Conveyancing Solicitors in Birmingham
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Birmingham we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Birmingham, throughout West Midlands and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Birmingham, selling a terraced house in Edgbaston, downsizing to a bungalow in Solihull, or buying to let in Stourbridge, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Birmingham?
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with proper 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. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees in Birmingham, drainage and water fees in West Midlands or something else.
"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 Birmingham. This is a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved, that we operate to a certain standard, and is a mark of the excellence of our service approved by the Law Society, the body which represents 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 West Midlands 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 don't you need a conveyancer based in Birmingham?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Birmingham, and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, but 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 Birmingham or perhaps not even in West Midlands.
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, and once we 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. You need never leave Birmingham - our conveyancers will talk you through the process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
Online Conveyancing in Birmingham
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Birmingham, Edgbaston, Stourbridge and all sorts of other places, having first found us via our website.
After that, the relationship between you and your conveyancer is the same as any other. We have the same professional obligations towards you, and deal with your conveyancing file in the same way.
It might feel like online conveyancing because you can talk to us through email on your computer, but really it is proper conveyancing.
Search Fees in Birmingham
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Birminghamand all over the country, knowing that we will get a product we're 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 Birmingham. 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham or away from Birmingham to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Birmingham
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 Birmingham.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees which 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.
Introduction to Birmingham
Centrally located Birmingham is a natural transport hub for road, rail and air transport. The M5, M6, M40 and the M42 motorways all serve the city making car travel to other cities throughout England and Wales straightforward. There are many A roads taking traffic straight into the city centre the most popular being the A38 through Aston bringing in traffic from the M6, the A456 bringing in traffic from the M5 and the A45 Coventry Road bringing in traffic from the M42 and the airport. Birmingham Airport lies within the borough of Solihull, next to the NEC and Junction 6 of the M42, and is used by airlines which fly to many destinations across Europe and Internationally.
Birmingham is central to the midlands road network and has excellent road connections to other major towns within a 15-mile radius including, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Sparkhill, Bourneville, Dudley and West Bromwich.
For the rail traveller, New Street station in the City Centre is a national hub with trains connecting from all over the UK and has many express services, including to Manchester (1 hour 30 minutes), Edinburgh (4 hours) as well as to central London with the journey taking 1 hour 20 minutes. Birmingham New Street has excellent facilities, following a major redevelopment which finished in 2015, including over 25 well known food drink outlets such as Costa Coffee and Starbucks and also easy access to the John Lewis department store.
The flagship John Lewis store at Grand Central contains over 350,000 products, a Kuoni travel store, boutique shopping services, foreign currency exchange and allows payment via Chinese Credit Union Pay. The store boasts access to Birmingham New Street Station as well as being extremely close to the Bullring Shopping Mall which includes over 200 more stores and restaurants such as Debenhams, Selfridges, Zara and Boots.
Within the immediate vicinity of the Birmingham New Street Station, visitors to the city are very close to the Birmingham City Council offices, the Chinese Quarter and Digbeth. There are more than four cinemas in the heart of the city including the Odeon on New Street and the Everyman at Mailbox, which is the high-end shopping centre and spa on Severn Street. There are a further three train stations including Birmingham Snow Hill, Birmingham Moor Street and Bordesley giving excellent access to all parts of the city centre.
The city centre includes many music and theatre halls including those with the largest capacity being the 02 Academy on Bristol Street, The Repertory Theatre and Symphony Hall next to the International Convention Centre on Broad Street. There is also the Arena Birmingham on King Edwards Road which is a sport, exhibition and concert venue, catering for crowds of around 15,000 people with parking for 1,500 cars.
The Birmingham NEC, located near the airport on the outskirts of the city, is the UK’s premier exhibition venue for exhibitors, encompassing twenty exhibition halls and over thirty conference suites with the capacity to host over 6 million visitors every year and around 500 events a year. The NEC has over 16,000 parking spaces, which can be pre-paid, or visitors can, alternatively, take a 10 minute walk from Birmingham International Train Station which serves both the NEC and the Airport. The NEC hosts many popular annual events including Comic Con, The Clothes Show Live, The Gadget Show and BBC Good Food Show. However, the most popular event of the year is usually Crufts, the international dog show, which runs over four days and has been visited by up to 150,000 people and 20,000 dogs every year since 1991.
