Conveyancing Solicitors Cardiff
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Cardiff we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Cardiff, throughout South Glamorgan and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Cardiff, selling a terraced house in Adamsdown, downsizing to a bungalow in Roath, or buying to let in Tredegarville, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Cardiff?
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 Cardiff, drainage and water fees in South Glamorgan 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 Cardiff. 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 South Glamorgan 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 Cardiff?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Cardiff, 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 Cardiff or perhaps not even in South Glamorgan.
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 Cardiff - 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 Cardiff
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Cardiff, Adamsdown, Tredegarville 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 Cardiff
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Cardiffand 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 Cardiff. 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 Cardiff 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 Cardiff or away from Cardiff to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Cardiff
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 Cardiff.
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 Cardiff
Cardiff is a port city in South Wales and is both the largest city and capital of Wales. It was granted city status in 1905 and confirmed as the first Welsh capital in 1955 and, today, is the tenth largest city in the United Kingdom with a population of 346,100. Cardiff sits on the South coast of Wales, where the River Taff and Seven Estuary meet. It is four miles south of the M4 which runs East to West across Wales. The M4 motorway is the major route into Wales from southern England, and there are good road links west of Swansea running all the way to the West coast in Pembrokeshire. The main road into Cardiff for visitors is typically the A48 with one further turn at Maindy onto North Road taking traffic into the heart of the city. Cardiff Central is the largest railway station in Wales and provides long distance services such as across Wales, but also to other areas in the UK such as Glasgow, London and Manchester. There is also a smaller rail service which provide more local services within Cardiff, known as Valley Lines, which include destinations such as Bridgend, Newport and Caerphilly. There are also train services to the West to Port Talbot, Neath and Swansea all connecting within 50 minutes.
Cardiff airport which is located 11 miles East of the city centre, just past the town of Barry, and provides direct flights to around fifty domestic and international destinations.
Cardiff dates back to Roman times when the Romans first built a fort here in AD75. In the thirteenth century, Cardiff was granted a royal charter but remained a fairly small country town until the 1830s when it began to develop as a port. By 1913, this was the world’s busiest coal-exporting port, benefitting from good rail links to the South Wales mines. The newfound wealth of this boomtown was reflected in the elaborate architecture of its Neo-Classical, white, Portland stone buildings, set among grand parks and avenues around Alexandra Gardens, such as City Hall and Civic Centre. City Hall (1905) which is in Cathays Park, on King Edward VII Avenue, has been Cardiff’s centre of local government since 1906. It is an early example of Edwardian Baroque style and is dominated by a 60m (200ft) dome and clock tower. The first floor Marble Hall is open to the public who can see its statues of Welsh heroes including St David, Wales’s patron saint. At the northern end of the complex is the Welsh Office which is responsible for all Welsh government affairs. Next door, in another impressive civic building and guarded by a statue of David Lloyd George, is the National Museum Cardiff which is a museum and art gallery and part of the network of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Inside there are displays of impressionist art by artists such as Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh. Entry is free under a scheme initiated by the Welsh Government.=
Cardiff’s development and rise to prominence can be seen in two distinct focal points that form the basis of the new Cardiff that is taking shape. One being the centre, with its perfectly planned Victorian streets and gardens, and the other being the docklands to the south which are being newly developed into a marina and waterfront.
In the city centre area are the Neo-Classical civic buildings, a Neo-Gothic castle (Cardiff Castle) a 19th Century Victorian covered market in the Market Building within Castle Quarter known as Cardiff Market or Cardiff Central Market. There are, also, grand canopied arcades such as the Grade II listed Royal Arcade (1856) and Morgan Arcade on St Mary Street which are lined with an array of independent shops.
After the 1950s, when demand for coal fell, the docks went into a period of decline which is why the city is now focused on commerce and administration and dedicated to urban renewal programmes that will regenerate the derelict parts of the city. The Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre has displays about the building projects that are uniting the civic centre with the maritime district. Current development projects include the Cardiff International Sports Village, the BBC drama village and a redevelopment of the business district in the city centre.
