Battrick Clark Solicitors of Bristol handle property conveyancing for both buyers and sellers of freehold and leasehold properties throughout the UK.

Where clients come to us through a referral source, the legal fees we charge to our clients may differ from the fees shown below under ‘Our Legal fee’. We can only uphold the fees stated if clients come direct to us.

Our fees for property conveyancing services in England and Wales are currently as follows:

1. Purchase of a freehold or leasehold residential property:

Our charges cover all the work needed to complete the purchase of your home, including our fees necessary disbursements. Disbursements are costs related to your purchase that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We process the payment of all disbursements on your behalf in order to facilitate the process.

On leasehold properties, there may be additional disbursements set out in the terms of the lease (for more details, see section headed Leasehold Properties Only below). These are not listed exactly because they are different for different properties. We will notify you separately of them once we have received the lease documentation from the seller’s solicitors and reviewed it.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements:

Client fees and costs are made up of:

  • Our Legal fee: Range £850 – £1850 – see separate table below for more information
  • VAT payable on legal fee
  • Scanning and file storage fee: £35 + VAT
  • Search fees: Range £240 – £300 – depending on Local Authority fees
  • HM Land Registry registration fee: £20 – £910 (depends in part on the purchase price – see table below)
  • Stamp Duty (SDLT) (variable according to property purchase price and whether or not you are a first-time buyer or second property purchaser – see calculator)
  • Please contact us for a detailed quote

Estimated total cost:

The total cost of your property purchase varies with the property according to the scheme of fees outlined above (for full details of our legal fees, see Table 4 below; for Land Registration fees, see table 6 below), as well as (for leasehold properties only) the applicable disbursements shown under the heading Anticipated disbursements set out in the terms of the lease below.

It will therefore be based on one of the following two sums depending on whether the property is freehold or leasehold – excluding any extra costs required by the special circumstances separately listed below. Please note that in these sums, the dash denotes a variable range of possible values between the figure shown before it and the one shown after it, and not a subtraction.

  • Freehold: ((£850 – £1850) + VAT) + (£35 + VAT) + ((£240 – £300) + VAT) + (£20 – £910) + SDLT / LTT (variable according to property value).
  • Leasehold: ((£850 – £1850) + VAT) + (£35 + VAT) + ((£240 – £300) + VAT) + (£20 – £910) + SDLT / LTT (variable according to property value) + (£100 – £300) + (£50 – £100) + (£100 – £200) + (£150 – 200)

Fee Assumption:

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
  • for transactions on leasehold properties, this 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 complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required

Referral fee (if any):

We work with a number of leading Estate Agents and Introducers. The companies support us in marketing our services, providing case tracking and update platforms, collecting initial payments and (in purchase transactions) ordering searches and sales progression. In return for this support, we pay variable referral fees to these companies, which is dependent on the level of support they provide us with. The average fee paid is between £300 and £450.

NB: All known charges will be set out in our initial engagement letter which will need to be agreed and signed before we start work on your behalf.

Extra costs in special circumstances

There could be extra costs incurred in the following special circumstances:

  • If the legal title to the property is defective
  • If part or the whole of the property is unregistered, in which case a higher registration fee will be payable to The Land Registry
  • If construction of the property or alteration to the property has been carried out in breach of buildings regulations or without the requisite planning permission having been obtained
  • Additional fees may apply in particular circumstances, as shown in table 6 below. You will be advised which if any of these will apply.

Leasehold Properties only:

Anticipated disbursements set out in the terms of the lease:

  • Notice of Transfer fee – typical range, £100 – £300
  • Notice of Charge fee (applicable if the property is to be mortgaged) – £50 – £100
  • Deed of Convenant fee (provided by management company for the property) – £100 – £200
  • Certificate of Compliance fee (to be confirmed upon receipt of the lease) – £150 – £200

These fees vary individually between properties and may on occasion lie outside the typical ranges indicated. We can only provide you with an accurate figure for each once we have seen the lease documents provided by the seller.

