Residential Pricing

Residential Pricing

Thank you for looking at our property services. We have been assisting people with the buying and selling of their home since 1955. We are experts in this field.

Whether you are a first-time buyer or an investor, we are here to take the stress out of buying and selling a home. We will guide you through each step of the transaction and tailor our service to your personal requirements, so you get exactly the service you need.

When it comes to selling a property, there are important decisions you need to make and we are here to ensure that all your legal obligations are met. There are lots of boxes to tick and we want to assist you in selling your house quickly and efficiently, leaving you free to move on to your next property.

Why us – How are we Different?

We recognise that buying and selling your home can be a really stressful time and what you need is a friendly, helpful solicitor who understands the stresses involved.

Our approach is a simple – we provide a first-class personal service with one person dealing with your matter throughout. We do not have a pool of people that you are expected to contact, we know this causes frustration for everyone involved.

With F Barnes you can directly contact the one person that acts for you. We are real people that can adapt to each and every situation. We provide you with the service you require particularly where there is a chain or strong competition. In short, you are in a ‘Safe Pair of Experienced Hands’.

We know how important it is to take care of all the complicated legal details and to remove any confusion and uncertainty from the process of selling or buying a property.

Whether you are selling or buying your property through an estate agent or privately, we will make everything as clear as possible. Our team are made up of highly qualified conveyancers who have the legal and technical “know how” to resolve any issues as they arise in a professional and efficient manner.

We recognise that communication is key, especially where there are complex issues to deal with, so will ensure you are always kept up-to-date and get answers to your questions in plain English.

We do not operate automated telephone systems nor do we have a voicemail facility which leaves you feeling distant from us.

Our traditional values ensure that you get the very best personal ‘one to one’ service. We want you to feel confident that you are a priority, with our aim being that we are available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage.

We recognise you need reassurance and provide an outlet for any concerns that you may have.

Your property is often the biggest investment you have, so you need a reliable, first-class service to protect that investment.

There are no hidden extra costs in our prices.

Many firms will advertise or quote a low basic premium to attract you to call and simply add on additional fees for dealing with certain steps that will need to be completed giving you a false sense of value.  Typical add-ons are a fee for acting for the mortgage lender, registering the property and completing the Land Transaction Return in relation to the payment of stamp duty. These are all included in our fixed fee price.

We are on all the major lending panels. This means that if you are purchasing by way of a mortgage you do not have to instruct a separate solicitor to act for the mortgage lender, we can do it all for you at no additional cost. Our price includes everything you will need to pay to complete your matter.  You will be clear of what your costs at the outset enabling you to plan your budget accurately with no surprises at the end.

We are proud to hold Lexcel and CQS Accreditations, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain high levels of client care.

Pricing

The fees involved in any transaction are important and we review our fees on a regular basis, considering client’s feedback to ensure we always offer good value for money.

We always agree costs with you in advance before we start any work and will not exceed any agreed costs without prior agreement first. Our range of fees is based upon the agreed sale or purchase price of the property.

If during the transaction there is a new development, we will discuss the change in fees with you and agree a way forward.

Time Scales for purchasing or selling a residential property.

The matter will be progressed as quickly as possible. Please remember that we are dependent upon third parties to co-operate to achieve expedition. In our experience a case of this nature can take between 8 weeks and 14 weeks to complete and can vary according to the different factors such as

  • Number of parties in the chain
  • Whether the buyer has a mortgage in place
  • Whether the buyer requests lease extension for a leasehold property
  • Whether the searches flag up any issues
  • Whether buyer’s Survey shows up any issues
  • Buyer’s Enquiries

We will discuss timescales with you at the earliest opportunity.

Our Property Team

Katrina Lewis

Katrina Lewis is one of the Directors of F Barnes and the Head of the Residential Conveyancing department. She supervises the team of conveyancers.

Katrina graduated at Leicester University with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and joined F Barnes in 1994.  She specialises in residential conveyancing and probate matters, is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the West Essex Law Society.

Katrina prides herself on providing a friendly and professional service with clear fixed fees.  She takes a straightforward approach and doesn’t bombard you with legal jargon. 

Whether you are buying or selling (or both) Katrina understands that moving house can be stressful and knows the importance of progressing matters as quickly as possible and keeping you up to date at every stage of the transaction.  Katrina’s experience enables you to move house with as little stress as possible, ensuring that you can get on with moving into your new home.

