Property Law & Moving House

We are your key to moving house hassle free.

Whoever said that buying or selling your home has to be one of the most stressful experiences of your life?

With proactive lawyers and the right legal advice on your side, conveyancing can be a smooth and painless process. Maybe even enjoyable. (We say ‘maybe’, because we’re well aware that reading legal contracts and dealing with mortgage lenders isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time).

At Wosskow Brown Solicitors, we specialise in fast, straightforward conveyancing. It is our job to keep the stress and expense of your home move to a minimum, so you can focus on enjoying the experience.

Here’s what you can expect from us:

  • Fixed fees – so you know how much your conveyancing will cost from start to finish.
  • Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited lawyers.
  • A friendly team who respond quickly to calls and emails.
  • Proactivity – we will chase the other side and push for progress. No delays will ever come from our side.
  • Regular updates – so you always know what’s going on.

Three simple steps to get started with our conveyancing solicitors

1.    Request a fixed fee conveyancing quote

Find out how much your conveyancing is likely to cost with us by using our conveyancing calculator to request an instant quote.

You can decide whether we’re right for you and that you’re happy with our estimated costs.

2.    Give us a call or send us a message

We have local offices across Sheffield on Attercliffe Road and in Gleadless and Hillsborough, plus an office in Barnsley.

So, give us a call at your nearest branch, or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll give you a call back as soon as possible.

3.    Let us work our magic

We can leap into action as soon as you’re happy to proceed with us. Before starting your conveyancing, there’s a few admin things we need to get out the way, such as verifying your identity and reviewing our terms & conditions.

We’ll also confirm your fixed fee conveyancing quote in writing. You can trust that we’ll never go outside this quote unless extra work is required that is absolutely necessary (and even then, we’ll speak to you first and get your confirmation).

How our conveyancing solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley can help

Buying or selling your home is likely to be the most expensive transaction you ever make, so of course you’re worried about getting all the details right.

Our conveyancing solicitors take the worry out of these life-changing transactions. We specialise in modern, cost-effective property law for the busy person.

No need to chase us or keep checking in to find out the status of your purchase or sale – we’ll work quickly and effectively and always update you as soon as there’s an update on your case.

We’re also proactive when it comes to chasing the other people involved in the transaction, such as the buyer/seller’s solicitors. Our goal is to avoid and reduce any potential delays so you can get the removals van booked and start worrying about paint colours as soon as possible.

As well as advising on buying and selling property, we can also advise on:

  • Specialist first-time-buyer advice, including Help to Buy
  • Buy to let
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Auction sales and purchases
  • Shared ownership issues
  • Leasehold licences
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Registration or correction of title
  • Amanah/Islamic/Shariah compliant finance
  • Property trust wills
  • Freehold reversions

Why choose our property lawyers?

We’re accredited members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) for our recognised skills in helping people move house and all other kinds of residential property transaction.

But what does this actually mean for you? It means:

  • We have a proven track record of success.
  • We’re great at recognising and reducing risk, so you’re less likely to run into problems or delays during your conveyancing.
  • We’re upfront and honest about our fees, so you always know where you stand in terms of costs.
  • We’re able to work with a greater variety of mortgage lenders, allowing you to choose the best quality deal without having to think twice.

Conveyancing FAQs

How does the conveyancing process work?

Buying or selling a house or flat is an involved process with several stages, each coming with their own unique challenges and potential pitfalls.

The three main stages are:

  1. Offer and acceptance
  2. Exchange of contracts
  3. Completion

Conveyancing solicitors should be involved from the very start to make sure every stage goes smoothly.

1.     Offer and acceptance

Offer and acceptance (as you may have guessed) is when the buyer makes an offer on a property which is accepted by the seller.

The most important thing to know about this stage is that this initial agreement is not legally binding. Either party can pull out on a whim. Sadly for buyers, this is usually where gazumping happens – where the seller accepts a higher offer and pulls out of the transaction.

However, this stage is also the buyer’s chance to find out more about the property and decide whether they want to go ahead with the purchase. With the help of their solicitor, they will conduct conveyancing searches and make enquiries about things like fixtures and fittings with the seller.

They should also get their own independent survey to check for structural issues (because it’d be a shame if the building fell down after completion).

2.     Exchange of contracts

Once the buyer and seller are both happy to proceed with the sale, they can sign and exchange contracts. This is a momentous moment where the transaction becomes legally binding and neither party can pull out (at least, not without having to pay a lot of money).

3.     Completion

This is where the transaction becomes official. Sometimes, completion can happen on the same day as exchange of contracts. However, if you are in a chain, you may need to wait for other purchases and sales to become ready to complete before you can go ahead.

Once your solicitor has confirmed that the transaction has completed, the buyer can pick up the keys and the seller should move out.

Read more about our top tips for moving home here.

How long does conveyancing take?