You should be aware that ground rent and service charges are likely to apply throughout your ownership of a leasehold property. These are not included in the disbursements we pay on your behalf. You will be directly responsible for paying them. We will notify you of the currently prevailing ground rent and anticipated service charges as soon as we are in receipt of this information.

2. Sale of a freehold or leasehold residential property:

Our charges cover all the work needed to complete the sale of your home. There are no searches involved in the sale side of a property transaction.

Please note that sellers of leasehold properties will also need to obtain a ‘Seller Management Pack’ from the Management Company. Costs vary considerably, and sellers should pay for this separately.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements:

Client fees and costs are made up of:

    • Our Legal fee: £850 – £1850 – see separate table below
    • VAT payable on legal fee
    • Scanning and file storage fee: £35 + VAT
    • Telegraphic transfer fee (if applicable): £40 + VAT
    • Additional fees may apply in particular circumstances, as shown in table 6 below. You will be advised which if any of these will apply.
    • Please contact us for a detailed quote

Estimated total cost:

The total cost of your property sale varies with the sale price of the property according to the scheme of fees shown in Table 4 below.

It will therefore be based on the following sum. Please note that in this sum, the dash denotes a variable range of possible values between the figure shown before it and the one shown after it, and not a subtraction.

Estimated total cost: ((£850 – £1850) + VAT) + (£35 + VAT) + (£40 + VAT)

NB: All known charges will be set out in our initial engagement letter which will need to be agreed and signed before we start work on your behalf.

Fee Assumption:

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
  • for transactions on leasehold properties, this 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 complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required

3. Time estimate and Stages of the Process

The stages and timescale involved in the purchase or sale of a residential property will vary according to the particular circumstances, including the state of readiness of the other party. An average timescale is between six and ten weeks, but in some circumstances it may take three to six months or occasionally even longer to complete. Circumstances that may commonly cause delays include:

  • The property being purchased or sold has not previously been registered at the Land Registry
  • The buyer’s negotiations to secure a mortgage
  • Any renegotiations over purchase price in the light of problems that may come to light upon survey or from the results of searches.
  • The time taken for the seller’s solicitors to give satisfactory responses to questions arising from the results of searches or other concerns
  • A chain – e.g. where the buyer can only complete purchase once they have sold and received payment for their existing property

Key stages in the purchase process include:

  • We take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • We check your finances are in place to fund your purchase, and contact your lender’s solicitors if needed
  • We receive and advise on the draft contract documents drawn up by the seller’s solicitor
  • We carry out searches
  • We send any necessary enquiries to the seller’s solicitor and await their response, following up if necessary with further questions.
  • Once all enquiries have been satisfactorily responded to, we give you advice on all the documents and information we have received
  • We go through with you the conditions attached to your mortgage offer (if applicable)
  • We send the final contract to you to sign
  • We agree with the seller’s solicitors the completion date
  • We exchange contracts and notify you once this has happened
  • We arrange for all monies needed to be received from your lender (if applicable) and from you
  • We legally formalise the completion of your purchase
  • We deal with the payment of Stamp Duty or Land Transaction Tax on your behalf
  • We handle the application for the registration of your property at the Land Registry

Key stages in the sale process include:

  • We take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Once you have provisionally accepted an offer, we check the buyer’s finances are in place to fund their purchase, and contact their solicitors if needed
  • We draw up draft contract documents and send them to the buyer’s solicitor
  • We respond to any enquiries from the buyer’s solicitor and supply and documentation they may require.
  • Once the buyer’s solicitor is happy to proceed, we send the final contract to you to sign
  • We agree the completion date with the buyer’s solicitors
  • We exchange contracts and notify you once this has happened
  • We arrange for your legal fees to be received
  • We legally formalise the completion of your sale
  • We receive the agreed purchase price from the seller’s solicitor and pay it on to you after deduction of your legal fees

4. Table of our legal fees for purchase and sale of properties:

 

Price Band Solicitor’s fee[1]
£0 – £250,000 £850
£250,001 – £350,000 £895
£350,001 – £500,000 £950
£500,001 – £600,000 £995
£600,001 – £700,000 £1055
£700,001 – £800,000 £1095
£800,001 – £900,000 £1250
£900,001 – £1,000,000 £1350
£1,000,001 – £1,100,000 £1450
£1,100,001 – £1,200,000 £1550
£1,200,001 – £1,300,000 £1650
£1,300,001 – £1,400,000 £1750
£1,400,001 – £1,600,000 £1850
£1.6M plus P.O.A.

