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Property Purchase Cost

Property Purchase Cost

Our Legal Fees cover all of the work required to complete (i) the purchase of your new property, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty), and (ii) the sale of your property.

Legal Fees

Legal Fees is the amount you will be required to pay for all of the work performed by us in actioning your instructions, from commencement of your case to conclusion.


Price range Freehold purchase Leasehold purchase
Up to £400,000 £1,650 plus VAT (£1,980 inc. VAT) £1,850 plus VAT (£2,220 inc. VAT)
£400,001 to £700,000 0.3% of the price plus VAT with a minimum of £1,925 plus VAT (£2,310 inc. VAT) 0.3% of the price plus VAT with a minimum of £2,100  plus VAT (£2,520 inc. VAT)
£700,001 to £1M 0.3% of the price plus VAT 0.3% of the price plus VAT
£1M + price quoted on application


price quoted on application



Note 1:  The fees listed above are intended as a guide only. Please contact us and we can discuss your specific transaction as well as provide you with a fully detailed quotation.

Note 2:  Our fees include acting for any lender (we are approved panel solicitors for a number of lenders), unless the lender instructs a separate firm of solicitors. In such circumstances, we will provide an estimate in having to deal with the requirements of the lender’s solicitors.

Our average fees assume 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 Leasehold matters 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.

Additional professional fees

Bank transfer fee per transfer £30 plus VAT (£36 inc. VAT)
Anti-Money laundering check per name/search £10 plus VAT (£12 inc. VAT)
Lawyer checker £10 plus VAT (£12 inc. VAT)
Corporate client compliance checks £100 plus VAT (£120 inc. VAT)
Stamp Duty Land Tax Return form fee (purchase only) £140 plus VAT (£168 inc. VAT)


Disbursements and other costs

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.

You will be provided with a full list of disbursements in our formal quotation.  If you need to incur any further disbursements during your case, you will be notified in advance of the reason and the amount.

The cost of each disbursement will differ on each transaction, but fees will be payable to third parties for Conveyancing Searches, Land Registry documents, Land Registry registration fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax and service charge/insurance Management Pack. These will include:

• Land Registry fee (per document or Search): £3 plus VAT (£3.60 inc. VAT)
• Bankruptcy search fees (per person): £2 plus VAT (£2.40 inc. VAT)
• Conveyancing Searches (purchase – estimated): £350 plus VAT (£420 inc. VAT)
• Land Registry registration (purchase): Please see the following link for further information: –
• Stamp Duty Land Tax (purchase): Please see the following link for further information:
• Management Pack (sale – estimated): £350 plus VAT (£420 inc. VAT)
• Search fees will vary from council to council but would approximately cost £300 plus VAT (£360 inc. VAT)

Stamp Duty or Land Tax

This amount payable depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website.

How long will my property purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors.

• The average process for a residential freehold property purchase is between 4 – 6 weeks.
• The average process for a residential leasehold property purchase is between 4 – 8 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on a number of factors and we will notify you if we believe your transaction may take longer than average or if something occurs in your case to extend the transaction time, we will inform you.

If you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take longer. In such a situation, additional charges would apply, and we will notify you of the additional charges and time estimate when we have engaged the landlord to discuss the extension.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. We have set out the key stages of a standard transaction:

• Taking your instructions and giving you initial advice.
• Undertaking regulatory checks.
• Checking that finances are in place to fund the purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed.
• Receiving and advising on contract documents.
• Carrying out and advising on searches.
• Obtaining of further planning documentation, if required.
• Making any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor.
• Giving you advice on all documents and information received.
• For Leasehold properties – obtaining and advising on the Management Pack, thee Lease and identifying transfer fees.
• Advising you on joint or shared ownership.
• Going through conditions of any mortgage offer if appropriate.
• Sending final contract to you for signature.
• Agreeing completion date (date from which you own the property).
• Exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened.
• Arranging for all monies needed to be received from your lender (if applicable) and you.
• Completing the purchase and notifying the relevant parties.
• Dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax.
• Dealing with the application for registration at Land Registry.

Other Factors

Other Factors to consider which may affect your Legal Fees and disbursements are:

• Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease.
• Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease.
• Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate.
• Certificate of Compliance fee for leasehold matters.
• Value of the property.
• First-time buyer.
• New build.
• First registration of title.
• Islamic mortgage.
• In purchase cases, whether primary residence, buy to let or second/holiday home.
• Multiple owners.
• Shared ownership scheme.
• Using a help to buy scheme, and whether it is an equity loan or ISA.
• Purchase under right to buy.
• Purchase at auction.
• Property has been repossessed.

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.

Fee Earners

The following fee earners handle Residential Property matters:

• Marios Pittalis is a Qualified Solicitor. Marios qualified in 1988 and specialises in all areas of residential and commercial property. Marios is Head of Conveyancing at Pittalis.

• Rebecca Sweetman is a Qualified Solicitor. Rebecca qualified in 2016 and specialises in residential and commercial conveyancing. Rebecca reports to Marios Pittalis.

• Nina Roga is a paralegal working in both conveyancing and wills and probate. Nina reports to Marios Pittalis.


If you have any questions relating to our services and our fees, please contact us on 020 8446 9555 or email us at