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  • Overview

    Residential Conveyancing Solicitors

    Buying or selling a home can be the largest investment you make; therefore you want to make sure you get expert property advice and the best value for money.  At Thomson Snell & Passmore we seek to give you peace of mind by ensuring you have your own dedicated lawyer and that the transaction runs as smoothly and quickly as possible. 

    How we can help you

    With a broad range of property conveyancing legal know-how we provide an efficient, personal and informative service to our clients in the following areas:

    • Freehold and leasehold – sales, purchases, mortgages and re-mortgages
    • High value properties (including large country homes and prestigious London properties)
    • Listed buildings
    • Holiday homes and investment properties
    • First time buyers
    • Executor and attorney sales
    • Court of Protection sales and purchases
    • New-builds
    • Lease extensions and lease enfranchisement
    • Matrimonial and probate transfers
    • First registrations of title with the Land Registry.
       

    Why choose Thomson Snell & Passmore?

    • 98% of our clients rate our service as ‘excellent’. If you have been referred to us by an agent it is because they are an advocate of our expertise and client care.  84% of our work comes from existing happy clients or is referred to us by an agent 
    • Our local knowledge and strong networks with agents ensures your property transaction proceeds as efficiently as possible. We are on all of the mFajor lenders’ panels and do not receive or pay referral fees 
    • Our market leading team of ten experienced conveyancing lawyers specialise in dealing with the sale and purchase of all types of residential property. We are one of the largest and most experienced residential conveyancing teams in Kent and the South East, with offices in Tunbridge Wells and Dartford. Because of the level of service we provide and the quality of work, the team have been recognised in the Chambers UK Guide 2019 for Real Estate, with partners Rebecca Swain and Guy Hollamby being ranked as leading individuals
    • We offer direct contact with the same lawyer (via telephone and email) throughout your transaction. In the event of any absence, our residential conveyancing team is structured to ensure that your transaction will be looked after by another lawyer, without a reduction in our level of service. We can provide peace of mind by offering searches that check for any future development proposed near your property.  The standard searches we propose reveal details of planning permissions granted on properties nearby
    • All of  our searches and correspondence with the Land Registry are conducted online, for speed and to keep costs down 
    • We are committed to full transparency on fees and giving our clients meaningful choice as to the basis on which they wish to proceed.  We ensure that clients are kept fully up to date on costs as the matter progresses
    • Our clients can also benefit from our strong network of lawyers who can provide additional advice on all aspects of your property transaction, including wills, trusts and tax planning, dispute resolution, family law and lease enfranchisement. 
       

    The pin map below identifies where in the UK our recent clients are based. This has been created using data from The Conveyancing Map supplied by the TM Group.

     

    Fees

    We appreciate that costs quickly mount when buying or selling a property. With this in mind, we offer a comprehensive range of fixed fee services aimed at keeping legal costs to an absolute minimum. To view a full summary of what is, and is not, included in our fees click on the links for a sale, purchase or a mortgage/re-mortgage. 

    Our fee proposal will be based on a full understanding of your needs, once we have taken into account the actual features of the matter and know what is important to you.   Matters that can affect the fees include time sensitivity, leases, new-builds, private drainage, Listed Buildings, complex and/or multiple titles, complex financing arrangements, third party involvement, major building works or plans and tenanted properties; as well as those items identified in the summary of work referred to above.

    The tables below provide an average fixed fee range for the type of transaction referred to.  It assumes that the work is within our standard scope of work and has no unexpected complications or high priority. If there are any unexpected complications or items that are outside of our initial scope we will inform you as soon as we become aware and will discuss the potential consequences, before any additional charges are incurred.  VAT will apply to these fees.

    Sale

    Value            Freehold        Leasehold/Newbuild
    Up to £500,000 £900 - £1,500 £1,200-  £2,000
    £500,000-£1m £1,500 - £2,000 £2,000 - £3,000
    £1m - £2m £2,000 - £3,000 £3,000 - £4,000
    £2m - £3m £3,000 - £4,000 £4,000 - £5,000
    Above £3m £4,000 plus £5,000 plus


    Purchase

    Value            Freehold        Leasehold/Newbuild
    Up to £500,000 £1,000 - £1,500 £1,500 - £2,500
    £500,000-£1m £2,000 - £2,750 £2,500 - £3,250
    £1m - £2m £2,750 - £3,500 £3,250 - £4,500
    £2m - £3m £3,500 - £4,500 £4,500 - £5,500
    Above £3m £4,500 plus £5,500 plus

     

    Mortgage/Re-mortgages (excluding Equity Release)

    Value            Freehold        Leasehold/Newbuild
    Up to £500,000 £800 £1,200
    £500,000-£1m £1,200 £1,500
    £1m - £2m £1,200 plus £1,500 plus

     

    Additional fees and disbursements 

    Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as those listed below. We handle payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. 