On average, a house purchase or sale takes around 8 to 12 weeks, with a whole series of legal steps to complete.

However, it’s impossible to say exactly how long your conveyancing transaction will take. It will depend entirely on the complexity of the transaction and whether any issues arise during the process that could delay things.

That being said, as an experienced department, we have dealt with many property transactions, so you can relax because you are certainly in safe hands. We manage the whole process, and we will keep you informed as we go along. We do not believe anyone should put up with the endless delays you hear about.

Do I have to pay Stamp Duty?

Stamp Duty is a tax that sometimes falls due when you buy a property in England or Northern Ireland. Wales and Scotland have their own equivalent taxes called Land Transaction Tax and Land and Buildings Transaction Tax respectively.

You may not have to pay Stamp Duty when buying a property if:

  • The price of the property is below the tax free threshold.
  • You are first time buyer – you can get relief from Stamp Duty on the first £300,000 of purchases worth up to £500,000.

As part of our conveyancing service, we can help you calculate whether Stamp Duty is owed and handle the tax return and payment to HMRC.

For specific advice about tax (including other kinds of tax like Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax if you are buying a buy to let property), you should always speak to an independent tax advisor as we cannot provide this advice.

How much does conveyancing cost?

Any legal matter involving property is bound to be expensive, so we are happy to do your conveyancing for a fixed price.

We’ll provide a quote at the beginning of your instruction which includes all anticipated costs. This gives you certainty about how much your property transaction will cost from start-to-finish, allowing you to budget accordingly.

Find out more about how much our conveyancing services cost or get an instant conveyancing quote online.

Should I make a Will after buying a home?

Yes! Read more about making a Will when buying a home here.

What do I need to think about when buying a new build?

Buying a new build may be different to buying an older property. You may be buying off plan or through a government first time buyer scheme such as Help to Buy or Shared Ownership.

You may also have unique rights and responsibilities that you need to consider. For example, many newer homes will come with a 10-year warranty. You may be liable for service charges to pay for upkeep of common areas of a development. If buying a leasehold home, it is vital to get specialist advice about the lease (e.g. to make sure you’re not signing up to expensive and escalating charges on top of your mortgage).

Our conveyancing team have particular expertise handling the purchase and sale of new build properties. We know exactly what risks to look out for, so can make sure you are protected.

Read about our top tips for buying a new build here.

Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley today

Get in touch with our friendly, expert conveyancing solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley to get your next home move underway.

We have local offices across Sheffield on Attercliffe Road and in Gleadless and Hillsborough, plus an office in Barnsley.

Give us a call at your nearest branch or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll give you a call back as soon as possible.

Prompt and Professional

The speed of service was very prompt and professional

Mrs Kang

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2019-05-16T12:20:07+01:00

Mrs Kang

The speed of service was very prompt and professional 

Perfection

The service received couldn't have been any better, it was excellent. I was impressed with how smooth it all went and am completely satisfied, thank you very much!

Mr Banks

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2019-07-04T11:42:13+01:00

Mr Banks

The service received couldn't have been any better, it was excellent. I was impressed with how smooth it all went and am completely satisfied, thank you very much!

Above and Beyond

Service was above and beyond expected; impressed with the sheer determination to help us in every way!

Mr Martin

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2019-05-29T12:14:25+01:00

Mr Martin

Service was above and beyond expected; impressed with the sheer determination to help us in every way!

Very Professional

Perfect service and very professional. Each member of staff I dealt with was compassionate and understanding.

Mrs Hadfield

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2019-10-10T10:26:05+01:00

Mrs Hadfield

Perfect service and very professional. Each member of staff I dealt with was compassionate and understanding.

Thank you

We would recommend without hesitation. Thank you for all your support and hard work over he last 3 months! You made my house sale straight forward!

Ms Rippon

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2020-01-13T16:12:22+00:00

Ms Rippon

We would recommend without hesitation. Thank you for all your support and hard work over he last 3 months! You made my house sale straight forward!

Efficient

The service received was very efficient, thorough and professional

Ms Proud

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2020-02-25T09:53:15+00:00

Ms Proud

The service received was very efficient, thorough and professional

Definitely Recommend

Friendly expertise, made us feel very comfortable through the whole transaction. Would Definitely recommend.

Mr & Mrs Hawley

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2019-05-16T12:25:02+01:00

Mr & Mrs Hawley

Friendly expertise, made us feel very comfortable through the whole transaction. Would Definitely recommend. 

Would Recommend

Excellent service would recommend and use you again! The help we received to sort out our issue was excellent.

Mrs Thompson

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2019-09-27T10:12:05+01:00

Mrs Thompson

Excellent service would recommend and use you again! The help we received to sort out our issue was excellent.