The Inner Harbour area of the docklands has perhaps seen the biggest transformation in recent years with the development of the marina and waterfront. Here you will find the Pier Head Building which was constructed in 1896 on Cardiff Bay for the Cardiff Railway Company and Techniquest, a hands-on science museum. The wooden Norwegian Church (built in 1868) on Waterfront Park was demolished and rebuilt during the dockland redevelopment and was once surrounded by warehouses. Wales Millennium Centre arts complex is the home of the national opera, orchestra, theatre and dance and the Senedd building which is the home of the Welsh Assembly. Other visitor attractions, here, include Craft in The Bay at the Flourish on Lloyd George Avenue and the open-air St Fagans National Museum of History which was voted the United Kingdom’s favourite museum by Which? Magazine in 2011. It has reconstructed workers’ cottages, a row of shops, a chapel and a schoolhouse all set within the 100 acre of grounds of St Fagans Castle, alongside a recreated Celtic village. There is also a Tudor mansion with its own beautiful gardens.
Whilst the city contains only 10% of the Welsh population, the city generates 20% of Welsh GDP. The Cardiff Docks play an important role in this through importation and exportation of cargo, however, there are many businesses such as Zurich, ING Direct and SWALEC Energy who also contribute to the economy to a substantial scale. In 2010, Cardiff received 18.3 million visitors which in turn generated £852 million to the city's economy.
Many may visit the city for a number of reasons, possibly to visit one of the many sports grounds or even to visit one of the cities more historic landmarks, including many of the renowned castles, such as Cardiff Castle, St Fagan's Castle or Castle Coch. In terms of culture, Cardiff was a finalist during the European Capital of Culture contest in 2008, and hosts many events such as The Great British Cheese Festival and Sparks in the Park, an annual non-profit fireworks display. Bute Park is a 130-acre park and landscaped garden in the city that was once part of Cardiff Castle. Another of Cardiff’s most popular parks is Roath Park which is under the ownership of Cardiff County Council but managed by the Parks Section.
There are four higher education institutions in Wales with a total student population of around 43,900 students who attend Russel Group Cardiff University next to Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of South Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Further education colleges include Cardiff and Vale College and St.David’s College. Notable schools in Cardiff include Whitchurch High School, Fitzalan High School and independent schools St John’s College, Llandaff Cathedral School and Cardiff Sixth Form College which came top of independent senior schools in the UK.
The city is by far the country's economic hub, as well as being a hotspot for much of the sporting and cultural activities. For instance, the Millennium Stadium, on the site of Cardiff Arms Park, is the national ground for the Wales rugby union team which opened in 1999 with the Rugby World Cup and is open for tours every day. The SWALEC stadium is the home ground of Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Cardiff City Stadium is the ground of Cardiff City Football Club.
Cardiff City Football Club have been formed since 1899 and moved from Ninian Park to the new 33,000 capacity stadium in 2009. The Stadium is located at Leckwith on the outskirts of Cardiff and is best accessed from the A232 which connect the city centre to the A48 and the M4. The clubs biggest honour was winning the FA Cup in 1927 and having enjoyed a few seasons in the Premier League now play their game in The Championship under the management of Neil Warnock. Some of the most famous players in recent times include David Marshall, Robert Earnshaw, Craig Bellamy, Joe Ledley and Joe Bothroyd.
There are two national parks which are within easy reach of Cardiff which are the Gower Peninsular (56 miles via the M4), which was designated the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956, and the Brecon Beacons National Park (34.7 miles via the A470). Other points of interest near to Cardiff include Caerleon, a site of archeological significance being the site of Isca Augusta, a Roman fortress, and an Iron Age hillfort. The Roman Baths Museum and the Wales National Roman Legion Museum can be found in Caerleon which is also the place that inspired poet Alfred Lord Tennyson to write Idylls of the King. Other sites of literary inspiration, nearby in Wexford, include Tintern Abbey which was immortalised by Romantic poet William Wordsworth’s poem Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey.
The capital of Wales has been home to a number of famous people including world famous author Roald Dahl, singers Charlotte Church and Shirley Bassey (from Tiger Bay area), and footballers Gareth Bale, John Toshack and Craig Bellamy.