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Conveyancing

Our Conveyancing Team

Our team has over 40 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to property law and conveyancing, acting for both buyers and sellers.

We have four members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Manzoor Ahmad Shah, Principal and Head of Conveyancing Department at the firm.

Manzoor Ahmad Shah – Partner

Manzoor is the head of our team and has over 17 years’ experience. Manzoor has been supervising the conveyancing department in the firm since its establishment in 2008 and hasassisted numerousbuyers and sellers in both, residential and commercial conveyancing.

Manzoor completed his BSc from University of Kashmir (J&K, India), LLB (hons) and Sharia’ Law from IIUI (Islamabad, Pakistan).
Manzoor qualified as a solicitor in 2003and gained experience in several law firms before opening his own comprehensive practice in 2008. Manzoor has established a reputable conveyancing practice

Manzoor has also completed several professional development courses in conveyancing law.
Manzoor speaks fluent Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi and Arabic.

Lubna Sabri – Consultant

Lubna qualified as a solicitor in 2004. She obtained her B.A Honours in Law from De Montfort University (Leicester) and completed her Legal Practice Course from the same University.
Lubna has been working with us since May 2014 and specialised in all aspects of conveyancing including residential and commercial, acting regularly for both buyers and sellers.
Lubna speaks fluent Urdu and Punjabi.

Naseer Ahmad Shah – Associate

Naseerobtained his LLB Hons from the University of Kashmiri (J&K, India) and qualified as a solicitor in 2013 upon completing QLTT. Naseer has been working with us ever since and has a comprehensive practice.

Naseer speaks fluent Urdu, Hindi and Kashmiri.

Burhan Malik – Trainee Solicitor

Burhanobtained his LLB (Hons) from University of Portsmouth. Burhan joined us whilst studying the Legal Practice Course and Master’s (LLM) at the University of Law. During his period of recognised training, Burhan has undertaken work in our conveyancing, employment, litigation and dispute resolution, corporate and commercial disputes, charity law and personal injury/clinical negligence departments.

Burhan speaks, reads and writes fluent Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Kashmiri.

Tanweer Mohammed – Paralegal/Case Worker

Tanweer obtained his LLB (Hons) from University of Buckingham in 2014. Tanweer completed his LPC from University of West Minster in 2017.
Tanweer had been working with us since August 2019 and assists the firm and the conveyancing team on a regular basis.
Tanweer speaks fluent Urdu and Pahari.

 Conveyancing:

UPDATE: From the 1st of April 2020, the firm does not provide services in relation to – Conveyance of residential real property or real estate which comprise:

  • Freehold or leasehold sales or Purchases
  • Mortgages or Re-mortgages.

Residential Conveyancing:

Sale of a residential property

 

Prices for Sale

 

Our charges are dependent on the complexity of the transaction and the value of the property. Our prices also depend whether the property in question is freehold or leasehold and whether there is an existing charge to redeem. Our fixed fee for sale of a residential property is as follows:

 

Fees charged by Shah Law Chambers

 

Legal fees

 

FREEHOLD

LEASEHOLD

Property price range

Legal fee

VAT (20%)

Total fee

Legal fee

VAT (20%

Total fee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£250,000.00 – £349,999.99

£1000.00

£200.00

£1,200.00

£1,020.00

£204.00

£1,224.00

£350,000.00 – £449,999.99

£1,220.00

£244.00

£1,464.00

£1,320.00

£264.00

£1,584.00

£450,000.00 – £549,999.99

£1,320.00

£264.00

£1,584.00

£1,420.00

£284.00

£1,704.00

£550,000.00 – £749,999.99

£1,420.00

£284.00

£1,704.00

£1,520.00

£304.00

£1,824.00

£750,000.00 – £999,999.99

£1,520.00

£304.00

£1,824.00

£1,620.00

£324.00

£1,944.00

£1,000,000.00 +

£1,720.00

£344.00

£2,064.00

£1,820.00

£364.00

£2,184.00

 Our starting rate is £1000 plus VAT*[i] of £200, for sales and purchases up to the value £500,000. If the property is leasehold there is an extra charge as mentioned in the table above.  If there is a mortgage or other charge to redeem, there is an additional fee of £150 plus VAT* of £30 per charge.   If the property is more than £500,000. please contact us for a bespoke quote as our fees will be higher.

Typical disbursements

 

  • Land registry Fee for Office copies: between £6 and £12 dependant on the property. VAT is not applicable on these charges.

 

  • CHAPS Fee (Bank charge for transfer of money): £30.00 plus VAT* of £6.

 

  • Landlords/managing agents pack which contains essential information for leasehold properties: Approximately £250 to £650 Plus VAT* ranging from £50 to £130 depending on the costs of the pack.