[1] exc. VAT. Applies to both freehold and leasehold properties

Please contact us for a detailed quote

5. Table of additional costs for sale / purchase services:

Service Fee exc. VAT
Bank Transfer Fee £40
Stamp Duty Return £75
Copying / Scanning £35
Leasehold Fee £150
New Build Fee £100
Gifted deposit fee £50 or higher if complicated
Shared Ownership £150
Second Charge £100
Separate representation by lender £250
Deed of Trust £300
ID check / thirdfort £18 / £30 per name
HMLR search £3
Bankruptcy £2 per name
Company purchase £150

6. Purchase Land Registry Fees:

Property Value Full[1] Online[1]
£0 – £80,000 £45 £20
£80,001 – £100,000 £95 £40
£100,001 – £200,000 £230 £100
£200,001 – £500,000 £330 £150
£500,001 – £1,000,000 £655 £295
£1,000,000 plus £1105 £500

7. Remortgage Land Registry Fees:

Property Value Full[1] Online[1]
£0 – £100,000 £45 £20
£100,001 – £200,000 £70 £30
£200,001 – £500,000 £100 £45
£500,001 – £1,000,000 £145 £65
£1,000,001 plus £305 £140

8. Table of our legal fees for Remortgages:

Price Band Fee exc. VAT
£0 – £250,000 £300
£250,001 – £350,000 £350
£350,001 – £500,000 £400
£500,001 – £600,000 £450
£600,001 – £700,000 £500
£700,001 – £800,000 £550
£800,001 – £900,000 £600
£900,001 – £1,000,000 £650
£1,000,001 – £1,200,000 £700
£1,200,001 – £1,400,000 £750
£1,400,001 – £1,600,000 £800

9. Table of additional costs for remortgaging services:

Service Fee exc. VAT
Telegraphic Transfer Fee £40
Transfer of Equity £100 on top of remortgage fee
Transfer of Equity (no mortgage) £400
Leasehold Fee £75
Shared Ownership £100
Second Charge £100
Separate representation by lender £250
Deed of Trust £300
ID check £18 / £30 per name

10. Professional Indemnity Cover

Our Professional Indemnity Cover is £5,000,000 any one transaction.

What Our Conveyancing Clients Say

Thank you so very much to Andrea Jefferies, what a true professional. Hard working, calm, polite, diligent and patient. I have just completed a very difficult, stressful and challening sale of a leasehold property.
Nothing fazed Andrea, fantastic, good communication and dedicated to get the job done. I am most grateful to her and Battrick Clark.
Great value, efficient and I recommend them, will certainly be using this firm again.

Munro Arnold, Conveyancing

Competitive charges and I found Kaye Taylor very easy to get hold of and she always returned calls promptly.

Kevin, Conveyancing

I have just completed a sale of a every difficult stressful and trying leasehold flat, I used this firm and found Andrea Jefferies to have been most helpful, thorough, patient and hard working. A credit to the firm and a very nice personable lady with a sense of humour too. Great value for money great service and highly recommended. Many thanks to you Battrick Clark.

9 Beaufort Heights, Bristol - Conveyancing

Brilliant- couldn’t ask for more. We have just used Battrick Clark for the sale of my mother’s house. Emma was brilliant and efficient. I would definitely use her again.

JackieP-130

Faultless, fast and friendly
Very competitive pricing for my recent conveyance work on a sale. The service was good, most efficient, great communications, always polite and patient.
Wouldn’t hesitate to use them again and recommend to anyone.
Many thanks Andrea J

MunroA

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness
The team at Battrick Clark Solicitors were a pleasure to work with as they supported me with conveyancing during what was a very busy time for them. They maintained a high standard of communication and the quality of their work was commendable throughout. Would highly recommend their services. Thank you very much to Summer B and her team for their hard work.

