Buying a House - Prices

We want to make your purchase as straightforward as possible. We do things differently by avoiding technical jargon and communicating in plain English.

Buying a house can be costly: we help you budget with our simple price structure and an estimate of costs payable to other parties so that you can see the total cost.

Our prices are inclusive and cover all of the anticipated legal work including the cost of online ID checks; acting for a mortgage lender, where applicable; arranging indemnity insurance premiums; sending money by electronic bank transfers; preparing and submitting the Stamp Duty returns.

These are our fees for a standard purchase of a house: they depend on the purchase price of your property. The fees will vary if you have already received a quote or are entitled to a discount. If you want us to put them in a quote tailored to your individual circumstances, please call 0113 264 4414 or complete our contact form below.

PRICES (excluding new build purchases)

Property price



Price (incl. VAT)

£0 - £125,000




£125,001 - £250,000




£250,001 - £500,000




£500,001 - £925,000




£925,001 and over




PAYMENTS TO THIRD PARTIES (we deal with payment on your behalf)

Search fees – typically:

  • Local Authority
  • Drainage & Water
  • Environmental
  • Coal Authority

These vary according to location and the searches required. For example, the total cost of the usual searches (excluding VAT) in West and North Yorkshire range from £207 to £304 (average £249.80). We can provide an exact figure when we know what is needed.

Land Registry searches

£3 per title and £2 per person

Chancel Repair Liability insurance premium

£12.22 (incl. taxes)

Land Registry fees

This is charged according to the Land Registry scale – see separate table

Stamp Duty

The tax you will pay depends on a number of factors – see separate table


Using our tables, insert the appropriate legal fee; Land Registry fee; Stamp Duty



Fee (incl. VAT)

Emsleys – legal prices

Search fees

e.g. £250

e.g. £50

e.g. £300

Land Registry searches

e.g. £9

e.g. £0

e.g. £9

Chancel Repair Liability insurance premium




Land Registry fees

Stamp Duty



We ask you to pay £250 towards search fees at the outset: this up-front payment will be deducted from your final bill. 

Sometimes the legal work will not be standard or anticipated. We have fixed fees for a variety of services from dealing with Help to Buy ISAs to Solar Panel leases. If additional legal work is needed due to unforeseen circumstances, we will provide you with an updated quote. We treat clients fairly and only charge for the additional services needed for their purchase.

Hopefully all will go according to plan but if for any reason the purchase does not go through to completion (e.g. either party changes their mind), we will refund any part of the £250 paid at the outset which has not already been spent on searches and will charge a fee for the work already done. This will never exceed the above quote for legal fees and will be calculated according to the time spent on your matter at the hourly rate charged by the individual conveyancer working on your behalf which will be stated in your welcome letter. Hourly rates vary from £195 to £285 depending on the qualifications of the conveyancer.

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