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Conveyancing solicitors in Exeter

If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Exeter we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Exeter, throughout Devon and all over England, Wales and beyond.

If you are buying a detached house in Exeter, selling a terraced house in Nadderwater, downsizing to a bungalow in Alphington, or buying to let in St Thomas, we can help you with your conveyancing.

Why you should use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Exeter

We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with fully qualified 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 for the people handling your conveyancing. 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 related to your property deal.

"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 Exeter. This is a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved as meeting the highest standards by the Law Society, the body representing 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 Devon 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 you don't need a conveyancer based in Exeter

In the past, most people tended to use 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 from Exeter.

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 – 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 whole conveyancing process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.

Online Conveyancing in Exeter

Online conveyancing refers to the fact your conveyancing can now be carried out entirely over the internet thanks to technology such as email and video chat. This means there is no longer any need to meet face-to-face for your conveyancing as you can get exactly the same quality of service by handling the entire process online.

The advantage of online conveyancing is it lets you choose the best, most competitively priced conveyancing firm in the country, while also being able to deal with your conveyancing at your convenience. There is no need to take time out of work or go out of your way – you can do everything from your own home in your own time.

When dealing with your conveyancing online, we have exactly the same legal obligations to you as if we were meeting in person. The conveyancing process is exactly the same and involves all the same checks, searches, insurance and protections to ensure you get a safe, reliable conveyancing service.

Search Fees in Exeter

Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can offer reliable property checks and searches to clients in Exeter and all over the country. As a result, we can provide a service we are 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 Exeter. 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 Exeter 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 Exeter or away from Exeter, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.

Fees for conveyancing in Exeter

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 Exeter.

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 and should be the same whatever conveyancing company you use.

Introduction to Exeter

Exeter is a city and the largest settlement in Devon, in southwest England. The city has a population of 129,800 according to mid-2016 estimates. It is around 170 miles southwest of London, 70 miles southwest of Bristol and around 100 miles west of Southampton. Exeter is also the administrative centre for Devon, being the county town and the home of Devon County Council.

The city can trace its history back until at least the time of the Roman occupation when a fort named Isca was founded there in approximately 55AD. This fort was at the southwest end of the Fosse Way, one of the most important roads in Roman Britain.

Exeter developed significantly during the Industrial Revolution, with the drained marshland west of the city at Exe Island becoming an industrial site thanks to the availability of water power. The city also saw development of its canal network at this time, plus the building of a new bridge and, eventually the opening of Exeter’s first train station.

In modern times, Exeter remains a major economic centre, with around 35,000 people commuting to the city to work on a daily basis. Major employers include The Met Office, the UK’s main weather forecasting service, which has been based in the city since 2004. Other key employers include the University of Exeter, Devon County Council and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. The city is also home to many small businesses, having been named one of the top ten locations in the UK to base a business. Tourism also accounts for around 7% of employment in the city.

Exeter also has a strong retail sector, with a good mix of large chain stores and smaller shops. Beside the busy High Street, popular shopping locations include Princesshay shopping precinct, the partially undercover Guildhall Shopping Centre and the complete covered Harlequins Centre, which is dominated by small businesses.

The University of Exeter is one of the top UK universities, being a member of the Russell Group and an accredited institution of the Association of MBAs. It has four campuses, Streatham and St Luke’s (both in the city) and Truro and Penryn (both located in Cornwall). The university is in the city centre and educated around 22,000 students and employs nearly 5,000 staff.

Major city landmarks include Exeter Cathedral, which dates from approximately 1400 and contains an astronomical clock and the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England. The ruins of Rougemont Castle can also be found within the city and are a Scheduled Monument that until recently served as home to Exeter’s Crown and County Courts. The former court rooms are now used as a ballroom and gallery.

The city has a number of attractive open spaces, including Northernhay Gardens, which is the oldest public space in England, dating from 1612, although the current gardens are mainly laid out according to Victorian designs. Our key public spaces include Belmont Park, Cowick Barton Recreation Ground, Riverside Valley Park and Hamlin Lane Playing Fields.

Exeter’s most famous sporting team is the Exeter Chiefs rugby team who play at Sandy Park, southeast of the city. The city has two other rugby clubs, Exeter Saracens and Wessex Rugby Club, as well as a professional football team, Exeter City, and Exeter Cricket Club.

The M5 runs to the southeast of the city, connecting Exeter to Bristol and Birmingham, as well the M4 at Bristol, which provides easy access to London and South Wales. The A30 also provides a more direct route to London.

Exeter also acts as a major rail hub, being linked to most branch lines that serve the rest of Devon. The city has three main railway stations – Exeter St Davids, Exeter Central and Exeter St Thomas, while there are many smaller stations throughout the surrounding area, ideal for commuters.

To the east of the city is Exeter Airport that provides flights to various locations throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as to a number of destinations in Europe.

The Exeter Canal is also popular for leisure purposes, having formerly been a major commercial canal until the 1970s.

Exeter suburbs

There are various popular suburbs of Exeter, many of which were once towns and villages in their own right, but which are now generally considered part of the city. Some of the best-known Exeter suburbs include Alphington, Wonford, Polsloe, St Thomas, Pinhoe, Topsham and Exminster.


Alphington is a former village that is now a major suburb of Exeter. The suburb had a population of 8,682 at the time of the 2011 census. Alphington borders the countryside to the south and west, with the Marsh Barton trading estate to the east and the city centre to the north.

The suburb has a primary school while West Exe Technology College is on the border of Alphington and St Thomas. Aphington is near to the A30, giving quick access to the M5 and the A377 leads straight to Exeter city centre.


Wonford is a suburb in the southeast of Exeter with a population of 7,686 according to the 2011 census. The suburb is borders to the south by Ludwell Valley Park and the city’s main hospital – the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital – is located in Wonford.

The M5 can be quickly reached from Wonford via the A3015 and the A379, while Digby & Sowton and Newcourt railway stations are both a short walk away.


Polsoe is a suburb to the east of Exeter city centre with a population of 6,786 according to the 2011 census. The suburb is around 2 miles from the city centre and has its own train station, Polsloe Bridge.

St Thomas

St Thomas is a civil parish on Devon to the west of the river Exe and connected to the city of Exeter by the Exe Bridge. The parish had a population of 6,455 at the time of the 2011 census.

The parish has a train station, Exeter St Thomas, and is around half a mile from central Exeter, making it an easy commute to the city centre. StThomas is connected by the A377 to the A30, which in turn connects to the M5.


Pinhoe is a village on the northeast edge of Exeter that was incorporated as into the city in 1966. The village has a population of 6,454 according to the 2011 census. Pinhoe railway station is on the main line between Exeter St. Davids and London Waterloo, meaning the village is ideal for those commuting to the city centre or further afield.


Topsham is a former town that now forms part of the city of Exeter, being situated to the southeast of the city. The town has a population of 5,519 according to the 2011 census.

Topsham has its own train station, connecting it to the city centre and to nearby Exmouth. The town is also near to the M5, making it well connected to the rest of the local area and the wider UK.


Exminster is a village on the southern edge of the city of Exeter on the west side of the Exeter ship canal and the River Exe. It had a population of 3,368 at the time of the 2011 census. Exminster is located between the A379 and the M5, meaning it has good links to the city centre and the wider area.