Buying or selling a house is one of the biggest financial decisions most of us make. There are no hidden extras – just a fast and efficient service with regular jargon-free updates. To guide you through the process, our award-winning, experienced and friendly team will ensure your transaction is completed as quickly and affordably as possible.
Please note that Probate Registry delays continue due to Covid-19. Until timing returns to normal we recommend avoiding marketing houses for sale until probate is confirmed – saving disappointment if a buyer pulls out due to delays.
Reviews of our conveyancing service
Don’t just take our word for it – feedback shows 97% of residential conveyancing customers throughout the UK say they would recommend us to others. To see what others say about our service:
Quick quote, no hidden fees
Contact us for a free, no obligation conveyancing quote. The price you are quoted to complete your conveyancing is the price you pay. We will not provide you with a low quote and add on extras as we go through the process!
Hillyer McKeown is a member of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme which is the only recognised quality standard for residential property legal work. We are continually assessed to ensure high standards are maintained.
Our teams are led by experienced legal experts, supported by legal assistants. Our conveyancers are supervised by Caroline Jones.
Examples of conveyancing costs
Please note that the cost of selling or buying a house depends on factors such as whether the property is leasehold or freehold. It is important to ask for a quote for the particular property you are buying or selling, so you will know exactly what you are paying for.
Also, some costs are the same regardless of the solicitor you might choose to use – such as local searches. We encourage you to get a quote which lists all the costs up front that you will be expected to pay. Also, be sure that these standard costs are included and your quote details and whether VAT is included or not. This will avoid any surprises later down the line which can trip up home buyers or sellers. Also, check when you’ll be expected to pay the charges, allowing you to budget.
3 points to consider when getting a quote:
- Are all charges included – including standard charges?
- Which costs include / exclude VAT?
- When will you be expected to pay each amount?
Selling a freehold property quote example:
Based on a sale price of £133,000.
- Legal fees – £595
- VAT – £99
In addition, to the above you may also have to pay other costs and disbursements (costs involved in the process that are payable to someone else. We make the payment for you to ensure a smoother process, and you pay us back). Below is an example of the additional sums you may have to pay:
- Title register, £3.
- Title plan, £3.
- Additional title documents (per document), £3.
- Fees for verification of identification (per person), £12 (including VAT).
Buying a freehold property quote example:
Based on a purchase price of £250,000.
Legal fees £600.
In addition, to the above you may also have to pay other costs and disbursements, below is an example of the additional sums you may have to pay:
- Property searches (local, drainage, environmental) £164.90.
- Land Registry Search fee £3.
- Bankruptcy search fee (per name) £2.
- Lawyer checker fee £12.
- Fee for online Identification verification (per name) £12 (including VAT).
- Registration fee £135.
- Bank transfer fee (per transfer) £35 (including VAT).
- Stamp duty is £0 (this is a temporary change due to current Stamp Duty holiday on main residences, costing up to £500,000). Please note that this Stamp Duty holiday is due to end on the 31st March 2021.
Members of our conveyancing team
Caroline Jones – Partner, Head of the department
Caroline attended Queen’s University, Belfast and qualified in 2006.
She specialises in commercial property acquisitions and disposals, pension fund acquisitions, all aspects of landlord and tenant work, planning matters, option and overage agreements. She acts for developers and portfolio clients across the UK and in Ireland.
She also specialises in providing clients with efficient, legally sound and commercially focussed advice. This approach helps to speed up transactions, minimising risk and maximising opportunities.
Dan Nevin – Solicitor
Dan qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 but has over 11 years’ experience specialising in all aspects of residential conveyancing.
Dan has extensive experience dealing with all aspects of residential property matters but his expertise also covers local knowledge, re-mortgages and transfers of equity. He takes pride in maintaining the highest level of service and has a great reputation with local estate agents and mortgage brokers.
Dan has also previously been shortlisted for the Conveyancer of the Year by the national Modern Law Conveyancing Awards.
Dan likes to take the stress out of your property purchase or sale and does this by working hard to make sure he delivers excellent client service and that each stage of the process is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Danielle Hall – Licenced Conveyancer
Danielle qualified in 2018 but amassed years of experience prior to obtaining her licence. Her experience covers all aspects of residential buying and selling property. She previously specialised in large London based transactions through broker referrals.
Danielle is proud to have been recognised for her talent and nominated for an award at the National Mortgage Awards.
Danielle aims to reduce stress throughout a demanding and often confusing process. She works hard to provide top level service, giving as much help and guidance as possible. She takes pride in her organisational and communication skills, the result of which is continual positive feedback received from clients and other third parties.
Andrew Hazeldine – Solicitor
Andrew has over 13 years’ experience of buying or selling properties, including handling complicated property transactions. This includes complicated transactions such as providing advice about investment properties (for example, through a company), non-standard mortgages, remortgages and transfers of equity, acting for executors of an estate or attorneys when someone dies, and more.
Please note: Prior to 1st November 2020, HM Legal Services Limited was referred to as Hillyer McKeown LLP.
Two handy checklists to help you choose and move into your dream home
- Viewing a house
So, you have a shortlist of ideal houses and dream of moving in. How do you decide which is right for you? This house viewing checklist will help you find what you are looking for. Legal points? Tick. Saving money? Check. How long will it take? Done. You have your house viewing covered!
2. Moving house
Congratulations! You have found the right house at the right price. This checklist covers what to do before moving out for your old house into the new. Avoid expensive bills? Done. Sort out utilities? Tick. These house moving tips will help your move go smoothly leaving you to enjoy your new home!
What clients think
“Claire was so understanding and patient. I suppose most solicitors have client contact of around 6 weeks; Claire has had 13 weeks with me. She has been most professional and understanding keeping me updated and answering queries quickly. She really does deserve a medal and praise. I really appreciate your hard work.”A very happy customer
A well as your house sale or purchase being handled by friendly property solicitors, our team are property experts who have local knowledge of the areas in which they work. Our residential property conveyancing service includes:
- Selling a property
- Buying a property
- Transfer of ownership
- Property auctions
- Residential Tenancy Agreements (RTAs)
Request a quotation
Email us for a no obligation quotation (please include the details listed above). We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.