Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are carrying out any sort of property transaction in Bristol, our expert conveyancing solicitors can work alongside you to provide carefully tailored advice that meets your individual needs.
Buying, selling or remortgaging your home is exciting but, without the right advice, can come with plenty of potential risks. Our conveyancing team have a broad range of expertise and will be able to guide you through your case from start to finish.
At Bird & Co, we offer a convenient and reliable conveyancing service that’s easily accessible to everyone. No matter what your circumstances are, our team will be able to guide you through the conveyancing process and answer any potential queries you might have.
We offer a fast and efficient online conveyancing service which allows us to reach a wide pool of clients across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, including Filton, Clifton, Portishead and Kingswood.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Bristol can help you
Our team of conveyancing solicitors in Bristol have expertise in all manner of conveyancing matters, including:
- Buying and selling your home
- Advice for first time buyers, such as:
- Equity release
- Advice about buying as joint tenants or tenants in common
- Buying and selling listed property
- Buying and selling leasehold property
- Collective enfranchisement and buying the freehold of a house
- Lease extension
- Transfer of equity
- Gifting property and Deeds of Gift
- Buy to let conveyancing
- Buying and selling land
- Commercial conveyancing
- Stamp Duty advice
We are on the panel for most major lenders. This means that we will be able to support you whether you are using a national firm or local building society.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Bristol?
Unlike many other firms, we specialise in online conveyancing. This means that we are in the unique position of being able to offer our services remotely, without the need for you to visit our offices to meet us in person.
We provide a modern, friendly conveyancing service that makes the entire process as straightforward as possible.
When you work with us, you will always have direct contact with our team, as well as the individual solicitor who is working on your case. If you have any questions, you will always be able to reach us and vice versa.
We are accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that we will:
- Provide high quality legal advice
- Get your conveyancing transaction completed as efficiently as possible
- Provide top quality customer service and respond to queries quickly
- Keep you regularly updated and never leave you in the dark about the status of your transaction
- Be upfront and honest about your fees – we will provide you with an accurate quote before you instruct us so that you can decide whether we are right for you
Bird & Co is Lexcel accredited by the Law Society. This demonstrates our high levels of customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Bristol?
- Our property lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as the local Bristol market, giving us an edge over other firms which only deal with local transactions.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communications in mind. We protect our clients whenever we carry out any online transactions by following a number of strict procedures. These include encrypting emails and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. As the conveyancing process can be carried out remotely, there is no need to wait for documents to be hand signed and delivered.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. Traditional conveyancing work can incur additional costs. These can be avoided when you work with our online conveyancers.
- We have dealt with property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We also frequently use video conferencing to talk to our clients, no matter where they are.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person. There are no differences to the overall conveyancing process and we are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Bristol?
We provide a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing work in Bristol. For straightforward cases, we may be able to provide fixed fees, giving you a clear idea how much your conveyancing work will cost. If additional fees are required to complete your transaction, your conveyancer will clearly explain the reasons for this.
Any other costs that are associated with the conveyancing process are known as disbursements. Disbursements could include registering the property transaction with HM Land Registry or conveyancing searches.
Your property transaction may also be affected by tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. If this is the case, your conveyancer will help you to calculate how much is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Bristol?
There are three main stages to the conveyancing process. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is accepted on a home, the buyer and seller agree to enter into a contract. However, at this stage, nothing is legally binding and either party can opt to pull out of the transaction for a number of reasons.
The buyer will carry out various checks on the property, with the assistance of their conveyancer. The checks could include:
- Reviewing property information provided by the seller and making further enquiries if necessary (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Conducting conveyancing property searches, such as local authority checks (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Carrying out an independent survey (done by the buyer)
The buyer may also apply for a mortgage at this stage.
Once the property checks have been completed and the buyer is happy to move forward with the transaction, contracts are exchanged. The transaction will now be legally binding and neither party can pull out without facing a penalty.
