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Our Fees

We offer a fixed fee for this type of service which is based on the value of the property in question. The prices below are for our 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

Every case is different, to get a bespoke estimate contact us today.

Call:

01656 653485 (Bridgend)

01656 788823 (Porthcawl)

E-mail:

bridgend@whittinghams.co.uk 

porthcawl@whittinghams.co.uk

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)

The above information is a guideline of costs charged. For a precise detailed quotation please contact us by telephone or email with your exact requirements. Please note that sometimes a quoted fee may increase due to unforeseen circumstances e.g.:

  • if legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered
  • if it is discovered that building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
  • if crucial documents previously requested from a client have not been provided
  • if there is more than one mortgage involved

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:

ID Checks

Land Registration Fees

Plan & Deeds Application Fee to the Land Registry

Bankruptcy Searches

Indemnity Insurance on Searches

The cost of Local, Drainge, Mining, Environmental and anyother Pre-Exchange searches depend sometimes on the area you are buying. Please contact us to ask us for detailed cost information for the property you are buying.

There may be additional fees based on the nature of your sale or purchase. The most common ones to arise are listed below.

Help to Buy ISA Draw Down

Leasehold Legal fee

Shared Ownership Fee

Dealing with a Freehold Reversion

Dealing with a Lease extension

Discharging a Help to Buy 2nd Legal Charge

Meet the Bridgend Team

Howard Jones

Supervisor, Partner, LLB
Qualified: 1984

Howard is a Graduate of Aberystwyth University and a fluent Welsh Speaker. He is the firm’s managing partner and responsible for client care and its day to day financial and business affairs. Howard also undertakes non-contentious work including residential and commercial conveyancing, Wills and Probate. He is based at our Bridgend Office having practised in Kenfig Hill for over twenty years, and still has a large client base in that area.

Alison Thomas

Legal Assistant

Alison has worked for Whittinghams for 18 years, and has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the conveyancing process from start to finish and is a key member of the conveyancing team.

Teresa Sawtell

Legal Assistant

Teresa having been with Whittinghams for the whole of her working career, is the longest serving member of the conveyancing team and is an essential member of the team, although currently working part-time.

Karen GReenway

Legal Assistant

Karen has been working for Whittinghams for 10 years, and her principal role is to assist Howard with his commercial conveyancing probate and wills, but is always ready to assist the residential conveyancing team.

Susan Howe

Legal Assistant

Susan has a wealth of experience in the conveyancing process. Susan has been working for Whittinghams for the past 2 years, and has previously worked for other local firms for many years.

Meet the Porthcawl Team

Michael Greenway

Senior Partner, BA
Qualified: 1980

Mike is the firm’s senior conveyancing and probate partner and has been practising in the Borough for over thirty eight years. He is a Graduate of the University of the West of England but went to school locally and lives in Bridgend with his family. He is based at our Porthcawl Office and undertakes residential conveyancing and advises on Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications and equity release mortgages. Mike has been a member and officer of the Lions Club of Bridgend for many years and has for a good deal of the time advised the Lions Organisation nationally on legal matters.

James Greenway

Trainee Licensed Conveyancer, LL.B

James is the youngest member of the conveyancing team and has a law degree from the University of the West of England. James has been with Whittinghams for 5 years and in that time has gained a good deal of knowledge and experience as part of the conveyancing team.

Lorraine Jeffreys

Legal Secretary, LL.B

Lorraine has a Law Degree and has been with Whittinghams for 7 years. She plays a critical role in supporting both Mike and James in the conveyancing process.

Our PRocess

Purchases & Sales

Stage 1

Taking Instructions

At this stage we will establish contact with everyone involved, and collect all relevant documents and information required to get the process started.

Stage 2

Pre-Contract

This is where we do our due diligence. We obtain the necessary legal searches on the property and raise enquiries as well as reviewing the deeds and related paperwork to ensure good title to the property. If we do see anything out of the ordinary, we’ll discuss it with you and work out how to move forward. When you’re selling a property with us we respond to the new buyer’s queries and they obtain the searches.

On checking the title we draft up a contract to confirm the terms of the property transfer. Once the contract is approved it can be signed along with the transfer. We’ll then invite you to sign it and transfer us your deposit if you’re purchasing.

Stage 3

Exchanging Contracts

At the point where contracts are exchanged the transfer of property becomes binding. We will transfer your deposit if you’re purchasing and agree a ‘completion date’ which is when we will transfer ownership.

Stage 4

Completion

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 owning your new home!

Stage 5

Post Completion

Following completion we will set about arranging the payment of any land tax due, and the registration of the transfer of property with the Land Registry.

Mortgages & Re-Mortgages

Stage 1

Reviewing the Mortgage

When it comes to mortgages we are 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 as well, to satisfy your mortgage lender.

Stage 2

Arranging Completion

Once your lender and you are content with the offer and that conditions have been met you sign the Mortgage Deed. We then get an up-to-date settlement figure for your existing mortgage and we set a date to transfer all of the funds.

Stage 3

Completion

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