Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Bristol we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Bristol, throughout Somerset and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Bristol, selling a terraced house in Portishead, downsizing to a bungalow in Filton, or buying to let in Clevedon, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Bristol?
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 Bristol, drainage and water fees in Somerset 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 Bristol. 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 that 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 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 don't you need a conveyancer based in Bristol?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Bristol, 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 Bristol.
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 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. You need never leave Bristol - 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 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.