Find a Lender-Approved Local Conveyancer in Lewes

Ready to buy a new home? Find a law firm approved by your lender.

Conveyancing in Lewes : Keep it Local

Lewes Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Median Service Charge Retention of £250.00
  • 2 August was the busiest month and September was the next busiest month while June was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Lewes
  • 3 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £540
  • 4 82% freehold and 18% leasehold conveyancing in Lewes for this year to date
  • 5 99 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Lewes

Examples of recent conveyancing in Lewes since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Lewes

My husband and I are looking to acquire a home in Lewes and have appointed a Lewes conveyancing practice. Within the last couple of days our solicitor has sent a preliminary report and documents to look through in anticipation of exchanging contracts shortly. Skipton Building Society have this morning contacted us to inform me that they have now hit a problem as our Lewes conveyancer is not on their conveyancing panel. What do we do from here?

If you are buying a property needing a mortgage it is standard for the purchasers' solicitors to also act for the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Your property lawyer should contact your mortgage company and see if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You don't have to instruct a firm on the lender’s conveyancing panel as you are at liberty to use your preferred Lewes lawyers, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it may delay matters as you are adding another lawyer into the mix.

What happens if my solicitor is expelled from the Nottingham Conveyancing panel ahead of completing my conveyancing in Lewes?

The first thing to point out is that, this is a very rare occurrence. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have to instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by a regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.

I am assisting my sister sell her flat in Lewes. Will the conveyancer order an EPC or it is for me to see to?

After the abolition of HIPs, energy assessments was retained a mandatory element of selling a property. An EPC must be to hand in advance of the property being advertised. This is not a task that law firms normally arrange. If you are instructing a Lewes conveyancing practitioner they may be able to arrange energy performance certificates given their relationships with reputable Lewes providers

Can I be sure that the Lewes conveyancing solicitor on the Virgin Money panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in Lewes seeking recommendations is a sensible start. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one advertising the lowest fees. We would always advocate that you speak with the solicitor handling your conveyancing.

I am due to exchange contracts on my apartment. I had a double glazing fitted in December 2008, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My purchaser’s lender, Leeds Building Society are being a right pain. The Lewes solicitor who is on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel is saying indemnity insurance will be fine but Leeds Building Society are insisting on a building regulation certificate. Why do Leeds Building Society have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?

It is probably the case that Leeds Building Society have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Leeds Building Society may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.

I'm buying a new build house in Lewes with a loan from Nationwide Building Society. The sellers would not reduce the amount so I negotiated £7000 of fixtures and fittings instead. The property agent advised me not to tell my solicitor about this side-deal as it would impact my mortgage with the lender. Do I keep my lawyer in the dark?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the developer of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

My husband and I are FTB’s - had an offer accepted, but the agent has warned us that the vendor will only issue a contract if we instruct the agent's recommended solicitors as they are insisting on a ‘quick sale’. My instinct tells me that we should use a high street conveyancer who is accustomed to conveyancing in Lewes

We suspect that the seller is unaware of this demand. If they want ‘a quick sale', alienating a serious buyer is counter productive. Speak to the owners direct and make the point that (a)you are keen to buy (b)you are ready to progress, with mortgage lined up © you are chain free (d) you intend to proceed fast (e)but you intend to instruct your own,trusted Lewes conveyancing lawyers - as opposed tothose that will earn their estate agent a referral fee or hit his conveyancing figures pre-set by head office.

Can you offer any advice when it comes to finding a Lewes conveyancing firm to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

When appointing a conveyancer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Lewes conveyancing firm) it is most important that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggest that you make enquires with two or three firms including non Lewes conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. The following questions could be helpful:

    If they are not ALEP accredited then why not? What volume of lease extensions have they conducted in Lewes in the last 12 months?

I purchased a basement flat in Lewes, conveyancing formalities finalised in 2008. How much will my lease extension cost? Equivalent properties in Lewes with a long lease are worth £206,000. The ground rent is £45 invoiced every year. The lease ends on 21st October 2090

With 66 years remaining on your lease we estimate the premium for your lease extension to span between £12,400 and £14,200 plus professional fees.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to supply the actual costs without more detailed investigations. You should not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be additional issues that need to be taken into account and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward placing reliance on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

Last updated

Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Lewes regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Lewes but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Juliet Bellis & Co, Isfield Place, Isfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5XR
  • Adams & Remers Llp, Trinity House, School Hill, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NN
  • Lewes Smith, Albion House, Albion Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NF
  • Astburys, Lewes House, 32 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LU
  • Chrismas Ogden Solicitors Limited, Howard Cottage, Broomans Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LT

Planning law solicitors in Lewes regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Lewes practicing in planning law. This should include advice on planning applications and appeals
  • Rix & Kay Solicitors Llp, The Courtyard, River Way, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1SL
  • Dawson Hart Solicitors Limited, The Old Grammar School, Church Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1BH

Residential in Lewes is a complex business, both legally and administratively. The exact order of events varies slightly, below are some of the tasks in the process.

  • Lawyer instructed by the purchaser on acceptance of the offer
  • Checking the title unregistered or registered
  • Conducting Lewes conveyancing searches for the title
  • Assessing draft sale agreement and other papers prepared the vendor’s property lawyer
  • Submitting enquiries with the vendor’s property lawyer
  • Agreeing the wording of the sale agreement
  • Examining replies prepared by the seller to pre-exchange enquiries
  • Negotiating the Transfer Deed for completion
  • Guiding the purchasing in respect of the loan offer: (if appropriate)
  • Drafting and sending the buyer a report on title (that is; a breakdown of all findings on the property)
  • Proceeding to exchange of contracts and then completion of the purchase
  • Preparing and submitting to HM Revenue and Customs the appropriate SDLT forms and payment
  • Registering the transfer of ownership and the home loan (if applicable) at the HMLR.

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

© Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of Land Registry under delegated authority from the Controller of HMSO.