122 Reviews
  • Danielle

    Excellent service from start to finish from Nicola and Natalie! Super responsive to emails and all my questions as a first time single buyer. Natalie and Nicola make a great team and are so approachable. Definitely recommend them for property related legal services.

  • Frankie

    Really happy with my experience using versus law, from start to finish they put my mind at ease as I wasn’t buying a house in the normal way, it was through a family divorce and there were time scales and dead lines to meet, versus law managed to conker my mortgage and speed things up to avoid any extra costs, nicola was always there to ease my mind when I had any concerns as things do get stressful whilst purchasing a property, the ladies on the reception we also a delight and couldn’t do more to make you feel comfortable in any situation, if you are thinking of using versus law to assist you through your mortgage then look no further as these guys couldn’t have done more for me, I couldn’t have been happier with my experience

  • Matt W

    Nicola Nolan’s conveyancing service has always been excellent, I have used them several times in the last 5 years. In particular for my business I have found their relationship and understanding of Paragon Bank to be very useful. I would highly recommend.

  • Kay

    Excellent decision to go with Versus Law! Nick Wintrip handled the very stressful job of our house sale with professionalism, calmness and a good sense of humour. We did everything via email, phone and post, and he was always quick in responding and keeping me updated every step of the way. Very competitively priced too. I would highly recommend Versus Law without the slightest hesitation.

  • O Li

    Thomas Reid dealt with the sale and purchase of our properties. He was a pleasure to work with – very quick to respond to queries and very efficient in his work. As a result, the process went very smoothly with minimal delays. I would highly recommend competitively priced Versus Law and especially the professionalism of Thomas Reid.

  • Mr RS

    Natalie Moylan dealt with the sale and purchase on my behalf. The whole process was very well handled with constant updates. The first solicitors I’ve used that’s responds within to an email within an hour! Would 100% use again!!!

  • Mrs LC

    Recently dealt with Nick Wintrip at Versus law when selling my property. Found him to be professional, quick and thorough. Process went smoothly and I was well informed throughout the process. I received regular updates and all enquiries were dealt with efficiently. Nick made the whole process of selling my home stress free and a happy one! Your the best Nick – thank you again 🙂
    Will highly recommend Versus Law Solicitors. They are the best

  • Jaxx

    Would recommend Versus Law for conveyancing; Nick and Natalie we’re our team with Nick the main contact, thank you Nick and Natalie for making the conveyancing experience as stress free as possible.

  • Paula

    Great experience working with Versus Law. Excellent level of professionalism from Thomas Reid who provided clear, precise information. Highly recommended from my side. Thanks to Tom and the team.

  • D

    Fantastic experience with Natalie and her colleagues. Email updates throughout the home buying process, estimates of how long it would take to get her work completed and local knowledge which speeded up the process. 100% recommended.

  • R Napier

    Really good and really helpful got things sorted alot quicker than anticipated very cooperative

  • Wetherill

    What an outstanding team they turned my purchase around within the set time frame and very professional at all times.
    They went above and beyond reassured myself throughout the process.
    As being a first time buyer I felt this was most important I would recommend them highly.

  • Nasir

    Versus Law dealt with my house sale from start to finish in a most professional manner. A friendly, professional, competent team who get the job done within the time parameters. I highly recommend this firm.

  • Colin and Yvonne

    Absolutely brilliant service as always.
    This is the third time using Versuslaw and they never fail to impress. Natalie and Nicola are real diamonds and you really get the sense that they actually care about you.

    We actually live in London, but continued to use them for our London property because of our previous experience with them.
    Thank you guys, would highly recommend you to anyone.

