Legal Information

About

Company Registered Name: Commonhold and Leasehold Experts Limited (“CLE”)

Company Registration Number: 11296030

Registered office: 5 The Drive, Hove, BN3 3JE

Jurisdiction: England & Wales

VAT Registration Number: 294950068

Solicitors Regulation Authority: www.sra.org.uk

Solicitors Regulation Authority Number: 648157

Directors: Mari Knowles

The Company 

The Directors

The use of the word “director” is used to refer to any registered director at Companies House or alternatively any employee or consultant with equivalent qualifications. 

Corporate Social Responsibility

We firmly believe in supporting our community in a number of different ways. Our objectives are to use our skills and expertise to support our local community and the wider community through our pro bono service. We regularly attend and support charitable events both locally and nationally. We are also committed to ensuring that our activities are environmentally friendly and operate a “paperless” office. We outsource many of our business needs, therefore supporting other businesses. We operate a strict diversity policy. 

Jobs

If you would like to work for us, please contact us on mknowles@commonlease.co.uk

Client care

Terms of Business

The appointment of the firm to act for you in connection with any matter will be upon the terms set out in our Terms of Business, which will be provided to all new clients at the outset of our retainer.

Charging

We operate a fully transparent costs system with no hidden charges. Please contact mknowles@commonlease.co.uk should you wish to obtain more information regarding our costs. In accordance with the SRA Price Transparency scheme, we provide the following information for any debt recovery work undertaken for businesses up to the value of £100,000 and for residential conveyancing. The following information is an illustrative guide only, based on average fees, and you should contact us for a quotation relevant to your case. VAT will be chargeable in accordance with the current tax laws.

Debt collection

Our fees will typically range from £300 plus VAT upwards depending on the specifics of your case. You will also have to pay any disbursements which may include court fees and barrister fees. We will confirm the likely costs and any disbursements with you before we undertake the work. Straightforward cases will typically take between 1 – 6 months to conclude, whereas more complicated cases can take 12 – 18 months. We will explain the likely timescales and the procedure with you at the outset of the matter. Our experts are fully qualified to undertake this work.

Residential sales

Our fees cover the usual work involved in completing a sale of a residential property. These fees are indicative of fees payable in a straightforward transaction. We do not make a separate charge for redeeming your mortgage or paying your estate agent. We also do not pay referral fees to third parties such as mortgage brokers or estate agents.

Sale price

Fee range

Up to £250,000

£695 - £895 + VAT

£250,001 - £500,000

£895 - £1,195 + VAT

£500,001 - £750,000

£1,195 - £1,395 + VAT

£750,001 +

Price on enquiry



Disbursements (payable to third parties)

 

Bank transfer fee

£35 + VAT

Land Registry fees

£6 - £24

 

 

Additional disbursements

(payable in some cases)

 

Leasehold management pack

£200 - £400 + VAT

Leasehold deed of covenant

£200 - £400 + VAT

Indemnity insurance

Price on enquiry

 

 

 

The fees include the following:

•       Take initial instruction from you

•       Make contact with your existing lender and obtain a draft settlement figure (if applicable)

•       Obtain official copy Land Registry title documents

•       Prepare and submit contract documents to the buyer’s solicitor with completed Property Information and Fixture & Fittings Form to buyer’s solicitor

•       Receive and reply to any enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitor

•       Give you advice on all documents and information received

•       Arrange for you to sign contract for sale and discuss potential completion date with you

•       Agree completion date (date from which you sell the property)

•       Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

•       Collect final figures from your estate agent for their commission and your mortgage lender to redeem your mortgage  and prepare a financial statement

•       Complete sale

•       Forward title documents to buyer’s solicitor

How long the process takes will depend on a number of factors, such as how long the chain is, if you have a mortgage, and if you have a related transaction. The average transaction takes between 8 – 12 weeks. We will assess your transaction at the outset and confirm the likely timeframes with you then.

Residential purchases

Our fees cover the usual work involved in completing a purchase of a residential property. These fees are indicative of fees payable in a straightforward transaction. We do not pay referral fees to third parties such as mortgage brokers or estate agents.