Katrina is based at our Collier Row Office. If instructed on an hourly rate Katrina charges £300 per hour

What the Clients Say:

The level of professionalism I received from Katrina Lewis and her assistant Linda Thorne was second to none.  I felt totally confident from the very beginning with my house sale and purchase were being dealt with the utmost of care. My questions and answers were dealt with almost immediately, they were both friendly, courteous and very helpful in every matter. Their work was to the very highest of standards.  I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any potential client. D Ansell Dagenham

Tracey Levins

Tracey has been a Conveyancing Manager since the 1980’s. Tracey joined F Barnes as part of the merger with Fenton & Hunwicks in 2010.

She is an Affiliated Member of the Institute of Legal Executives.

Tracey prides herself on an open helpful and friendly relationship with her clients and is always happy to speak to them and as a result has an expanding following of satisfied clients who are more than happy to recommend her to family and friends. Tracey is plain speaking and skilled at progressing the matter as quickly as possible whilst taking the stress out of the situation as much as she can.

Tracey is based at our Collier Row Office. If instructed on an hourly rate Tracey charges £220 per hour

What the Clients Say:

We used F Barnes Solicitors, Collier Row for a sale and purchase. From the start Tracey Levins and Shan were excellent. They kept us up to date with any issues and promptly replied to any call or query we had. When our chain became unstable, (due to issues above us) and was at risk at collapsing, they did everything they could to get us to exchange and completion within very tight time constraints as our buyer’s mortgage was about to expire. I have no doubt that hadn’t it been for their hard work we wouldn’t be in our new home now. I’d highly recommend using F Barnes. Anthony Schrier

Martin Lawrence

Martin joined the Conveyancing Department of the firm in July 2015.

Martin is a Conveyancing Executive with over 25 years’ experience in the legal profession and has gained a considerable amount of experience in all aspects of residential and domestic conveyancing.  Martin has dealt with the purchase and sale of all types of leasehold and freehold property.

He has a particular speciality in auction property and attends a number of property auctions to provide advice to prospective bidders, acts for successful bidders in their purchase, and also prepares legal packs for clients selling properties at auction.

Martin has fixed fees for acting in auction sales or purchases. He will prepare the legal pack for your property in advance of the auction at a cost of £750 plus vat. He charges a fixed fee of £750 plus vat for taking a property that has been successfully sold at auction through to completion.

Martin is based at our Gidea Park office. If instructed on an hourly rate Martin charges £230 per hour.

What the clients say:

I recently instructed F Barnes solicitors  for the purchase of an auction property. Martin Lawrence and Stephanie Davison who handled the transaction were absolutely brilliant. From start to finish the service was outstanding. The speed, efficiency  and friendly manner in which they conducted the whole matter is most impressive and exceptional. I was kept informed  at  all times  and everything  was explained in plain, jargon- free English which was very reassuring. The quotation I was given at the start by Martin was spot on and there were no nasty surprises. I can truly say it is one of the best law firms I have dealt with and would highly recommend them. My grateful thanks to Martin and Stephanie and I take this opportunity of wishing them and all at F Barnes continued success. Mrs A. Lockhat (Nuneaton)

Sonia Fransener

Sonia joined F Barnes in October 2017 and specialises in residential conveyancing.

She qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer and Commissioner of Oaths in 2007. Sonia prides herself on her friendly and straightforward approach to dealing with your sale or purchase.

Sonia is based at our Romford office. If instructed on an hourly rate Sonia charges £220 per hour.

What the clients say:

Sonia Fransener at F Barnes, successfully completed our conveyancing. Sonia was approachable and supportive throughout. She provided a professional yet personal service and took all the stress out of buying and selling our properties for us. Communication was excellent and she kept us informed at all times. We would definitely recommend her and F Barnes to our family and friends. Cheryl Morgan

Aman Pawar

Aman qualified as a solicitor in 2013 having graduated from Leicester University in 2007.

He has over 7 years’ experience in Residential Conveyancing including freehold & leasehold sales and purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity, lease extensions, new leases and auctions.

He prides himself on his bespoke and practical service delivering a high quality personalised service to each client.

Aman lives in Havering so has local knowledge of the area.

He is based at our Romford office.  If instructed on an hourly rate Aman charges £220 per hour.

