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Residential conveyancing process – what buyers and sellers need to know

Are you considering purchasing or selling a residential property in the UK? If so, you’ve likely encountered the term “residential conveyancing.” But what exactly does it entail and why is it crucial for property transactions?

In this guide, we’ll delve into the intricacies of the residential conveyancing process, outlining what it encompasses, the role of conveyancers, the conveyancing process and associated steps.

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What is residential conveyancing?

Residential conveyancing is the legal process involved in buying or selling a residential property. It encompasses all the steps necessary to transfer the ownership of a property from one party to another in compliance with UK property laws and regulations. Typically, this process is overseen by a residential conveyancer or solicitor who specialises in property law.

What does a conveyancer do for the buyer?

A residential conveyancer plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the interests of the buyer throughout the property transaction. As a dedicated legal professional with expertise in property law, a conveyancer offers invaluable support and guidance, including:

  • Conducting comprehensive property searches to identify any potential issues or risks.
  • Reviewing legal documentation, including contracts and title deeds, to ensure accuracy and compliance.
  • Providing expert advice on contractual obligations, legal rights, and potential liabilities.
  • Liaising with relevant parties, such as lenders, solicitors and estate agents, to facilitate a smooth and efficient transaction.
  • Handling the transfer of funds, including the payment of stamp duty and deposit, following legal requirements.
  • Managing the exchange of contracts and completion process, ensuring all necessary steps are taken to finalise the transaction securely and promptly.Happy couple with Foskett Marr legal services

What conveyancing includes

The scope of residential conveyancing is extensive and covers various aspects of property transactions. From the initial offer to the final exchange of contracts and beyond, here are the key parts of the conveyancing process:

  1. Initial quotation: upon initiating the conveyancing process, you will receive an initial quote outlining the expected fees and services provided by your chosen conveyancer.
  2. Memorandum of sale: once an offer on a property is accepted, the estate agent provides a memorandum of sale containing comprehensive transaction details to kickstart the conveyancing process.
  3. Opening the purchase file: your conveyancer will open a purchase file, requesting essential documents such as identification, proof of funds, and a payment on account (they’ll also conduct a preliminary assessment of the property’s legal status and potential issues).
  4. Reviewing contracts: your conveyancer will review the draft contract pack provided by the seller’s solicitor, ensuring all necessary documentation, including the property information form, fittings and contents form, and energy performance certificate, is in order.
  5. Title check and searches: they will then conduct thorough searches, such as local, drainage and environmental searches, to identify any legal or environmental issues affecting the property’s title or value.
  6. Mortgage arrangements: if you’re financing the purchase with a mortgage, your conveyancer will liaise with your lender to ensure all mortgage conditions are met and facilitate the transfer of funds.
  7. Legal advice: throughout the process, your conveyancer will provide legal advice, addressing any concerns or queries related to the property’s title, contractual obligations or search findings.
  8. Stamp duty payment: you then need to calculate and process the stamp duty payment in compliance with current regulations.
  9. Exchange of contracts: once all legal requirements are met, contracts are exchanged, formalising the agreement between buyer and seller and setting a completion date for the transaction.
  10. Completion and post-completion: on the agreed completion date, funds are transferred, and ownership of the property is legally transferred (subsequently, your conveyancer will handle the registration of your ownership with HM Land Registry)

The residential conveyancing process typically unfolds in the stages outlined above. While the timeline may vary depending on individual circumstances and external factors, a typical conveyancing timeline spans approximately 8 to 12 weeks. However, complexities or unforeseen issues may extend this duration.

Is a conveyancer a solicitor?

In the context of residential conveyancing, a conveyancer can either be a licensed conveyancer or a solicitor specialising in property law. Both professions are legally authorised to handle property transactions, offering expertise and guidance tailored to the client’s needs. Whether you choose a conveyancer or a solicitor, it’s important to select a reputable and experienced professional to oversee your property transaction effectively.

How much are conveyancing fees?

Conveyancing fees vary depending on several factors, including the property’s value, the complexity of the transaction, and the conveyancer’s fee structure. Typically, conveyancing fees comprise of various elements, such as legal fees, search fees, disbursements and VAT. If you’re seeking a quote for a residential property, contact us and one of our specialists will provide you with an estimated quote.

Experience reliable conveyancing services from Foskett Marr

Choosing the right legal firm can make all the difference when it comes to residential conveyancing. At Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP, we offer unparalleled expertise, excellence, and trustworthiness to exceed your conveyancing expectations.

Here’s why you should choose us:


Our team of legal professionals is both approachable and professional, offering legal guidance sufficient to exceed your needs, not only in day-to-day areas of the law but also in more specialised, niche areas outlined under practice areas.


Our team at Foskett’s has over 150 years of collective experience in delivering high-quality work in all matters relating to conveyancing. We are proud of our established track record of providing first-class legal advice.


Our long history as a highly successful legal practice has resulted in an extremely strong client base, with many of our clients returning to use our services time and time again.

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Contact us today to learn more about our residential conveyancing services and how we can assist you in achieving your property goals. With our dedication to excellence and client satisfaction, you can embark on your property journey with confidence and peace of mind.

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Residential conveyancing is governed by a comprehensive framework of UK property laws and regulations, which are designed to safeguard the rights and interests of all parties involved in property transactions. Some key aspects of UK property law relevant to conveyancing include:

Land Registration Act 2002

This legislation governs the registration of land and property ownership in England and Wales. It introduced a unified system of land registration aimed at simplifying and streamlining the process of transferring property ownership.

Law of Property Act 1925

This foundational piece of legislation sets out various principles and procedures relating to property ownership, including the creation and transfer of legal interests in land, the requirements for valid contracts, and the rights and obligations of property owners.

Conveyancing and Property Law Regulations

In addition to overarching statutes, conveyancers must adhere to specific regulations and guidelines governing property transactions, including requirements for conducting property searches, drafting legal documentation and handling client funds.

Consumer Protection Regulations

Conveyancers are also subject to consumer protection regulations aimed at ensuring transparency, fairness, and accountability in their dealings with clients. These regulations govern fee disclosure, client communication, and professional conduct.

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