Alastair Humphries-Cuff

We moved house during the pandemic and used Battrick Clark for conveyancing for both our sale and our purchase. Throughout the process Emma was responsive, helpful and really made a difficult time much easier. She was superb in finally getting us to our new home. I really hope we won’t be moving again any time soon but when we do, we’ll certainly use Battrick Clark. And in the meantime, we’ll be enthusiastically recommending the firm!

Laura Longworth

Positive: Professionalism
I used Battrick Clark Solicitors to purchase a flat in Bristol. They are very efficient and have a streamlined process, which helps a lot in the current situation.
My solicitor Emma is very friendly and extremely helpful. She has done an amazing work for the conveyance. It was an absolute pleasure working with her. I would definitely recommend her to my friends.

Xian Lou

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
Ruth Sampson was excellent through our purchase and sale. She kept us updated throughout the process and made sure we had exchanged and completed as we requested. I would highly recommend using Battrick Clark for any conveyancing needs. Ruth was brilliant!

Robert Carswell

Great value and great service. Andrea took care of everything and stood by us during one failed sale and into the next more successful deal. Really proactive and good attention to detail. I would strongly recommend them and would use them again in the future. Thanks very much and well done!

Jon Steadman

Myself and my partner recently bought our first house through Battrick Clark and Summer Brown made the whole experience so easy for us. She helped us through every step of the process and we couldn’t of asked for a better service! I would highly recommend and use Summer again.

Will LW

Dealt with my case a few years ago when I had to take my ex off of my mortgage. Very quick and reliable and professional

Ashleigh Weyman-Beard

Thank you Kaye Taylor of Battrick Clark.

Buying your first home is never easy, you’ve got estate agents, mortgage providers, seller solicitors & surveyors to deal with. We had Kaye dealing with our purchase. Kaye was brilliant, really efficient, kept us up-to-date and argued our corner when needed. Thanks again, Dave & Em.

David Atkinson

Highly recommended. Amy Jones and Andrea Jefferies are excellent in their communication and execution of my instruction to them. They dealt professional with a South-African attorney who handled the sale of my property there.

Beverley Fourie

Fantastic experience using Battrick Clark for both my BTL company purchases. All emails and calls were responded to promptly, our Solicitor Ruth Sampson had a very professional and proactive approach which resulted in both transactions going through really quickly. Would highly recommend this firm particularly our Solicitor Ruth Sampson, she was brilliant in every aspect.

Fabian Fowler

Chloe Hague was really helpful and efficient all the way through and was also very easy to contact. I highly recommend her and the firm.

Edward Payne

I used Battrick Clark to purchase my first home, Ruth Sampson was our solicitor and was fantastic throughout the whole process responding to calls and emails very promptly. I would highly recommend Battrick Clark and would use them again.

Harry JH

Andrea Jefferies is an astounding solicitor and a joy to work with, and the more recent addition of Summer Brown is very welcomed. I would definitely recommend this firm after having multiple experiences.

Jessica Caswell

Used Battrick Clark for both my partner’s divorce and conveyancing when we recently moved – were great on both occasions.

Suzy Perry

Helen Battrick and her team at Battrick Clark are all absolute superstars. I recommend them to all my clients for their conveyancing for NEXA Bristol and they never fail to provide a 5* service.

Jake Gready

Battrick Clark and especially Kaye Taylor provided an excellent service and helped us complete our house deal on schedule with minimal fuss. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for property solicitors.

Rob Phelps

We have just completed on our house sale and purchase. Despite set backs and buyers from hell, Sinead Jest from Battrick Clark was the most pleasant and efficient person I have dealt with. She was always on top of matters and helped to ensure that the process went to completion. I would have no hesitation in recommending her

Justin Hardy

I had the difficult task of selling my Mum’s house when she went into Care. Battrick Clark, and Andrea in particular were professional and knowledgeable, a mere 8 weeks from start to completion. Andrea was a pleasure to deal with, keeping me informed every step of the way and ensuring that everything was in order, resulting in a smooth and trouble free sale.

