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"We'll pick up the pieces"
McKeag & Co have been providing Conveyancing services to clients throughout the North East for over 80 years.
We deal with a full range of Conveyancing matters for both local and long distance clients.
In short, whatever your Conveyancing needs we will be there to assist you.
All cases are handled by a Qualified Solicitor who will be happy to speak to you and discuss your requirements.
See our range of services below.
Our Residential Conveyancing Team
We have nine members of the team who may work on your matter.
Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Chris Thomson (Partner and Head of Conveyancing). As well as Chris our team includes two solicitors, Jagraj Sing Sanghera (Raj) and Kris English together with four conveyancing assistants Sarah Stanley, Lisa Barton, Megan Swinney and Kayleigh Moon and two dedicated administrative assistant.
Our Team completed in excess of 700 sale and purchases in the last year and deal with nothing else.
Partner and Head of Residential Conveyancing
Chris is the head of our team and has over 19 years' experience in private client work, specialising in residential conveyancing. Chris first joined the firm in 2004 straight out of Northumbrian University and qualified as a solicitor with the firm in 2007. Chris has overseen the growth of our residential conveyancing team over the last ten years and became a partner in 2016.
Chris spends the majority of his time working on residential conveyancing but as head of our private client department also provides assistance and supervision to our Wills and Probate team
Kris qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined McKeag and Co in 2021 having previously worked for several local law firms and specialises in Residential Conveyancing.
Kris works exclusively on Residential Conveyancing
Jagraj Singh Sanghera
Partner and Head of Commercial and Real Estate Property Department
Jagraj mainly acts for property investors with a particular emphasis on acquisitions and disposals as well as having extensive experience in dealing with individuals and businesses with real estate and commercial requirements.
Jagraj qualified as a Solicitor in 2009. He joined McKeag & Co in 2013 and was made a Partner in 2017. He previously trained and worked at a well-regarded regional solicitor’s firm, where he also gained experience in civil litigation, employment law and insolvency.
Raj works on both Residential Conveyancing and Commercial Property transactions. His time is split more or less evenly between these two areas
To find out more about what your quote will include, click to
Our fees and the out of pocket expenses you need to know about are based up a number of factor including the value of the property please follow the following link to obtain a detailed estimated of our costs and disbursement for your sale, purchase or remortgage
Our quote calculator has been designed to provide you with what we hope is a comprehensive quote whilst taking up only the last amount of your time possible. Please note that our quote are given without obligation leaving it entirely up to you whether you choose to instruct us, but we obviously hope you will.
In order to provide you with a quote we have made some assumptions which we feel are true in the majority of cases we are asked to assist with, these assumption are:
a. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
b. that where the property is leasehold you are buying or selling an existing lease and we are not dealing with the grant of a new lease
c. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
d. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation, this is particularly relevant to the timescale we quote as an uncooperative party in the chain can be entirely outside of our control and can delay matters for no discernible reason.
We do not charge extra for Tyneside flats or Right to Buy Purchases, in fact we specialise in them
Where the follow arise additional fees will be payable as follows:
• £36.00 plus VAT for additional bank transfers (for example to seller’s solicitor, mortgage companies or yourselves)
• £100.00 plus Vat for leasehold titles excluding Tyneside Leases where no additional fee will apply
• £50.00 plus VAT for unregistered freehold title
• £350 plus VAT for repossession properties
• £35.00 Plus VAT for a new mortgage or mortgage redemption, as applicable
• £150.00 plus VAT for New Build Properties
• £150.00 plus VAT for Help to Buy
• £50.00 plus VAT for each Help to Buy or Lifetime Isa
• £150.00 plus VAT Shared Ownership
• £50.00 plus VAT for Gifted Deposit
• £40.00 plus VAT for sourcing of defective indemnity insurance
Leasehold Properties do often require additional costs which are payable to third parties, they can include:
• Notice of Transfer fee and Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease or by the Freehold and is commonly between £75- £250
• Deed of Covenant fee – many leases required that you enter into a direct agreement with the freeholder or management company who are then usually entitle to charge an additional fee which can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100-£300.
• Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100– £200
These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents. You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.
How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 10-12 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing an empty property and you have a mortgage in principle, it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 4 and 6 months.
The reason that even an apparently straight forward transaction takes quite a long time is that there is a detailed legal procedure to go through. The precise stages involved in the sale or purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances however the following key stages may be of assistance.
• Taking your instructions and give you initial advice
• Check finances are in place to fund purchase or obtaining the legal title in respect of your sale
• Drafting or Receiving and advise on contract documents
• Carry out searches on a purchase
• Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor on your purchase or helping you to reply to such enquiries on your sale
• Give you advice on all documents and information received
• Go through conditions of mortgage offer on a purchase or obtaining redemption figures on your sale
• Draft and or Approving the Transfer Deed
• Send final contract and Transfer Deed to you for signature
• Advise you on joint ownership on a purchase
• Obtain pre-completion searches on your purchase of final redemption figure on your sale
• Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
• Exchanging contracts and notify you that this has happened
• Completing you sale or purchase
• Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax on your purchase and redeeming the mortgage on your sale
• Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
It’s not an easy process and we should not pretend that it is but we are experts and will guide you through it from start to finish.
Unless we have agreed otherwise any additional work including but not limited to the following are not included within my fixed fees:
• Holding or handing over keys for the property
• Acting for or giving independent legal advice to occupiers or other third parties
• Drafting or registering Trust Deeds
• Drafting Leases
• Dealing with Lease extensions
• Reconstituting or tracing missing documentation
• Assigning life insurance policies
• Dealing with second or subsequent mortgages
• Obtaining or advising you in respect of applications for planning permission
• Correcting defects in title
• Advising you as to the physical state and condition of the property
• Dealing with boundary or neighbour disputes or other litigation matters
If additional features of your property dealings appear to be of a more complex nature then your case will be handled by our Mr Jagraj Singh Sanghera who is the Head of our Commercial and Real Estate Property department.
The work undertaken here is likely to attract an additional fee in the region of £150.00 to £200.00 plus VAT.
McKeag & Co Solicitors LLP are a multi-specialist property law firm and provide a complete service for all your property dealings.
McKeag & Co have been established on Tyneside for over 100 years and during this time have been successful in obtaining millions of pounds compensation for people who have suffered abuse.
Call Us on (0191) 213 1010 to arrange an initial free consultation or alternatively contact us online.