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Residential Property

We recognise that, for many people, buying or selling a house can be a hugely stressful experience. Our Residential Property team has a friendly and professional approach. We ensure that your sale, purchase or both proceeds as quickly and smoothly as possible.

It is important to make sure that the legal issues are dealt with professionally, as mistakes could prove expensive.

At a difficult time, it’s also good to know that you can speak to a friendly member of our dedicated team. We will be here for you all the way through the transaction.

Please click on the links to the left of this page for further information relating to your property. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or you feel your situation is complex and you would benefit from speaking to a legal advisor, please telephone us on 0800 8 60 62 65.

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Why choose Ridley & Hall's Property Team?

Why Choose Us?

We make your move as stress free as possible.

Moving home is one of the most stressful experiences many of us can face and if you use us you will never be afraid to call and there will always be someone there to assist. We have over 70 years’ experience of assisting clients in making what is likely to be the largest investment they are ever going to make.

We know what we are talking about.

We have a dedicated team of specialist property lawyers and we will not be in court when you phone. We will work exclusively on your behalf for your property sale or purchase, with your best interests being our only concern. For your added benefit, we also have specialist lawyers.

We will provide you with a competitive price.

If you are looking for value for money from your solicitor, don’t simply take the first conveyancing solicitor that your estate agent recommends (after all, their conveyancing recommendation is often based on commission, not quality – this information must be disclosed to you by the estate agents.

What We Can Do For You

At Ridley & Hall, an experienced Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer will guide you through your transaction, offering regular updates. We provide a quote, initiate the process, and assist with all aspects of buying or selling property. Our goal is to ensure a stress-free experience for you. Watch our video for further details on the process.

Pricing Structure

  • Our conveyancing costs are fixed so there are no surprises. This allows you to budget from the start
  • No hidden extras for acting for mortgage lender or completing the stamp duty form (sdlt)
  • The only time costs may change is: (A) If you change your instructions to us, (B) The transaction becomes complex and there is additional work to do
  • Experienced dedicated lawyers will assist you all the way from start to finish
  • Direct dial numbers to your dedicated lawyer
  • We are not the cheapest but we are also not the most expensive
  • We are CQS accredited
  • We act for the majority of high street lenders and are on their panel

Fees based on the property being in Kirklees and also being an established residential house

Example of a sale up to £200,000

Legal Costs £795.00
VAT at 20% £159.00
Bank Transfer Admin Fee (incl VAT at 20%) £36.00
File Scanning Admin Fee (incl VAT at 20%) £12.00
Land Registry Documents (incl VAT at 20%) £7.20 (each)
eCOS Fee (including ID check) (incl VAT at 20%) £13.20 (per person)
Total £1022.40

Example of a purchase up to £200,000

Legal Costs £795.00
VAT at 20% £159.00
Search Pack* £231 for Kirklees (this is different for each area)
Land Registry Pre-Completion Search Fee (incl VAT at 20%) £3.60 (per title)
Land Charges/Bankruptcy Search Fee (incl VAT at 20%) £2.40 (per person)
Land Registration Fee ** £95.00
Bank Transfer Admin Fee (incl VAT at 20% £36.00
File Scanning Admin Fee (incl VAT at 20%) £12.00
eCOS Fee (including ID check) (incl VAT at 20%) £13.20 (per person)
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Admin Fee (incl VAT at 20%) £102
Total £1449.2

*The search bundle includes all the standard property searches, including Local, Water & Drainage, Mining and Environmental and is inclusive of VAT at 20%.
**The Land Registration Fee will vary depending on price of the property and whether Registered or Unregistered.

Additional factors that may impact your fixed fee:

  • Stamp duty as this varies depending on each transaction.
  • Whether you have a First Time Buyer ISA (£50+VAT at 20%)
  • If you are benefiting from a gifted deposit (£50+VAT at 20%) – Per Donor
  • Whether the property is a New Build (£150+VAT at 20%)
  • Whether the property is a Leasehold Flat (£150+VAT at 20%)
  • Help to Buy Equity loan (£150.00 plus VAT at 20%)

We are also able to assist you with the following types of transactions:

  • Remortgages
  • Declaration of trust
  • Transfer of Equity
  • Shared Ownership
  • Equity release

For a more accurate breakdown costs which is personalised to you please telephone our offices.


The average timescale for a conveyancing transaction is between 8-12 Weeks. This can vary significantly depending on various factors such as if a survey reveals a problem, delayed search results or issues elsewhere in the chain. Please be assured that we will keep you updated throughout the transaction We would strongly recommend only finalising arrangements to move once a completion date has been agreed by all parties in the chain.

