Conveyancing Solicitors in Cornwall
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Cornwall we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Cornwall, throughout the South West and all over the rest of the UK.
If you are buying a detached house in Truro, selling a terraced house in Newquay, downsizing to a bungalow in Falmouth, or buying to let in the Scilly Isles, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why you should use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Cornwall
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, including direct email addresses. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees, drainage and water fees or anything else to do with buying and selling property in Cornwall.
"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 Cornwall. This provides a guarantee that our processes and procedures meet the highest standards, and is a mark of the excellence of our service. The Conveyancing Quality Scheme is administered by the Law Society, the body that represents solicitors throughout England and Wales.
Bird & Co is on the panel for most major lenders, and many smaller ones too. Whether you want to use your local Building Society in Cornwall 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 expert conveyancing lawyers.
Why you don't need a conveyancer based in Cornwall
In the past, most people used their local solicitor for their conveyancing. You would visit their nearest office and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, however, and 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 in a different part of Cornwall or elsewhere in the UK.
Bird & Co’s expert conveyancing solicitors 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 even 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. In fact, you need never leave your home. 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 Cornwall
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Cornwall, Newquay, Truro 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 Cornwall
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Cornwall 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 Cornwall. You can find the links at the top of this page.
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages. Once your conveyancing file is opened, your Cornwall 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 Cornwall or away from Cornwall, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Cornwall
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 or postage. 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 Cornwall.
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.
Get a quote for your conveyancing in Cornwall today!
Introduction to Cornwall
Cornwall (known in Cornish as Kernow) is a ceremonial county and unitary authority area in the south west of the UK. It is both the most southerly and most westerly part of the mainland UK. Cornwall is bordered to the east by Devon, to the south by the English Channel and to the north and west by the Celtic Sea.
Cornwall’s population was approximately 556,000 according to estimates made in mid-2016, making it one of the least populated and least densely populated areas in the UK. Truro is the administrative centre of Cornwall and its only city, although the town of Falmouth has a larger population. Other popular towns include Newquay, Penzanze, Redruth, Bodmin, St Ives, Padstow and Bude. The Isles of Scilly are also part of the ceremonial county of Cornwall, although the islands have their own separate local authority.
Cornwall is famous for its landscape, including wild moorland and long and varied coastlines, as well as its many picturesque villages and towns. It has the UK’s mildest and sunniest climate and offers many opportunities for surfing, walking, cycling and sightseeing, as well as numerous sites of historic interest. For this reason, Cornwall has long been a popular holiday destination and many people choose Cornwall as a place to buy holiday homes, giving it a high proportion of second-home ownership.
Cornwall is particularly well known for its historical association with tin mining, with this having been an important local industry since prehistoric times. Tin mining in Cornwall peaked in the 19th century before declining significantly and no active tin mines remain today. The fishing industry was also a major employer in the area, although this has also significantly declined in recent years. Today, besides tourism, Cornwall is perhaps best known for its food, including seafood and the world famous Cornish pasty, which has Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.
Truro is a city in western Cornwall and is the county town. It had a population of 18,766 at the time of the 2011 census, while the wider Truro urban area had a population of 23,040. Truro is the southernmost city in mainland Britain.
The city is surrounded by several protected natural areas, including the historic Pencalenick parklands, as well as the Trelissick Garden and the Tregothnan country house and estate.
Truro is notable for its Gothic-revival Cathedral, completed in 1910, while the city also has significant number of examples of Georgian architecture. There are also a variety of shops, including chain stores and many independent speciality shops. The Royal Cornish Museum is Cornwall’s leading museum with exhibitions covering Cornish history and culture.
Truro railway station is on the Cornish Main Line, providing a direct connection to London Paddington, the Midlands, the North and Scotland. Trains to London take around 5 hours.
Falmouth is a port town on the south coast of Cornwall with a total population of 21,797, according to the 2011 census.
The town has a strong maritime history, having been a major port of the British Empire. Even today, Falmouth is a significant cargo port, as well as being popular with cruise ship operators.
Falmouth is now perhaps best known as a popular holiday spot, with five main beaches, a strong literary history, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and more all adding to the town’s appeal. Falmouth is also home to many theatre groups and the Falmouth Art Gallery, as well as the art, design and media focused Falmouth University, giving the town a strong connection with the arts.
Falmouth has three railway stations, connecting it to the rest of Cornwall and the wider UK and is also the terminus for the A39, connecting the town to the city of Bath.
Newquay is a seaside resort town and fishing port on the north cost of Cornwall. It had a population of 20,342 at the time of the 2011 census. Newquay is a major tourist destination, thanks in part to its nine long sandy beaches and reputation as a surfing hotspot. The town’s population can increase to in excess of 100,000 at the height of the tourist season.
Penzance is a port town near to the western tip of Cornwall and is the county’s most westerly major settlement. It had a population of 21,200 at the time of the 2011 census. Penzance has a long maritime history, once having been a significant port, but, like the rest of Cornwall, is now largely dependent on tourism for its economy.
Popular sights in and around Penzance include the town’s many fine Georgian and Regency buildings, the sub-tropical Morrab Gardens, open-air seawater Jubilee Bathing Pool and Trereife House, a grade II listed Queen Anne style manor house. Penzance is also the home of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance, and the Acorn Arts Centre provides a mix of theatre, cabaret, dance and film.
Redruth is a town in west Cornwall with a population of 14,018 at the 2011 census. Redruth forms a conurbation with Camborne, Carn Brea, Illogan and several smaller villages, with a combined population of 55,400, making it the largest conurbation in Cornwall.
Bodmin is a town in North Cornwall, located to the south west of Bodmin Moor. The town had a population of 14,736 at the time of the 2011 census. Bodmin Moor is popular with tourists, being a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to many interesting species of birds. This makes it ideal for walking, cycling and bird watching.
St Ives is a port town in Cornwall on its northern coast, near to the western end of the county. The town has a population of 11,226 according to the 2011 census and is a popular seaside resort.
Padstow is a town and fishing port on the northern coast of North Cornwall. It had a population of 2,993 at the time of the 2011 census. As well as being a fishing port, Padstow is a popular tourist destination. It is well known for being the home of celebrity chef Rick Stein, who owns several restaurants and businesses in the town.
Bude is a seaside resort town on the north coast of Cornwall, near to the border with Devon. The town had a population of 9,222 at the time of the 2011 census. The town has a number of good beaches, including Sandymouth Beach, which is owned by the National Trust.
Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are a collection of 55 islands that lie off the south western tip of Cornwall. The isles are part of the ceremonial county of Cornwall, with some combined services, but have been a separate local authority since 1890.
Only five of the islands are inhabited – St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martin’s, St Agnes and Bryher – with the vast majority living on St Mary’s. At the time of the 2011 census, the islands’ combined population was 2,203, 1,666 of whom lived on St Mary’s, with 1,097 of these living in Hugh Town, which is the administrative centre for the islands.
The Isles of Scilly economy is heavily reliant on tourism, which accounts for around 85% of the islands’ income. This is partly driven by the region’s exceptionally mild climate, as well as opportunities for bird watching, walking, sailing, rowing and various other water sports.
St Mary’s is the only island with a major road network and there are taxis and a tour bus. The island also has an airport, operating services to Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter. The islands can also be reaches by a passenger ferry, which runs from Penzance.