What the Clients Say:

Aman Pawar helped me with the sale of my parents’ home which turned out to be a long drawn out and emotional experience.  The support we received from Aman was outstanding, he was always very quick to respond, always willing to chase other parties to keep things progressing and provided us with clear understandable responses. There is no doubt in my mind that without Aman’s help the whole process would have taken much longer.  I would not hesitate to recommend Aman to anyone looking for help with the sale of their property. Mrs S Craggs

Seigha Onyeka

Seigha qualified as a solicitor in the UK in 2006 and  joined the Probate team of F Barnes in February 2019.

Seigha has a vast amount of experience in advising  clients on Wills, Estate and Tax Planning, Trusts, Probate and Estate Administration, including advice on Inheritance Tax, Deeds of Variation, Living Wills and Court of Protection work matters.

Seigha has also years of experience handling residential conveyancing having managed Freehold, Leasehold, New builds, Shared ownership, Right to buys, Transfer of equity, Remortgage, Lease Renewals and Enfranchisements.

She is also able to visit clients in the comfort of their homes and in care homes to take instructions.

Seigha is based at our Gidea Park  office

What the clients say:

The solicitors at F. Barnes handled a number of details recently for me regarding my late mothers estate, including Power of Attorney, our family will, plus conveyancing. They undertook all of this efficiently, sensitively and with the utmost professionalism.  Thank you Seigha and Martin,  I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others. J Jones

Linda Thorne

Linda joined the Conveyancing Department of the firm in 2003.

Linda is a Conveyancing assistant with over 30 years’ experience in the legal profession and has gained a considerable amount of experience in all aspects of residential and domestic conveyancing.  Linda has dealt with the purchase and sale of all types of leasehold and freehold property.

Linda prides herself on providing a friendly and professional service with clear fixed fees.  She takes a straightforward approach and doesn’t bombard you with legal jargon. 

Whether you are buying or selling (or both) Linda understands that moving house can be stressful and knows the importance of progressing matters as quickly as possible and keeping you up to date at every stage of the transaction.

Linda is always happy to speak to clients and as a result has an expanding following of satisfied clients who are more than happy to recommend her to family and friends.

Linda is based at our Collier Row office. If instructed on an hourly rate Linda charges £220 per hour.

What the clients say:

I recently had to sell my mother’s house as sadly, she is now in a Care Home. It was such a big thing for me to take on but thank goodness I chose F Barnes Solicitors. Katrina Lewis and Linda Thorne did all the work involved and kept me up to date all the time by letters and telephone calls and they were so helpful and reassuring and were keen to take all the worry away from me. They were brilliant and I'm so grateful for the work they did and for the care they showed me and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. In fact all the staff were so lovely. Thank you so much. Stella Spratt

From the start to finish of my property sale, Linda was very helpful.  My queries were always responded to in a very professional and timely manner.  Further, Linda always kept me up to date on its progression, so I felt informed all the way through and clear on what the next steps would be.  I would highly recommend F Barnes to others. Amy Jones

 

Stephanie Davison

Stephanie joined the Conveyancing Department of the firm in 2014 and is a Conveyancing Assistant to Martin Lawrence.  She has 25 years’ experience in the legal profession and has gained a substantial amount of experience in all aspects of residential and domestic conveyancing over the years.   Stephanie has assisted Martin with many sales and purchases of all types of freehold and leasehold property and in particular auction sales and purchases.

Stephanie prides herself on being very approachable and providing a friendly and professional service with clear fixed fees.  She understands that moving house can be a stressful experience and her priority is to assist with any queries you may have (no matter how small they may seem or how often they arise).  She is happy to speak to clients and understands the importance of keeping you up to date at every stage of the transaction; her priority is to ensure that each and every client feels that they being taken care of on a personal level.

As a result of the above she and Martin have developed a large following of satisfied clients who instruct the firm regularly and also recommend her and Martin to family and friends.

Stephanie is based at our Gidea Park office.  If instructed on an hourly rate Stephanie charges £220 per hour.

