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Our Fees

Morris and Bates are the largest firm in Aberystwyth and one of the largest firms in Mid Wales.  Unlike many smaller firms we are on the panel of the vast majority of mortgage lenders including all high street banks and building societies which allows us to act for both purchaser and mortgage lender saving time and cost for our clients.

We are both LEXCEL and CQS accredited.  Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for Practice Management and Client Care.  CQS – the Conveyancing Quality Scheme run by the Law Society to provide a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices.

Our solicitors offer a friendly and efficient service and are able to handle your transaction in Welsh or English.

We offer a fixed fee for this type of service which is based on the value of the property in question. The prices below cover the Legal Fees for the complete service which includes:

Taking your initial instructions, undertaking due diligence exercises on the property, carrying out searches and raising enquiries, managing and exchanging contracts on your behalf, ensuring funds are transferred properly for completing the transfer of property, and registering the property in your name.

The below prices do not include VAT or disbursements.

Get your Quote

To get a no obligation, exact quote contact us on the number below:

Call: (01970) 625566 or Contact Us

There may be additional tax due on this matter which would be separate to the estimated cost. Please visit the below links for more information:

WRA Land Transaction Tax Calculator (Properties in Wales)

HMRC Stamp Duty Tax Calculator (Properties in England)

It is often difficult to estimate exactly what costs will be incurred as the amount and complexity of work required may be uncertain. VAT at the prevailing rate will be added together with disbursements such as search fees, stamp duty land tax etc. This is the best information about the likely overall costs of the matter that we can provide at the moment. As the matter progresses and the amount and complexity of the work becomes clearer, we will update the information on overall cost.

Disbursements are costs related to third party services which we pay on your behalf. We have not included the following disbursements which are priced based on the cost these services are charged to us:

Telegraphic transfer fee (£20+VAT)

ID Checks

Land Registration Fees

Plan & Deeds Application Fee

Land Searches (checks on the land and surrounding area)

Water and drainage search

Environmental search

Bankruptcy Searches

Indemnity Insurance on Searches

There may be additional fees based on the nature of your sale or purchase. The most common ones to arise are listed below along with their additional fee. These prices do not include VAT:

Dealing with a Mortgage: £100

Dealing with a Leasehold property: £150

Dealing with a Help to Buy purchase: £250

Dealing with a New Build Property: £100

Meet the Team

Richard John Morris

Supervisor, Director, Solicitor
Qualified: 1995

Richard deals with all aspects of Residential and Commercial Conveyancing. Richard is a fluent Welsh speaker.


Annwen Mair Jones

Director, Solicitor
Qualified: 1992

Annwen deals with all aspects of Residential Conveyancing. Annwen is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Nia Catherine Bates

Director, Solicitor
Qualified: 2008

Nia deals with all aspects of Residential and Commercial Conveyancing. Nia is a fluent Welsh speaker.


Christopher Wyn Bates

Director, Solicitor
Qualified: 2009

Chris deals with all aspects of Residential and Commercial Conveyancing. 

Our PRocess

Purchases & Sales

Stage 1

Taking Instructions

At this stage your solicitor will establish contact with everyone involved. We collect the relevant documents and information from everyone involved to get the process started and ID for the client is obtained.

Stage 2


This is where your solicitor does their due diligence. On a purchase we perform searches on the property and raise the usual enquiries as well as reviewing the deeds and related paperwork to ensure good title to the property. If we catch anything out of the ordinary, we’ll discuss it with you and work out how to move forward. Once all is in order (including, if applicable, your mortgage finance) we will meet or provide a report so that contracts can be singed and at this stage your deposit transferred. When you’re selling a property with us.

We will prepare contract papers to confirm the terms of the property transfer. Once the contract is approved it can be signed along with the transfer and respond to the buyers queries as they perform their searches.

Stage 3

Exchanging Contracts

At the point where contracts are exchanged the transfer of property becomes binding.  A ‘completion date’ is agreed which is when we will transfer ownership.

Stage 4


This is the day that the transfer is completed. Solicitors will confirm the transfer of funds due, and the keys are released from your estate agents – congratulations on your new home!

Stage 5

Post Completion

Following completion your solicitor will set about arranging the payment of any tax due, and the registration of the transfer of property together with any mortgage with the Land Registry.

Mortgages & Re-Mortgages

Stage 1

Reviewing the Mortgage

When it comes to mortgages your solicitor is required to review the offer as well as the other property documents (e.g. deeds). We’ll check over your mortgage offer and make sure all the conditions are met. We may have to carry out some searches on the property at this point too to satisfy your mortgage lender.

Stage 2

Arranging Completion

Once your lender and you are content with the offer and that conditions are being met you sign the Mortgage Deed. Your solicitor then gets an up-to-date settlement figure for your existing mortgage and we set a date to complete the remortgage.

Stage 3


On the day of completion we will settle any existing mortgages and we transfer any left over money to you. Finally, we register your new mortgage at the Land Registry.