Our conveyancing solicitors experience
Our experienced conveyancing team is here to help with all aspects of buying and selling residential property. However complex the transaction, our focus is on making sure everything runs smoothly and is handled in a timely and cost-effective way.
You will have a dedicated team on hand from start to finish, so there will always be someone you can talk to who knows your case. They will be there to offer clear advice whenever you need it, making sure you understand the issues and make informed decisions.
With many years’ experience of handling all kinds of conveyancing transactions, we are particularly proud of the high number of clients who come back to us time after time.
How we can help
The combined expertise of our conveyancing solicitors and executives means we can advise on all types of residential property transactions, from buying or selling the family home to arranging a lease extension or handling a remortgage.
These are some of the most common areas we can help with:
- buying and selling freehold and leasehold property
- arranging lease extension and freehold purchase
- dealing with mortgages and remortgaging
- buying or selling through an auction
- buying new build property from developers
- advising on Energy Performance Certificates
We can also advise on specialist areas such as probate and Court of Protection sales, and declarations of trust in co-ownership purchases.
Buy to let residential conveyancing charging information
As every property transaction is different, we provide a personal fee estimate of conveyancing fees at the outset. In order to gauge what will be involved in your case and give you an accurate estimate of overall costs, we first need to learn more about your situation and what the process will involve. Find out more about our pricing, including examples of fee estimates.
Property law and conveyancing FAQs
Our conveyancing experts answer some common questions which may help when you are looking to buy or sell your home.
What is conveyancing?
Conveyancing involves legally transferring home or land ownership from a seller to a buyer. This process is required when buying or selling a property or remortgaging.
What is conveyancing? What is the difference between a solicitor and a conveyancer?
A conveyancer can only carry out property transactions, whereas a solicitor can also offer services in other areas of law which means we can offer additional support with property-related issues such as wills, lease extension, boundary disputes and shared/joint ownership contracts.
What will my solicitor do for me?
We will conduct vital searches with organisations such as local authorities and utility companies to ensure there are no building plans which may affect the purchase. These searches can also reveal if sewers run close to the property, if the area is categorised a flood risk and whether there are any financial liabilities hanging over from past inhabitants.
We will advise on any 'incurred costs' such as Stamp Duty Land Tax, review contracts drawn up by the other parties and liaise with the mortgage lender.
We will also pay all related fees on your behalf (with money you have already transferred to the Russell-Cooke client account).
When do I appoint a solicitor?
You should appoint a solicitor as soon as you consider buying or selling a property – even before you have made an offer or someone else has made you an offer. The whole process is speeded up the earlier you have us on board.
Can I discuss my property matter with you before I decide to instruct you?
Yes. We understand that some conveyancing matters can be complicated. Our experts are on hand to talk through your specific matter without obligation, explaining in detail how we can assist.
You can call us on +44 (0)20 3826 7519 for further information.
When do I need to pay?
Once you have instructed us, we ask for £450 to cover search fees and other out of pocket expenses. The remainder of the agreed fees and costs are payable immediately prior to the completion of the transaction.
Will I have a dedicated person looking after me?
Yes, you will have a named executive with an experienced member of the support team dedicated to looking after you.
How long will the process take?
Making your transaction proceed quickly and smoothly is a key focus of our service. We will do everything we can to ensure that your transaction is completed at the speed you require.
If there is a delay for any reason beyond our control, we will endeavour to chase other parties to drive the transaction forward as quickly as possible.
What happens if I change my mind about selling, buying or the transaction fails through no fault of my own?
Whether you are buying or selling, you can change your mind before the point at which contracts are exchanged. Once contracts are exchanged you are legally bound to complete. If you pull out before exchange, we may make a charge depending on the amount of work we have done on your behalf.
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