i'm currently buying my council flat and so far my solicitors have been great. They've estimated about £1000 for the whole thing which was similar to what i was quoted else where. They were recommended by my mortgage adviser at Charcol and so far i've no complaints. This is my second time using them as my first attempt to buy a few years ago fell through.
Robert Brand & Co
17 Bentinck Street
happy to recommend my solicitors [including for ex LA purchases] - Grant Saw & Sons who are based in Greenwich - Norman House, Norman Road, SE10 9EH, 020 8586 6971. Reasonable charges - less than the ones Car used and I don't think that was to do with being a returning customer, solicitors are having to be more competitive these days.