Whether you’re buying or selling your home, we can help.

Danielle Morris, a specialist conveyancing solicitor, can assist you with your transaction.

Moving house can be stressful, we seek to help by taking care of the legal details, maintaining contact with all parties and keeping you informed at all stages. We pride ourselves in offering a first class service to our clients and aim to exchange contracts and complete on most transactions within 10 – 16 weeks.

John BIrkby & Co is accredited under the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This is part of our commitment to clients to carry out their sale or purchase to the highest standard.

Please telephone or use the contact form for an individual quotation and to discuss your needs.

Our conveyancing services


Buying and selling your house




Buying for investment purposes


Transfer of equity (transfer by one joint owner to the other)


Purchasing your freehold

Answers to some of our most frequently asked conveyancing questions.

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How much will it cost?

John Birkby & Co Solicitors will charge a fee based upon the sale or purchase price of your transaction with any additional work (fo example if part of the garden is occupied by the property but not included in the title deeds) charged on the basis of the time taken at an hourly rate of £150 plus VAT per hour.  We provide a detailed written quotation at the outset of your transaction. Unlike some firms we do not charge extra for filling in the Stamp Duty form, or the registration forms.

On a purchase however you will have to pay certain search fees depending on where the property is that you are buying and whether you are buying with a mortgage.  If you are buying a new property the builders will make a charge for providing their documents and if you are buying a flat, the landlord’s agents will probably make a charge for providing information. This list is not exhaustive.
Please remember that these fees are all payable to other organisations. They are not part of your legal fees and are payable whichever firm does your conveyancing.

For full information about our charges, the searches involved and links to obtain stamp duty and registration fees is set out in our guide to conveyancing fees.

How long will it take?

If you are buying an empty house and you have no sale then the speed of the transaction will only depend on how quickly you can get your mortgage and how quickly information is supplied by the other side. As soon as you have a chain, the speed will also depend on the same factors for every party in the chain, and the whole chain will only be as quick as the slowest of them.

As a guideline we would suggest that you expect a period of 10-16 weeks.

What is a chain?

A chain is where for example, a first time buyer purchases a property from a couple that are also moving to a new property. Their sellers may also be moving, meaning that there are potentially four or five properties in a chain, each with their own solicitors, estate agents, mortgage lenders etc.

A chain can complicate or delay a transaction as all parties need to agree the date to move. It can only proceed when everyone in the chain is ready.

Who will carry out the conveyancing?

Danielle Morris, a qualified solicitor, will deal with your matter and will keep you advised throughout your transaction.

What is exchange of contracts?
Exchange of contracts is when the sale or purchase is legally formalised. Until “exchange” either party can withdraw, but after exchange the parties are legally bound to sell or buy. This is why so much work is carried out before exchange of contracts, to ensure that the purchaser of a property is obtaining a “good legal title”. Any defects in title to the property are difficult to rectify after exchange of contracts.
What is completion?

This is the date on which you move into your new property or vacate the old one. On the day of completion, you should be able to collect the keys from the seller and move into your new home.


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The information in the attached document has been produced to provide guidance and transparency as to our fees in dealing with house sales and purchases.  However, each transaction is different in relation to price, whether it is a sale or purchase or linked transactions and leasehold or freehold (many older houses in Oldham are held under a long lease from the late 1800s)  A detailed personalised quotation of our fees can be obtained by calling us on 0161 626 5686 or emaiing us using the contact form.

We build close working relationships with our clients

If you need legal advice, get in touch today by calling 0161 626 5686​. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

Practice Areas


Family Law

Wills & Probate

Power of Attorney

Contact us to discuss your conveyancing needs.

0161 626 5686

Danielle – Just to say a big big thank you for your help in sorting my property out for me. Once again thank you for your excellent service

Mrs JM