Residential Conveyancing

From instruction to completion our property team can help

Our proactive Property Team at Wannops will advise you on your transaction from start to finish. No two property sales or purchase transactions are the same, whether that be because of legal issues, lengths of chains or the cooperation between buyers, sellers or agents. Our south coast team of qualified, well-versed property experts will approach every situation individually, providing tailored advice.

Working with a Wannops Property Lawyer / How we Work

You will immediately be provided with a dedicated qualified lawyer from our property team, with whom you’ll have excellent communication and direct email and often telephone access. Once instructed, our property team will also act for your mortgage lender at no extra cost. In addition, we are panel members with most mortgage lenders, enabling us to bring the completion of your mortgage to a swift conclusion.

We’re a Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme member and pride ourselves on being entirely independent, meaning we don’t engage with estate agent referral schemes. Instead, we have built strong working relationships with all professionals in the residential conveyancing process.

Our Property Team can advise you on the following:

  • All Freehold and Leasehold Sales and Purchases (including new build and shared ownership)
  • Re-Mortgages
  • Transfers of Equity
  • Lease Extensions (both voluntary and statutory)
  • Equity Releases

Estimated Fees

Our fees cover all 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 is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees

  • Legal fee from £1,300.00
  • Fee for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender £35.00
  • Electronic money transfer fee £35.00
  • VAT £274.00
  • Subtotal £1,644.00


Estimated total: £374.55

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. In relation to leasehold properties, there are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease.
The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the documents from the seller’s solicitors.

    • HM Land Registry fee: £150.00 appx
    • Search fees: £187.50 appx

We’ll work hard to ensure your matter progresses as quickly as possible. It usually takes between six to eight weeks from instructions to the exchange of contracts. It’s important to remember that individual factors can impact this timeframe, which we’ll do our best to mitigate. If you have a particular timescale in mind, let us know.

  • VAT on search fees £37.05
  • Subtotal: £374.55

Anticipated Disbursements for a Lease*

  • Notice of Transfer fee for a lease – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £100.00 and £200.00.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £100.00 and £200.00.
  • 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 £100.00 and £200.00.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100.00 and £200.00.

*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.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

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.
Grand total £2,018.55 (This will give clients a clear understanding of the total cost of the transaction and so the full funds the client will need to complete it.)
The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 to 8 weeks. It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 10 weeks. If, however, you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 3 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

* Our fee assumes that:

  1. 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
  2. for leases, this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

We’ll work hard to ensure your matter progresses as quickly as possible. It usually takes between six to eight weeks from instructions to the exchange of contracts. It’s important to remember that individual factors can impact this timeframe, which we’ll do our best to mitigate. If you have a particular timescale in mind, let us know.

If you want to contact one of our Residential Conveyancing team directly, please see their details below or click the Contact Us button.

Brian Gulliver – [email protected] – Solicitor qualified in 1979

Charlotte Leavens – [email protected] – Licensed conveyancer qualified in 2022

Diane Nicholls – [email protected] – Solicitor qualified in 1991

Emily Lippitt – [email protected] – Supervising Partner Solicitor qualified in 2016

Hilary Tyler – [email protected] – Solicitor qualified in 1978

Josie Peach – [email protected] – Graduate Cilex with over 20 years experience

Karen Livesley – [email protected] – Solicitor qualified in 2006

Laura Hobday – [email protected] – Supervising Partner Licensed conveyancer qualified 2009

Maria Willis – [email protected] – Associate Cilex with over 10 years experience

Nicola Jerome – [email protected] – Paralegal with over 25 years experience

Rachael Clarke – [email protected] – Solicitor qualified in 1999

Alan Wheatley – [email protected] – Solicitor qualified in 2001

What Our Clients Say

Having used Wannops for the first time for my property purchase, I would happily use them again for any other matters should they arise. Very good service and I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Absolutely brilliant experience with Wannops!! Charlotte was extremely professional and supportive throughout. I was always able to communicate with her via phone or Email instantly and felt very reassured after. We had a lot of issues with our purchaser’s solicitors but Charlotte worked above and beyond in sorting this out so we could exchange and complete on time. I would also like to thank Emily for all her very hard work on exchange day it was extremely stressful and frustrating but she succeeded which was incredible. We would highly recommend Charlotte and the team at Wannops if you’re moving. Thank you so much.

I have used Wannops LLP before. Karen Livesley is amazing. Nothing too much trouble, always on the end of the phone. If not her then one of her team. I would not go anywhere else. Thank you for your help.

Thank you for such an excellent smooth sale and purchase. Very professional and helpful throughout.

Third Time I have used Wannops. Will continue to do so.

A massive thank you to Karen Livesley, Eve and Charlotte for their help in what was a very stressful situation for my husband and myself. We eventually moved into our dream home. We cannot thank them enough.

A thoroughly professional service that installs confidence in the client that the work in hand is more than competently marshalled.

Emily was outstanding, efficient, proactive and very helpful. Her emails were clear, succinct and straight to the point. Vicky & Charlotte were very supportive as well.

Emily & Eve always gave compassionate, clear help and advice. A wonderful caring team.

Both Emily and Charlotte were friendly, efficient and always helpful. We always felt that we were in excellent hands and want to thank them both for their help and advice throughout the transaction.

Very satisfied that we were listened to and kept informed. Particularly pleased when phone calls were returned so quickly.

Swift, professional service with a smile. It has been a pleasure working with you all.

My buyer’s conveyancing team were, to say the least, awkward. Laura Hobday’s sound advice and negotiating skills, together with the support of Yasmin and Vanessa, achieved the sale of my house. Thank you.

I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks to Laura Hobday for her expertise and assistance during our conveyancing. As always, it has been a pleasure working with you.

I would recommend Wannops 100%. I deal with Emily Lippett, and she is fantastic.

Wannops made the process very easy and understandable. Excellent communication and knowledge. Would definitely use again and recommend.

A split is never an easy process, especially when it is a house sale. However, our solicitor acted without prejudice and in a very professional manner. Timely responses to all questions raised always kept us informed of what was happening at all stages. I recommend Wannops Solicitors, as the process was smooth and painless for both parties.

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