Purchase Of A 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.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Purchase price £        Fee
0 – 125,000 £450 + VAT (a total of £540) – £900 + VAT (a total of £1080)
125,001 – 250,000 £500 + VAT (a total of £600) – £1000 + VAT (a total of £1200)
250,001 – 500,000 £600 + VAT (a total of £720) – £1090 + VAT (a total of £1308)
500,001 – 750,000 £750 + VAT (a total of £900) – £1400 + VAT (a total of £1680)
750,001 – 2,000,000 Depending on the value and complexity of the transaction, the fee will be between £2,500 + VAT (a total of £3,000) – £10,000 + VAT (a total of £12,000)
If the transaction is a leasehold property we add an additional £275 + VAT (a total of £330), shared ownership an additional £250 + VAT (a total of £300), new build property an additional £325 + VAT (a total of £390).  If you require a mortgage we charge an additional administration fee of £125 + VAT (a total of £150) this excludes the help to buy equity loan.  We charge an additional fee of £80 + VAT (a total of £96) for completing the Stamp Duty Land Tax Form (SDLT).

If we carry out an online ID check the fee is £10 + VAT (a total of £12.00) per client. This is our preferred ID verification method.

If your matter requires additional work that is not included in this estimate, you will be informed of this and what the additional cost will be at the earliest possible time. Matters typically exceed the quoted fee when they are particularly complicated, for example where third-party restrictions need removing from the title, the additional cost will be £125 + VAT (a total of £150) per restriction.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements that will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the contract/lease from the seller’s solicitors.

Anticipated disbursements

  • Leasehold/freehold management company – Notice of Transfer fee—this fee, if chargeable, is set out in the Lease/terms of the management company. Often the fee is between £50-200 + VAT (a total of £60 – £240) if applicable.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged)—this fee is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £50-200 + VAT (a total of £60 – £240) if applicable.
  • Deed of Covenant fee—this fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100-250 + VAT (a total of £120 – £300) if applicable.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee—to be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100-300 + VAT (a total of £120 – £360) if applicable.

These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.


An illustration is shown below based on a freehold purchase at £210,000 with a mortgage

Purchase price: £210,000
Our Fees Amount






In respect of the purchase of the above property 500.00 100.00 600.00
In dealing with the Mortgage aspect of your purchase 125.00 25.00 150.00
SDLT Fee 80.00 16.00 96.00
Telegraphic Transfer Fees 35.00 7.00 42.00
Online ID Checks 10.00 2.00 12.00
Total: 750.00 150.00 900.00
Disbursements (payments to others)
Search Package dependant on lender requirements and geographical area 250.00 250.00
Stamp Duty Land Tax 1,700.00 1,700.00
Land Registry Registration Fee 270.00 270.00
Land Registry Searches (bankruptcy search x 2 and 1 priority search. 7.00 1.40 8.40
Total cost including expected disbursements:     3,128.40

Stages of the process

These are the key stages of the process:

  • take your instructions and give you initial advice;
  • check finances are in place to fund the purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed;
  • receive and advise on contract documents;
  • carry out searches;
  • obtain further planning documents if required;
  • make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitors;
  • give you advice on all documents and information received;
  • go through conditions of mortgage offer with you;
  • send final contract to you for signature;
  • draft Transfer;
  • advise you on joint ownership;
  • obtain your deposit monies;
  • agree a completion date (date from which you own the property);
  • exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened;
  • obtain pre-completion searches;
  • arrange for balance monies needed to be received from the lender and you;
  • complete purchase;
  • deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax;
  • deal with application for registration at Land Registry;
  • schedule the deeds and send a copy to you

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from the offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 12 – 16 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3–6 months. In such a situation, additional charges would apply.

*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;
  • if it is a lease it is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease;
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;
  • all parties to the transaction are cooperative and there is no unreasonable delay from the parties providing documentation;
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Our team

Our experienced conveyancers, led by Mandy Stark, Head of Residential Conveyancing, will work with you to provide the best possible service.

Mandy Stark – Partner/Head of Residential Conveyancing

Mandy is Head of the Department at Tollers with over 20 years of experience in private client work, specialising in residential conveyancing. Mandy has been working in this area since 1997 and has helped thousands of clients with their residential property needs.

Mandy qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2008 after gaining a Law Degree from Leicester University and completing her Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University.

Having worked in local and national firms before joining Tollers in 2015 Mandy has a broad range of experience.

Mandy has completed several professional development courses in residential conveyancing and continues to do so annually.

She became a Partner in 2018.

Mandy charges £360 per hour + VAT (a total of £432 per hour).

Kimberley Osborne – Partner/Head of Residential Conveyancing South

Kimberley has worked in residential conveyancing for over ten years in and around the Hertfordshire area.

She qualified as a Solicitor in 2014 and specialises in new build conveyancing, sales, purchases and re-mortgages.

Kimberley joined Tollers in February 2022.

Kimberley charges £360 per hour + VAT (a total of £432 per hour).

David Wootton – Partner/Conveyancing Manager

David has been working in the residential conveyancing team at Tollers since 1979 starting straight from school.  David specialises in adverse possession matters for Tollers.  He has dealt with over 100 of these matters during his time at Tollers and completed over 8,000 sales, purchases, remortgages and transfer of equity matters.

David charges £360 per hour + VAT (a total of £432 per hour).

Karen Stewart – Partner/Conveyancing Manager

Karen is a Partner with over 25 years of experience in residential property.  Her experience includes all aspects of the life cycle of property transactions ranging from looking after first-time buyers, dealing with high-value and complex matters through to retirement property purchases.  She joined Tollers in 2022 from a national law firm.

Karen charges £360 per hour + VAT (a total of £432 per hour).

Angela Aitken– Associate/Conveyancing Manager

Angela has worked in residential conveyancing for over 21 years.  Angela has worked in both small and national firms gaining an expansive knowledge of residential conveyancing. Angela joined Tollers in 2015. Angela deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing including Sales, Purchases and re-mortgages. She has completed over 1,000 transactions during her time at Tollers and over 5,000 during her career.

Angela charges £260 per hour + VAT (a total of £312 per hour).

Sian Evans – Associate/Conveyancing Manager

Sian qualified as a Solicitor in 2005. She attended the University of Northampton for her first degree and the University of Wales for her Masters Degree.  Sian completed her post graduate Legal Practice Course in 2002.

She has been working in the residential conveyancing team at Tollers since 2012 having spent previous years in firms in Colchester, Daventry, Newtown, Powys and Leicester.  Sian has completed over 1,000 sales, purchases, remortgages and transfer of equity matters in her time with Tollers.

Sian charges £260 per hour + VAT (a total of £312 per hour).

Louise Wilson – Associate/Conveyancing Manager

Louise qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2001. She attended University College Northampton.

Louise has been working in the residential conveyancing team at Tollers since 2000  having spent previous years in leading local firms. Louise specialises in sale and purchase matters. During her time at Tollers she has completed over 2,000 sales, purchases and remortgages.

Louise charges £285 per hour + VAT (a total of £342 per hour).

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