First time buyer of a freehold registered residential property costing £250,000.00 with the assistance of a mortgage and a Help to Buy ISA.

  • Atkins Thomson Legal fee – £660.00
  • Atkins Thomson fee for submission of Stamp Duty Land Tax Return – £90.00
  • Atkins Thomson fee for acting on behalf of your mortgage lender – £180.00.
  • Search fees – £175.40
  • HM Land Registry registration fee – £135.00
  • Bank Transfer fee – £18.00
  • HM Land Registry minor disbursements – £5.00
  • Estimated total costs for this example (including VAT where applicable at 20%): £1263.40

This is an example pricing. We’ll always give you an individual cost estimate for your specific circumstances, so you know clearly what the costs will be and exactly what work they cover.

Have a chat with our expert team of residential property lawyers on 01284 767766 and we’ll be happy to talk through the process with you, explain what we do, and answer any questions you have. There’s no obligation.

Once we know precisely what you’d like us to do for you, we’ll send you a breakdown showing the costs for your transaction so you know you’re not paying for anything you don’t need, and there are no surprises.


If there is such a thing as a standard timescale we usually see exchange of contracts within 8 – 10 weeks from receipt of the draft paperwork and completion a week or two later.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

The Stamp Duty Land Tax calculator on HMRC’s website will work out the amount of SDLT payable. In our example, you won’t be liable to pay any SDLT if you’re a first time buyer who has never owned any share in any property anywhere in the world, whether by purchase, inheritance, gift or as a beneficiary under a trust.

If the property you’re purchasing is situated in Wales you will need to pay Land Transaction Tax (“LTT”). You can use the LTT calculator on the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website to work out the amount of LTT you’ll need to pay.

Indemnity insurance

Very occasionally matters can arise in a transaction where indemnity insurance can be put in place as a solution. It’s a matter of negotiation as to which party to the transaction covers the cost of such insurance. The cost of the insurance will depend on the nature of the insurance and typically we see insurance premiums ranging from £25.00 – £150.00.


We carry out a Local Authority search, drainage & water report, environmental report and planning report as standard. Depending on the location of the property which you’re purchasing additional searches may be necessary. For example, a mining report or flood risk assessment.

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