Overview


Our team has a great deal of experience in helping clients to purchase residential property in a manner which is tax efficient, quick and friendly. It helps clients with the sale and purchase of freehold property and the sale and purchase of leasehold property. Our note called With a property in mind explains more about the conveyancing process in England and Wales for those who are not familiar with it.

Withers have been trusted legal advisors to successful individuals, their families and their businesses for over 100 years. As an international law firm with offices in the UK, Europe, the US and Asia, we are able to advise clients on both national and cross-border issues. Our clients come from a variety of backgrounds and with interests in diverse fields, from multi-generational families to senior executives, to owners, managers and investors in private capital and some of the world’s wealthiest people.

Further information about the services we provide and the basis of our charges is available by clicking on the ‘find out more’ links below.

Our services include the completion of stamp duty land tax returns for clients to sign based on information provided to us. Our services do not, however, include the provision of tax advice generally and we shall assume that you have already received tax advice or will be obtaining tax advice separately, eg whether you need to report any capital gains on the disposal of the whole or part of a legal and or beneficial interest in UK residential property.

Purchase of freehold property


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Sale of freehold property


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Purchase of leasehold property


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Sale of leasehold property


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Our team


As of 1 July 2019.

Our team comprises five partners, seven solicitors and three other lawyers and paralegals.

All transactions will be managed by one of the partners who will work with other members of our team with the appropriate level of experience. Click on an individual’s name to view their profile.

PARTNERS

OTHER TEAM MEMBERS

  • Hannah Robinson – Special Council (qualified as a solicitor in 2007)
  • Laura Turner – Charted Legal Executive (qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2010)
  • Rebecca Spencer – Associate (qualified as a solicitor in 2010)
  • David Holland – Associate (qualified as a solicitor in 2011)
  • George Coleman – Associate (qualified as a solicitor in 2012)
  • Elle Outram – Associate (qualified as a solicitor in 2017)
  • Kelly Williams – Trainee Legal Executive (Trainee Legal Executive as of 2018)
  • Robert Fellows – Associate (qualified as a solicitor in 2017)
  • Michael Belham – Associate (qualified as a solicitor in 2019)

The team is also assisted by trainee solicitors who will spend six months working with the team. Their overall experience of legal practice will depend on what stage of their two-year training period they have reached and any prior experience gained before they started their training contract. We also have an experienced property manager with over 15 years’ experience who assists on property transactions.

Our charges and timescales


Our legal fees are calculated by reference, amongst other matters, to the total time spent on a case and the hourly rates of the members of the team who deal with it. These are as follows:

  • Partners – between £480 and £705 per hour
  • Special Counsel – £465 per hour
  • Associates – between £290 and £465 per hour
  • Chartered Legal Executives, Trainee Legal Executives and Paralegals – between £190 and £285 per hour
  • Trainee Solicitors – between £200 and £235 per hour

Please note that these rates do not include VAT. Please also note that our hourly rates may be varied on 1 July each year. VAT is applied at the rate of 20% on our fees and, where applicable, disbursements.

Speak to us

For more information, please contact our client services team who will be happy to assist.

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