Conveyancing Solicitors in Bath
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Bath we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Bath, throughout Somerset and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Bath, selling a terraced house in Southdown, downsizing to a bungalow in Widcombe, or buying to let in Perrymead, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why you should use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Bath
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with fully qualified lawyers who are friendly and approachable, our team can help you.
You will have a direct line straight through to your legal team, and direct email addresses for the people handling your conveyancing. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees, drainage and water fees or anything else related to your property deal.
"The team always provided me with clear, pragmatic and commercially viable advice with efficient and focused communication."
We're a Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited firm providing conveyancing to clients in Bath. This is a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved as meeting the highest standards by the Law Society, the body representing solicitors throughout England and Wales.
We are on the panel for most major lenders, and many smaller ones too. Whether you want to use your local Building Society in Somerset or one of the larger corporates, chances are we have you covered.
In short, you get an excellent conveyancing service at an affordable price. You don't have the risk of going to the cheapest providers, most of whom aren't solicitors; instead you get a great service from proper lawyers.
Why you don't need a conveyancer based in Bath
In the past, most people tended to use their local solicitor for their conveyancing. You would visit their nearest office and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, however, and the truth is that it is no longer needed. With modern technology such as scanning, emailing and even Skype or Facetime video calls there is no need to use your local solicitor. Your conveyancer can be based anywhere and still provide a great service - even if he or she is in an office many miles away from Bath.
We have successfully dealt with thousands of conveyancing transactions all over the country, even with clients from the other side of the world. It is not unknown for us to talk to clients outside the UK using Skype – we even once had clients in Thailand talking to us through an interpreter in New Zealand!
There will be no need for you to visit our offices or hand deliver documents – in fact, you need never leave your home. Our conveyancers will talk you through the whole conveyancing process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
Online Conveyancing in Bath
Online conveyancing refers to the fact your conveyancing can now be carried out entirely over the internet thanks to technology such as email and video chat. This means there is no longer any need to meet face-to-face for your conveyancing as you can get exactly the same quality of service by handling the entire process online.
The advantage of online conveyancing is it lets you choose the best, most competitively priced conveyancing firm in the country, while also being able to deal with your conveyancing at your convenience. There is no need to take time out of work or go out of your way – you can do everything from your own home in your own time.
When dealing with your conveyancing online, we have exactly the same legal obligations to you as if we were meeting in person. The conveyancing process is exactly the same and involves all the same checks, searches, insurance and protections to ensure you get a safe, reliable conveyancing service.
Search Fees in Bath
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can offer reliable property checks and searches to clients in Bath and all over the country. As a result, we can provide a service we are happy with and which we know is properly insured and protects your interests.
What is the process to instruct us for your conveyancing?
First, fill in our conveyancing quote form for conveyancing in Bath. You can find the links at the top of this page.
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages and, once your conveyancing file is opened, your Bath conveyancing solicitor and their small team will deal with the legal side of the conveyancing transaction. You'll be given direct contact details for your conveyancing lawyers and they'll keep in touch with you every step of the way.
Whether you're moving to Bath or away from Bath, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Bath
Our fees are transparent and, so long as the situation does not change (for example so long as your property doesn't turn out to be leasehold when we thought it was freehold) the fee we quote is the fee you will be charged.
We don't add extras on for things like photocopying, postage, or the like. Those are our overheads and we don't pass them on to you.
All our conveyancing fees are dependent on the nature and value of the transaction, so we naturally charge a bit more for more complicated and high value work. However, the fee charged will be the same for a customer in Newcastle as it would be for someone in London, or indeed in Bath.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees that we can't change. Fees charged by other bodies such as HM Land Registry, or by HMRC for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) are out of our control and will be the same whichever company you use for your conveyancing.
Introduction to Bath
Bath is a city in South West England, 97 miles west of London and 11 miles southeast of Bristol. The city had a population of 88,859 at the time of the 2011 census and has been a World Heritage Site since 1987. The city is also the economic and administrative centre of the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset (BANES).
Bath can trace its history back to at least the time of the Roman occupation of Britain, when the settlement was known as Aquae Sulis. A significant feature of the settlement is the large natural hot spring, which is likely part of what attracted the Romans to the site. They created popular Roman baths at settlement, making Aquae Sulis into an important spa town.
The city’s rich history, Georgian architecture and the modern commercial spa facilities make Bath one of the UK’s top tourist attractions, both for domestic and international visitors. Estimates suggest the city receives nearly 4 million day visitors a year and around 1 million overnight vistors. Bath Abbey, located in the city centre, is one of the most popular tourist attractions, with a history that dates back to the 7th century AD.
The city also has a strong economy, based around tourism, software, publishing and service industries, making Bath an attractive place to live and work. Major employers include Future plc – a magazine publishing company, London & Country mortgage brokers, the NHS and the city’s two universities – the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.
The city has a very strong retail sector, with over 400 shops in the city, around half of which are run by independent retailers. Bath also has over 100 restaurants and cafes, largely supported by the city’s tourists. Milsom Street in the town centre has been named as Britain’s Best Fashion Street in a public vote.
