Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a home in Leeds, it pays to have the support of expert conveyancers with a wealth of combined experience.
At Bird & Co, we recognise the significance of property transactions. They signal a new chapter in people’s lives and, while they are undoubtedly exciting, they also come with potential pitfalls that could disrupt the whole process.
We provide a friendly, reliable conveyancing service for individuals and families in Leeds. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will be able to provide straightforward advice that is specifically tailored your needs, guiding your through the conveyancing process from start to finish.
We also specialise in online conveyancing. This means we can support clients from across Leeds and the wider West Yorkshire area, including Moorside, Headingley and Bramhope.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Leeds can help you
Our team of expert conveyancing solicitors in Leeds have supported our clients on a wide range of conveyancing matters. Our expertise includes:
- Buying and selling your home
- Advice for first time buyers, such as:
- Equity release
- Advice about buying as joint tenants or tenants in common
- Buying and selling listed property
- Buying and selling leasehold property
- Collective enfranchisement and buying the freehold of a house
- Lease extension
- Transfer of equity
- Gifting property and Deeds of Gift
- Buy to let conveyancing
- Buying and selling land
- Commercial conveyancing
- Stamp Duty advice
We are on the panel for most major lenders. We will be able to support you whether you are using a national firm or a local building society.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Leeds?
We provide a specialist online conveyancing service. This means that we can complete the entire conveyancing process remotely, without having to meet in person.
We have created a modern, friendly conveyancing service that is designed to make the conveyancing process as simple and stress-free as possible, helping you to complete your property transaction with minimal fuss.
You will be able to contact our team whenever you need to and you will also be provided with a direct email address for the solicitor who is handling your case. This means that the conveyancing process will be made transparent and you will be the first to know if there any updates to your case.
We are accredited with the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that we will:
- Provide high quality legal advice
- Get your conveyancing transaction completed as efficiently as possible
- Provide top quality customer service and respond to queries quickly
- Keep you regularly updated and never leave you in the dark about the status of your transaction
- Be upfront and honest about your fees – we will provide you with an accurate quote before you instruct us so that you can decide whether we are right for you
We are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society. This demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest levels of customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Leeds?
There are several advantages to instructing our online conveyancers in Leeds. These include:
- We have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as a detailed understanding of the local Leeds market. Other firms may only have expertise in their own local markets.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communications in mind. We make sure that our customers are fully protected when carrying out digital transactions by carrying out procedures such as encrypting emails, securely configuring our devices and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. There are fewer delays to worry about when you work with our online conveyancers as the process can be completed remotely.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. Traditional conveyancing work incurs extra costs which aren’t present when you work with our online conveyancers.
- We have dealt with property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We also use video conferencing to talk to clients who are currently outside the UK.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person as there are no differences to the general conveyancing process. We are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Leeds?
For straightforward conveyancing work, we are able to offer fixed fees. This means you will have a clear idea how much your work is going to cost from the outset. There may be certain situations where additional fees are required to complete your transaction but, if this is the case, you will be informed by your solicitor.
There are other costs involved in the conveyancing process called disbursements. Examples of disbursements could include conveyancing searches or registering your transaction at HM Land Registry.
You may also need to consider how your transaction will be affected by tax such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. If this is the case, your solicitor will help to calculate how much tax is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Leeds?
There are three stages to the conveyancing process that you should be aware of:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is accepted on a home, the buyer and seller will agree to enter into a contract. However, as nothing has been signed, the transaction is not legally binding and can still collapse if either party elects to pull out.
The buyer will then work alongside their conveyancing solicitor to carry out checks which are referred to as conveyancing searches. Examples of conveyancing searches include:
- Reviewing property information provided by the seller and making further enquiries if necessary (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Conducting conveyancing property searches, such as local authority checks (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Carrying out an independent survey (done by the buyer)
The buyer will also apply for mortgage at this stage (if needed).
Once the conveyancing searches have been completed and both parties are happy to proceed, they will exchange contracts. At this point there is no turning back for either party. If someone pulls out, they will receive a financial penalty (unless they have a good reason for doing so).
Completion is when the transaction becomes official. A transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller will have to vacate the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Leeds?
The time it takes to complete a conveyancing transaction will depend on a number of factors. However, if the everything goes ahead without complications, you can expect a transaction to take around 12-14 weeks to reach completion. This is from the date that an offer is accepted, and conveyancing solicitors are instructed.
