Conveyancing solicitors in Doncaster
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Doncaster we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Doncaster, throughout South Yorkshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Doncaster, selling a terraced house in Armthorpe, downsizing to a bungalow in Edenthorpe, or buying to let in Old Cantley, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Doncaster?
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 Doncaster, drainage and water fees in South Yorkshire 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 Doncaster. 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 Yorkshire 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 Doncaster?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Doncaster, 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 Doncaster or perhaps not even in South Yorkshire.
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 Doncaster - 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 Doncaster
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Doncaster, Armthorpe, Old Cantley 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 Doncaster
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Doncasterand 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 Doncaster. 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 Doncaster 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 Doncaster or away from Doncaster to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Doncaster
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 Doncaster.
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 Doncaster
Doncaster is a large town in South Yorkshire. The town forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, which had a population of about 305,000 people in the Borough. The town itself has a population of about 128,000.
Doncaster is about 19 miles (30 km) from Sheffield where both share the new international airport Doncaster Sheffield Airport which was formerly known as Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. This international airport is at the site of the former RAF base RAF Finningley. 1.3 million passengers pass through the one terminal airport, each year, which caters mainly for package holiday flights and budget airlines taking passengers to over 35 travel destinations.
Doncaster was first settled in around 10,000 BC. It gets its name, today, from Roman times and the site of a Roman fort built circa the 1st Century AD at the River Don. The Romans called it Danum, meaning ‘river’ – the river Don – and ‘caster’ meaning camp. The first section of the road to the Doncaster fort was constructed in the middle of the 1st century AD and it is thought that a route through the north Derbyshire hills was developed in the latter half of the 1st Century. Doncaster was in the middle of an alternative land route between Lincoln and York. The main road between York and Lincoln was Ermine Street, which meant that travellers had to cross the Humber in boats. The Romans thought of Doncaster as an important staging post.
About six miles south west of Doncaster is the medieval ruins of Conisbrough Castle, made famous by Sir Walter Scott who used it as a setting in his novel Ivanhoe which was published in 1819. It was built in the eleventh century by William de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey, following the 1066 Norman Conquest of England. During its fascinating history, King John (1201) and King Edward II (1322) stayed here. Today, the castle is managed by a partnership between English Heritage, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and a local charitable trust. Over 35,000 people visit the castle ruins, each year who come to see the impressive ruins that showcase one of the best surviving 12th century keeps in the whole of England.
Other notable historic buildings in Doncaster include the impressive Doncatser Minster, prominently situated in the centre of the town with a history spanning over 800 years. It is believed that the church stands on the same site as the Roman fort of Danum and may have even used materials from the fort to build the early church. The man who built the Minster’s clock, Edmund Beckett Dennison, also built the famous Big Ben clock tower in London.
There is also the impressive Grade I listed Mansion House Doncaster that is one of only three Mansion Houses in England and used for Doncaster Metropolitan Council meetings and for the civic town mayor to host official receptions.
During the 1500s and 1600s, Doncaster expanded but there were several outbreaks of plague between 1562 and 1606. Each time the plague struck down significant numbers of Doncaster’s inhabitants. King Charles I marched to Doncaster where, on 18 August 1645, he was greeted by throngs of Yorkshire men who flocked to support him. On 2 May 1664, Doncaster was awarded the title of 'Free Borough' by King Charles I in a measure of gratitude for Doncaster's allegiance.
For the past 500 years and to the present day, Doncaster has been famous for its horse racing. Doncaster Racecourse, also known as the Town Moor course, is a flat and national hunt racing venue, owned by Arena Leisure Plc and located on Leger Way. It is home to the world’s oldest horse race, the Doncaster Cup. It also hosts two of the country’s 31 Group flat races, including the Racing Post Trophy and the St Leger Stakes which is the oldest classic horse race in the world.
Doncaster is an important railway town with a station on the East Coast Main Line.
The town, historically, has strategic and geographical importance being situated on the Great North Road or A1 and M18 motorways being within only 20 minutes of the key M1 and M62 motorways. Largely owing to Roman history, this was the primary route for all traffic from London to Edinburgh and the north, therefore, Doncaster did well from its strategic position on this road. For this reason, Doncaster has a number of major distribution centres, including the Doncaster International Railport, which dispatches goods to Europe by rail. Next, Tesco, Ikea, Amazon.com and Faberge are sited here. The B&Q distribution centre next to the DFS UK headquarters at the Redhouse A1(M) junction 38 was, until recently, the largest free-standing warehouse in the country.
The Doncaster Lakeside, which is home to the Doncaster Rovers ground, has undergone a full modernisation. There is Lakeside Village (Doncaster), known formerly as The Yorkshire Outlet which is an out of town shopping centre providing outlet shopping with many different shops including flagships such as Clarks, Next Clearance and Marks and Spencer outlet.
Doncaster also has a bowling alley and a cinema near to Lakeside. One of Doncaster's most popular places is 'The Dome' which contains a very modern swimming pool, gym and ice rink, as well as a cafe. The Dome is often the venue for pop concerts, comedy shows and other live entertainment. Doncaster Grand Theatre, a Grade II listed former theatre and later bingo hall, located next to the town centre’s Frenchgate Centre (which is currently derelict and at risk of demolition) once saw famous performers such as Charlie Chaplain, George Formby and Max Miller tread its boards. Today, campaigners including the Friends of the Grand Theatre Group are fighting to restore the crumbling theatre to its former glory.
The Frenchgate Shopping Centre is a large shopping centre located in the heart of the town centre, on St Sepulchre Gate which takes its name from the old medieval gates of Doncaster. The centre is home to over 120 high street stores including Next, New Look, Boots and Debenhams. The Silver Street, Cleveland Street and High Street areas have over fifty bars and clubs within a two to three-minute walk of each other and other outlets can be found on Bradford Row, Priory Walk and around the Market Place.
There are many golf clubs in the area including Wheatley Golf Club, Town Moor Golf Course and the Warren Golf Club and plenty of other sporting opportunities including Armthorpe Welfare Football Club, motor cross, Doncaster Knights Rugby Club and Armthorpe Kingfishers swimming club. Doncaster is also home to professional football team Doncaster Rovers, who now compete in League One after their recent promotion in 2016-17 from League Two.
Parklands and open green spaces in the area include Sn Cantly Hall Park, Sandall Park and Elmfield Park which offer great opportunities for leisure activities including walks and picnics in the summer.
A large area of land to the south west of Doncaster, covering 3,000 acres, is the Wildlife Trust’s Potteric Carr Nature Reserve. A network of paths allow visitors to take in the diverse landscapes in the area and explore the rich habitats that are home to local wildlife.
Underneath Doncaster lie massive natural resources of deep seam coal. There has been a recent expansion in commercial and residential developments along with good transportation links with the rest of the United Kingdom.
A number of celebrity personalities have been born in Doncaster including Diana Rigg (Actress), Jeremy Clarkson (TV Presenter and Journalist), Louis Tomlinson (Singer from boy band One Direction), and Kevin Keegan (Footballer) who was born in Armthorpe, Doncaster.