  • B Man

    Excellent service!!! We are really happy with the service VersusLaw provided to us. Being first time buyer, we dint have much idea about the whole process and had lots of questions. They have given proper and clear response on time to everything we have requested. For us, one of the property got cancelled in between the process because the owner decided to not to sell that property few days after accepting our offer. Though there were searches and procedures done already for that property VersusLaw did not ask Fee for that purchase as they understood the difficult situation we were in. When we found our next property, we had no doubt whom to contact. We are really happy and totally satisfied by the service Nicola, Natalie and their team offered. We will highly recommend your service to anyone,

  • Ross Grant

    Today I have completed on the purchase of my very first apartment, and it just wouldn’t have been possible without the INCREDIBLE knowledge, guidance and GENUINE care of Nicola, Natalie, and the entire Versus Law team.

    This purchase was far from straightforward, with lots of potential pitfalls – all navigated with professionalism, patience and an impeccable attention to detail by Nicola.

    Nic went well above and beyond the call of duty to look into some extremely complex accounts and repair budgets to the apartment block in question – something I would have completely overlooked.

    As a result, with her guidance, I managed to negotiate a £2,000 reduction in asking price – something I’m sure other solicitors would have let slip through the net.

    That’s a genuine £2000 saving – a lot of money for a first-time buyer.

    You get a real sense that these guys actually CARE – they make you feel more like a friend, than a client – and don’t leave a stone unturned when it comes to conveyancing. If there is anything to uncover on a property, trust me, Nicola will find it!

    In essence, Versus Law made what could have been a rather stressful situation, easy and straightforward.

    Communications and response times were brilliant, with daily updates coming via phone and email – and I never felt rushed by anyone when I had queries.

    I honestly cannot recommend Versus Law enough.

    I’m going to pick up the keys to my apartment now – and won’t be using anyone other than these guys for all future property purchases/ sales.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH Versus Law – I’ll be raising a glass of champagne to you all at the housewarming! 🙂

  • CW

    Great service provided by Nicola and her team.
    Always communicating with updates for the completion of my property.
    Would highly recommend

  • Jackie

    I used Versus Law to buy my first house. Had no idea how it worked but I must say that the conveyancing team held my hand all the way through. On the day of completion there was a delay and they stayed in office late to ensure it went through so I wasn’t waiting over the weekend. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Versus Law and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them. It was nice to speak to people who I felt cared for me and put my interests first at all times. Thank you so much for your help

  • Andy

    Versus were great to deal with when they provided the conveyancing for my house purchase. I was able to complete the process without needing to physically travel to their offices and my solicitor was always available for any questions when I was completing all the paperwork. Everyone was very friendly to speak to.

  • T Baguley

    Fantastic conveyancing service from Nicola and Natalie, they kept on top of everything from start to finish and were always available whenever we had questions. I’d be happy to recommend them to anyone.

  • David JC

    Very impressed with every aspect of Versus Law, from service they provide to the attitude of the staff. Always called back when they said they would and had a laugh with them too. Will definately use again (if I need to).

  • Mrs Morris

    I would recommend Versus Law to anyone, particularly Nick Wintrip, who looked after us extremely well. They are very efficient and communicated with us fully at all times. We were able to contact them by phone and e mail and did not need to rely on letter going back and forth. Nick is really friendly too and put us at ease throughout the end to end sales process. Thank you.

  • Tanita

    Nicola and Natalie did a wonderful job. They were friendly and patient. Answered my many many questions and got the job done very efficiently. I am highly impressed and would definitely recommend them.

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Residential Conveyancing

As an award-winning solicitor’s with more than 10 years’ experience, Versus Law Solicitors has the acuity and experience to help you in every area of residential conveyancing.

If you’re looking to buy, sell or re-mortgage a residential property, our residential conveyancing solicitors in Manchester will provide you with pioneering legal assistance to help you to navigate the, often, complex process of property law.

Whether you’ve agreed a sale on your home and need expert assistance to ensure that the legalities of the sale are completed or need a solicitor’s to effectively communicate with the vendors of a property you’re about to buy, we can help you.

What Is Residential Conveyancing?

