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When it comes to buying or selling a home, it is important to have the right legal services available to you when you need them.

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Our experienced conveyancing lawyers advise clients across Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire on everything that they need to know when moving house.

That’s why with a few simple questions, our online conveyancing service will provide you with a cost estimate to your email address within minutes at any time of the day. Your quote will include all fees, charges, and disbursements so you can see exactly what you will pay before you instruct us.

Whether it’s your first step on the property ladder or you have moved many times before, the process of moving house can seem overwhelming. Our award-winning team are on hand to support you through, you may find your initial questions answered in our guides on Buying a Property or Selling a Property.

How Does Our Online Conveyancing Process Work?

You complete the form to provide a few simple details on your sale or purchase on our online calculator.

We will send you a detailed quote, including all fees and disbursements by email.

Upon receiving your quote you can instruct us straight away or speak to a member of our team for more information.

If you choose to instruct us then you will receive a client registration pack by email or post.

From there we will carry out all conveyancing for your home move, and keep you updated throughout the process.

Why Choose SE Solicitors


With our belief that relationships really do matter, we’re focused on understanding you and your world more deeply.


By harnessing our collective skills, knowledge, and depth of expertise, we support you to manage the unique complexity of your personal and commercial interests in a smarter way.


Naturally strategic, we’re able to see the bigger picture, solve problems and realise opportunities more effectively.


Always responsive, with a solutions orientated mindset, we get to the heart of the matter fast, enabling you to reach positive outcomes more quickly.


years of collective experience in our Residential Property team across our 3 offices


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What our clients say

“Massive thanks to Mariam Hussain and particularly Natalie Intasean, for all the work regarding the house sale, Natalie you were a star from start to finish you made the whole process smooth and easy. Throughly recommended to any one.”
“I dealt with Mariam Hussain and Natalie Intasean for the purchase of my home. Both worked very hard on making sure everything was sorted properly and that nothing was missed. A big thank you to both and especially Natalie, who we contacted by phone many times for updates and she kept us in the loop giving us reassurance that everything will get sorted! Thank you Mariam and Natalie.”
Client 2023
“We sold our house with the help of Ore Smith and Samantha Lawson from SE-Solicitors. They were both incredibly helpful, removed a huge amount of stress from us and made sure the house sold despite some last minute surprises. I would definitely recommend them for your sale or purchase.”
Client, Google Review 2023
“Truly professional from start to finish. Cannot recommend highly enough – absolutely brilliant experience. Thank you.”
Colin Lynes, Google Review 2023
“I had a very difficult transaction and SE-Solicitors team (Maria Young/Debbie Bates/Joshua Kingston) – were absolutely fantastic they safe guarded my interests really well. I was informed on details that impacted decision making tremendously. Thank you so much for the the amazing service. I will definitely use you again.”
Client, Google Review 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does conveyancing take?
On average, straightforward transactions take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

You should be aware that complications can arise which may hold the process up, particularly if you are part of a chain.

When contracts are exchanged you will have a fixed moving date. You should not make any financial commitments until this point.

Why do I need to have a survey done when buying a property?
If anything is found to be structurally wrong with the property after exchange of contracts the seller is not liable and the buyer will have to pay for any necessary repairs. A survey should identify any structural issues before contracts are exchanged. A mortgage valuation report alone does not cover the condition of the property in detail and offers the buyer no legal protection. It is often possible, for an extra fee, to arrange for the lender’s valuer to carry out a survey at the same time.
Do you have to have a deposit when buying a house?
When contracts are exchanged, a deposit is paid over to the seller’s solicitor and if you fail to complete the purchase on time, the seller can keep this deposit. If you are a first time buyer, the seller’s solicitor will often ask for at least 5% of the purchase price as a deposit, and if you cannot raise this, you should contact us immediately for advice.
Do you have to have a written mortgage offer?
Your solicitor needs confirmation from your lender that you will receive the funds you require to purchase the property.

There are often conditions in the written offer that need to be met before funds are released – such as work carried out on the property.