    • Search fees (for purchases and re-mortgages): £300 - £500 approx. (including VAT)
    • HM Land Registry fee: For purchases, please use this link to view: the Land Registry’s fee scale 1.   For sales, the Land Registry fees are usually less than £20 (incl. VAT) (depending on the number of copy documents we have to obtain at £3 +VAT per document).  For mortgages and re-mortgages these are usually up to £20 (incl. VAT) for obtaining copy title documents.  In addition there will be a registration fee based on the value of the new mortgage. Please use this link to view: the Land Registry’s fee scale 2 
    • Stamp Duty Land Tax (for purchases and some transfers ) Please use this link to use: HMRC’s SDLT calculator.  We will also advise you on basic SDLT liability.  For more complex transactions, additional charges for advice may apply
    • Managing agents fees (for sales, purchases and mortgages/re-mortgages).  These vary and are stipulated by the Landlord and/or managing agents.  They are generally unavoidable and non-negotiable.  The costs are incurred for obtaining ground rent, service charge and management information, consents to sell, details of major works, notifications of changes to ownership and lenders and transferring shares in management companies among other things
    • Electronic money transfer fee £30 +VAT per CHAPS transfer e.g. sending money on completion.   
       

    How long will the transaction take?

    The time from your offer being accepted until you can move in, will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the chain. Assuming there is no chain it typically takes between 4 – 6 weeks from when a solicitor receives/sends the contract pack. When you are part of a chain, due to factors beyond our control, it will typically take a minimum of 8 weeks.   Mortgage offers, delayed searches, management packs and information from third parties are all factors that can influence the time a transaction takes.

    Stages of the process

    Our infographic clearly shows the entire sale and purchase process, what we do and what to expect from each stage. Which can be found here: Buying and selling a property - the legal process.

    Who will work on my matter?

    All work is supervised by the Head of Department, or a senior, fully qualified member of the team who also has supervisory authority. If you instruct us we will advise you as soon as possible who will be working on your matter and who the supervisor is. 
    See the bottom of the page for details of the team who may work on your matter. 

     

        

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    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Residential Conveyancing team who recently acted for a client buying their first property, when the vendor unfortunately died 4 days before they were due to complete. 

    Purchase of property completed within 2 weeks

    We were instructed by our clients in the purchase of a high value property.

    Purchase of prestigious duplex apartment in London

    We were involved in the sale and purchase of two multimillion pound properties in London.

    Sale and purchase of multimillion pound properties and assistance with high value property portfolio

    We were instructed to act on the sale and purchase of two multimillion pound properties.

    Selling a property in the UK to aid a family move to Canada

    Claire was instructed on behalf of Mr & Mrs A in connection with their sale of their family home. They and their two children were emigrating to Canada to be with family. We were instructed in the July but the initial buyer was unable to sell their own property so the chain was not complete until September.

    Residential Conveyancing - Quick turnaround for international client

    With the aid of the Buyers Solicitors we completed the whole transaction from instruction to the move date within 13 working days.   Basically – the management pack is the leasehold enquiries from the Freeholder which are needed for every lease transaction. The sellers pay for this and we order it on their behalf. Usually the freeholder or management company take several weeks to obtain this but we were able to expedite the process on this occasion.

    Buying a second property and transferring to a buy-to-let mortgage

    We were instructed by a client to act on a purchase being funded by a re-mortgage of an existing property at very short notice.

    'Land locked' in North London

    Claire Josef, of our residential conveyancing team, dealt with the sale of a residential property in North London where the garden land had been retained under a lock out agreement to a Developer.

    Negotiating terms of lease for prestigious Knightsbridge apartment

    One of our clients wanted some help with the purchase of an apartment in the Knightsbridge area next to a very well known Department Store. 

    When your buyer fails to complete

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Residential Conveyancing team who recently acted for a client whose property sale did not proceed to completion after contracts have been exchanged.

  • Latest Updates

    Stamp Duty Land Tax - first time buyer’s relief

    Whilst the current Stamp Duty Land Tax threshold is £125,000 for residential properties, there are different rules if you’re buying your first home in the Government’s attempt to help people get on the property ladder.  

    Help to Buy ISA

    The Government introduced the Help to Buy ISA on 1 December 2015. The aim was to assist first time buyers in making the expensive leap onto the housing ladder.

    The £250 ground rent issue

    The ground rent payable on a leasehold property has started to cause concern amongst lenders and property professionals.

    Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on mixed use properties

    Recent changes in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates may have caused confusion as to what rates apply in certain circumstances, not least when purchasing farms and estates. 

    Preparing for your move

    FAQ: Frequently asked questions from across the practice

    Every month we answer frequently asked questions from across the practice and bring them together to help bring clarity to your legal needs. Each of the sections below lead off to a more comprehensive bank of information.

    The government's manifesto - reforming and modernising conveyancing

    The government’s manifesto committed to reforming and modernising the conveyancing process.

    FAQ: Tax Planning

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    A technical update for buy to let

    The Chancellor, it seems, has taken a dim view of individuals taking advantage of low interest rates to buy property to rent out, and obtain income tax relief for the interest on borrowings used to purchase those properties.  The new rules, which will see tax relief restricted to the equivalent of basic rate tax on the finance costs of purchasing buy to let properties, are to be phased in over three years starting from 6 April 2017.  The full restriction will therefore apply to interest payments from 6 April 2020.

