Why I should use a law firm for my conveyancing needs?

Seeking the support of a conveyancer when navigating the complex legal and administrative process of buying or selling a house is strongly advised.

Recognising that conveyancing is a specialist area of the law, Thompsons Solicitors has a wholly-owned subsidiary, BBH Legal Services Ltd, who provide professional and affordable conveyancing services.

BBH Legal Services Ltd is open and upfront about fees – which for union members are heavily subsidised - and are available to answer any questions you may have about the process.

If you are considering buying, selling, remortgaging or releasing equity from your home and would like conveyancing advice, then you can reach the specialists at BBH Legal Services Ltd by calling 0800 051 4218.

Read our guide to the conveyancing process here.

Those looking to buy or sell a home in Northern Ireland should visit Thompsons Solicitors’ Northern Ireland website and in Scotland, the .



1. What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the name given to the legal and administrative process of transferring property ownership from one owner to another.

2. Do I need a conveyancer?

Buying or selling a home involves a complicated legal process that must be followed properly to ensure your home purchase or sale is legally valid. For that reason, enlisting the expertise of a conveyancer or specialist property solicitor, such as those at Thompsons Solicitors’ wholly-owned subsidiary, BBH Legal Services, is highly recommended. You can reach them on 0800 051 4218.

3. Is conveyancing expensive?

The cost of conveyancing ranges from £500 to £2,500, depending on the level of support you need, the value of your property, and whether you are part of a chain or buying your first home. For a personalised quote, contact BBH’s conveyancing specialists but rest assured that using your union conveyancing legal service often offers savings on what you would be charged on the high street.

4. Is the conveyancing process time consuming?

Whether or not conveyancing is a time consuming process depends on your particular circumstances, including who is involved in your house sale and whether either the buyer or seller has another property to sell before they can proceed. BBH Legal Services Ltd understands how stressful buying and selling a home can be and will always strive to ensure your sale proceeds as quickly as possible.

5. What happens when you exchange contracts on a house?

When you exchange contracts, the house sale becomes legally binding and it is rare from that moment for house sales to collapse because there would be financial implications for one or other of the parties if it did. If you are buying a house, the contract exchange will take place between you and the seller (and you and the person buying your old property, if you have one). Usually, solicitors representing each party call each other to make sure the contracts are aligned before then transferring your deposit to your seller’s solicitor.

6. How long does it take to exchange contracts on a house?

Unfortunately, there is no set time scale for exchanging contracts on a house – it can take a day or several weeks to complete. BBH’s team will always move quickly to ensure the whole thing is as quick and stress-free for you as possible.