Jane Pascal

I used Battrick Clark for the sale of my house and the purchase of the new one. Kaye Taylor handled both the sale and purchase. She replied promptly to emails and returned all my calls. She gave me as much time as I needed, and was patient with my many questions. I would definitely recommend them. And the friendly receptionist answered all my calls immediately.

Linda Lewis

Andrea was great and I would highly recommend this firm. Their service was profession, friendly, efficient and helpful throughout my conveyancing process.

Victoria Ellis

I am incredibly grateful to Sinead Jest for her help over the last year trying to buy a house. At one point she saved us nearly £50k by identifying an issue in the deeds and despite repeated communications and issues never queried the cost and when some extra work came up still refused to charge any more. I am so happy to have found a firm I can trust. They may not be the cheapest outright but I can never thank Sinead enough for her help and they’ll be my first choice in future.

Sam Rogers

Used this firm to conduct the sale of my property via “moneysaver”. Great value. Great service. Great communications. I live Overseas and this was no obstacle in a difficult transfer. They were very helpful, polite and nothing seemed to be a problem and always patient. I had the pleasure of Andrea Jefferies conducting my business highly professional, hard working and most affable. Thank you.
RECOMMENDED without a second thought !!

Munro Arnold

Andrea was just superb throughout a relatively complex and sometimes fraught series of conveyancing transactions. Calm, thoughtful, wonderfully responsive, Andrea provided great counsel and advice. Highly recommended.

Keith Hatter

I have used Battrick Clark for over 17 years for various property purchases. In the last couple of years Ellie Green has dealt with the transactions and has been extremely efficient. Responses to emails and queries are turned around within 24 hours, unheard of for most lawyers. The only hold up you will get in a house purchase will be from the other side.
Highly recommend.

Sarah Smith

I’ve used Battrick Clark on several occasions for property sales, despite not living in the area. Andrea Jefferies is by far the most efficient solicitor I have ever dealt with.
I have no hesitation in recommending.

Keith Lofthouse

Andrea at Battrick Clark went above and beyond my expectations, I live in the USA and they helped me with the sale of my property in Bristol. Good communication and customer service all round even though I was in another country. Highly recommended, good job.

Matthew Sturgess

We have just exchanged on our purchase whilst using Battrick Clark Solicitors. We had Sinead Jest working on our behalf who is a trainee solicitor, and who was absolutely brilliant. Replied to emails and queries so quickly, and always did her best to help us throughout the whole process. We can’t thank her enough. She was absolutely lovely.

Kathryn Miller

I used these guys for a re-mortgage and transfer of equity for a shared ownership property. Not only were Battrick Clark competitive on price, the service I received from Andrea, going the extra mile to deliver, keep in touch with status updates were beyond my expectations. Would strongly recommend.

Thomas Paris

Excellent service as always Andrea Jeffries is the most efficient conveyancer I have ever dealt with. Highly recommended

Chris Adams

I used Battrick Clark to sell my house and they were brilliant. The buyer was a nightmare as were the estate agents so Andrea at Battrick Clark took control of the whole thing and really helped resolve what was a nightmare of a sale. They even had fixed fees with no sale – no fee arrangement. I can’t fault the service at all.

Alan Yeates

We really appreciated Ruth Sampson at Battrick Clark hard work to successfully get us to completion. Especially difficult when we instructed her at the start of lockdown! She made it all very straight forward and we really appreciated the attention to detail and all the communication. We think you are brilliant!

Clare Savill

We used Battrick as conveyancer’s for our house purchase. Emma was professional, responsive, helpful and had a finger on the pulse at all times. Emma really made the process a lot less stressful and kept us updated at every stage of the process. I couldn’t recommend Battrick Clark enough.

Alex Macdonald

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