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Residential Conveyancing Solicitors

For most of us, property is likely to be the most expensive purchase during our lifetimes, so it is not surprising that moving home is recognised as one of life’s most stressful events.  You want to have certainty over timescales and to avoid delays and other problems along the way. You also want to know how much the process will cost and that there will be no hidden extras or surprises.

At Johnson Astills, we aim to remove the anxiety associated with the contractual elements of buying and selling residential property, so you can focus on the more practical elements of your move.  We are also clear and transparent in relation to the costs of moving home.

Our expert conveyancing solicitors can assist you with a wide range of matters associated with the residential conveyancing process, including buying and selling property, transfer of equities, lease extensions and remortgaging throughout Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

To speak to a member of our team about your conveyancing, please contact our local offices in Leicester and Loughborough or use our contact form to request a call back.

Want to see how much your conveyancing might cost? Request a tailored conveyancing quote.

Why choose our residential conveyancing solicitors in Leicester and Loughborough?

At Johnson Astills, our aim is to make sure that all of your matters are dealt with in a straightforward and efficient manner, ultimately helping you to save time and money.

We place a focus on clear communication with our clients, which means you will be kept up to date during every stage of the conveyancing process. Our team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, whether it be in person, over the phone or by email, and will make sure everything you need to know is explained in plain English.

We are able to provide fixed-fee services, as well as online conveyancing, which means you can receive expert advice without having to break the bank or disrupt your busy schedule. You can find out more about our conveyancing fees by taking a look at our pricing guide.

Additionally, we are proud members of The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), reflecting our extensive expertise with a wide range of property matters and transactions.

Our residential conveyancing expertise

Our conveyancing team will support and assist you with a wide range of matters related to the conveyancing process, including:

Buying and selling residential property

Without the support of a conveyancing expert, the prospect of carrying out such a significant transaction can appear overwhelming. Our team can make the process of buying or selling your home as easy and straightforward as possible.

We can act on your behalf to draft and review the contract papers involved in your property transaction, exchange contracts, and carry out local authority searches and other property searches.


Remortgaging is a significant decision and, without expert advice, it may lead to financial issues further down the line. Our property team can help determine whether remortgaging is the right decision for you and your family based on your current situation.

We can help with specific matters related to the remortgaging process, including reviewing the terms of your current mortgage offer, handling the transfer of funds from your new lender to your old lender and updating the lender details with the land registry.

Visit our Remortgage Pricing page for further information.

Transfer of equity

There are a number of potential reasons for transferring the equity on your home and our property team can use their expertise to guide you through every stage of the often-complex process.

Releasing the equity on your property often involves large sums of money and significant assets changing hands, which is why it is crucial for every step to be completed with the support of an expert conveyancing solicitor to avoid any potential issues arising at a later stage.

Buying and selling leasehold property and lease extensions

If you own a leasehold property, then you will have the legal right to purchase the freehold, so long as you fulfil certain criteria. There are a range of benefits to owning the freehold to a property, including no longer having to make ground rent payments and experiencing an increase of the overall property value.

We will be able to help you establish whether you are eligible to purchase the freehold on your property, support you with the negotiation process and support you in extending the current leasehold on your property where necessary.

For further information, visit our Leasehold Residential Purchase Pricing page.

Severance of joint tenancy

If you are a joint tenant of a property with your spouse or partner, this means that, on the death of one tenant, their share of the property’s value will automatically pass on to the other.

If you do not wish for this to be the case, then the Joint Tenancy must be severed through a written notice, creating a ‘Tenancy in Common’. Our conveyancing solicitors can support you in issuing or responding to a Notice of Severance.

Fixed Fee Services

Many of our residential conveyancing services are provided on a fixed fee basis, which means you can have certainty over the costs involved in your case from the outset.

We are happy to provide a no obligation, upfront quote or estimate which will provide a clear breakdown of all of the costs involved in the transaction.

For more complicated conveyancing matters, we may work to a pre-agreed hourly rate, but all of the expenditure will be disclosed before any billable work is carried out on your case. This means that you will always have complete control over the costs involved in your transaction, while receiving flexible support which will ensure every detail is fully taken care of.

You can find out more about how your conveyancing might cost by taking a look at our pricing guide or, alternatively, requesting a tailored quote.

Online Conveyancing

We offer an online conveyancing service which allows you to manage your conveyancing case remotely, regardless of where you are based in the UK and will mean you won’t need to take time away from any other commitments to deal with your conveyancing case.

Our property team can handle your case over the phone and by email and you can rest assured that our service is supported by a range of secure, modern technologies which will keep your personal details safe.

Frequently asked questions about residential conveyancing

What is involved in the conveyancing process?

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring the ownership of a property from one person to another. Residential conveyancing involves several steps, such as title searches, property inspections and the preparation of legal documents including contracts, deeds and transfer documents. The process is usually facilitated by a conveyancer or a residential conveyancing solicitor.

How long does conveyancing take?

Giving an exact timescale for the conveyancing process can be tricky due to the different variables that can influence how long it takes. These can include how complicated the transaction is, how responsive the parties involved are, as well as the proficiency of the residential conveyancing solicitors involved.

In general, the process takes between 9-12 weeks, but again this is dependent on many factors, including how quickly a solicitor for buying a house is instructed. If the transaction is relatively simple, and all parties work together effectively, it can conclude within 4-6 weeks. Conversely, if there are issues such as property chains or other unforeseen problems, it can take even longer.

How much will conveyancing cost?

The cost of conveyancing can vary depending on multiple factors such as the value of the property being bought or sold, how complex the transaction is as well as the experience and expertise of the residential conveyancing solicitors that you have hired.

In the UK, fees generally range from around £500 to £1500 or more, depending on the variables above. There also may be additional costs, ranging from disbursements to land registry fees, searches and stamp duty tax.

The eventual cost of the conveyancing solicitors that you hire will depend on your specific requirements. We always recommend speaking to one of our experienced team to make sure that nothing goes wrong during the transaction, and to make sure that you get the best conveyancing advice for your money.

At Johnson Astills, we do our best to provide our conveyancing service at a fixed fee, where we provide you with a quote upfront, with a clear breakdown of every cost involved. This ensures complete transparency, so you can make a clear and informed decision about the final cost.

When it comes to more complex conveyancing work, we are happy to negotiate a fixed hourly rate which gives you the flexibility and support that you require in order to for us to take care of all the details.

Who owns the house after the exchange of contracts?

After both parties have exchanged contracts during the conveyancing process, the buyer has contracted to become the legal owner of the property on the completion date.

Once completion has taken place the buyer will take on all responsibilities and rights associated with owning the property. This includes paying the mortgage, maintaining the property and paying the property taxes.

It's important to be aware that until completion day takes place, either one of the parties can pull out of the transaction, although they will likely face legal and/or financial consequences as a result.

Get in touch with our residential conveyancing solicitors in Leicester and Loughborough

For help and advice on any matter related to the conveyancing process, get in touch with residential property solicitors by contacting our local offices in Leicester and Loughborough, or feel free use our contact form to request a call back.