Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Cambridge we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Cambridge, throughout Cambridgeshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Cambridge, selling a terraced house in Chesterton, downsizing to a bungalow in Arbury, or buying to let in Newtown, we can help you with your conveyancing, keeping the process quick and efficient from start to finish.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Cambridge?
Whether you’re putting your first foot on the property ladder or you’re selling your home, having a solicitor you can trust to protect your interests and complete the transaction efficiently is essential in a stress-free conveyancing process. At Bird & Co, we offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. So, if you want to deal with proper lawyers who are friendly and approachable, our conveyancing solicitors in Cambridge can help you.
From offer through to completion, you will have a direct line straight through to your legal team, and direct email addresses. We know the last thing you need during this time is to be kept in the dark, so you can rest assured that we will keep you up to date with each new development as and when they are received. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees in Cambridge, drainage and water fees in Cambridgeshire 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 Cambridge. 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 Cambridgeshire 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 Cambridge?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Cambridge, 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 Cambridge or perhaps not even in Cambridgeshire.
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 Cambridge - 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 Cambridge
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Cambridge, Chesterton, Newtown 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 Cambridge
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Cambridge 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 Cambridge. 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 Cambridge 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 you updated with each new development in your case as and when we receive them. As well as a speedy transaction, our priority is to ensure your interests are protected and there are no bad surprises waiting to catch you out at the last moment. Each document we receive from the other partys’ solicitor and local authorities will be checked meticulously before proceeding, and you will be the first to know should any issues arise along the way.
Whether you're moving to Cambridge or away from Cambridge to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Cambridge
When it comes to funding your property transaction, you can rest assured that our conveyancing solicitors in Cambridge will be up front from day one. So long as your situation does not change, the total cost of conveyancing will mirror the quote provided in your first appointment. The fee we charge is based on the legal work itself: we never charge for additional expenses such as photocopying, postage or the like. These are our overheads, and we don’t pass them on to our clients.
In order to provide you with an accurate quote, we will always take the time to understand the ins and outs of your property sale or purchase. The fee you are charged will naturally depend on the nature and value of the transaction, so where more work is required for more complicated sales or purchases, the price will be slightly higher. However, the fee charged will be the same for a customer in Newcastle as it would be for someone in London, or indeed in Cambridge.
Though we pride ourselves for offering a high quality service for a realistic price, 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. To find out more about these additional fees, get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Cambridge and we will be more than happy to provide you with a quote for your property transaction.
Introduction to Cambridge
The city of Cambridge is both a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire. According to the 2011 census it has a population of 123,867. 24,488 of the population are students, making the University of Cambridge one of the largest in the country, and the 54th largest city in the country also. Described by Forbes as “one of the most beautiful cities in the world” tourism generates £300 million a year to the city’s economy.
The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is consistently ranked as one of the top five in the world. The Universities strengths lie in the development of software and bioscience, and many start up companies have developed/started through the University. All this has led for the city being nicknamed 'Silicon Fen', as a play on Silicon Valley. Microsoft, for instance, has located its Microsoft Research UK offices in West Cambridge.
Manufacturing and construction have the highest contribution to the city’s economy. Global property development company Keir Group is one of the more noteable employers of the area; their current employee base standing at 17,931. ARM Holdings, a British multinational software design company is also a large scale employer in Cambridge, their office located on Clifton Road by Coleridge Recreation Ground.
Cambridge railway station offers direct services to London Kings Cross via the Virgin East Coast main line, but also to Liverpool street on the West Anglia main line. There are also trains to Birmingham, Leicester and Stansted Airport. A second station, Cambridge North now exists in Chesterton, close to the Cambridge science park.
Sport can also be noted as a big part of Cantabrigian culture. Cambridge United Football Club play in League two, the Cambridge Rugby Union team play in National Division one and Cambridge County Cricket Club play in the minor counties league. However the most notable of Cantabrigian culture is watersports. Rowing has become increasingly popular due to both the increasing population as well as the geographical location of the River Cam. Tourists can participate in Punting, a boating activity in which users propel their boat by pushing a Quant Pole along the riverbed.
As well as sport, Cambridge is well known for its contribution to the arts. With a capacity of 1,800 standing, Cambridge Corn Exchange is the largest venue in the city and regularly holds theatrical performances. The newest theatre venue in Cambridge is the 220-seat J2, part of Cambridge Junction in Cambridge Leisure Park. First opened in 2005, the venue hosts live music performances, dance, theatre and comedy.
Cambridge is brimming with public facilities and resources: in fact, the collegiate University alone has over 100 libraries to make use of. Health centres, hospitals, specialist clinics are available throughout Cambridge for those in need.
While Cambridge is famous for its university, this isn’t the only architectural feat that the city has to offer. In fact, Cambridge has one of the highest concentrations of preserved historic buildings anywhere in England. Founded in 1441 by Henry VI, Kings College is a must see for those visiting the area. With its huge expanses of lawn, spectacular stained glass windows and breathtaking chapel, Kings College is just one of many sights to see in Cambridge. The Fitzwilliam museum is another must in the list of tourist attractions in Cambridge, not only for the remarkable collection of antiques and artwork but for its captivating architecture.
Though Cambridge boasts a near endless list of historical buildings worth visiting, it is also home to a wide choice of shops: from bustling daily markets to stylish boutiques, independent shops and high street brands. Grand Arcade, the city’s newest shopping centre, is nestled in the heart of the city and boasts over 60 high-street retailers including Apple, John Lrwish, Topshop, The White Company and many more. Alternatively, swtroll down the All Saints Garden Art and Craft Market opposite Trinity College and sample a selection of artisan products at affordable prices.
Other activities to enjoy in this city include the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, a 40-acre oasis of diverse plant life perfect for a family day out. As well as sightseeing, Cambridge boasts a wealth of pubs and restaurants ranging from traditional to trendy. For the former, visit The Eagle, a 16th century English pub. Stop for a drink and stay to admire its many historical features. For a more modern experience, dine at the Cotto Restaurant: contemporary interiors, delicious food and an exceptional service await.
Fitness enthusiasts will find a wide range of sports centres, gyms and fitness classes on offer throughout the city. Those who wish to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings can take their workout outside for an outdoor fitness class, boot camp or personal training session. Fitness equipment has been installed in parks such as Cherry Hinton Hall park and Ditton Fields recreation ground to encourage the local community to improve their health and wellbeing.