • Stamp duty Property or lease premium or transfer value SDLT rate up to £125,000 – Zero
  • The next £125,000 (the portion from £125,001 to £250,000) – 2%
  • The next £675,000 (the portion from £250,001 to £925,000) – 5%
  • The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million) – 10%
  • The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million) – 12%

However, if the property you are buying is a Buy to Let property, or will not be the only property you own after completion, there will be an additional 3% payable on the purchase price over £40,000.

For more information on Stamp Duty Land Tax, please click the link:

Land Registry Fees

These are fees payable on the registration of your title with HM Land Registry. The Fee depends on the purchase price and whether we are able to register the title on-line (some transactions such as new builds cannot be registered on-line).

Search Fees

It is wise (and the requirement of any mortgage lender) that a Local Search is carried out on any property you buy. The cost of this search is normally £64.80.

In some cases it is possible to effect Search Insurance which is considerably cheaper and has the added advantages that it is both quick and only needs to be effected on the point of exchange of contracts or completion. This is particularly advantageous in re-mortgage cases.

It is also usual to commission a Water and Drainage Search. This search provides details of the route of the mains water and sewers and whether the property is connected to the same. This search normally costs £26.40.

Other searches which you can have carried out include.:-

  • Environmental Search – This gives advice on any likely adverse environmental factors including contaminated land and flooding.
  • Planning Report – This gives details of planning applications near the property.
  • Coal Mining Search – This provides details of the past, present and future mining activity in the area. It is usual to carry out such a search if the property is located within a coal mining area.

We can advise you as to the advisability of have such searches carried out.

Other Searches

Land Registry and Land Charges searches normally cost £7.


Normally the only conveyancing expenses which will be added to your bill are the identity checks (if you’re not purchasing as well) and the fee of £6 to obtain the copies of the entries at the Land Registry – known as office copy entries. Sometimes we have to pay for copies of documents from the Land Registry or Local Authority.

Often your Mortgage Company will ask that the mortgage monies are telegraphed to them to pay off the mortgage for which we charge a Telegraphic Transfer Fee of £35 plus VAT although it will normally save you more than this amount in interest charges.

Often your Mortgage Company will ask that the mortgage monies are telegraphed to them to pay off the mortgage for which we charge a Telegraphic Transfer Fee of £35 plus VAT although it will normally save you more than this amount in interest charges.

Please note that some Mortgage Companies charge you redemption penalties or fees especially if you have had the mortgage for only a short time. This will depend on the arrangements made when you took up the loan. Most major lenders now charge an administration fee when your loan is repaid.

You will also need to commission an Energy Performance Certificate prior to exchange of contracts. Your Estate Agent will usually organize the same prior to the property being marketed.

Anti-Money Laundering Requirements

In order to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, we are required to undertake an online Identity Check on every client at the beginning of every transaction. The cost of this search is £2.06 per person.

Please don’t hesitate to Contact our team to discuss any aspect of your conveyancing requirements, click here to call or complete our simple form for a call back

Our Services include:

  • Sales
  • Purchases
  • Transfer of Equity
  • Remortgages

Our Customer’s Thoughts

At LP Law we pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service

I cannot thank Susie enough, professional knowledgeable, supportive and fast I will always use this solicitor in the future”

Mr S, Dudley

“I was very impressed with the service Ashley provided. She always called me back promptly on the odd occasion I couldn’t get straight through, and was very prompt in returning my emails. Being a first time buyer, I was very anxious and had lots of questions but Ashley was so patient with me and took the time to make sure I was clear on everything. Thank you again for all of your help!”

Mr & Mrs B, Norwich

“Very impressed with the service provided by Christine – always thorough, very helpful and professional and promptly responded to any queries we had. We would certainly recommend her”

Mr S, London

“Olivia replied to emails quickly and responded on a Saturday. She was polite, friendly and we felt valued as a client. I particularly appreciated telephone communication with her when we faced challenges and felt that she acted in our best interests with patience and understanding.”

Mr & Mrs J, Lichfield

“The estate agents selling for us and the ones dealing with our purchase were both amazed at the speed that Jonathan got things done. We could not fault the service given to us. Well done and a very big thank you.”

Mr & Mrs I, Lincolnshire

“Our experience has been very positive and we don’t have anything we would have changed. All extremely polite and quick to respond to our needs. Thank you very much.“

Ms W & Mr G, Norwich

“I cannot speak highly enough of Vikki as she kept me up to date and when I was getting despondent she kept me going. Easy to talk to and easy to understand.”

