Acting For the Seller

We understand that, when it comes to selling your property, the whole process can be demanding and confusing. Whether you’re selling your property privately, or through an estate agent, you need to make sure you’re hiring the right solicitor who can make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.

Our conveyancing solicitors have the expertise to guide you through the process at every step. When you’re selling a property, there are a lot of legal boxes to tick and important decisions you need to make. You need to make sure that that all your legal obligations, especially concerning your mortgage, are met. Searches and buyer enquiries can reveal problems that need to be overcome before completion.

We know that you want to get your house sold quickly and efficiently, so you can focus on finding and moving into your new home. Our team of property experts are here to take away some of the stress and help deal with the legal issues that come with selling a property.

We’re one of the UK’s leading law firms for property and conveyancing and have helped many of our clients make successful property sales. It doesn’t just end there though, we’re a full service firm with teams covering every conceivable aspect of property law so if you need a hand with remortgaging, transferring equity or any other conveyancing issue, we can help with that too.

The term ‘conveyancing’ covers all the legal and administrative work needed when buying and selling property or transferring ownership of land and buildings from one person to another. For a standard transaction this might include:

    • Investigation of the title of the property
    • Document preparation
    • Writing and exchanging contracts
    • Payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax
    • Registration at the Land Registry

There are many legal requirements which need to be met before a change in ownership of any property can take place. The process can be complicated and stressful but our team of specialist conveyancing solicitors will help make your transaction as smooth as possible.

The cost of conveyancing for buying, selling, or remortgaging a property can include:

    • Conveyancer’s fees plus VAT
    • Search expenses
    • Freeholder fees
    • Land Registry fees

The exact fees you have to pay depend on the specifics of your transaction.

You’ll also have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on certain property transactions.

Every transaction is different and each can take a different amount of time. The average time period is between 6-12 weeks depending on the speed of searches and mortgage offers, the other parties in the chain, the complexity of the transaction and more.

We understand how important it is to resolve property matters quickly, especially when they concern your family home. Our expert property solicitors will always endeavour to complete your transaction as quickly as possible. With a full service available via post, phone and email, you can take care of everything when it’s convenient for you.

We is one of the leading national property firms and we are passionate about delivering excellent results for each and every client. Our property lawyers are highly experienced experts who will ensure you receive a prompt and reliable service.

We will keep you up-to-date, in plain English, at each step of the sale or purchase. In the unfortunate event that a dispute arises, we are here to deal with it on your behalf, seeking a swift and favourable resolution.

Our conveyancing service is competitively and simply priced with all costs laid out upfront so there are no nasty surprises later on. You can manage the entire process by post, phone or email but we also have conveyancing solicitors based in offices around the country for when the personal touch is needed.

The pre-exchange process comprises three stages:

1) Initial instructions

This is where you get in contact with us and let us know that you’d like our help with selling your property. We will give you an initial quote and some paperwork to fill out with all the details relating to the property. Once you’ve sent them back we’ll send you our Terms of Business, acceptance paperwork and protocol forms, after these have been filled in you will have officially retained our services and we’ll confirm this with the buyer’s solicitor and the estate agent.

2) Issuing draft contracts 

This is by far the longest stage in the process, and the most complex. It starts with us issuing draft contracts to the buyer’s solicitor, requesting the initial redemption figures (if you have a mortgage) and a leasehold information pack from the landlord/management company (if the property is leasehold).

Based on that information the buyer’s solicitors will issue enquiries, which we will either answer or forward to you or a relevant third party (the landlord, for example) for clarification. If there’s a mortgage we’ll send you the initial redemption figure for you to check and keep for your records.

If the property’s leasehold we’ll review the information pack to check that all service charges and ground rent are up to date and see if there’s any other parties we need to contact. We’ll let you know if there are any fees to pay and will send the information pack to the buyer’s solicitor for review. This process will repeat until all enquires have been answered satisfactorily and, once it has, we will send you documents including the contract and transfer document to sign ready for the final exchange.

3) Exchange of contracts

Once the buyer’s solicitor confirms that they’re ready to exchange and a completion date has been suggested we will refer back to you for your own confirmation. We’ll then contact the buyer’s solicitor and completion will take place, which we’ll confirm to you and the estate agent. We will confirm to you and the estate agent that completion has taken place.

Post-exchange the process has another three steps:

1) Post-exchange

Immediately post-exchange we will request the final redemption statement from the mortgage lender, if you have one, dated for the day of completion. If the property is leasehold then we’ll send a completion statement to the buyer’s solicitor with the amount due to complete. This will include the ground rent and service charge apportioned to the day of completion.

We’ll then send you a completion statement that includes the balance you’ll receive on completion, the amount payable to your mortgage lender (if applicable), the estate agent’s fees and our fees.

2) Completion

On the day of completion itself we’ll receive the funds from the buyer’s solicitor. We’ll confirm that completion has taken place with you and will release the keys to the buyer via the estate agent. We will then redeem any mortgages on the property and send you the final balance.

3) Post-completion

Once you’ve received all the funds you’re owed, the keys have changed hand and your mortgage has been redeemed, we’ll forward all of the property deeds to the buyer’s solicitor.

Of course. We fully understand how much clear communication and stress-free legal assistance mean to our clients. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way and will always be in touch right away to let you know of any developments.

It’s our job to try and make selling your property as simple as possible so whether you prefer to be contacted by phone, email or even by text message, we’ll do what’s best for you.


Briton Solicitors are highly experienced team of solicitors in the heart of London. We will always be happy to assist you and answer any of your queries every step of the way. We provide tailored and unique advice to each of our clients. We make sure you are well informed of every aspect of your case and time frames where possible.

*This is subject to entering into a CFA agreement in accordance with our policy and complying with your responsibilities under the agreement.


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Ilford, London, IG1 4LX
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