Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Leeds we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Leeds, throughout West Yorkshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Leeds, selling a terraced house in Moorside, downsizing to a bungalow in Headingley, or buying to let in Bramhope, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Leeds?
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 Leeds, drainage and water fees in West 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 Leeds. 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 West 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 Leeds?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Leeds, 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 Leeds or perhaps not even in West 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 Leeds - 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 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).