Welcome to our Residential Conveyancing team page.

With so much choice to help you buy and sell your home, why choose our conveyancing team?

We are a committed, enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable team who want to help you through one of life’s big changes. Our aim is to make sure things run smoothly, reducing stress which can be experienced during the conveyancing process. And if that leaves you unsure whether to consider us, here are 5 more reasons to help you decide:

information 1. Our transparent quoting

We offer a free; no-obligation quote which contains no hidden fees, so the price you are quoted is the price you’ll pay. We will not provide you with a low price quote, and then add on extras as we go through the process which can happen with other conveyancing firms.

Be aware that the quickest and lowest price is not always the best in the long run. Conveyancing prices depend on the particular property. For example, there are more steps when buying a leasehold property compared to a freehold property and here’s why the conveyancing price is different.

If you are asking for several quotes, be aware that some costs are the same (such as Land Registry fees) regardless of the solicitor you choose to use. We encourage you to check your quotes detail all the costs up front that you will be expected to pay to avoid surprises when you receive the final bill – especially if you are a new home buyer or seller.

questions answered

Important points to consider when getting a quote:

  1. Are all charges included – including a list of standard charges?
  2. Which costs include / exclude VAT?
  3. When will you be expected to pay each amount so you can plan ahead?

Price difference can also depend on whether you will have direct access to the team helping you. Lower costs can mean less communication, or someone more junior handling your conveyancing. Make sure you know what you are paying for. You can then choose what you value most, and decide if that is worth paying a little more for. If anything changes, a quality conveyancing team will keep you up to date of any additional costs so you can budget.

information/top tipTop tip: When asking several conveyancing solicitors for quotes, make sure you can make a fair comparison. Ask for a quote for the particular property you are buying or selling, which affects the conveyancing cost.

Our handy checklist guides:

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team oriented2. Choose a friendly conveyancing team

Buying or selling a house is one of the biggest financial decisions most of us make. Choose a friendly team which takes pride in working on your behalf. With our team, there are no hidden extras – just a fast and efficient service with regular jargon-free updates. As a lot of the conveyancing process goes on in the background, you need a team motivated to move things along. This is very important if something doesn’t go to plan, or there is a delay – you will then appreciate a team which is on your side to reduce stress in what can be a demanding situation!

List of residential conveyancing services

Our team are property experts who have local knowledge of the areas in which they work and cover:

  • Buying and selling homes
  • Mortgages and re-mortgages
  • Transfer of ownership
  • Property auctions
  • Residential Tenancy Agreements (RTAs)
  • Buy-to-let
  • Purchase of freehold and lease extensions

Important updates affecting the conveyancing industry

Probate Registry office delays

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.

Stamp Duty Land Tax rate update 2021

The Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday ended on 30th June to the usual pre-pandemic rates now apply.

Stamp Duty rates for England and Northern Ireland 2021

Calculate the Stamp Duty rates on Moneysaving Expert here.

Land Transaction Tax (LTT) changes in Wales

The nil rate band of LTT for residential property transactions has reverted to £180,000. Visit the Welsh Government website here for information about the rates and bands.

There are no transitional rules. A transaction would have had to complete before 1st July 2021 to use the temporary increase to the nil rate band.

Here is the updated Welsh LTT calculator, services and guidance.

3. Our commitment to a gold-standard service

The teams are led by experienced legal experts, supported by friendly and dedicated legal assistants. Our conveyancers are supervised by Caroline Jones, Partner and Head of Department, and Corinne Vaughan, Operations Manager.

IIC Gold Award 2021Hillyer McKeown has been independently assessed by Investor in Customers for customer experience, and awarded a Gold Standard accreditation for two years running.

Our team is also 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.

SRA accredited logoOur legal team is SRA regulated, meaning that they work to a recognised, independent standard, ensuring a professional service at all times.

Call 0330 0564082 or email [email protected] to receive a no obligation quote today!

We can further offer to assist on a range of other services including Wills and probate and advice for landlords and tenants.

costs involved4. Our sample conveyancing quotes 

Selling a freehold property example:

This example is based on a sale price of £133,000.

  • Legal fees – £595 + VAT.
  • VAT – £99.

In addition to the above, you may also have to pay other costs and disbursements*. 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 example:

This example is based on a purchase price of £250,000.

  • Legal fees £1,045 + VAT.
  • VAT £209.

In addition to the above, you may also have to pay other costs and disbursements*. An example of the additional sums you may have to pay:

  • Property searches (local, drainage, environmental) – £169.10.
  • Land Registry Search fee – £3.
  • Bankruptcy search fee (per name) – £2.
  • Lawyer checker fee – £14.40
  • Fee for online Identification verification (per name) – £12 (including VAT).
  • Registration fee – £135.
  • Bank transfer fee (per transfer) – £42 including VAT.
  • Stamp duty is £0 – temporary change due to Stamp Duty Holiday in England for property up to £500,000 and in Wales up to £250,000 up until 30th June 2021.

*Disbursements are costs involved in the process that are payable to someone else. These costs are fixed and are payable by everyone.

great team5. Meet the dedicated members of our 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.

Caroline 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. He 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.

Sara Wakefield – Solicitor

Sara is a conveyancing solicitor with extensive experience and local knowledge which clients often appreciate. In addition to buying and selling houses, Sara also has the experience to handle more complex matters relating to residential property. Examples include, changing a property over from leasehold to freehold, re-mortgaging, and helping landlords redraft or update tenancy agreements.

Sara prides herself on making sure that clients understand the process and that things go as smoothly as they possibly can. She is very friendly and approachable, which great attention to detail.

contact usContact our Residential Conveyancing team

Request a free, no-obligation quotation. We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can, and look forward to working with you soon!

Call 0330 0564082 or email [email protected] to receive a no obligation quote today!

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What clients think about our service

“Can I just say how great you have been with all the buying and selling of my house and flat. It’s a bit of a minefield for the uneducated and to be fair nothing seemed to be too much hassle for you – thanks for all your help and patience. I would highly recommend you to anyone who needs a solicitor.” Richie Preston, Branch Manager, City Plumbing.co.uk

I have dealt with panel solicitors and by a long distance, Sean is the most approachable, professional and helpful I have had the pleasure of dealing with. It’s not often we get a ‘well done’ or a ‘thank you’ but Sean deserves this, he heads up a very good team (including Adele). Sincere thanks.” Kerry Harris, Branch Manager, Countrywide

“We have used Hillyer McKeown before and will use again. Straight talking, good response to questions.” Residential Property Client

“I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the conveyancing team for a first-class service, updates and attention for the smooth transition in selling our home.” Residential Property Client