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Our residential property team has over fifty years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to residential conveyancing. There a very few scenarios that will arise that someone will have not dealt with before and you can be assured that we will make the sale of your property as easy and stress free as it can be.

You will be allocated a designated member of the team who will have the responsibility for the day to day running of your sale. We have two members of the team who may work on your matter. The team is made up of:

Diane Oliphant – Chartered Legal Executive, Head of Department and Partner of the Firm

Chloe Fuller – Solicitor

Each of our fee-earners undertake regular training both in-house and external courses on conveyancing to ensure that they remain up to date with the law and conveyancing procedures. All members of the team are supervised. Full details of their supervisor is provided on your initial paperwork.

You can read more about each of our team members by clicking here.

Sale of a Freehold Property

What’s Included

Our fees cover all of the usual the work required to complete the sale of your property. The precise stages involved in the sale of a property vary according to the circumstances. However, key stages include:

  • Taking your instructions and providing your with initial paperwork.

  • Make initial contact with the estate agents and buyers solicitors.

  • Obtain your title deeds.

  • Submit Contacts to the other parties solicitors.

  • Respond to any enquiries raised.

  • Review your finance i.e. mortgage balance.

  • Invite you into the office to discuss the sale, obtain your signatures to the legal documentation and discuss dates.

  • Set the matter up for completion (this is when you will receive a financial statement.)

  • Exchange of Contracts – the day the completion date is legally fixed.

  • Completion – the day you move out.

How long will my house sale take?

We expect that the matter will take 6-8 weeks to complete as a standard timescale. However, we will endeavor to complete the matter as quickly as possible. This timescale is dependent upon a number of factors such as delays caused by the buyers/buyers solicitors raising enquiries, defects in the title to the property that need solving, how quickly you let us have the information requested and/or delays caused by third parties (such as the buyers mortgage company) and of course your own requirements for moving. Some matters have been completed in a s quickly as 1 week. Others with more complex titles have been ongoing for in excess of 6 months.

Our Fees

Residential conveyancing work at Paisleys is generally undertaken on a fixed fee basis.

For information and to assist you in understanding how our fees are calculated please see the below illustration on a typical sale of £100,000.00 with two sellers and an existing mortgage.


Legal fees £750.00 + VAT payable £150.00

Subtotal £900.00 plus disbursements listed below.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as obtaining copies of documentation. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the matter.

  • Telegraphic transfer fee £16.00*

  • HM Land Registry documentation fee : £6.00**

  • Identification Check (per person): £6.30

  • Solicitors Check £15.00**

Grand total £943.30

The prices provided are indicative of the likely cost in a transaction or case and should not be taken as an absolute quote. You must still contact us to obtain a detailed estimate which takes into account the individual circumstances of your transaction.

Our fee assumes that this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example a defect in title which requires further works/investigations prior to completion or the preparation of additional documentation.

**There is a fee of £16.00 for each telegraphic transfer that we undertake. On a sale there is likely to be one to pay the mortgage monies to your existing lender. Should you choose to have any balance paid to you then you can incur an additional £16.00 or have the money sent to you via a free 3 working days transfer .

**Any additional documentation needed from HM Land Registry is charged at £3.00 per document.

Where a matter does not proceed to completion you may be billed for the work carried out on the abortive matter. This is based on the amount of time spent on your matter and calculated by the team members hourly rate. The abortive bill will never be higher than the fixed fee you have been provided (unless this has been discussed with you beforehand). The current hourly rates are set out below:

  • Diane Oliphant – £250.00 & £50.00 vat

  • Chloe Fuller – £220.00 & £44.00 vat



Other possible costs and disbursements


Leasehold Properties

For sales that involve selling a leasehold property that is new or management company, or a leasehold property on a short term (i.e. not the 999 year leases) there is an additional fee of £300.00 inc VAT for the extra work involved. Please note that if the matter is leasehold is it usual that the matter will fall outside of the 6-8 week timeframe and it is likely to be 12-15 weeks. There is also be additional fees payable to the management company and these vary from and are typically in the region £50 – £250

Miscellaneous Payments

There can quite often be payments due under the title deeds to third parties such as certificates for consents for works done, historical ground rents and/or even costs for consents to sell the property. There are all confirmed on a case by case basis. Some properties require additional searches to be paid for by the sellers this is the case if the buyer carries out a search such as a mining or flood report report and more in-depth information is required.

Quite often documentation is simply lost over time and companies will make charges for supply for copies. A prime example of this is for copies of lost planning permissions. The cost of these vary from council to council and are in the region of £20.00 per document.

Indemnity Policies

Indemnity policies are fairly common in conveyancing matters and used to cover a wide variety of issues such as defects in the title, lack of planning/building regulations and issues from searches. It is usual for the sellers to cover the cost of these on a sale matter but there is no legal requirement for this. Polices are obtained on a case by case basis and start from £14.00 and can run into the £1000’s. Every policy that may be needed is discussed with you prior to any financial costs being incurred.

If you are thinking of instructing Paisleys on your purchase then please do not hesitate to contact us for a free no obligation estimate via telephone on 01900 602235 or email us at where we will be able to discuss the matter with you.

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