In legal terms, residential conveyancing is the transfer of the legal title of a residential property from one person or party to another. Typically, this is completed is two separate stages. The first is the exchange of contracts whereby the terms of the sale are agreed. The second stage is the completion at which time the legal title is transferred from one owner to another.

Residential conveyancing applies to all forms of residential properties. From small apartments to large detached residential homes, no sale or purchase of a home is legally binding until the conveyancing process has been complete.

Residential conveyancing in Manchester solicitors are responsible for preparing all the legal contracts of the purchase or sale, ensuring that all fiscal obligations are in place, authorising any fiscal transfers, paying all fees to estate agents, conduct any required searches including local authority and land registry checks, and providing clear and concise guidance and documentation of all aspects of the sale or purchase.

What Residential Conveyancing Services Can I Receive?

When you instruct Versus Law Solicitors to complete your residential conveyancing you will receive a diligent and transparent service throughout the conveyancing process. We provide expert advice and guidance at every stage of the process. We will also resolve any legal issues that may arise.

With more than 10 years’ experience as award-winning residential conveyancing solicitors in Manchester, our acumen is unquestioned. Our thorough residential conveyancing services include the following:

  • Full legal support when buying or selling a residential property, including Buy to Let and other investments
  • Handling or mortgage transfer
  • Equity Release Schemes
  • Legal guidance on Buy to Let Schemes
  • Legal guidance on Right to Buy Schemes
  • Shariah finance
  • Sound legal advice on lease and freehold properties
  • Buying or selling a property at auction
  • Purchasing a new build

Interested in learning more about why Versus Law has built a standout reputation as one of the most conscientious and trustworthy residential conveyancing solicitors in Manchester? Contact us today on 0845 555 0606 or email us at property@versuslaw.co.uk for your FREE consultation. If you prefer, you can complete our contact form here.

How Long Do Our Residential Conveyancing Services Take?

We have an established reputation for providing swift residential conveyancing in Manchester and across the UK. We promise to complete all conveyancing in a timely manner to ensure that you have a seamless transition between properties.

When you engage Versus Law solicitors you can expect the entire conveyancing process to be completed in between 10-12 weeks. However, this is only a guide. In many cases, we complete all residential conveyancing quicker.

There are some factors that homeowners should be aware of that can influence the speed of residential conveyancing completion. These include the following:

  • Delay in getting a mortgage offer
  • The vendor is not forthcoming in providing buyer property access for any surveys
  • A survey reveals property issues that delay the transaction
  • Delay in obtaining property search results
  • Property chain delays
  • Discrepancies with the vendor’s property title
  • Delay in obtaining the vendor’s replies to pre-contract enquiries
  • Delay in obtaining information or documents from organisations
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"Nicola and Natalie were great through the whole process when purchasing our new house. We can’t thank you enough for the A1 service and communication throughout. Thank you - highly recommend :-)"

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FAQ

What Happens If We Don’t Complete on the Date Specified on the Contract?

If you fail to complete a property transaction on the agreed completion date, you are in breach of your contract. In most cases, the vendors are advised to entertain a 10-day grace period during which time the buyers will continue to complete the transaction.

If after this period buyers are not in a position to make the purchase and back out of the deal, the vendor is entitled to receive damages. Buyers may also have to face the prospect of a forfeiture of their deposit.

Buildings insurance covers the cost of repairing structural damage to your property. Aspects of your home that can become damaged and are covered under buildings insurance include the walls and windows and fixtures including baths, toilets and fitted kitchens.

General buildings insurance covers homeowner loss or property damage resulting from fire, smoke or explosions, flood, storms or natural disasters, objects that have fallen from the sky or fallen trees.

Buildings insurance is often purchases by homeowners or those renting out a property that they own at the point that contracts are exchanged.

Solicitors, banks, building societies and mortgage brokers are legally required to obtain satisfactory evidence of the identity of their clients. This is to ensure that they meet all fraud or money laundering regulations.