 

  • Estate Agents fees: Where you are selling though an estate agent, usually their commission will be paid on completion. Unless you have instructed us otherwise, we would normally pay this on your behalf from the proceeds of sale. The figure will depend on what commission you have agreed with the estate agent and we will not be involved in that.

 

  • Where your property has an existing mortgage, this will be redeemed (paid off) by us on completion (there will be a bank transfer fee for doing so). You should ensure you know how much money you will need to pay to redeem, including any early repayment or other closing charges.

 

  • Lawyer Checker Where we do not know the buyer’s solicitors, we will carry out an online check against them for your protection: This costs £10.

 

Estimated Total Costs

 

As stated above, the total costs involved in your individual case will depend on the specific facts and requirements. However, broadly, the following range of costs in respect of our fees and disbursements is likely to apply to your conveyancing needs (for the work detailed above):

 

Estimate of our costs: £1200.00 – £1680.00 (inclusive of VAT).

Estimate of disbursements: £350.00 – £850.00 (inclusive of VAT) – these do not include the estate agents fee or bank transfer fee (where applicable)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of a residential property

 

 Prices for Purchases

 

 Our charges are dependent on the complexity of the transaction and the value of the property. Our prices also depend whether the property in question is freehold or leasehold and whether there is an existing charge to redeem. Our fixed fee for the purchase of a residential property is as follows:

 

Fees charged by Shah Law Chambers

 

Legal fees

 

FREEHOLD

LEASEHOLD

Property price range

Legal fee

VAT (20%)

Total fee

Legal fee

VAT (20%

Total fee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£250,000.00 – £349,999.99

£1000.00

£200.00

£1,200.00

£1,070.00

£214.00

£1,284.00

£350,000.00 – £449,999.99

£1,270.00

£254.00

£1,524.00

£1,370.00

£274.00

£1,644.00

£450,000.00 – £549,999.99

£1,370.00

£274.00

£1,644.00

£1,470.00

£294.00

£1,764.00

£550,000.00 – £749,999.99

£1,470.00

£294.00

£1,764.00

£1,570.00

£314.00

£1,884.00

£750,000.00 – £999,999.99

£1,570.00

£314.00

£1,884.00

£1,670.00

£334.00

£2,004.00

£1,000,000.00 +

£1,770.00

£354.00

£2,124.00

£1,870.00

£374.00

£2,244.00

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases

 

Our Fee

 

The charges are dependent on the complexity of the case and the value of the property and also whether the property in question is Freehold or Leasehold and whether there is an existing charge to redeem. Our starting rate is £1000 plus VAT* of £200, for purchases up to the value  £349,999,99. If the property is leasehold there is an extra charge as mentioned in the above table.  If the property is more than £350,000.00 please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Typical Disbursements

 

Purchase

 

  • Land Registry fee – registration of title dependant on value – The fees range from £135 to £455 (VAT* not applicable). We will include the correct amount if you ask us for a quote for the work.  Alternatively you could visit the Land registry website and use there fee Calculator – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees

 

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax (Government tax on the purchase of property) The cost of this depends not only upon the price but also a number of other variables such as number of properties owned or whether main residence being sold simultaneity and we will calculate this when preparing a quotation for you after having taken some information from you. Alternatively you can calculate the stamp duty payable using the HMRC’s SDLT calculator https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro

 

  • Search Fees have to be incurred depending on the nature and location of the property to endeavour to ensure that there will not be future issues with the property due to external factors such as future road or other building plans and anything else around, or under, the property that might affect it The typical searches and the approximate fees are as follows:
  • Local Authority Search £150 -250 plus VAT* of £30-50
  • Water and Drainage search fee £55 plus VAT* of £11.00
  • Environmental and Plan Search Fee £74 Plus VAT* of £14.80
  • OS1 Search £3.00 Plus VAT* of £0.60

 

Other searches may be required, depending on the location of the Property.  We will include the price for any relevant searches when we prepare our quote.

  • CHAPS Fee (Bank charge for transfer of money) £30.00 Plus VAT* of £6
  • Lawyer Checker Where we do not know the Sellers solicitors, we will carry out an online check against them for your protection. This costs £10.
  • Notice of assignment fees on Leasehold Properties approximately £ 75 to 150 plus VAT* of £15 to £30.00.
  • There may be other charges that are payable to the managing agents on leasehold properties, such as fees for registering a deed of Covenant or to obtain a certificate of compliance – They can range from approximately £100 to £250 plus VAT* of £20-£50, however we can only provide this information once we have reviewed the documentation

 

These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents. You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

 

Estimated Total Costs

 

As stated above, the total costs involved in your individual case will depend on the specific facts and requirements. However, broadly, the following range of costs in respect of our fees and disbursements is likely to apply to your conveyancing needs (for the work detailed above):

 

Estimate of our costs: £1200.00 – £1500.00 (inclusive of VAT).

