Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Gloucestershire we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Gloucestershire, throughout Gloucestershire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Gloucestershire, selling a terraced house in Gloucester, downsizing to a bungalow in Cheltenham , or buying to let in Tewkesbury, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Gloucestershire?
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 Gloucestershire, drainage and water fees in Gloucestershire 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 Gloucestershire. 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 Gloucestershire 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 Gloucestershire?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Gloucestershire, 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 Gloucestershire or perhaps not even in Gloucestershire.
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 Gloucestershire - 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 Gloucestershire
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Gloucestershire, Gloucester, Tewkesbury 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 Gloucestershire
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Gloucestershireand 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 Gloucestershire. 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 Gloucestershire 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 Gloucestershire or away from Gloucestershire to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Gloucestershire
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 Gloucestershire.
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 Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire is a county in the south west of England. It has a population of 861,700, as of mid-2014. Much of this population can be found in the towns of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cirencester and Gloucester, the latter being the county town. Furthermore, there are also a number of other notable settlements which are all significant in their own right.
Gloucester is a city and a district, as well as the county town of Gloucestershire, in the south west of England. It is approximately 32 miles from Bristol, and 45 miles from Birmingham and has a population of 125,649, as of mid-2014.
Gloucester is a very historical town that has played a prominent role throughout English history. It is the place where William the Conqueror issued the Doomsday Book, the vast survey of all the land in his Kingdom and, is also, heavily associated with the monarchs of the Norman period. The magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, which was built in either 678 or 679, is where Henry III was crowned King in 1216 and where King Edward II is buried in a tomb near the high altar. The cathedral is an incredibly popular attraction. Its cloisters have been used for filming on many occasions, such as in the Harry Potter film series. Other impressive buildings next to the cathedral include College Court and the House of the Tailor of Gloucester, which is the house that inspired children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. On top of this, there are a number of Medieval and Tudor buildings, which together survive to tell the story of the city's history.
A fantastic new museum, designer shops and cafe complex can be found at the Gloucester Docks. The docks are partly still a port linked to the Bristol Channel via the 1827 Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. The old dock buildings have recently undergone a large renovation programme, thanks to a £1 million investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the DCMS Wolfson Museums and Galleries Investment Fund. Now, the award winning National Waterways Museum can be found by the old port within a fabulous Grade II listed Victorian warehouse where information charting 200 years of the history of canals can be viewed.
Also, within the renovated complex, is the Gloucester Quays Shopping Centre which provides an array of high street and designer brand shops including numerous places to eat. Other interesting ways to explore and discover the city are by following some of the many set walking or cycling routes.
In recent times, and for many years, Gloucester's industry has famously revolved around the aerospace business. For instance, the turbojet engine that powered the first British jet aircraft was built in Gloucester. Nowadays, firms such as Messier-Dowty and GE Aviation are located in the city, and provide employment for many.
Aside from the aerospace industry, there are many other notable employers in the city at present, such as Cheltenham and Gloucester, a leading mortgage lender who are based in Barnwood, as is Ecclesiastical Insurance.
Each year there are also numerous festivals which also reinstate Gloucester's history, such as the Three Choirs Festival, which dates back to the 18th century, and is therefore one of the oldest music festivals in the British Isles.
The city's Guildhall is the main theatre and cultural venue, and hosts a range of entertainment, including live music, a cinema, bars and cafes.
Many people also come to visit the city's sporting venues, such as Kingsholm Stadium. Kingsholm has a capacity of over 16,000, and is the home of Gloucester Rugby, who currently play in the Aviva Premiership. It also hosted fixtures during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
On top of this there is a rugby league club, an American football club, a swimming club, cricket club and hockey club.
In terms of transport, the city is served by the M5 motorway, which is situated at the east of the city. The city is also connected to Tewkesbury and Bristol. Gloucester railway station has frequent trains services to areas such as London, Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham and Birmingham.
Cheltenham is a large spa town and borough, situated on the edge of the Cotswolds. As of mid-2014, the town has a population of 116,495. Historically, Cheltenham became well known as an elegant spa town first attracting high society back in the eighteenth century who flocked to ‘take the waters’, following in the footsteps of King George III.
However, in more recent times, the town has become well known for its racecourse. The Cheltenham Festival occurs annually in March, and attracts thousands of visitors, particularly Irish, as the festival coincides with St.Patrick's Day. It is one of the largest National Hunt Meetings in the country, and its prize money is only second to the Grand National. This brief annual stint of tourism every year benefits the local economy massively, especially, hotels, bars and restaurants, and provides huge amounts of employment to the town's residents.
Industry, elsewhere in the town, revolves around light industry such as food processing, aerospace and electronics. One of the most notable employers however is at the Government Communications Headquarters, where 6,132 people work. The building is particularly renowned for its 'doughnut' style structure. Other notable employers in the area include UCAS, Zurich Financial Services, GE-Aviation and the Chelsea Building Society. SuperGroup plc, owners of Superdry, have their headquarters in Cheltenham.
Cheltenham's culture and history is particularly rich. It is famous for its Regency architecture, and is often said to be 'the most complete regency town in England'. Consequently, the town maintains a huge number of listed buildings. Other cultural attractions include the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, which hosts a wide range of art exhibitions throughout the year. There are also two music festivals: the annual Cheltenham Music Festival and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
Aside from horse racing, Cheltenham is the home to a wide range of sporting venues and clubs. Cheltenham Town Football Club currently play in the Conference Premier, after being relegated from League Two in the 2014/15 season. Their home ground, Whaddon Road, has a capacity of 7,226. There are also a number of semi and nonprofessional teams.
In addition to this, there are a number of amateur rugby union teams and a semi-pro rugby league side.
In terms of transport, the town is particularly well connected. Cheltenham Spa railway station is situated on the Bristol-Birmingham main line, and provides services to areas such as Gloucester, Bristol, Swindon, London Paddington, Cardiff Central and Derby. Cheltenham is also adjacent to the M5 motorway, which links the town with Bristol and Birmingham, and the A40 main road runs across the M5 through the town towards Oxford and London.
There are several newspapers covering the latest news in the Gloucestershire area including dailies The Citizen and the Gloucester Echo. The Forester, Stroud Life, The Gloucester News and the Cheltenham and Tewksbury News are free weeklies all published by Northcliffe Media. There is also the weekly Gloucestershire Gazette and the Gloucestershire News Centre which is an independent news website. Local broadcast media outlets in the area include BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Sunshine Radio and The Breeze.
Notable people who hail from the Gloucestershire area include poet and writer Laurie Lee, social reformer and historian Beatrice Webb, actor Simon Pegg, television presenter and journalist Anna Ford and actor, writer and television presenter Richard O’ Brian.