Birmingham is England’s largest Local Education Authority and the Authority is responsible for nursery schools as well as 328 primary school and 77 secondary schools. King Edward’s School founded in 1552, is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious independent school in the city.
Aston University which was founded in 1895 is located in the heart of the city, just one mile from Birmingham New Street Station and caters to around 14,000 students with some highly regarded specialist faculties in engineering, science and medicine. The University of Birmingham, located 2.5 miles south of the city centre between Edgbaston and Selly Oak, was founded in 1900 and has grown out of the vision of their first Chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain. It was the first university to be built on a campus model, the first to incorporate a medical school, the first to offer degrees in dentistry and the first to have a purpose-built students’ union building. The university has a train station just off Vincent Drive. On the opposite side of Vincent Drive is the Medical School and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
The main industry within Birmingham is the car making plant in Castle Bromwich for Jaguar Land Rover and, of course, the Cadbury’s chocolate factory at Bourneville.
The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter still produces up to 40% of all jewellery produced in the UK and is located in the south of the Hockley area of the city centre. At one square kilometre, it has the largest concentration in Europe of businesses connected to the jewellery trade. Birmingham Assay office located on the corner of Charlotte Street and Newhall Street, is the worlds largest Assay office hallmarking around 12 million items a year, also demonstrating the importance of the sector for employment opportunities in the city. In 1998, English Heritage undertook a survey of the buildings within the Jewellery Quarter and concluded there was a significant conservation need to preserve this special area of international significance – and in 2004 106 buildings in the area were given Grade II listed status.
An interesting fact about Birmingham is that it has more miles of canal than Venice. There are 35 miles of canals in the city, mostly built in the 1700s and 1800s and today are enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and narrow boat enthusiasts.
There are a number of beautiful green spaces around Birmingham including The Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Chad Valley, Summerfield Park off Dudley Road at Soho, Victoria Park at Smethwick, Handsworth Park on the route to West Bromwich and Cannon Hall Park which has 120 acres of woodland and a boating lake at Moor Green.
The city is home to two of the oldest football clubs in the country, Aston Villa and Birmingham City, who both play football in the Championship. Nearby, West Bromwich Albion play in the Premier League. Aston Villa play at Villa Park which is approximately 3 miles from Birmingham New Street, but less than half a mile from Witton train station. Aston Villa are one of only five English clubs to have won the European Cup and, at the time of their relegation from the Premier League in 2016, they had spent 105 seasons (not consecutive) in the top division.
The Second City Derby is a fiercely contested match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City, who play at St.Andrew’s in the Bordesley district of Birmingham, 1.5 miles from the city centre. The club is now under Chinese ownership and plays in the Championship with its local rivals Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The two clubs have had numerous brilliant players including Ben Forster, Steve Bruce, Trevor Francis and Christoph Dugarry for Birmingham and David Platt, Steve Staunton, Paul McGrath and Dwight Yorke for Aston Villa.
Less than two miles south of Birmingham city centre nestled between Edgbaston and Balsall Heath is the famous Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The Ground is home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club and one of the iconic destinations of England cricket matches. The ground has a capacity of 25,000 seats and is the fourth largest cricket ground in the country and is a ground which features heavily in international test matches including the Ashes series.
Being one of the largest cities in the UK, many TV celebrities have come from Birmingham including Ozzy Osbourne (Rock Star), Richard Hammond (TV Presenter born in Solihull), Bill Oddie (Comedian and Naturalist who spent his childhood at Quinton and went to King Edward’s School), Karren Brady (Aide to Lord Alan Sugar on The Apprentice TV show), Kenny Baker (Actor plays R2D2 in Start Wars, born in Birmingham) and Cat Deeley (TV presenter, born in Solihull).
Other famous and notable people associated with Birmingham include John Cadbury (founder of Cadbury Chocolate Company), Barbara Cartland (Novelist, born in Edgbaston), Lee Child (author of the Jack Reacher books, moved to Handsworth Wood as a child), Simon Mayo (Radio DJ, went to school in Knowle) and Formula 1 Racing Driver Nigel Mansell. Birmingham also has been home to many comedians including Japer Carrott, Frank Skinner, Joe Lycett and Sir Lenny Henry (from Dudley).