Residential Conveyancing Solicitors

Our residential conveyancing solicitors understand all the potential pitfalls. When you appoint us, your house purchase will proceed efficiently, giving you the confidence that you will be moving in to your new home as quickly as possible.


The team of experienced conveyancing solicitors here at Slater Heelis offer peace of mind and a cost-effective, high quality residential conveyancing service.

Whether you are taking your first step onto the property ladder or moving into your dream house, moving house can be stressful, complicated and time-consuming.

Having an excellent conveyancing solicitor to act on your behalf will help to ensure an efficient and fuss-free process.

At Slater Heelis our residential conveyancing solicitors are highly experienced and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout the conveyancing process.

Our years of experience in conveyancing in Manchester and Cheshire means we are often able to pre-empt any issues that may occur, whilst we provide you with an in-depth account of all stages of the transaction as it progresses.

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How can our conveyancing solicitors help you?

Buying or selling a home represents a major financial commitment, so choosing the right conveyancing solicitor is critical in protecting your investment and minimising unnecessary delays.

What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the transfer of legal property from one person to another, and no matter how many times you have bought and sold property before you will need the reliable and well-informed advice of a residential conveyancing solicitor.

The conveyancing system is designed to guarantee that, as the buyer, you secure the title to the land, as well as the rights to the land. Your conveyancer will also discover and make sure you are informed of any discrepancies and restrictions tied to the land ahead of the purchase.

Conveyancing occurs in three stages, for which you can see an outline of below.

Before Contract

  • Arrangement of local searches, organise a survey and review it, get draft contract, arrange mortgage, pre-contract enquiries between seller’s and buyer’s solicitors
  • Conveyancer reports back to buyer on results of searches and enquiries
  • When buyer is satisfied, arrangements are made for the deposit to be paid and contracts to be signed

Before Completion

  • Formal exchange of contracts is agreed with buyers and sellers solicitors
  • At this stage, both parties are legally committed to the transaction
  • Transfer deeds are drafted up in preparation for completion, as well as carrying out pre-completion searches and the buyer’s conveyancer will apply for the mortgage

After Completion

  • On completion, funds are sent to seller’s solicitor and then keys are released to the buyer
  • Title deeds sent to buyer’s solicitor
  • Buyer’s solicitor will then arrange payment of any Stamp Duty Land Tax if required
  • Formal registration of the new owner and notifying the Land Registry of your mortgage lender

By instructing an experienced conveyancing solicitor to work on your behalf, you are ensuring that there is a legal representative working with your interests in mind.

How to choose a conveyancing solicitor

  • Get a series of quotes as early on as possible, decide who you will instruct if your offer is accepted – you can notify them as soon as you hear from the estate agent.
  • Cheapest is not always best. You will rely heavily on this person to manage the bulk of your house purchase or sale, so reviews are probably a better gauge of quality than price.
  • Instruct someone you can rely on to communicate with you throughout the process – read reviews!
  • Check that your chosen solicitors can act for your mortgage lender

How long does conveyancing take?

The length of the residential conveyancing process can vary depending on a multitude of factors, such as:

  • How soon after having an offer accepted you instruct a solicitor
  • The sale relying on a chain of other property sales
  • Whether you have a mortgage offer ready to go
  • Demand for solicitors or surveyors
  • Any issues which arise from a survey or searches on the house
  • Delays in returning paperwork

Conveyancers need to undertake in depth checks to ensure that the property you are buying is as it should be, from land registry to planning permission and whether there are risks of floods, and so on.

The conveyancing process doesn’t happen overnight, and always takes at least a couple of months. Generally speaking, expect the process to last between 8 and 12 weeks.

Buying, selling and re-mortgaging

Whether you are buying a property, selling, or re-mortgaging, our conveyancing solicitors will manage the process on your behalf.

The team comes highly recommended by clients on Review Solicitors, so you can put your utmost trust in them.

If you are looking to sell or re-mortgage a property, please find below further information on how we can help.

Selling a Property

Selling a property is one of the biggest financial challenges you will ever face, so it’s important to be able to call on professional advice from the outset. We pride ourselves on providing complete transparency on costs, timescales and any further challenges that need to be resolved prior to completion.

Beyond drafting contracts, conducting searches and arranging settlements, you can count on our conveyancing advisors as a sounding board for any queries you might have, legal or otherwise.

Whilst we always aim to complete each stage as efficiently as possible, it is also our responsibility to leave no stone unturned. A high level of legal scrutiny is essential, which means completing all necessary reviews, clarifying every unknown fact and ticking all the boxes regarding both the buyer and the seller. Again, our solicitors will always keep you updated on every key development throughout the sales process.

Re-mortgaging a Property

It always pays to have a conveyancing expert on your side when switching your mortgage to another lender. Our specialist re-mortgaging team combine legal expertise with local knowledge to offer a personalised service that is second to none.

Our quality of service is recognised through accreditation and membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), a hallmark of skill and proficiency in residential property law.

We will work with you to set realistic timeframes and provide full transparency over all costs involved.

Slater Heelis is also present on every major lending panel in the UK, which guarantees that we’re able to work with both your current and prospective mortgage providers to reach a solution as swiftly as possible.

Related services

Property Litigation

Our expert property solicitors can provide support and assistance with any property disputes you may have, residential or commercial.

Residential Property Disputes

Covering a wide range of disputes, from property boundary issues to Right to Light matters and more, with specialists on hand, our experienced team of property solicitors will work to resolve your dispute quickly and effectively.

Client Satisfaction

“I would like to take this moment and really really thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help and assistance! We are so pleased with your work and the way you handled our situation. Its very much appreciated and if ever needed again will definitely come back to you. Once again thank you so much.” – The N. Family

“Fantastic conveyancing – Fast and efficient. I was kept informed of proceedings throughout. Ian Donnison was extremely professional and also personable. The admin staff were always pleasant and polite and all telephone calls returned promptly. Thank you for making the last part of my house sale run smoothly.” – Sarah

“Great service. Very efficient. Always returned calls promptly and carried out all necessary tasks quickly and efficiently. Would use again and recommend to anyone. (Used for sale / purchase / transfer of properties). Prices reasonable too.” – April

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