Ashbourne: 01335 345454

Ashby: 01530 412046

Derby (Conveyancing): 01332 200200

Derby (Wills & Probate): 01332 380 848

Duffield: 01332 841115

Manchester: 0161 3810191

South Normanton: 01773 580280

Ripley: 01773 747000

Shirebrook: 01623 747270

Stafford: 01785 748507


No residential property is exactly the same as another, so our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your purchase.

We charge fees in bands based on the value of the property being bought and our fees for a residential freehold conveyancing purchase start from £560 plus VAT (at 20% this is £112) making a total of £672.

Our average charge for a freehold house purchase that does not have unexpected complications is just over £750 plus VAT (at 20% this is £150) making a total of £900. If your transaction does have unexpected complications we will always inform you of that as soon as we become aware of the situation and would fully discuss the potential consequences of that with you before incurring any extra charges.

What our fee includes.

  • Straightforward source of funds compliance work
  • Issuing guidance notes
  • Receiving contract papers and investigating title
  • Raising enquiries with your seller's conveyancer
  • Issuing you with a report on the papers we have received
  • Confirming the terms of your mortgage offer (if appropriate)
  • Carrying out appropriate searches
  • Reporting to you the result of our pre-contract searches
  • Advising on the issues relating to jointly owned property (if appropriate)
  • Preparing transfer documentation
  • Preparing mortgage documentation (if appropriate)
  • Dealing with the legal documentary requirements of your mortgage lender (if appropriate)
  • Meeting with you, or appropriate letter depending on geographic distance, to have documentation signed
  • Provision of our written Conveyancing Report
  • Dealing with exchange of contracts and setting completion date
  • Accounting to you
  • Dealing with completion arrangements
  • Keeping you and the estate agent reasonably informed of progress
  • Unless otherwise agreed completion of the SDLT Return and making payment of SDLT due
  • Dealing with registration formalities of the Land Registry
  • Preparing a final report to you and your mortgage lender (if appropriate).


  • Specialist tax advice, third party costs including all search fees
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Land Registry and other fees for copy documents and Land Registry registration fees
  • Defective title indemnity insurance premiums.
  • Bank transfer costs
  • Additional charges will apply for:
  • Where your property includes a Help to Buy mortgage
  • Unregistered titles
  • Shared ownership transaction
  • Leasehold transactions
  • Where your property is New Build
  • Where a lease extension is involved
  • Freeholds where freeholder consent may be required
  • Where there is a perceived defect in title
  • Declarations of Trust
  • Missing or absentee landlords
  • Where a transaction needs to be expedited
  • Transfers of Part
  • Gifted deposits
  • Second charges
  • Occupiers' consents
  • Lifetime and Help to Buy ISAs


Disbursements are costs (i.e. expenses), 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.

The following comprise the usual disbursements:

  • Search fees – between £217.00 and £400.00 depending on the type and volume of searches required. For instance, in addition to the searches included in our professional search pack it may be necessary to arrange for a Mining Report. This would currently cost you an additional £43 inc vat.
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax – this depends upon a variety of factors. A calculation is available through the HMRC website
  • Land Registry fee – current fees are available through the Land Registry website
  • Electronic money transfer fee £42.00 inc. VAT
  • Notice and compliance fees on leasehold purchases – these can only be ascertained during the transaction but typically can range between £240.00 to £480.00 inc. VAT

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 longer, depending on the number of parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage offer in place, it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 to 4 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

Our Team

The principal members of our Conveyancing team are:

Joanne Jones – Partner & Head of Property Department
Elly Tavener – Partner
Toby Clamp – Conveyancer