In addition, you need to be happy with the product you are being offered, and to be able to take advice on it. It is important that you can meet all of the conditions before exchange of contracts take place.

How do I know what is included with my house purchase?
The fixtures and fittings form will show everything that is included in the sale price of the property.

If you are the seller you will be asked to complete a list, and if you are the buyer you will receive the completed list from the seller. Any disagreements should be addressed before the exchange of contracts.

Do I need building insurance?
The buyer is responsible for insuring the property after the exchange of contracts.

If not, the property should be insured for the estimated cost of rebuilding it, (including clearing the site). You will need to make provisional insurance arrangements before contracts are exchanged so that cover can be effected as soon as they are.

Your lender’s valuation or survey will often give you the figure you need to insure your property for. Developers will insure their properties until the completion date. So, if you are buying a new build property, you will only need to insure it from the day you buy it from them.

When do I have to pay the estate agents and conveyancers when I move house?
On a sale, when contracts have been exchanged, your conveyancer will prepare a completion statement (financial summary) which will set out all the figures due – including the estate agent’s fee and the amount required to pay off the mortgage – on the completion date.

On a purchase, your conveyancer will prepare a completion statement, which will include the net amount of any mortgage advance, and all other out of pocket expenses such as Stamp Duty Land Tax and the Land Registry fee. You will need to provide the balance required (if any) to complete the transaction, including the legal fees and expenses for the work we do for you and the lender.

Any payment must be received by your conveyancer at least 7 working days before the completion date if paid by cheque, or the day before if paid by bank transfer.

Why does completion have to take place on a working day?
Completion is effected when the purchase monies for the property are paid over to the seller’s solicitor. At present, the banks only transfer money electronically on a working day so completion cannot take place on a weekend.
When can I collect the keys for my new house?
On completion the seller should hand the keys over to the estate agents. It frequently happens that this is not convenient and the seller will hand them directly to the buyer. It is important that you find out and agree the arrangements for the keys once contracts have been exchanged.

Meet the team

Lucy Wells, Residential Property, Bicester, Buying a house
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Lucy Wells

01280 730706
Guy Stephenson, Agriculture & Country Homes SE Solicitors
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Guy Stephenson

01295 204122
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Helen Crowdell

01295 204065
Milda Vaznelyte, Residential Property at SE Solicitors
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Milda Vaznelyte

01295 204071
Karen Middleton, Residential Property, SE Solicitors
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Karen Middleton

Director (Licensed Conveyancer)
01295 204031
Martin Hughes, SE Solicitors, Commercial Property
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Mariam Hussain

01295 204053
Lynn Craig, Residential Property at SE Solicitors
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Lynn Craig

01295 204024
Joshua Kingston, Residential Property SE Solicitors
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Joshua Kingston

01295 204033
Fajar Usman Residential Property at SE-Solicitors
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Fajar Usman

01869 224016
Caroline Hennessy, Residential Property SE Solicitors
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Caroline Hennessy

Junior Conveyancer
01869 222316
Hannah O'Gara, Residential Property at SE Solicitors
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Hannah O’Gara

Junior Conveyancer
01869 222308
Alison Gayton Residential Property at SE-Solicitors
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Alison Gayton

01295 204022
Adam Hermes, Residential Property at SE Solicitors restrictive covenants
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Adam Hermes

01280 730709
Samantha Lawson, Residential Property at SE Solicitors
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Samantha Lawson

01295 204113
Emily Davis, Residential Property, SE-Solicitors, Bicester
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Javeria Tahir

01869 222311
Emily Davis, Residential Property, SE-Solicitors, Biceser
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Emily Davis

Senior Associate
01869 222320
Maria Young, Residential Property at SE Solicitors
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Maria Young

01295 204058
Geraldine Dobson Magee, Residential Property at SE Solicitors
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Geraldine Dobson-Magee

01295 204076
Debbie Bates, Residential Property SE Solicitors
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Debbie Bates

01295 204032

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