Purchase price

Fee range

Up to £250,000

£695 - £895 + VAT

£250,001 - £500,000

£895 - £1,195 + VAT

£500,001 - £750,000

£1,195 - £1,395 + VAT

£750,001 +

Price on enquiry

 

 

Disbursements (payable to third parties)

 

Bank transfer fee

£35 + VAT

Land Registry disbursements

£6 - £24

Land Registry registration fees

£40 - £910 (dependent on property value)

Stamp duty land tax (England) / Land Transaction Tax (Wales)

Price on enquiry (dependent on property value)

 

 

Additional disbursements

(payable in some cases)

 

Search fees

£200 - £500

Leasehold notice of transfer fee

£50 - £150 + VAT

Leasehold notice of mortgage fee

£50 - £150 + VAT

Leasehold deed of covenant fee

£100 - £400 + VAT

Leasehold certificate of compliance fee

£100 - £400 + VAT

Leasehold deed of covenant

£200 - £400 + VAT

Indemnity insurance

Price on enquiry

 

 

 

The fees include the following:

·       Take initial instructions from you

·       Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed

·       Receive draft Contract and supporting document from the seller’s solicitor

·       Submit search applications and prepare an initial report to you

·       Raise enquiries of seller's solicitor

·       Receive your mortgage offer and report to you

·       Receive and review search results, raise further enquiries, if necessary and report to you

·       Review replies to enquiries from the seller’s solicitor and report to you

·       Make arrangements for you to sign all necessary paperwork and discuss potential completion dates

·       Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

·       Prepare a financial statement and arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you

·       Complete purchase

·       Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax

·       Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

How long the process takes will depend on a number of factors, such as how long the chain is, if you have a mortgage, and if you have a related transaction. The average transaction takes between 8 – 12 weeks. We will assess your transaction at the outset and confirm the likely timeframes with you then.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

We are required to obtain compulsory professional indemnity insurance, which we will maintain at all times. For information regarding our professional indemnity insurance, please contact us.

Complaints

We will do our best to ensure that you receive a high standard of service and advice from us at all times. If you are unhappy about any aspect of our service, you have the right to raise a complaint. Please email mknowles@commonlease.co.uk or call 01273 839 555 (option 1) and we will provide you with a copy of our complaints procedure.

Once you have received the complaints procedure, please contact us in writing or by telephone with details of your complaint. In the first instance, your complaint should be addressed to the person dealing with your file. If you do not feel comfortable doing so, please address your complaint to Mari Knowles. Upon receipt of your complaint, we will investigate the matter before providing you with a written response, setting out our findings and the outcome of your complaint. If you are still unhappy, we will then refer the matter to one of the directors who will review and investigate. The director will then write to you setting out the findings and outcome of your complaint.

If we are unable to resolve the complaint internally, you are entitled to complain to the Legal Ombudsman:

The Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806 Wolverhampton WV1 9WH
enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
www.legalombudsman.org.uk
0300 555 0333

The time limit for bringing a complaint is six months from the date of your last contact with us. Full details on how to make a complaint are set out on their website.

If your complaint concerns an invoice raised by this firm, you may also have the right to apply to court for an assessment of that bill pursuant to Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. 

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic. You should raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation authority www.sra.org.uk.

Provision of other services

We are not authorised to provide any services other than the provision of legal services. However, we may in certain circumstances be able offer limited financial advice if that advice is incidental to the legal services we are providing. Whilst we are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, the retainer with the Law Society allows us to provide this advice in certain situations.  

Use of our website

Site content

We use our reasonable endeavours to make sure that the information contained on our site is accurate. If there are any errors or omissions, we will address these as soon as we can upon being notified of the same. For the avoidance of doubt nothing on this website constitutes legal advice and we disclaim any liability should you rely on it. We would urge you to obtain advice on the facts of your specific case. 

Links to our site

If you would like to use our site on your own site or to reference it by way of a link, please notify us in advance. Our site should not be used in a manner that may cause harm to our reputation or as a tool to publish any material that may be defamatory or abusive or that might infringe the intellectual property rights of others. You should also use all reasonable care and skill to ensure that the material does not contain any viruses, corrupted files or other software that may cause harm. Should our site be used without our consent we will request the link’s removal and may commence legal action for doing so. Please note that we regularly make changes to this site and we will require any links to be updated. 

Links to other sites

We may from time to time provide links to third party websites on our website, which are provided for your reference and convenience only. These links do not in any way imply our support for that website, nor do we accept any liability for the content of that website. 

Retainer

Nothing on this site constitutes a retainer with our firm as our site is for information purposes only concerning the services that we provide.  Should you wish to retain our services, please contact us and we will send you formal terms of business if we are able to act for you. We reserve the right to refuse to act for you in line with our regulatory requirements.  

Copyright

The content of our site is protected by our copyright and database rights, which belong to Commonhold and Leasehold Experts Limited. We prohibit use of any content on our site to be used for commercial purposes without our express written and prior consent. 

Privacy notice (data protection)

We have a privacy policy which sets out details of how we use information we hold about you. Should you wish to see a copy of our privacy policy please contact us.