Why choose Myerson

Our team at Myerson has a breadth of experience to provide you with the expert legal support and quality of service you are looking for.

As part of our core values, we provide you with clear and transparent cost information from the outset. 

Working in partnership with you on your requirements, matters are assigned to the most appropriate level of fee earner (always subject to partner supervision) to support you throughout your matter and ensure absolute cost effectiveness and efficiency. 

We set out below a summary of our charges which, when combined with our high quality service, represents excellent value.

We would be happy to discuss our fees with you further, contact us here.  

Purchasing a leasehold property

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your property including reviewing arrangements for management of the building in addition to the usual steps for any purchase. We have set out below the key stages of a leasehold purchase.

Our approach to fees

Our fees will be determined by the value and complexity of the transaction and will also take into account any work required to deal with any unusual aspects of the purchase.

We offer a standard fixed fee for our residential property transactions subject to the proviso that the transaction has no complicating factors such as lack of certification for any alterations or building works carried out, title defects that need to be reported to lenders, remedied or indemnity insurance put in place or nonstandard mortgage conditions to be complied with. Our standard fixed fees start at £950 plus VAT and disbursements and increase in line with the value of the property as detailed below.

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Additional charges to cover complicated factors will be based upon the time needed to deal with them. The hourly rates charged will be dependent on the experience of the Solicitor dealing with the transaction and start at £155 plus VAT. If we need to liaise with other solicitors in other departments within the firm then their hourly rates are also set out below. We will provide you with an estimate of the total additional charges either at the outset of the transaction or when we become aware of any complicating factors.

If your purchase falls through before it is completed then we will charge for the time spent to the point where the matter became aborted subject to our fees never exceeding the agreed fixed fee and charges for dealing with any complicating factors. 

Hourly rates of our solicitors

If complicating factors arise then we will charge for the extra time involved. Our standard hourly rates (excluding VAT) are as follows:

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All rates are subject to VAT at 20%.

Typical disbursements

Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the Land Registry.

On a leasehold house purchase we would expect disbursements to include:

  • Searches including but not limited to a search of the local land charge register and standard enquiries of the local authority, drainage search, environmental search, planning history and also any other recommended searches such as mining or flood risk. Prices depend on the area and search provider so we can only estimate that these will be between £300-400 plus VAT.
  • A fee for transferring any money as a same day payment. For example, to forward the money to the sellers solicitors on completion: £25 plus VAT
  • Identification check to satisfy money laundering requirements: £5 plus VAT per person
  • Lawyer Check search to verify the seller’s solicitors bank details: £10.00 plus VAT
  • Pre completion searches at the Land Registry: £3.00 plus VAT per title
  • Pre completion bankruptcy search: £2.00 plus VAT per name searched
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). This varies dependent on the transaction and we recommend you use the official SDLT calculator to ascertain the likely charge https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro
  • Land Registry registration fees. The fee will dependent on the value and nature of the transaction and we recommend that you use the official Land Registry fee calculator to ascertain the likely charge http://landregistry.data.gov.uk/fees-calculator.html
  • Fees payable to a landlord/freeholder, management company or both, when providing notice of the purchase of the leasehold interest by you. These will be dependent on the provisions in the lease and the individual landlord or managing agents.

What's involved?

The stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to each particular transaction, however, we have listed below the key stages that will be covered by our legal fee:

  • Taking your instructions and providing you with initial advice;
  • Obtaining contract, title and supporting information documents from the seller's solicitors
  • Reviewing the contract and supporting documents and raising any necessary title enquiries with the seller's solicitors
  • Reviewing the management arrangements for the property and raising any necessary title enquiries with the seller’s solicitors for the managing agents/landlord
  • Obtaining the usual searches for a property and reviewing the contents of the same
  • If you are obtaining mortgage funding, receiving mortgage instructions, reviewing the same and ensure compliance with any conditions
  • Preparing an SDLT return form, transfer and other documents relevant to that particular transaction
  • Reporting to you on the title, information documents, searches and other relevant matters
  • Meeting with you to obtain your signature on the Contract and Transfer document;
  • Taking your instructions on suitable completion dates
  • Exchanging contracts to confirm the completion date and secure the purchase of the Property;
  • Completing the purchase transaction
  • Paying any SDLT due as a result of the transaction and filing the SDLT return
  • Registering the property and your mortgage with the Land Registry, if any
  • Serving notice of purchase and charge, if any, on any relevant third parties including the landlord/managing agents
  • Providing you with confirmation of the registration of the property into your name and any pre-registration deeds and documents
  • Providing your mortgage lender with a copy of the updated title documents