Great Communication

Communication was great between myself and the office, I was always kept informed during the process

Miss Handley

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2019-05-16T11:26:30+01:00

Miss Handley

Communication was great between myself and the office, I was always kept informed during the process

Impressive Experience

Impressed with the whole experience, couldn't fault anything

Mr & Mrs Shirtcliffe

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2019-05-16T11:01:33+01:00

Mr & Mrs Shirtcliffe

Impressed with the whole experience, couldn't fault anything 

Very Good Service

Very good service

Mr Akram

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2019-05-16T10:26:31+01:00

Mr Akram

Very good service

Made things easy

We will always praise you as you made things so easy for us, thank you.

Mr Koc

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2019-11-26T10:38:53+00:00

Mr Koc

We will always praise you as you made things so easy for us, thank you.

Very Helpful

We were kept up to date at all times. Very helpful and professional, we would recommend to anyone.

Mr & Mrs Sagar

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2019-11-21T11:13:24+00:00

Mr & Mrs Sagar

We were kept up to date at all times. Very helpful and professional, we would recommend to anyone.

Very Pleased, Would Recommend

I was highly satisfied with the work carried out. Every time I called there was someone there to help and advise me. I was very pleased and would recommend you.

Mr Barton

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2019-05-16T10:41:20+01:00

Mr Barton

I was highly satisfied with the work carried out. Every time I called there was someone there to help and advise me. I was very pleased and would recommend you. 

High Level of Service

We didn't expect such a high level of service, well done!

Mrs Holloway

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2019-05-28T12:02:29+01:00

Mrs Holloway

We didn't expect such a high level of service, well done!

Attention to detail

Impressed with the attention that was given to any problems that arose during my property transaction. Thank you for all your help!

Ms Wadsworth & Mr Wragg

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2019-08-14T10:06:29+01:00

Ms Wadsworth & Mr Wragg

Impressed with the attention that was given to any problems that arose during my property transaction. Thank you for all your help!

Extremely Helpful

Extremely helpful information provided at each step of the purchasing process
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2020-03-02T10:07:40+00:00
Extremely helpful information provided at each step of the purchasing process

My first port of call for all legal work


Mrs Richardson

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2019-07-04T11:45:24+01:00

Mrs Richardson

Exceptional from start to finish

Kimberley Cooke was exceptional from start to finish. Very very impressed with her.

Mr Clayton

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2018-11-12T14:22:21+00:00

Mr Clayton

Exceptional from start to finish.

Committed Staff

Impressed with the commitment of the file handler to get the work done

Mr & Mrs Denton

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2019-05-16T11:19:30+01:00

Mr & Mrs Denton

Impressed with the commitment of the file handler to get the work done

Impressed by the Professioanlism


Mrs Pidd

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2019-05-23T10:21:57+01:00

Mrs Pidd

Pleasant and Patient Staff


Mrs Howarth

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2019-07-01T13:16:53+01:00

Mrs Howarth

Impressed with communication

I was impressed with communication, letters, phonecalls and meeting deadlines.

Mr Lindley

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2019-01-22T12:45:13+00:00

Mr Lindley

I was impressed with communication, letters, phonecalls and meeting deadlines.

Very Efficient and Quick

Work was very efficient and quick! The file handler was brilliant, informative and very helpful! Will recommend

Mr Hobson

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2019-06-25T12:15:13+01:00

Mr Hobson

Work was very efficient and quick! The file handler was brilliant, informative and very helpful! Will recommend

Most satisfied, and will use again

All staff were very informative, and dealt with any problems quickly! I was most satisfied, and will use you again

Ms Spence

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2019-06-25T12:01:21+01:00

Ms Spence

All staff were very informative, and dealt with any problems quickly! I was most satisfied, and will use you again

Could not have had nicer people dealing with my case

The whole team were very helpful, all questions were answered quickly which gave me peace of mind! I could not have had nicer people dealing with my case.

Mrs Johnstone

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2019-05-16T12:30:18+01:00

Mrs Johnstone

The whole team were very helpful, all questions were answered quickly which gave me peace of mind! I could not have had nicer people dealing with my case. 

Considerate, concerned manner

I really felt at ease with leaving Sue Painting to sort everything and being confident she had by best interests at heart in whatever I did. Her considerate, concerned manner whilst I was under a lot of stress never made me feel rushed with anything.

Mrs Woffenden

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2019-01-22T12:49:37+00:00

Mrs Woffenden

A considerate, concerned manner whilst I was under a lot of stress never made me feel rushed with anything.

Kept Informed

Always kept me informed, very professional

Ms Pinder

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2019-08-22T10:46:14+01:00

Ms Pinder

Always kept me informed, very professional

Absolutely Amazing

Absolutely amazing, don’t change anything!

Mrs Atkinson

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2018-12-21T11:17:04+00:00

Mrs Atkinson

Absolutely amazing, don’t change anything!

