Solicitors are used to approve all the paperwork and to make sure that the sale is legally made. Whilst you do not have to employ a solicitor, doing your own conveyancing may cause problems as it is a complicated process.

If you're a first time buyer, you will have enough to think about without needing to worry about the intricate legalities of buying your new home.

You should always obtain a quote before any work is carried out. Solicitors can either charge a fixed fee (a percentage of the selling price), or they may charge by the hour. Costs like Land Registry and Local Authority Search Fees will also be added to the quote.