Delays further along the property chain are sometimes unavoidable, which can then have an effect on the time it takes to complete your transaction. If this is likely to be the case, your solicitor will keep you informed.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Leeds?
Your conveyancer will carry out a number of checks when you are buying a home. These are done to make sure that there are no immediate issues that need to be addressed.
The three main types of conveyancing searches are:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway, pollution or other related issues
- Environmental searches – to check for issues such as flooding or land contamination
- Water and drainage searches – to check matters such as water and drainage access
Depending on the type of property in question, as well as where it is situated, further checks might be necessary. If this is the case, your solicitor will inform you.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Leeds?
Our conveyancing team in Leeds will be able to guide you through the initial stages of your transaction. Once your file is opened, they can then work alongside you to advise you as your case progresses.
Whether you are moving to, from or across Leeds, our conveyancers will be able to lend their expertise.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Leeds
Online Conveyancing in Leeds
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Leeds, Moorside, Bramhope 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 Leeds
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Leedsand 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 Leeds. 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 Leeds 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 Leeds or away from Leeds to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Leeds
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 Leeds.
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 Leeds
Leeds is a city located in West Yorkshire and, with a population of nearly one million people, it is the third largest city in the United Kingdom and the fourth most populated urban region with over 2.3 million people.
The Leeds metropolitan district is situated in the Pennine foothills, extending across the River Aire and includes areas such as Chapel Allerton, Armley, Beeston, Bramley, Farnley, Headingly, Wortley, Roundhay, Shadwell and Middleton. Other smaller neighbouring towns also absorbed in to the Leeds City district include Morley, Pudsey, Horsforth, Otley and Garforth. The Aire Gap valley enables an excellent road and rail corridor connecting Leeds with cities west of the Pennines. Over 65% of the district is green belt with Ilkley Moor providing a natural boundary with the City of Bradford. The City of Leeds borders Harrogate in North Yorkshire to the north, Selby to the east, Wakefield to the south, Kirklees to the southwest and Bradford to the west.
Situated on the A58 and A61 both the M1 and M62 pass to the south and the A1(M) passes to the east. Public transport, rail and road communications networks in the region are focused on Leeds. From Leeds railway station at New Station Street; trains run to Leeds' suburbs and onwards to all parts of Leeds City Region. Leeds Bradford International Airport is located just 10 miles northwest of the city centre and has flights to destinations worldwide.
Leeds has its origins back in the 5th century and its place name can be derived from the name for ‘wooded area’ in the Kingdom of Elmet. The borough was later created in 1207 and city status eventually granted in 1893. It wasn’t until the 17th and 18th centuries that Leeds took off as a major centre for the woolen trade. The industrial revolution and the city’s trade in wool, engineering, printing, flax and iron foundering enabled the city to grow and expand, absorbing neighbouring towns and villages that have become the city of Leeds, we see today.
Leeds is now the most diverse economy in the whole of the UK and has been named as one of five ‘cities to watch’ by a recent Centre for Cities report. Major sectors in the local economy include leisure, retail, tourism, manufacturing, construction and the creative and digital industries. It is the third largest manufacturing centre in the UK with a focus on the printing and publishing, food and drinks, chemicals, medical technology and creative industries. In addition, it is now the largest centre outside of London for financial, legal and business services. The city has over 150 law firms and over 30 national and international banks including the headquarters of First Direct and Yorkshire Bank and large offices for Barclays, HSBC, Santander, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS Group. The financial and insurance services based in the area are estimated to be worth some £2.1 billion and together they employ over 20,000 people. Other big companies and employers based in Leeds include William Hill, Asda, KPMG, Aviva, Direct Line, Capita Group, BT Group, Yorkshire Building Society, Leeds Building Society and O2. Tourism is also important to the local economy with Leeds now being the 8th most visited city in England by UK visitors and 13th by visitors from overseas.
