You will have to pay the higher rate of stamp duty unless any transfer of the original property into your wife’s name is done pursuant to a court order and there is an order for the property to be sold in the future or if you buy this house and then dispose of the old one within three years. You can then recover it.
I don’t know whether your only concern is Stamp Duty Land Tax or there is anything else that I can assist you with.
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