Purchase of a freehold residential property

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Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales. Legal fees are the charges that Rawlins Davy make for our time spent on the matter and are calculated according to the value of the property. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Our scale of fees is set out below. You may wish to see some examples of freehold and leasehold property purchases.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Legal fees are calculated according to the value of the property.

Up to £150,000 £900 plus VAT Total £1080
£150,001 to £300,000 £925 plus VAT Total £1110
£300,001 to £500,000 £950 plus VAT Total £1140
£500,001 to £750,000 £1050 plus VAT Total £1260
£750,001 to £1 million £1500 plus VAT Total £1800
In excess of £1 million 0.33% of purchase price plus VAT
Legal Fee where purchase with a mortgage £100 plus VAT Total £120
SDLT return fee £75 plus VAT Total £90
Electronic money transfer fee £30 plus VAT Total £36


Search fees These will vary according to the nature of the property,
but are usually in the region of £250
HM Land Registry fee This is usually between £20 and £455 according to the
value of the property
Pre-completion search fees Unlikely to exceed £10.00

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here.

Exceptional circumstances

Our fee assumes that:

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction.
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise.
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Should one or more of the above arise we reserve the right to vary our fee from the scales above, but we will always seek your approval of any variation before additional fees are incurred.

We have prepared a list of the stages of residential property purchase to highlight the key factors and help you understand the process fully

To meet our residential property team please click below

Patricia Smith (Department Supervisor)

Neil White

Sue Gardiner

If you are looking for more information on buying a freehold property, read about how long the process of buying a freehold property takes. 

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