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How much does a property lawyer pay for getting my conveyancing business?

Check out how much your property lawyer is paying for your business. Their referral fee will probably be added to your fee!

How much does a property lawyer pay for getting my conveyancing business?

Referral Fees 

When your estate agent or another business recommends a conveyancing solicitor or a licensed conveyancer, the property lawyer pays them a referral fee. This fee is usually passed on to you, the client, and it can be £100s.

You may be surprised to learn that some referral fees are in the £100s, simply for your conveyancing business. This can be why fees for conveyancing vary so widely. Read the small print before you sign any agreements! Every website should detail how much they receive for passing business to the conveyancer. Reallymoving.com publishes this here.

Solicitors Regulation Authority

The Solicitors Regulation Authority, which regulates conveyancing solicitors has a strict referral code. The full details can be seen here.  Solicitors are required to set out a full quotation which details their fees, the disbursement costs and associated expenses with your transaction.  They are also required to reveal how much they paid for your referral.  Look at this closely.

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has a ‘Guidance Note 6’ which states the Conveyancer must “disclose to a Client in writing, as soon as they are known to the Licensed Conveyancer, the existence and amount of any sum payable by or to the Licensed Conveyancer arising, whether directly or indirectly, from the Client’s instructions.”  We suggest you ask the Licensed Conveyancer for details of the referral fee they have paid for your (potential) custom.

In addition to checking the amount of money you, the client, are paying for your referred business, we strongly recommend that you get at least three quotes for your conveyancing.  Fees for leasehold and freeholds within different valuation brackets can vary widely.  We also suggest that you search for reviews of the firms you are interested in working with.  Reallymoving.com provides the opportunity for all of our users to provide feedback reviews on our property lawyers.


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Comments (2)

  • sally

    posted on 2 Feb 2016

    this is very misleading - solicitors are not allowed to add any referral fee paid onto the client's bill - it must be subtracted from the sum received therefore, it is a genuine cost to the solicitor and not to the client. in words of one sentence, your bill for legal service would be the same whether or not there is a referral fee paid by the solicitor to any introducer.

    Reallymoving response

    Thank you for your comment.

    Solicitor firms pay referral fees to their introducers. The referral fee is then incorporated into the legal fee that the client pays. This does not mean that the referral fee will be listed on your bill as a separate item being charged to you; but it does mean that your legal fee will be much higher if you are referred by an estate agent than it would have been if you went direct to the firm. It is not our intention to mislead and we apologise that you feel this way and I hope this now clarifies what the above article means.

    Farah Sikotra

    posted on 13 Feb 2018

    I'm with Sally on this one, this is misleading. I do not agree with the response you have posted either, if a client came to me directly, my fees would be the same and if they were referred to me, they would be exactly the same. This article is misleading and makes it appear that they are being taken advantage of, if referred to a Lawyer/Solicitor in comparison with if they make their own enquiries with Law Firms. In addition to the above, I think the benefits a client receives from having an agent and lawyer work together who are used to working together is priceless, especially in cases where time is of the essence - which it is 99% of the time!

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