Consistently Professional

Always very satisfied with the service provided, consistently professional

Miss Laver

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2019-09-13T11:01:17+01:00

Miss Laver

Always very satisfied with the service provided, consistently professional

Quick, Polite and Professional

Particularly impressed with the quick responses received; as well as polite and professional staff

Mr & Mrs Shah

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2019-06-25T11:58:45+01:00

Mr & Mrs Shah

Particularly impressed with the quick responses received; as well as polite and professional staff

Great Service


Mr Shaw

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2019-06-25T12:06:31+01:00

Mr Shaw

Outstanding service!


Mrs Pillay

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2020-01-31T10:41:51+00:00

Mrs Pillay

Helpful and Professional

Very pleased with the service provided - everyone was helpful and professional.

Mr Keyworth

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2018-11-12T14:07:26+00:00

Mr Keyworth

Everyone was helpful and professional.

Recommended

I have already recommended to a few people!

Miss Parker

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2020-01-15T13:52:18+00:00

Miss Parker

I have already recommended to a few people!

Always There

Someone always there at the other end of the phone

 

Mr & Mrs Fenwick

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2019-11-26T10:43:02+00:00

Mr & Mrs Fenwick

Someone always there at the other end of the phone  

Excellent Support and Advice

I'm so very grateful to Wosskow Brown, and Claire, for the excellent support and advice.

Ms Walsh

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2019-11-11T10:47:23+00:00

Ms Walsh

I'm so very grateful to Wosskow Brown, and Claire, for the excellent support and advice.

Very Friendly and Efficient Staff


Mr Wilson

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2019-07-01T13:17:59+01:00

Mr Wilson

Friendly and Professional


Mrs Cook

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2020-01-22T09:38:51+00:00

Mrs Cook

Fantastic Service

Thanks for all your help with buying our house and being so quick with it all, I think the service from start to finish has been fantastic and would definitely recommend you.

Mr Whitaker

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2018-12-19T16:33:51+00:00

Mr Whitaker

The service from start to finish has been fantastic.

Excellent Service from Beginning to End

Excellent service from beginning to end; the friendly welcome, pleasant atmosphere whilst being dealt with. It is without hesitation that  we would recommend Wosskow Brown Solicitors.

Mr & Mrs Sampson

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2019-05-16T12:01:12+01:00

Mr & Mrs Sampson

Excellent service from beginning to end; the friendly welcome, pleasant atmosphere whilst being dealt with. It is without hesitation that  we would recommend Wosskow Brown Solicitors. 

Dedicated, Committed & Professional

Impressed with the dedication, commitment and professionalism;  I will be using you again in the near future

Mr Hazel

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2019-05-28T11:56:37+01:00

Mr Hazel

Impressed with the dedication, commitment and professionalism;  I will be using you again in the near future

Very Helpful & Communicative

Impressed with very helpful, communicative and professional manner - Top work!

Mr Fox

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2019-05-24T11:59:04+01:00

Mr Fox

Impressed with very helpful, communicative and professional manner - Top work!

Friendly and Professional


Ms Proud

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2020-02-25T09:51:53+00:00

Ms Proud

Impressive Customer Service

Impressed with overall service and customer service, very assertive

Mrs Rhodes

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2019-05-16T10:46:49+01:00

Mrs Rhodes

Impressed with overall service and customer service, very assertive 

Clear and Understanding

The file handler was very understanding and explained everything clearly!

Mrs Yoxall

Wosskow Brown Solicitors
2019-05-20T15:43:13+01:00

Mrs Yoxall

The file handler was very understanding and explained everything clearly!

Supportive and Helpful

I was impressed with the help and advice throughout the process, supportive at all times. The service was perfect for me and I would happily recommend your firm to all.

Mr Senior

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2019-10-11T10:46:43+01:00

Mr Senior

I was impressed with the help and advice throughout the process, supportive at all times. The service was perfect for me and I would happily recommend your firm to all.

The Work was Fantsastic

The work was fantastic and I would recommend to other people!

Mrs Horsfield

Wosskow Brown Solicitors
2019-05-22T12:03:13+01:00

Mrs Horsfield

The work was fantastic and I would recommend to other people!

Highly Satisfied

Impressed with the wonderful friendliness and professionalism. I was highly satisfied.

 

Ms Monney

Wosskow Brown Solicitors
2019-11-26T10:41:33+00:00

Ms Monney

Impressed with the wonderful friendliness and professionalism. I was highly satisfied.  
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Wosskow Brown Solicitors

Meet the team

Ian Osborn - Commercial Property Solicitor - Sheffield
Ian Osborn
Partner & Head of Commercial Property
Anees Rehman - Hillsborough Office Manager & Residential Conveyancer
Anees Rehman
Assistant Head of Dept
StJohn Wright - Commercial Property Solcitor - Woodseats - Sheffield
StJohn Wright
Solicitor