Online Conveyancing in Devon
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Devon, Plymouth , Torquay 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 Devon
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What is the process to instruct us for your conveyancing?
First, fill in our conveyancing quote form for conveyancing in Devon. 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 Devon 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 Devon or away from Devon to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Devon
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 Devon.
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 Devon
Devon is a county in the south west of England. As of mid-2014 it has a population of 1,135,700. Much of this can be found in the larger towns such as Plymouth, Torquay and Totnes, however there are also a number of other notable settlements which are also significant in their own right, such as Exeter, the county town.
Plymouth is a city on the south coast of Devon, with a population of 256,600, making it the 30th most populous area in the UK. It lies about 37 miles south west of Exeter and 190 miles south west of London. Due to its coastal location, the city was able to grow substantially as a commercial shipping port, managing imports and passengers from the Americas and exporting local minerals such as tin, copper and lime. Nowadays, the city's industry is still maritime, and the armed forces in the city employ over 12,000 people. Aside from this, the Plymouth Gin Distillery has been producing the renown Plymouth Gin, which was the most globally distributed gin in the 1930s.
10% of Plymouth's income is now generated from the Devonport Dockyard, which is the only UK naval base to refit nuclear submarines.
The University of Plymouth has also allowed Plymouth to grow in size, being the 9th largest university in the country, with an income of around £160m. It specialises particularly in Marine subjects, such as maritime business and marine engineering. Aside from higher education, there are 71 primary schools, 13 secondary schools, 8 special schools and 3 selective state grammar schools.
Plymouth is also currently undergoing a scheme known as Plymouth 2020, which is meant to encourage urban growth, with a population increase to 300,000 as well as the development of 33,000 homes.
In terms of transport, there is a frequent ferry providing services to both France and Spain, transporting both pedestrians and vehicles. Plymouth City Airport is also set to be reopened in 2018 thanks to a redevelopment scheme known as FlyPlymouth. Despite this, the Plymouth Railway Station, which was opened in 1877, is managed by First Great Western and provides frequent services to London Paddington.
Exeter is a historic city, as well as the county town of Devon and home of its county council. It has a population of 121,800 as of 2013. The city is also located on the River Exe, and lies around 37 miles northeast of Plymouth and 70 miles south west of Bristol.
Historically, Exeter's economy developed as a result of its agriculture, and during the Industrial Revolution the city excelled due to its capability of water power, through the River Exe. Nowadays, however, the local economy revolves much more around the service industry. It is frequently recognised as amongst the top ten most profitable locations in the country to base a business. Consequently, over 35,000 commute to Exeter on a daily basis. The most notable employers in the city are Met Office, who relocated from Bracknell to Exeter in 2004, the University of Exeter and Devon County Council.
Exeter also boasts an impressive retail sector. The city's High Street consists of mainly chain stores, and accommodates only one independent store. Other notable shopping areas include Princesshay, a shopping centre which opened in 2007, containing 65 stores.
Although tourism does not play a huge role in Exeter's economy, (only 7% of employment) there are a number of cultural attractions. The Northcott Theatre is one of the few English theatres to maintain its own repertory company. It has a capacity of 464 visitors. The city also has another theatre, the Barnfield Theatre.
There are also many museums and galleries, such as the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. This is the principal museum in the city, and has just undergone a four-year, £24m redevelopment. Another venue, The Spacex, is an art gallery which shows exhibitions of contemporary art, and promotes artist-led projects, events and research.
Sandy Park is also a popular attraction, being the home ground of the Exeter Chiefs. The Chiefs currently play in the Aviva Premiership, and regularly receive attendances at their home ground in excess of 9,000. They gained promotion to the premier league in the 2009-10 season, and have not been relegated since, and in the 2011-12 season they finished in fifth place, earning a position in the Heineken Cup. More recent achievements include victory of the 2014 LV Cup final. There are also other amateur rugby clubs in the city.
Exeter City Football Club is the professional football club in the city, who currently play in the Football League Two. They play at St James Park, which has capacity of well over 8,000.
On top of this, there are cricket clubs, a squash club, rowing clubs, and even a speedway team.
In terms of transport, the M5 motorway connects the city to areas such as Birmingham and Bristol, where it connects to the M4 providing access to London and South Wales. The more evident route to London however, is the A30 road.
Exeter St Davids is the larger of the two main railway stations in the city, and provides more long distance services, such as to Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, all operated by CrossCountry Trains. There are also services to stations such as London Paddington, London Waterloo, Reading and Bristol.
Exeter Central provides more local services, to areas such as Paignton and Barnstaple, however there are also trains to London Paddington and London Waterloo as well.
Exeter International Airport lies to the east of the city, a provides frequent services to locations such as Faro, Mallorca and Lanzarote.