Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Hampshire, we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Hampshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Hampshire, selling a terraced house in Winchester, downsizing to a bungalow in Portsmouth, or buying to let in Southampton, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Hampshire?
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 Hampshire, drainage and water fees in Hampshire or something else.
We're a Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited firm providing conveyancing to clients in Hampshire.
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 Hampshire 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 Hampshire?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Hampshire, 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 in Hampshire or even outside Hampshire.
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 once had clients in Thailand talk 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 Hampshire - 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 Hampshire
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Hampshire, Winchester, Southampton 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, handled by real, qualified solicitors.
Search Fees in Hampshire
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, so we can provide searches to clients in Hampshire 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 Hampshire. 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 Hampshire 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 Hampshire or away from Hampshire to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Hampshire
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 Hampshire.
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 Hampshire
Hampshire is a county situated on the southern coast of England. It is the third-largest non-metropolitan county in the UK, and as of mid-2016, has a total population of around 1,829,500.
Around half of this population can be found in the large settlements of Portsmouth and Southampton, which form the South Hampshire conurbation. The county town of Winchester is also a major population centre.
Hampshire is home to a number of popular seaside resorts and two national parks, the New Forest and the South Downs, which cover nearly half of the county. The county is particularly famous for its extensive maritime history and for being the former home of world-famous writers such as Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.
The county is a particularly appealing place to call home thanks to its mix of large urban population centres with many opportunities for work and entertainment, plus the beautiful rural nature of much of Hampshire, thanks to its national parks.
Portsmouth is one of the southernmost cities in Hampshire, as well as one of the largest, with a population of 209,085. It is the only city in the UK with a greater population density than London.
The city is probably most renowned for being one of the most notable naval ports in the country, and is home to some significant ships, including the warships HMS Warrior, Mary Rose and even Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory, which is still in commission.
It is the country's only island city, with the majority of Portsmouth being situated on Portsea Island. To the south of the city are the waters of the Solent, which leads to the Isle of Wight. Due to this, the £35m, 170m tall Spinnaker Tower was constructed in 2005, allowing full views of the Solent Vicinity on clear days.
In terms of the city's economy, a substantial amount revolves around the Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, which employs around a tenth of the city's workforce. A further 3000 jobs are soon to be created through the construction of two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.
Aside from dock work, the city is also home to the European Headquarters of IBM, and the UK Headquarters of Zurich Financial Services. Retail has also witnessed a drastic increase due to population increase as well as improvement in the city's transport systems.
The Cascades Shopping Centre and Commercial road provide the majority of the shopping, containing over 100 high street shops, however the new Gunwharf Quays also maintains even more upmarket fashion stores, restaurants and a cinema.
These have all been able to support the city's continuously growing tourism, of which the harbour and the Spinnaker Tower have proved to be the most significant attractions.
Tourists may also come to visit the town's primary sports team; Portsmouth Football Club, who currently play in the Football League Two. Their ground, Fratton Park, has a capacity of just over 21,000.
In terms of transport, the city is very well connected. The A3 links the city with London, although the M27 and M3 roads are also used frequently and allow for major routes to the Midlands.
The city also has two major railway stations, which provide services to London Waterloo, and Birmingham and Manchester can be accessed through connections at Southampton.
The city of Winchester is the county town of Hampshire and was once the capital city of England. As of 2011 it had a population of 45,184. Its closest city, Southampton, lies just 13.6 miles away, however it is also only 61 miles South West of London.
The city is also home to the University of Winchester, as well as Winchester College, the oldest public school in the United Kingdom.
Winchester is also renowned for its Medieval buildings, such as the Cathedral, built in 1079, which remains the longest cathedral in Europe. Winchester castle was also built in the medieval period.
It was rebuilt sometime between 1222 and 1235 and remains in the same form today. It is most notable for what is claimed to be King Arthur's round table, which has hung in the hall from at least 1463.
Winchester railway station is served by South West trains from stations such as London Waterloo, Weymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as by CrossCountry trains between Bournemouth and either Manchester or Newcastle via Birmingham.
Southampton is the largest city in Hampshire, with a population of 253,651 according to the 2011 census. Located 75 miles from London and 19 miles from Portsmouth, Southampton is a unitary authority and, combined with Portsmouth, forms England’s sixth largest built up area.
Major employers in Southampton include University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, BBC South and Carnival UK. Southampton is also the home port for some of the world’s largest cruise ships.
Southampton’s history as a major port goes back to Roman times and, following the Norman Conquest in 1066, Southampton became the major port connecting England and Normady. Southampton castle was built to defend the port in the 11th century, being rebuilt several times over the following centuries. Sadly little of the castle remains in modern times, although much of the city’s medieval walls survive, including the longest extant stretch of medieval wall in England.
In recent times, Southampton is particularly well known for being the port from which the RMS Titanic set off on its ill-fated maiden voyage and the city where Spitfires were built during World War II. It was also one of the main departure points for D-Day.
Southampton is home to the UK’s only geothermal power station, powered by a large hot water aquifer under the city. The plant provides both electricity and hot water for the city. This has helped Southampton to be ranked as one of the lowest carbon emitting cities in the country.
Southampton’s main retail centre is the Westquay Shopping Centre, which opened in September 2000. Other shopping destinations include West Quay Retail Park and the upcoming WestQuay Watermark, as well as an IKEA store.
Popular local attractions include Southampton Maritime Museum, SeaCity Museum and the Mayflower Theatre (which is the largest theatre in Southern England, outside of London). The city is also home to many other museums, theatres, art galleries, music venues and more.
A major draw for the city each year is the Southampton Boatshow, held each September, which runs for over a week and sees over 600 exhibitors present.
The city is also home to Southampton Football Club (known as “The Saints”) who currently play in the Premier League out of St Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton has excellent transport links, with the M3 linking it to London and the M27 connecting the city with much of the rest of the south coast. There are regular trains to London, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff and other major locations. Southampton Airport offers flights within the UK and to nearby European destinations.
The New Forest
The New Forest National Park covers 219 square miles and is home to a number of towns and villages, both within the forest and around its edges. Large villages within the forest include Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Burley, while larger town near the forest include Totton, Christchurch, Milford on Sea and Lymington.
The forest contains a wide range of important wildlife habitat, including valley bogs, wet and dry heaths and, of course, deciduous woodland. This leads to a large variety of wildlife, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, deer, ponies, cattle, pigs, otters and polecats.
The New Forest offers a number of opportunities for leisure, including walking, cycling and wildlife spotting. It also contains many points of historical interest, including over 250 round barrows (ancient burial sites) and 150 scheduled ancient monuments.