Given the size of the purchase, and the two third parties involved parties may well be mostly unacquainted with one another, stringent steps are taken to ensure that fraud or money laundering does not occur. Providing ID is the surest way to confirm identity and therefore paramount during a property transaction.

If homeowners want to borrow against the value of their property, sometimes referred to as an advance, they may do so provided that they have sufficient equity held within their property.

The additional amount that homeowners are borrowing is a separate secured loan, which is linked to your mortgage. Should you secure a loan, all monies will be directly transferred to your solicitors who will release the funds to secure the property purchase.

Keys to new properties are exchanged on completion day. You can arrange to pick them up from the vendors or have the estate agent hold them in-trust for you to come and collect them at an arranged time.

As per 2015’s Autumn Statement, there is an additional 3% rate of Stamp duty Land Tax (SDLT) on purchases of additional property, such as Buy to Let properties and second homes. This came into effect on April 1st 2016.

The only caveat to this is that second properties under £40,000 do not have to pay the additional 3% of stamp duty.

A Help to Buy ISA is a government scheme designed to encourage those living in the UK to save for a mortgage deposit to buy a home. To quality, you must be a first-time buyer and not own property anywhere else in the world.

As with any ISA product, savings are tax-free. However, when you take out a Help to Buy ISA, the government will top up any contributions you make by up to 25% to a contribution limit of £12,000.

Indemnity insurance is a protection policy that is purchased by some homeowners during the transaction process. For a one-off payment, homeowners can buy an insurance policy that protects them in the event that the property they’re buying might develop a costly problem that requires significant financial investment to fix in the future.

You will get any money from selling a property on the day of completion. The buyer and the vendor should agree a mutually convenient day of completion in advance of moving home.

A conveyancing solicitor is responsible to making sure that property is bought and sold in accordance with all legislation. Once the money has bent sent and received by both parties, your solicitor will authorise the transaction and release the money.

Freehold properties are defined as any estate that is ‘free from hold’ of any entity besides the owner. Freehold estates enjoy free ownership for perpetuity and are able to use the land for any purposes (provided that the purpose complies with regulations.) Also, freehold properties are not fixed-term and they are therefore more favourable to buyers.

A leasehold estate is ownership of a temporary right to hold land or property in which a lessee or tenant holds the rights of ‘real property’ with a title from the landlord or ‘lessor.’ Leases can run for short or longer period of time, for example 99 or 999 years.

Versus Law Solicitors is not responsible for arranging for a survey to be completed on any property in the midst of a sale negotiation. Buyers will need to arrange for any property surveys to be completed.

The cost of moving house does vary quite significantly. There are a number of factors that influence how expensive moving home is. However, there are some general guidelines to what homeowner should expect to pay.

Estate agents take a commission of between 0.75-3% of the property sale price to sell properties. Conveyancing typically costs £500 – £1500 (including VAT of 20%.) Additional significant costs include Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), if you buy a property of more than £125,000. A valuation and surveying fee must also be taken into consideration, as should the electronic transfer fee and any removal costs.

Freehold properties are defined as any estate that is ‘free from hold’ of any entity besides the owner. Freehold estates enjoy free ownership for perpetuity and are able to use the land for any purposes (provided that the purpose complies with regulations.) Also, freehold properties are not fixed-term and they are therefore more favourable to buyers.

A leasehold estate is ownership of a temporary right to hold land or property in which a lessee or tenant holds the rights of ‘real property’ with a title from the landlord or ‘lessor.’ Leases can run for short or longer period of time, for example 99 or 999 years.

To engage the Versus Law’s conveyancing services, you online need to pay a small percentage upfront. Buyers will need to make a payment of £300. Vendors need only make a payment of £100 upfront.

In most cases, the conveyancing process takes between 6-12 weeks. However, this timespan does vary from situation to situation. Property sales that involve large, complex chains may take longer than 12 weeks. Conversely, a short or no-chain sale can be completed in a matter of weeks.