Leeds is one of the UK’s top shopping destinations and was even named the best shopping destination in the UK by the Rough Guide to Britain. With over 1000 shops ranging from quirky boutiques to luxury high end designers and big named high street brands there is something for everyone within the shopper friendly and compact city centre. Leeds has everything from traditional markets such the historic grade I listed Kirkgate Market, one of the largest covered markets in Europe and where Marks and Spencers began in 1884; beautiful ornate Victorian arcades such as the Grand Arcade, the Queens Arcade and the famous Victoria Quarter which is full of high end designer boutiques like Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton; to modern state of the art shopping malls such as Leeds Trinity which covered by its iconic glass roof and home to flagships stores like Next, Primark and Topshop. Leeds also has the White Rose Shopping Centre, an out of town shopping complex in the Churwell area of Leeds that was opened in 1997 and is home to over 100 high street stores such as Debenhams, M&S, Primark and Sainsburys. The only Harvey Nichols store outside of London is located in Leeds next to the Victoria Quarter and the new Victoria Gate opened its doors in October 2016 to add a further 24,200 sq meters of retail space to the city and included, within it, a new John Lewis Store. The Corn Exchange is a fabulous Grade I listed building housing independent retailers and restaurants selling vintage, retro and quirky goods and providing a fitting venue for vintage markets and record fairs.
Leeds was voted the Best UK University Destination according to a recent survey by the Independent. It is home to four universities and has the fourth largest student population in the UK. Leeds University is part of the Russell Group of leading UK universities and has over 31,000 students; Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Polytechnic has over 25,800; Leeds Trinity University (formerly Trinity and All Saints College has 3,000 and the University of Law (formerly the College of Law) previously based in York, now calls Leeds its home. Other Higher and Further Education establishments in the city include Leeds City College, Leeds College of Art, Leeds College of Music and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
The city has a vibrant arts scene and is home to Northern Ballet, The Grand Theatre(where Opera North are based) and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The First Direct Arena located on Arena Way in Leeds’s vibrant city centre, is a major entertainment focused arena, with a capacity of 13,500, that recently opened in July 2013. It plays host to live music, comedy, entertainment shows and sporting events. The impressive, award winning, state-of-the-art building is the first in the UK to have a fan shaped orientation. It won best new venue in the world in 2014 and has also been nominated as one of England’s greatest landmarks.
There are a number of excellent museums and galleries in Leeds including: Leeds City Museum; Leeds Art Gallery which houses a collection of 20th century British artworks deemed to be of ‘national importance’; the Royal Armouries Museum which is a national museum located at Leeds Dock and opened in 1996 to house the national collection of arms and amour, one of the world’s oldest and largest collections of its kind. On the outskirts of Leeds city centre there is Temple Newsam, a grand Tudor-Jacobean manor house with gardens landscaped by Capability Brown and the ancient ruins of Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House Museum which are set within 24 hectares of public parkland on the banks of the river Aire, providing an excellent example of a Medieval Cistercian abbey ruin.
Leeds is one of the UK’s hotspots for nightlife due mostly to its large student population. There are a large number or bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants and live music venues. Growing entertainment districts include the Civic or Northern Quarter and Millennium Square which provides a venue for large events in the city including the Rhythm of the City Festival and Leeds Christmas Market.
Leeds United football club formed in 1919, play at Elland Road Stadium, located between Junction 1 and 2 of the M621, Leeds. The club has won the first division (pre-premier league era) three times, and both the FA Cup and the League Cup on one occasion. 2017 has brought significant change to the club after some turbulent times caused by a financial implosion and relegation. The club is now owned by Italian, Andrea Radrizzani, who suggests he has invested £100m within 6 months of his ownership and has appointed Thomas Christiansen as the Head Coach, in a hope to return the club back to the Premier League.
Leeds Rhinos, the local professional Rugby League team, play at Headingly Rugby Stadium. The club was formed in 1870 and play in the Super League as the most successful team in the Super League era. Leeds had a highly successful season in 2015, completing the modern-day Rugby League treble with key players Kevin Sinfield, Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Peacock all retiring from Rugby League on the last day of the season.
There is a long list of famous people who have come from Leeds, including Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith who was born in Morley and took Britain into WW1 in 1914. The Brownlee brothers, Alistair Brownlee and Jonathon Brownlee, both live in Bramhope and are coached from the British Triathlon Federation’s High-Performance Centre, based at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Carnegie Centre. Other famous people from the Leeds area include Helen Fielding (novelist), Chris Moyles (DJ), Peter O’Toole (actor), Jeremy Paxman (TV presenter), Jimmy Saville (disgraced DJ), Ernie Wise (comedian) and James Milner (former Leeds United footballer).