What the clients say:

It is common knowledge that moving home can be a very stressful process. The situation is made a great deal easier when you chose the right Solicitors. I have now used F Barnes Solicitors twice in the last 3 years for house moves. Martin and Stephanie are polite, professional, friendly and a pleasure to work with. They kept me up to date every step of the way and there are no hidden fees with all costs highlighted before the process starts. Should I need to, I will use them again without hesitation. Mr Richard Maxwell-Whale

Residential Purchase Freehold

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your new home or property investment, including dealing with the registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

Remember many companies will quote a basic price and subsequently charge additional set fees for certain steps that have to be undertaken. We DO NOT do that.  We would highlight that our costs include all of the following:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed
  • Act for your mortgage lender (we are on all the major lending panels and will act for the lender saving you the cost of instructing another solicitor to deal with this)
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Research and set up an Indemnity Policy for defective title or lack of planning consent/building regulations or covenant consent if required
  • Prepare a Statutory Declaration of Title if required
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Prepare a Deed of Variation or Occupier Deed of Consent to mortgage or re-mortgage if required
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Prepare or approve a key undertaking
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete the purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry including registering a restriction if necessary

Purchase Price of Freehold Property

Range of Fees + VAT

£0-500k

£850 – £1300

£500k - £1,000,000

£995 - £1500

£1,000,000 +

£1500 - £2000

Purchasing under the Right to Buy Scheme

£795 - £895

Our range is there as a guidance for you.  The price quoted when we take your instructions is determined by the individual aspects of your matter. We are able to have a better understanding of the level of work involved once we have spoken to you and can give you the all-inclusive price at that stage.

What our fees do not include

We do not undertake tax advice.

Payment of disbursements which are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties.

Certain expenses such as Stamp Duty, Local Authority searches and Land Registry fees are set by the Inland Revenue, Local Authority and Land Registry. The Land Registry Fees and Stamp Duty are calculated in accordance with the amount of the purchase price and can be found by clicking on

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees#scale-1-fees

https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro

Disbursements/Expenses to be paid to third parties, not included in our fees will typically include:

  • Search Fees (These will be specific to your property and can be quoted for upon request)
  • HM Land Registry Fee (to register your property at the Land Registry)
  • Electronic Money Transfer Fee – payable when sending money to sellers upon completion
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Vat payable

Factors that may lead to additional costs

If, once we have received the papers we ascertain that the legal title is defective, there will be additional work to complete the matter. This will result in additional costs however we would advise you of the amount and agree these additional costs before proceeding with any work.

Residential Purchase Leasehold

Our prices include the undertaking of the legal work on your transaction to complete the purchase of your new home including reviewing and discussing the terms of the lease,  advising if the lease is CML (Council of Mortgage Lenders) compliant, serving of notices of transfer and or mortgage, preparation and registration of a deed of covenant, dealing with the registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

Many companies will quote a basic price and subsequently charge additional set fees for certain steps that have to be undertaken. We DO NOT do that.  We would highlight that our costs include all of the following:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed
  • Act for your mortgage lender (we are on all the major lending panels and will act for the lender saving you the cost of instructing another solicitor to deal with this)
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Review and advise on lease
  • Advise if the Lease is CML (Council of Mortgage Lenders) compliant.
  • Review Leasehold pack containing all the relevant service charge, ground rent and buildings insurance information and reporting on the same
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Preparation and serving of notices of transfer and or mortgage to the Landlord or Managing Agent
  • Preparation of a Deed of Covenant if applicable
  • Research and set up an Indemnity Policy for defective title or lack of planning consent/building regulations or covenant consent if required
  • Prepare a Statutory Declaration of Title if required
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Prepare a Deed of Variation or Occupier Deed of Consent to mortgage or re-mortgage if required
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Prepare or approve a key undertaking
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete the purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry including registering a restriction if necessary

Purchase Price of Leasehold Property

Range of Fees +VAT

£0-500k

 £950 – £1300

£500k - £1,000,000

 £1100 - £1600

£1,000,000 +

 £1600 - £2200

Purchasing under the Right to Buy Scheme

 £895 - £995

Our range is there as a guidance, the price quoted when we take your instructions is determined by the individual aspects of your matter. We are able to have a better understanding of the level of work involved once we have spoken to you and can then give you the all-inclusive price at that stage within the ranges set out as above.

What our fees do not include

We do not undertake tax advice.

Payment of disbursements which are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties.