Completion is where the transaction becomes official. At this stage a transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller will need to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Bristol?
Every conveyancing transaction comes with its own set of challenges, which means the time it takes to reach completion can vary. However, under normal circumstances, you can expect a conveyancing transaction to take 12-14 weeks to be completed – from the date the offer is accepted, and conveyancing solicitors are instructed.
The ever-changing nature of conveyancing work means that delays can sometimes happen. If this is the case for your transaction, your solicitor will keep you informed and advise you on what your options are.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Bristol?
If you are buying a home, your conveyancer will carry out a number of checks to make sure there are no immediate issues with the property that need to be addressed.
The three main types of conveyancing searches are:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway, pollution or other related issues
- Environmental searches – to check for issues such as flooding or land contamination
- Water and drainage searches – to check matters such as water and drainage access
Further checks might be needed, depending on the type of property in question and where it is situated. If this is the case, your conveyancer will let you know.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Bristol?
Our Bristol conveyancing team will be able to run through the initial stages of your conveyancing transaction and, once your file is opened, your conveyancer will take care of all of the legal details related to your transaction.
Whether you are moving to, from, or across Bristol, our conveyancing solicitors will be able to lend their expertise.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Bristol
Online Conveyancing in Bristol
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Bristol, Portishead, Clevedon 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 Bristol
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Bristol and 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 Bristol. 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 Bristol 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 Bristol or away from Bristol to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Bristol
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 Bristol.
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.
Introduction to Bristol
Bristol is a city and unitary authority in South West England, with a total estimated population of 449,300 as of 2017. It is England's tenth most populous city and the most populous city in Southern England after London.
The city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire with the cities of Bath and Gloucestershire both nearby and Cardiff only a short train ride or car journey away. It is also well connected to London and Birmingham with regular trains.
Areas within Bristol include Avonmouth, Bedminster, Bishopston, Bishopsworth, Brislington, Clifton, Cotham, Easton, Eastville, Hartcliffe, Henbury, Henleaze, Hillfields, Horfield, Knowle, Lawrence Hill, Lockleaze, Redland, Southmead, Southville, St George, Stoke Bishop, Westbury on Trym and Windmill Hill.
Many of these areas have undergone significant development and regeneration in recent years, helping to fuel Bristol’s reputation as a vibrant, dynamic city with a bright future.
History of Bristol
If ever there was a city with a story to tell, it’s Bristol. It is has been a prosperous city for centuries, having originally developed as a result of its trade, including the exportation of wool cloth, fish, wine, grain and dairy. Nowadays, the local economy is largely centred around aerospace, defence, media, IT, financial services and tourism.
Bristol was once one of the UK’s most important ports, being a major centre for trade with the New World. It was the starting point for many of the early explorers heading across the Atlantic, including most famously the Venetian John Cabot, who was the first European since the Vikings to reach the North American mainland. Many local landmarks, including Cabot Tower and the Cabot Circus shopping centre are named in Cabot’s honour.
Perhaps Bristol’s most iconic landmark is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge, connecting Clifton in Bristol with North Somerset. The bridge is based on a design by famous Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The bridge was originally planned from at least 1753, although construction did not start until 1831 and the bridge was not completed until 1864. Brunel sadly did not live to see the bridge completed, having died in 1859.
Future plans for Bristol’s development include regeneration of the area around Bristol Temple Meads, with plans for a new Bristol University campus on the site of the old sorting office. Bristol Arena is a proposed 12,000 capacity indoor arena to be constructed on a site known as ‘Arena Island’ just across the River Avon from Bristol Temple Meads.
The financial services sector employs around 59,000 people in the city with Bank of Ireland, Cornhill Direct, Friends Life, GE Capital, Hargreaves Lansdown, HM Revenue and Customs, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, NatWest and Price Waterhouse Coopers all being major employers.