Our People In Huddersfield

Alison Mason

Head of the Residential Property Department,
Alison Mason is Head of the Property Department and is a Licensed Conveyancer with over 20 years of experience in residential Conveyancing. Alison joined Ridley & Hall in 1996 having previously worked for other local firms....

Susan Sowden

Susan joined the firm in November 2019, from a firm in South Yorkshire but having previously been with firms in West Yorkshire. She specialises in all forms of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity and sales of new build plots on small-scale property developments. Susan also has a background in commercial property matters and Wills & Probate matters....
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Jessica Nugent-Herrett

Jess completed a BA (Hons) in History in 2016, followed by a GDL conversion course in 2017. She then obtained her Legal Practice Certificate and an MSc in Business, Law & Management in 2018, and began working in the legal profession in the same year....
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Adeel Hussain

Licensed Conveyancer
Adeel started his career with Ridley & Hall in 2016 as a conveyancing assistant and is now a Licensed Conveyancer based at our Huddersfield Office....
Nadine Edwards

Nadine Edwards

Apprentice Solicitor
Nadine started her career within the legal sector in 2016 after she completed her A-Levels. Nadine always had a keen interest in the law and studied law at A-Level. ...
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Naha Ahmed

Trainee Solicitor
Naha is  currently a trainee solicitor in residential property. She has demonstrated exceptional dedication and perseverance in her pursuit of a legal career. Alongside her legal responsibilities, Naha actively contributes as a member of the marketing committee. ...

Our People In Pontefract

Adam Fletcher

Business Development & IT Director
Adam served as Managing Director from 2012-2018, overseeing 25%+ growth. With 20+ years in residential property, he excels in conveyancing. In 2023, he took on the role of Business Development and IT Director, pivotal in the firm's future. He's dedicated to expanding the client base and enhancing technological support. Ridley & Hall is an exciting place for him....

Alistair McKinlay

Partner, South Elmsall Residential Property Team Leader & South Elmsall Business Development and Pastoral Lead
Alistair is a Partner in the Residential Property department, based in South Elmsall Pontefract, where he works alongside Adam Fletcher and Ashley Sowerby. He joined Ridley & Hall in February 2020 to help further develop the firm and department’s profile, having been a Partner for over 20 years at a well known Leeds practice....
Ashley Sowerby

Ashley Sowerby

Ashley Sowerby joined Ridley & Hall in autumn 2016 as a Solicitor within the Property Department. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2014 after completing her Law Degree and Legal Practice Course at Leeds Metropolitan University....
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Marina Cotton

Marina joined our residential property team as a Property Paralegal to work alongside Alistair McKinlay at our South Elmsall office, dealing with sales, purchases, transfers of equity and remortgages.  ...

Natalie Hudson

Legal Executive
Natalie joined our residential property team as Chartered Legal Executive at our South Elmsall office dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing including; sales, purchases, leases, new build sales and plot purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and shared ownership....
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Shelly Lynch

Chartered Legal Executive
Shelly joined our Residential Property Team at our South Elmsall office, working alongside Alistair McKinlay and Ashley Sowerby....
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Natalie Stephenson-Quayle

Apprentice Solicitor
Natalie has worked at Ridley & Hall since November 2019. Since then, Natalie started her apprenticeship degree with Ridley & Hall in 2021. Whilst working with Ridley & Hall, Natalie promotes the different routes people can take to obtain a career in the legal profession....

Our People In Barnsley

Adam Leece

Adam Leece

Team Leader for Property, Barnsley
Adam joined Newman & Bond, currently Ridley & Hall incorporating Newman & Bond, in 2010 as a Trainee Solicitor qualifying in 2012. Since qualifying as a Solicitor Adam has experienced a varied workload but has focused increasingly on both Residential and Commercial Property transactions for the last 8 years. In 2021 Adam was successfully appointed Partner within Ridley & Hall and in 2022 became the Property Team Leader within the Barnsley branch....

Kate Ward

Associate Solicitor
Kate Ward is an associate solicitor based in our conveyancing department. Kate qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 and has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of residential property. She has also dealt with land sales and purchases and adverse possession. ...

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Frequently Asked Questions

When you borrow money from a bank, building society, private individual or other financial institution they take the property as security secured by way of a mortgage or legal charge against the title of the property. The charge remains until it is either repaid or the property is sold. The charge gives the lender rights over the property specifically the right to repossess if the loan is not repaid.

A remortgage is when you already have a mortgage with one lender and you refinance with another lender.

Not usually, but this depends on the lender and the locality of the property, most require either a local authority search or search indemnity insurance which covers all searches.

All lenders require you to have a solicitor, either one of their own or one of your own choice because in addition to your own interests the lender’s interest must also be protected from anything that may affect their security, most mainstream lenders are happy for one firm to act for both the lender and the borrower.