    Banks reassure savers about Help to Buy Isa

    Associate, Samuel Davies from our Residential Conveyancing team speaks to the Financial Times about Help to buy Isa's.

    FAQ: Residential Conveyancing

    Q. My buyer’s solicitor has asked me to provide any FENSA certificates. What are these certificates for?

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    Top 25 UK Law Firm

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    FAQ: Budget

    Q. Was there any good news for SMEs in the Budget? A. Whilst not transforming the landscape for SMEs, there was certainly some good news.  The Chancellor looked to shift some of the tax burden onto large corporates, giving him some room to assist smaller businesses.

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    Buying a ‘listed’ property

    Tunbridge Wells attracts property buyers not just for being located in the Garden of England, it is also home to roughly 3,000 ‘listed buildings’, with many more located throughout the South East. This article covers what a ‘listed building’ is and the implications of buying such a property.

    Property fraud and cyber security

    Following the mortgage industry and Land Registry decisions to dematerialise title deeds to properties in the early 2000’s, there has been a huge rise in property related fraud.  The idea behind the decision was to save money on production and storage costs, as well as time producing documents.  No longer are owners required to produce an actual Land or Charge Certificate, which were only issued  by the Land Registry.  Instead, all that is required is a copy of the Registry’s electronic copy of the title.

    Surveying the damage – the importance of reading your building survey prior to exchange of Contracts

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    On the move

    Solicitor Rachel Taylor at Thomson Snell & Passmore writes about preparing for your big day.

  • Insights

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Fantastic, personalised service. Guy went the extra mile to ensure the sale and purchase of our house went through.

Client

Alastair helped enormously with the purchase of our new house, smoothing over issues with the seller and providing helpful, professional and extremely timely advice.

Client

Efficient, effective work by Alastair and his realistic and pragmatic approach

Client

I like Alastair's no nonsense approach and his awesome work ethic

Client

Mr Harvey was exceptionally helpful and professional. He was always in control of the situation and reacted immediately to our questions and requests  

Client

Claire always keeps us fully updated with all aspects of the purchase. The information we received was exceptional and Claire was always on hand to assist. She was very helpful and we could not fault the level of service we received from her  

Client

Excellent service, always kept fully informed. First time I have purchased a property and did not know what to expect. Ms Josef was always there to explain the position to me.

Client

I felt that Alastair was not merely giving bog-standard advice or answers to us but had carefully considered his responses, taking into account our unique circumstances.  

Client

Thank you so much for trying everything you could to see our house. My mum and dad have had a lot of stress with paperwork, fencing and silly hard questions. But thanks to you, we have now sold our house. You’re probably one of the best solicitors ever. I think you and your team have done really well. So now we can enjoy our lives forever.

Client

I was kept informed and Ruth quickly dealt with any issues.

Client

The legal wordings in documents, such as covenants, are not always easy to understand. Alastair was good at explaining them to us. Alastair also explained to us when he was not legally happy with a situation, and also offered practical solutions to problems, such as indemnity insurance.

Client

Alastair was very helpful indeed, again. When we see the quality of some of the other solicitors, we realise how good he is. We have recommended Alastair in the past to family, friends and also work colleagues in London, and will continue to do so.

Client

Guy was extremely responsive. I would always receive a timely reply to my questions, and he was attentive to my needs. In my experience this is the exception rather than the rule! Guy was proactive and thoughtful, and he helped make the transaction totally painless.  

Client

Kim was a constant voice of calm, reason and competence during a problematic purchase process. Thoroughly pleased to have had her in my corner. Whilst obviously being very busy, Kim has a great knack of slowing down when talking to clients and giving 100% of her attention, making you feel valued.  

Client

Alastair was efficient and thorough in his work, highlighting potential issues with building regulations on old loft conversion and seeing them through to resolution, chasing council and other solicitors to ensure a speedy result.

Client

I wanted to thank you for the excellent service we received from you and TS&P during the sale of our flat. You were at all times professional, thorough and persistent, and managed to keep the momentum going, resulting in a very swift sale, which was a great result. We will happily recommend you to any friends and family who are looking for legal advice.

Client

During the sale of our house, there were some issues in regards to the land, and Alastair provided sound and calming advice, and made the move as smooth for us as he possibly could. I cannot praise Alastair highly enough. He delivered a 10 out of 10 service, and I would not hesitate to recommend to others.

Client

You’ve been brilliant on this Rebecca, thank you! My vendors were really impressed with you on this and have already said they’ll be using you, as and when they move again!  

Estate Agent

Alastair handed the purchase in a most professional way. He was on the ball all the time and gave us valuable advice from obviously his years of experience.  

Client

The whole process was completed very professionally; Kim is an excellent solicitor, and I would absolutely recommend her. She identified issues in our purchase that previous conveyors had not spotted.  

Client

Rachel was clearly an expert in her field. She did everything required in the timescale requested, which was very tight. She queried and negotiated, on our behalf, aspects of the purchase / lease which we had no idea required querying. Communication was excellent.

Client

"They understand the intricacies of higher-end properties," remarks one source. Another interviewee says: "They are extremely good - they have a very strong team. Technically, it is a consistently high skill level, you get a consistent level of service." 

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