Estimate of disbursements: £660.00 – £1400.00 (inclusive of VAT) – these do not include the stamp duty, estate agents fee (where applicable).

 

Typical timescales and key stages

Our Fees Include

 

  1. Taking your instructions and giving you initial advice.
  2. Receive and advise on contract documents
  3. Investigating title, reviewing information forms and supporting documents provided by the seller or seller’s solicitors,
  4. Carrying out appropriate property searches.
  5. Negotiating and agreeing the contract and transfer deed with solicitors.
  6. Reporting to you on title and on the contract.
  7. Dealing with enquiries and requisitions
  8. Giving you advice on all documents and information received
  9. Advising you on final contract and obtaining your signatures,
  10. Agreeing completion date
  11. Exchanging contracts and notify you that this has happened
  12. Dealing with pre-completion searches and requisitions and arranging for execution of completion documents
  13. Accounting to you for the monies
  14. Completing the purchase.

 

Additionally, if purchasing:

  1. Filing SDLT Return online on your behalf and paying the Stamp Duty Land Tax due on the transaction.
  2. Registering your ownership of the property at the Land Registry
  3. Sending you the Title deeds.

 

Estimated Total Costs

 

As stated above, the total costs involved in your individual case will depend on the specific facts and requirements. However, broadly, the following range of costs in respect of our fees and disbursements is likely to apply to your conveyancing needs (for the work detailed above):

 

Estimate of our costs: £1200.00 – £1680.00 (inclusive of VAT).

Estimate of disbursements: 500(inclusive of VAT)

 

Timescale:

In our experience these types of transactions can take anything from 6 weeks to 3 months to complete. Estimated timeframes run from when we receive your instructions to proceed and are our best estimates only as there are many aspects of this matter over which we have little or no control.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For instance, if you are a first-time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6-8 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, then can take significantly longer, between 3-6 months. In such circumstances, additional charges may apply, however, you will be advised accordingly based on your individual circumstances.

Complexities Which Could Increase Our Charges

 

It is important for you to appreciate that the costs information provided is based on a number of key assumptions, including those we set out below. If any of key assumptions are incorrect or change over time, we will provide you with revised costs estimate.

  1. The title of the property is registered at the Land Registry free of defect under a single title
  2. There will be a single contract and a single transfer in relation to the title.
  3. The title is registered in the name of the seller named in the contract.
  4. The purchase will be on the basis of an unconditional contract.
  5. The heads of terms do not materially change during the course of the transaction
  6. The parties work to the timescales agreed.
  7. You will enlist for us the support of your other professional advisers where required.
  8. You will provide or procure the provision of all necessary documents.
  9. Funding for completion is arranged.
  10. No consents are required for the purchase.
  11. You are making your own arrangements for any appropriate survey of the property and you are happy with the physical condition of the property
  12. Completion will take place on the date agreed in the contract.
  13. The transaction completes within the timescale noted above.

 

The following will also make the transaction more complex and increase our charges:

 

  1. If you require completion within 10 days of exchange
  2. In leasehold cases, the purchase or sale of a share of the freehold.
  3. Drafting any Deeds of Covenant
  4. Dealing with a Licence to Assign.
  5. Transactions involving new build or recently built properties.
  6. Problems arising from missing deeds or documents or from the title requiring additional documentation or indemnity insurance rectification or amendment to the title.
  7. If the property is leasehold, variation or extension of the lease or any consent to the assignment of the lease or preparing/reviewing any deed of covenant.
  8. Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease and is variable.
  9. Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as this is variable
  10. If you are using Help to Buy/ISA.

 

Our Fees Do NOT Include

 

Our charges do not include us dealing with any of the following: –

  1. Advice on the commercial viability of the transaction.
  2. Advice on SDLT planning, IHT, CGT, ATED or other tax issues.
  3. Valuation or property agency advice.
  4. Advice on the condition of the property or problems arising from survey.
  5. Advice on environmental issues.
  6. If the property is leasehold, variation or extension of the lease or any consent to the assignment of the lease or preparing/reviewing any deed of covenant.
  7. Negotiating or re-negotiating heads of term.
  8. Disputes arising on or after completion.
  9. We will not review or advise upon any financial arrangements, financial documents or financial covenants. It is your obligation to employ appropriately qualified third parties to obtain such additional advice as may be needed.

 

 



[i] * VAT is calculated at the set rate of 20% at the time of publishing. 

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