Mrs W, Llandudno

We did have concerns to start with, due to you not being on our door step so to speak.
But, all business between our selves was actively done through email and telephone, and the process was effectively completed
I would like to place on record, my appreciation and thanks to Susie Dove.
Susie looked after us during the whole process, in a professional friendly manner.
Communication was clear, and responses to telephone calls and emails were replied to us efficiently.
Thanks again Susie!

Mr and Mrs J, Hereford


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long does a typical conveyancing transaction take?

This is by far one of the most frequently asked questions. In most cases the conveyancing process for the purchase of a home can take between eight and twelve weeks. These time frames can and will alter depending on the circumstances that surround the purchase.

There can be many unknowns associated with conveyancing and this makes it particularly hard for a Solicitor to pinpoint an exact time and date for the house purchase to complete.

The team at L P Law will endeavour to ensure there are no unnecessary delays to the process and if there is, they guarantee to keep you informed of any such development with their transaction.

Q. At what point do I need to appoint a Solicitor?

As soon as you have had an offer accepted on your property you are ready to appoint a Solicitor.

Q. I am buying a property, can I appoint the same Solicitor that my seller has chosen?

Usually not. There are certain rules in place that prevent the buyer and seller appointing the same Solicitor. This is because of what is known as a ‘conflict of interest’.

Q. Do I need to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate?

There are exceptions but if you are marketing the property you will require an EPC.

Q. I am buying a property with my partner. We are not married, are there any considerations?

Your Solicitor will be able to advise you on the implications but there are 2 ways in which a property can be held. You can hold as tenants in common which is where you hold a share of the property, say 50%, and upon the death of that person he or she can pass it to another person. The other method by which one can hold a property is beneficial joint tenants. This is where a property is held jointly. Upon the death of one of them the other automatically becomes the owner.

Alternatively a Deed of Trust can be drawn up setting out the terms on which you hold the property. We are able to advise you on this and prepare the Deed for your approval.

Q. How does the process work if my Solicitor is at opposite ends of the country?

This is another one of the most frequently asked questions that we get asked. In most cases, the process is no different than using a local solicitor. Everything can now be dealt with by post, e mail and telephone. The process has changed over the last 15 or so years enabling you to appoint a Solicitor with whom you have no face to face contact.

Q. What are disbursements and why are they added into my quote?

A disbursement is a payment in relation to the process and is payable to a third party. For example, if you are buying a land registry fee will need to be paid to the land registry. This is their fee for registering the property.

More information can be found on our conveyancing expenses page.

Q. Is a survey required on the property I am buying?

It is advisable to obtain a survey. If you are taking out a mortgage your lender may wish to procure one. It is worth checking what type of survey they will be completing as this may not be a full structural survey.

Q. Do I need searches and which ones?

If you are taking out a mortgage your lender will require various searches to be purchased. These are usually a local search and a water & drainage search however, if you are buying in a coal or tin mining area an additional search would be required. There are other searches which may be relevant depending on the area in which you are buying. If you are not taking a mortgage to buy the property they are optional and it is therefore your choice as to whether you have them. We of course do strongly advise that they are purchased as they may reveal matters that will impact on your ownership of the property.

More information on searches can be found on our conveyancing expenses page.

Q. Will I have to pay stamp duty on my purchase?

If you are purchasing a property for over £125,000 then yes. How much you will have to pay will depend on how much you are paying for the property. Stamp Duty is worked out as a percentage of the property purchase price.

The rates of Stamp Duty payable on the property as as follows:

Property or lease premium or transfer value – SDLT Rate
Up to £125,000 – Zero
The next £125,000 (the portion from £125,001 to £250,000) – 2%
The next £675,000 (the portion from £250,001 to £925,000) – 5%
The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million) – 10%
The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million) – 12%

If the property you are buying will not be the only property you own after completion, such as Buy to Let properties, then an additional 3% is payable on all purchases over £40,000.

For more information on Stamp Duty Land Tax, please see our conveyancing expenses page or visit the Governments guidance pages on Stamp Duty:

Q. What happens on Exchange of Contacts?

Exchange of contracts is when the date for completion is fixed. The process of exchanging contracts is usually a telephone call between both sets of Solicitors.

Q. What are the final stages of completion?

Completion is the date when the money transfers occur and the keys are given to the buyer. As with exchange of contracts you do not need to attend the Solicitor’s office.