Bath has a vibrant cultural life with a particular focus on theatre. The Theatre Royal in Bath has a capacity of around 900 and regularly hosts some of the top touring productions from the West End, as well as many local productions. There are also four smaller theatres in the city – Ustinov Studio, the Egg, the Rondo Theatre and the Mission Theatre, which host a wide range of plays, as well as stand-up comedy and other performances.
The Bath Komedia is also an important venue for comedy and music, while other key venues include the 1,700-seat Forum. The city has many other cultural highlights, including the Victoria Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum, the Jane Austen Centre and the Museum of Bath Architecture.
Bath is also well known as the home of Bath Rugby, one of the UK’s top professional rugby union teams, who play at the Recreation Ground in the city. Other major sports teams in the city include Bath City F.C. and Bath Cricket Club.
Bath has good transport links throughout the local area and to the rest of the UK, with the A4 linking the city to Bristol and the M4 close both, which connects the city to both London and South Wales. Bath Spa railway station also runs regular services to Bristol, London and other major locations, with a train to Bristol Temple Meads taking approximately 15 minutes and journeys to London taking around 1 hour 30 minutes. There are also regular buses to Bristol Airport.
Bath and North East Somerset (BANES)
Bath and North East Somerset (commonly referred to as BANES) is a unitary authority district centred on the city of Bath. The district has a population of 187,800 according to mid-2016 estimates and covers 136 square miles.
Besides Bath, key settlements in Bath and North East Somerset include Keynsham, Midsomer Norton, Peasedown St John, Westfield, Radstock, Paulton, Saltford and Bathampton. The Chew Valley is also a popular area in the district.
Keynsham is a town located between Bath and Bristol with good connections to both, making it a popular place to live for commuters to both cities. The town has a population of 16,641 according to the 2011 census.
The town has a railway station and is on the Bristol-London and Bristol-Southampton lines, with trains to London Paddington taking around 2 hours. It is also close to the A4, connecting the town to Bristol, Bath and London, as well as Heathrow Airport and Reading. The town is very well linked by bus to Bristol, Bath and much of the surrounding area.
Midsomer Norton is a town near to the Mendip Hills, 10 miles southwest of Bath and 16 miles southeast of Bristol. The town had a population of 10,997 at the time of the 2011 census.
The town has a number of business parks, while many residents commute to the nearby cities of Bristol and Bath, both of which can be reach in around half an hour by car.
Peasedown St John
Peasedown St John (usually referred to simply as ‘Peasedown’) is a large village around 4 miles southwest of Bath. The village grew substantially in the 1960s and 1970s and now has a population of 6,446 according to the 2011 census.
The majority of the village’s residents work in Bath, while many also commute to Bristol. The village has its own doctors’ surgery, dentists, veterinary practice and three pubs. There are regular direct buses to Bath and many of the surrounding villages and connections can be made from Bath to Bristol and many other major locations.
Westfield is located in Somerset between Radstock and Midsomer Norton and has a population of 5,854 according to the 2011 census. Being on the A367 to Bath, Westfield is popular with commuters as well as providing many key services to the surrounding area.
Radstock is a town in northeast Somerset, 9 miles southwest of Bath. The town had a population of 5,620 at the time of the 2011 census. Radstock is connected to Bath by the A367 and an average commute is under half an hour, depending of traffic. The town is also connected to Bath by National Cycle Routes 24 and 4.
Paulton is a large village to the north of the Mendip Hills, approximately 9 miles southwest of Bath and 12 miles south of Bristol. The village has a population of 5,303 according to the 2011 census.
The village has several useful local amenities, including a small hospital, doctors’ surgery, dentist, chemist, library, public swimming pool, fire station, several schools and three pubs.
There are a number of potential commuting routes into Bath, with a journey via the B3115 and A367 taking around 25 minutes.
Saltford is a large village that lies on the main route between Bristol and Bath, around 6 miles northwest of the centre of Bath and around 7 miles southeast of Bristol. This makes it a highly popular place for those commuting to both cities.
The village has a population of 4,073 according to the 2011 census. It is very well served with buses to both Bristol and Bath, is also on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path cycle route that connects the two cities.
Bathampton is a village 2 miles east of Bath with a population of 1,693 according to the 2011 census. The village is on the south bank of the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal also passes through it, adding to Bathampton’s picturesque character.
The village is connected to central Bath by the A36 and the London Road, providing easy access to the city centre. It is also a relatively easy walk or cycle and there are regular buses.
The Chew Valley
The Chew Valley is an area in North Somerset named after the River Chew. The area has a population of approximately 5,000 spread across a number of small villages, including Chew Magna, Clutton, Blagdon, Stowey and Belluton, as well as various hamlets and individual homes.
There are hundreds of listed buildings in the valley, many made out of the traditional Lias Limestone, as well as red sandstone. This gives the area a distinctive rural character. Parts of Chew Valley also fall within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.