Making sure your property transaction goes through as quickly and efficiently as possible

When buying your dream home or an investment property, you want the assurance that you have a well-connected local property expert handling the transaction for you.You need clear, practical commercial advice to help ensure your transaction progresses as smoothly and as quickly as possible.

When buying a property, it pays to take advice from a team that are well connected in the property sector and have strong links with other professionals such as surveyors and accountants and good relationships with local agents. A collaborative approach helps ensure that the purchase of your home or investment property goes through as smoothly as possible.

Make a home

If you are buying your dream home or an investment property you will want the assurance that all aspects of your matter is dealt with quickly and efficiently. Local knowledge and connections within the community are crucial to ensuring a smooth transaction.

We provide clear, practical, commercial and strategic advice on how to meet tight time frames and provide a personal service throughout. Our expert lawyers in London, Richmond, Southampton, Guildford, Lymington and Woking offices have many years’ experience of working with land and property and will work with you to ensure the process is as stress free as possible.

Our expertise includes:

  • Adverse possession claims
  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Auction contracts
  • Boundary disputes
  • Buy to lets
  • Commercial property lettings
  • Estate Title portfolios
  • Exclusivity agreements
  • Farm business tenancies
  • Help to Buy
  • High net worth transactions
  • Land development
  • Land registration
  • Landed estates
  • Leasehold flats
  • Leases, lease extensions and collective freehold acquisition
  • Manorial rights
  • New builds and conversions
  • Remortgages and transfers of equity
  • Rights of way and covenant advice
  • Sales and purchases
  • Town and country homes

By providing the highest standards of service we have become one of the most trusted and respected legal property teams in the south.

Frequently asked questions:

Residential conveyancing is the process of handling the legal requirements for buying or selling a home. There are several stages to this process, which ultimately ends with the legal title of a property moving from one owner to another. Property solicitors are ideally placed to conduct residential conveyancing.

The cost of conveyancing will depend on a number of different variables, including the complexity of the transaction and location. As well as the legal fees for conveyancing whether you are a buyer or a seller, there are other costs associated with the process, known as disbursements.

For buyers, these additional costs can include things such as local conveyancing searches, bank transfer fees and the cost of transferring ownership with the land registry. For sellers, they could include costs such as anti-money laundering checks and bank transfer fees.

Buying or selling a leasehold property, rather than a freehold one, could also incur extra costs because there is additional work involved for your conveyancing solicitor. Participation in certain schemes can also mean that additional fees are due, such as Shared Ownership or Help to Buy schemes.

The conveyancing process can take anywhere between a few weeks and several months, depending on the nature of the property and other circumstances. Slow responses from other parties involved can cause the entire process to be delayed, but the average residential conveyancing process takes between 8-12 weeks.

While each step has many tasks and actions to be carried out, the main stages of the conveyancing process include:

  • Instructing your conveyancing solicitor once you’ve had an offer accepted (for buyers) or have accepted an offer (for sellers)
  • Arranging a property survey (buyers)
  • Conducting the necessary searches with the local authority and any other relevant agencies (buyers)
  • Exchange of contracts – at which point the transaction becomes legally binding (buyers and sellers)
  • Completion of the purchase (buyers and sellers)
  • Post-completion – where the ownership change is registered with the HM Land Registry and Stamp Duty is paid, if due (buyers)