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Conveyancing fees paid on account


When buying my first home and I instructed my solicitor they requested a payment on account of £450.00, does this get deducted off my final balance or is this an extra payment? I have since received my interim bill and its alot more than I thought it would be 


  • Syman
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    it would be the charge for the initial searches i believe.

    it should be deducted from the final bill.
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  • Syman said:
    it would be the charge for the initial searches i believe.

    it should be deducted from the final bill.
    Thank you, that's what I thought but got me thinking maybe I had it wrong 😕 
  • Tiglet2
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    Yes, very normal.  You're solicitor won't actually start working on your file until they have monies on account, but the majority of the monies will be for searches, which is classed as a disbursement, i.e. not the solicitor fees, but other charges from third parties.

    It will be all be taken into account in your final bill.
  • As above.

    I imagine the interim bill is higher than expected because the conveyancer quoted a low rate for their fees, but then had a number of extras listed in their T & C (which you may not have read carefully.....)
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