Certain expenses such as Stamp Duty, Local Authority searches and Land Registry fees are set by the Inland Revenue, Local Authority and Land Registry. The Land Registry Fees and Stamp Duty are calculated in accordance with the amount of the purchase price and can be found by clicking on

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees#scale-1-fees

https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro

Disbursements/Expenses to be paid to third parties, not included in our fees will typically include:

  • Payment of the disbursements which are set out in the individual terms of the lease of the property. These can be advised upon reviewing the lease but would typically include: Notice of Transfer fee: Notice of Charge Fee : Deed of Covenant Fee ;Certificate of Compliance Fee
  • Search Fees (These will be specific to your property and can be quoted for upon request)
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • HM Land Registry Fee (to register your property at the Land Registry)
  • Electronic Money Transfer Fee
  • Vat payable
  • Payment of Ground Rent and Service Charges that apply whilst you own the property (which can be confirmed upon receipt of documents)

Factors that may lead to additional costs

If, once we have received the papers we ascertain that the legal title is defective, or this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease there will be additional work to complete the matter. This will result in additional costs however we would advise you of the amount and agree these additional costs before proceeding with any work.

Residential Sale Freehold

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the sale of your property.

Remember many companies will quote a basic price and subsequently charge additional set fees for certain steps that have to be undertaken. We DO NOT do that.  We would highlight that our costs include all of the following:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Draft and advise on contract documents
  • Drafting of additional Contract Packages for sale contract race
  • Prepare Epitome of Title on unregistered land if necessary
  • Prepare Statutory Declaration for Title rectification
  • Research and set up an Indemnity Policy for defective title or lack of planning consent/building regulations or covenant consent if required
  • Receiving additional enquiries from buyers solicitor and providing responses
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Prepare or approve a key undertaking
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from buyer
  • Complete the sale
  • Removal of each registered caution and or restriction notice

Selling Price of Freehold Property

Range of Fees + VAT

£0-500k

£850 – £1300

£500k - £1,000,000

£995- £1300

£1,000,000 +

£1200 - £1600

 

 

 

What our fees do not include

We do not undertake tax advice.

Payment of disbursements which are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. These will typically include:

  • Estate Agents Commission
  • Removal Costs
  • Electronic Transfer Fee (if more than one)

Factors that may lead to additional costs

If, once we have received the papers we ascertain that the legal title is defective, there will be additional work to complete the matter. This will result in additional costs however we would advise you of the amount and agree these additional costs before proceeding with any work.

Residential Sale Leasehold

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the sale of your property.

Remember many companies will quote a basic price and subsequently charge additional set fees for certain steps that have to be undertaken. We DO NOT do that.  We would highlight that our costs include all of the following: (What Extra Work do we do for LH sales? Please list below in red)

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Draft and advise on contract documents
  • Drafting of additional Contract Packages for sale contract race
  • Obtaining the leasehold pack containing all the relevant service charge, ground rent and buildings insurance information from the managing agent and/or freeholder and supplying this to the buyer’s solicitor
  • Prepare Epitome of Title on unregistered land if necessary
  • Prepare Statutory Declaration for Title rectification
  • Research and set up an Indemnity Policy for defective title or lack of planning consent/building regulations or covenant consent if required
  • Receiving additional enquiries from buyer’s solicitor and providing responses
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Prepare or approve a key undertaking
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from buyer
  • Complete the sale
  • Removal of each registered caution and or restriction notice

Selling Price of Leasehold Property

Range of Fees + VAT

£0-500k

£900 – £1300

£500k - £1,000,000

£1045- £1300

£1,000,000 +

£1250 - £1650

What our fees do not include

We do not undertake tax advice.

Payment of disbursements which are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. These will typically include:

  • Estate Agents Commission
  • Removal Costs
  • Electronic Transfer Fee (if more than one)

Factors that may lead to additional costs

If, once we have received the papers we ascertain that the legal title is defective, there will be additional work to complete the matter. This will result in additional costs however we would advise you of the amount and agree these additional costs before proceeding with any work.

Mortgages and Re-Mortgages

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the mortgage or re-mortgage of your home or property investment, including dealing with the registration of the mortgage at the Land Registry and dealing with the mortgage lender.

Mortgage on Property

Range of Fees + VAT

£0k+

£550 – £750

Our range of fees are due to the amount of work required which will depend upon the lender that you have chosen for your mortgage. We will advise as to the costs involved within the range at the time of your enquiry/instruction.

Timescales

The matter will be progressed as quickly as possible. Please remember that we are dependent upon third parties to co-operate to achieve expedition. In our experience a case of this nature can take between 3 weeks and 6 weeks to complete.