Bristol is also the UK's seventh most popular destination for foreign tourists, with over nine million annual visitors. There are a number of reasons for Bristol’s significant tourist economy. Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has a distinctive identity that rivals anywhere else in the UK. Grounded in roots from centuries past, passionate locals and spirited fans have helped carve out its distinctive character ever since.
Bristol is also a significant centre for media companies, with the BBC having a major presence in the city, including the renowned BBC Natural History Unit. Bristol is also home to Aardman Animations, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and many other highly successful TV and film productions. Bristol is also used as filming location for many British and foreign productions, with The Bottle Yard Studios being the largest dedicated film and TV studio facility in the West of England.
In recent years there has been significant growth in industries such as marketing, legal services, business and professional services, IT services and insurance. Many London-based firms now have satellite offices in Bristol, making it a popular choice for people looking to relocate from the capital.
It’s not hard to see why writers, film directors, artists, actors, scientists, musicians and architects have sought inspiration here. Bristol is famed for its passionate character, maritime history, acres of parkland and a sustainable approach that earned it European Green Capital status.
Year-round festivals, award-winning cycle tracks, gastronomy of every flavour in rejuvenated warehouses and behind secret doorways, stunning cityscapes and awe-inspiring street art, Bristol doesn’t just buzz, it thumps. Compact enough to get around on foot, yet big enough to boast an exciting line-up of entertainment, Bristol has much to offer.
Bristol has a flourishing food scene, with a wide range of highly-regarded restaurants covering a variety of global cuisines. Casamia, Wilks and Pony & Trap are all Michelin-starred restaurants, while a total of 25 Bristol restaurants feature in The Good Food Guide 2017, including Birch, The Spiny Lobster, Lido, Riverstation, The Rummer and Flour & Ash. Bristol hosts a number of annual food festivals, including Bristol Food Connections, VegFest, Foodies Festival and Grillstock.
Furthermore, architecture plays a large role in the city's culture: there are 51 Grade I, 500 Grade II* and over 3,800 Grade II listed buildings, in a variety of architectural styles, from medieval to modern.
Another strong part of Bristol's culture is its sport. Bristol City and Bristol Rovers are the main football clubs, and Bristol Rugby (rugby union) and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club are also based in the city.
Bristol has two principal railway stations. Bristol Temple Meads (near the city centre) is served by First Great Western and offers high-speed trains to London Paddington station as well as frequent local, regional and Cross Country trains. Bristol Parkway, north of the city, has high-speed First Great Western service to Swansea, Cardiff Central and London Paddington. A Cross Country service to Birmingham and a North East Limited service to London Waterloo via Clapham Junction from Bristol Temple Meads are operated by South West Trains, and there are scheduled coach links to most major UK cities.
A new bus service, MetroBus is due to open in 2017, which uses a number of dedicated bridges and roadways and will have priority over regular motor traffic at junctions. This is intended to significantly reduce commuting times by bus in the city and it is hoped that this will help ease congestion.
Greater Bristol is a term used to refer to the city and parts of the three neighbouring local authorities – Bath and North East Somerset (BANES), North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Areas commonly considered part of Greater Bristol include Kingswood, Mangotsfield, Stoke Gifford, Bradley Stoke, Patchway, Filton, Almondsbury, Frampton Cotterell, Winterbourne, Easton-in-Gordano and Whitchurch.
Other major nearby settlements which are not generally considered part of Greater Bristol include Bath, Clevedon, Keynsham, Portishead and Yate. However, many people who work in Bristol live in these locations and they all have good transport links to the city.
As well as being a significant urban centre, Bristol is also surrounded by some fantastic countryside, giving many opportunities for leisure activities. Leigh Woods is a popular destination for walking and cycling, with a number of challenging mountain biking trails.
The Mendip Hills to the South and the Cotswolds to the northeast both provide plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. Bristol is also conveniently located for day trips to the coast, with Weston-super-Mare being a short train, bus or car ride away.