Find a Solicitor

Finding a Solicitor

We recommend that you find a solicitor who is experienced in negotiating property purchases because they can guide you through the process and hopefully secure you a better price than if you negotiated directly with the property seller or the seller’s estate agent.

What will a solicitor quote for?

There are a variety of costs associated with buying a property in Scotland. There are of course solicitor fees, plus VAT, for the work that they do for you in the purchase. There are also a number of governmental charges that are associated with a property purchase and these can come to a few hundred pounds. Some of these fees depend on whether you are buying the property with a mortgage. Your purchase might also be subject to Land & Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), which is a tax paid to the government on property purchases.

Will I get a better service from a more expensive solicitor?

Higher fees don’t necessarily translate into a higher level of service, particularly in the legal profession where some firms prioritise expertise over customer service. We’d suggest that you shop around for a solicitor who you feel comfortable with, who charges a reasonable fee, and who gives you assurance about the level of contact you can expect.

How much should I pay for solicitor fees?

Solicitor fees vary widely so it’s very difficult to give a figure here. Unless the legal fees are well above-average, they can often pale into insignificance compared to the LBTT and other fees that have to be paid to other government bodies. The value of the property can affect some of the governmental charges and most certainly has an effect on how much LBTT you end up paying.

Is the price I pay likely to vary much from the quote?

The quote will usually be for a ‘standard’ conveyancing transaction. Sometimes issues can crop-up during the purchase that are non-standard, for example, the solicitor having to raise a legal action on your behalf against the property seller if they don’t actually hand-over the property on the date that was agreed in the contract. In those cases, the fee might vary from the quote. However, the solicitor shouldn’t charge you anything extra unless you have first agreed to it.

Can MOV8 Real Estate act as my Solicitor?

Yes! MOV8’s New Client Team and Conveyancing Department negotiate the purchase of hundreds of homes per year and are experts in property purchases.

The Prime Minister at 8.30pm on Monday, 23 March 2020 announced unprecedented measures restricting movement of the UK population in order to combat the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

We are experiencing a huge surge of calls and email requests following this announcement, at a time when our capacity is more restricted than normal by sickness absence. Our capacity to answer calls will be restricted and more calls than normal will end in voicemail. Those voicemails will then be emailed to our central, team email accounts and allocated appropriately to the relevant staff members.

Viewing Requests

Anyone hoping to view a property will be unable to arrange a viewing in the coming three weeks. Reassuring our clients through this particularly difficult time has to be our top priority.

We will have to take the unprecedented step of not responding to viewing requests in the meantime. When restrictions are lifted on movement we would ask that, if you remain interested, you submit a fresh request.

Please Remain Patient - We Are in This Together

We respectfully ask that anyone first makes contact with us by email in the coming days.

We are all in this together. We ask that everyone tries to be kind to each other and to our staff throughout what are already the most stressful and anxious of times for everyone, let alone someone who is supposed to be moving home.

Best wishes and be safe,
MOV8 Real Estate