 

Selling a leasehold property

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the sale of your property. We have set out below the key stages of a standard leasehold sale.

Our approach to fees

Our fees will be determined by the value and complexity of the transaction and will also take into account any work required to deal with any unusual aspects of the sale.

We offer a standard fixed fee for our residential property transactions subject to the proviso that the transaction has no complicating factors such as lack of certification for any alterations or building works carried out, title defects that need to be reported to lenders, remedied or indemnity insurance put in place or nonstandard mortgage conditions to be complied with. Our standard fixed fees start at £950 plus VAT and disbursements and increase in line with the value of the property as detailed below.

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Additional charges to cover complicated factors will be based upon the time needed to deal with them. The hourly rates charged will be dependent on the experience of the Solicitor dealing with the transaction and start at £155 plus VAT. If we need to liaise with other solicitors in other departments within the firm then their hourly rates are also set out below. We will provide you with an estimate of the total additional charges either at the outset of the transaction or when we become aware of any complicating factors.

If your sale falls through before it is completed then we will charge for the time spent to the point where the matter became aborted subject to our fees never exceeding the agreed fixed fee and charges for dealing with any complicating factors. 

Hourly rates of our solicitors

If complicating factors arise then we will charge for the extra time involved. Our standard hourly rates (excluding VAT) are as follows:

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All rates are subject to VAT at 20%.

Typical disbursements

Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the Land Registry.

On a freehold house sale we would expect disbursements to include:

  • Copies of Land Registry Title, register, plan and documents at £3 plus VAT per document obtained
  • Fee for transferring any money as a same day payment, for example to redeem an existing charge or account to you for the balance: £25 plus VAT
  • Identification check to satisfy money laundering requirements: £5 plus VAT per person
  • Sales information pack from the landlord and/or managing agents: these fees vary depending on the provider and can range from around £100 to in excess of £500

What's involved?

The stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to each particular transaction, however, we have listed below the key stages that will be covered by our legal fee:

  • Taking your instructions and providing you with initial advice;
  • Obtaining title documents and prepare a Contract for Sale for submission to your buyer’s solicitors;
  • Obtain a sales information pack from the landlord and/or managing agent
  • Dealing with any title enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors;
  • Obtaining a settlement figure for any charges secured against your property;
  • Approving the form of Transfer supplied by the buyer’s solicitor;
  • Meeting with you to obtain your signature on the Contract and Transfer document;
  • Taking your instructions regarding proposed completion dates;
  • Exchanging contracts to confirm the completion date and secure the sale of the Property;
  • Preparing a statement of account including apportionments of ground rent and service charge due from or to the buyer at completion
  • Completing the sale transaction and accounting to you and any existing lender for the sale proceeds;
  • Accounting to any Estate Agents for settlement of their fees as pre-approved by you;
  • Settling any outstanding ground rent or service charge with the landlord/managing agent on completion

Our Team

We have 3 members of our Residential Property team who may work on your matter. Further details on each of them can be found by clicking on their names below. All of the members of the team will be supervised by one of the partners in our Residential Property team.

Heather Adams

Heather Adams

Heather is a Senior Solicitor and Head of our Residential Property department

Claire Brown

Claire Brown

Claire is a Solicitor in our Residential Property department

Joanna Colgan

Joanna Colgan

Joanna is a Trainee Solicitor in our Residential Property & Private Client departments