Conveyancing solicitors in Kingston Upon Hull
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Kingston-upon-Hull we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Kingston-upon-Hull, throughout Yorkshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Kingston-upon-Hull, selling a terraced house in East Ella, downsizing to a bungalow in Newland, or buying to let in Stoneferry, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Kingston-upon-Hull?
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 Kingston-upon-Hull, drainage and water fees in 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 Kingston-upon-Hull. 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 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 Kingston-upon-Hull?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Kingston-upon-Hull, 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 Kingston-upon-Hull or perhaps not even in 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 Kingston-upon-Hull - 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 Kingston-upon-Hull
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Kingston-upon-Hull, East Ella, Stoneferry 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 Kingston-upon-Hull
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Kingston-upon-Hulland 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 Kingston-upon-Hull. 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 Kingston-upon-Hull 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 Kingston-upon-Hull or away from Kingston-upon-Hull to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Kingston-upon-Hull
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 Kingston-upon-Hull.
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 Kingston-upon-Hull
Kingston-upon-Hull, also known as Hull, is a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire with a population of 257,710, as of mid-2014. It lies on the River Hull where it meets with the Humber Estuary, 25 miles inland from the North Sea and is Yorkshire’s only waterfront city. Hull was first mentioned in 1193 and is believed to have been founded as a shipping port in the 12th Century by the monks of Meaux Abbey to export their wool. It was later named King’s-town upon Hull by King Edward I in 1299 and has since been known as a market town, military shipping port, a trading hub, fishing and whaling port and, in more recent times, a modern industrial centre. Hull suffered extensive damage following the Hull Blitz during the Second World War which led to a period of post war decline. Over the past five years, Hull has experienced an impressive renaissance and regeneration with the help of a significant £1.5 billion investment.
Due to its coastal position, Hull's economy has centred around trading and seafaring, including whaling and later sea fishing. The fishing industry began to decline in the 1970s, although, due to Hull's strong port, it was still handling around 13 million tonnes of cargo per year. At present, the port employs around 5,000 directly, and a further 18,000 are employed as a result of the port’s activities.
A ferry service has also been created in order to compensate for the decline in the fishing industry. However, there is a great deal more to Hull than just its heritage as a former thriving fishing port. The restored town centre docks are impressive and the city has successfully utilised its coastal position to create Hull Marina from the old Humber Street Dock, which has 270 berths for yachts and small sailing craft.
Hull’s Old Town has a great deal of historic charm with its cobbled and winding medieval streets lined with quaint red brick houses. The Seven Seas Fish Trail is a 41-piece trail path of inlaid metal fish along the city’s pavements that can be followed to discover the types of fish that have been fished in Hull, from shark to anchovy. The Ale Trail is also an opportunity to drink in the experience of the city’s oldest pubs. In the heart of the Old Town, you can take the Wilberforce Walk to William Wilberforce House which is one of the best surviving examples of a brick built merchant’s dwelling on the High Street and which was the family home and birthplace of the famous politician, William Wilberforce, who played a key role in the abolition of slavery.
In recent decades, Hull's industry has mainly focused on the chemical and health care sectors. Firms such as BP and Smith & Nephew have facilities in Hull where famous brands such as Lemsip, Bonjela and Gaviscon were born. The decline in the fishing industry has actually meant that commerce within the city has developed massively. It was estimated in 2009 that Hull's businesses generate around £8bn in annual turnover, and its visitors (around 5 million) contribute almost £210m to the economy annually, also.
Retail plays a big part in this. Hull has three main shopping centres; St Stephen's, Princes Quay and the Prospect Centre, however, there are also a number of out of town shopping centres as well as retail parks.
This recent prosperity has allowed for many development schemes, notably the £165m Humber Quays development, which allowed the area to obtain World Trade Centre status. Two office buildings were built, along with 51 apartments.
Hull also has a variety of cultural attractions which help boost the touristic revenue each year. The Deep, is one of the most notable of these. Designed by Sir Terry Farrell and opened in 2002, it is an aquarium containing over 3,500 species of marine life, and markets itself as the world's only 'submarium'. There is also the Streetlife Museum of Transport, as well as the Ferens Art Gallery and the Spurn Lightship.
There are also two main theatres in the city; the Hull New Theatre opened in 1939, and is currently the largest venue. The Hull Truck Theatre is a smaller independent theatre which hosts many smaller plays.
In 2017, Hull became the UK’s second City of Culture, an event held every four years to showcase the chosen UK city by promoting an extensive programme of arts and culture to celebrate regeneration.
The University of Hull began as an external college of the University of London. Since being granted its Royal Charter in 1954, the university started to award degrees of its own and became the third university in Yorkshire and the fourteenth in England. Today, it is a rapidly expanding university with over 22,000 students. Its main campus is based in north Hull on Cottingham Road, in the leafy outskirts of the city. Another smaller campus is located on the Scarborough Coast in North Yorkshire. Alumni of the university are especially prominent in the fields of drama, academia, politics and journalism and include Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, poets Philip Larkin and Roger McGough, Women’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray, journalist John McCarthy and film director Anthony Minghella.
The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) based at the Cottingham Road Campus is a partnership and joint initiative between the University of Hull and the University of York, first admitting students in 2003 as part of the Government’s drive to recruit and train more doctors. The University of Hull is also a partner of the University Centre of the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education which is based in North Lincolnshire. What is now currently known as the University of Lincoln originally grew out of the University of Humberside, a former polytechnic based on Cottingham Road in Hull and on a neighboring site to the University of Hull. The Hull York Medical School now occupies this site after the University of Lincoln relocated its main campus across to Lincolnshire.
Hull's nightlife mainly revolves around the university, consisting of a large amount of restaurants, wine bars and late night pubs.
Hull City AFC, the football club, who are nicknamed the tigers, also act as a cultural attraction. Their home ground, the KC stadium, has a capacity of 25,400 and can therefore accommodate a reasonable amount of home and away fans. They were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2014/15 season, and now play in the Championship.
The KC stadium is also shared with Hull FC, the city's rugby league club, who play in the Super League division.
Hull is also known as the only UK city with its own telephone network company (KC or Kingston Communications – a subsidiary of KCOM Group) with its own distinct white telephone boxes that can be seen across the city and its own version of the telephone directory known as the White Pages.
The famous and iconic Humber Bridge is situated on the outskirts of the city and is an impressive landmark that can be seen for miles around. It is a single span suspension bridge that stretches for 2,200 metres across the Humber Estuary, from Barton-Upon-Humber on the south bank to Hessle on the North Bank, connecting East Yorkshire to North Lincolnshire. When it opened in June 1981, it was the longest bridge of its type in the world. Today, it remains the longest in the UK, the second longest in Europe and the seventh longest in the world.
In terms of transport, Hull's main road is the M62 motorway and the A63 road, which provides a link to Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. The Hull Paragon Interchange opened in 2007 and is a complex containing both the main bus and rail station. Hull Trains provide services to London around seven times a day, as well as another train to London King's Cross, operated by Virgin Trains East Coast. First TransPennine Express also connects the city to Leeds and Manchester.
Due to its coastal location, P&O Ferries also provides a daily overnight ferry to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. On top of this, Humberside Airport is the nearest airport at around 20 miles away, and offers a few charter flights as well as high frequency connections to Amsterdam.