The specialists at Duncan & Toplis provide legal and probate services, such as Wills, Inheritance Tax, Lasting Power of Attorney, and more.

Residential purchase

All transactions are different and vary in complexity. We cannot give a precise cost until we have all the information for the transaction. We charge on a fee banding which is based on the value of a property:

£0 - £100,000 - £850 plus VAT
£100,001 - £300,000 - £950 plus VAT
£300,001 - £500,000 - £1,150 plus VAT
£500,001 - £1,000,000 - £1,500 plus VAT
£1,000,000 or more - 0.25% value of property plus VAT

An example of a quote for the purchase of a freehold property at £100,000 would be:

Legal fee£850.00
VAT on legal fee£170.00
Telegraphic transfer fee£36.00
Land registration fee£95.00
Searches (approximately)£300.00
Pre-completion searches£6.00
Stamp Duty Land Tax*£0.00

*Please use the Stamp Duty Land Tax calculator here to calculate this.

What is included

  • Taking instructions from the client
  • Compliance with ID and AML checks
  • Reviewing the contract pack
  • Carrying out searches
  • Raising enquiries with the seller's solicitor and reviewing the responses
  • Drafting a report on title
  • Drafting a transfer deed
  • Dealing with the lender’s documents (if applicable)
  • Co-ordinating signatures from the relevant parties


What is not included

  • Leasehold titles
  • Unregistered titles
  • Help to Buy or other funding schemes
  • Freeholds with management companies
  • Declarations of Trust
  • Transfers of Part
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