Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a home in Leicester, you will need to work with a team of expert conveyancers who can make sure that everything goes ahead as smoothly as possible.
At Bird & Co, our conveyancing solicitors have a wealth combined experience and are well placed to advise you on a range of different conveyancing transactions. We recognise how important it is to reduce the risks associated with conveyancing, allowing you to move ahead with confidence.
We provide a friendly, reliable conveyancing service for individuals and families in Leicester. No matter what your circumstances are, we will be able to provide tailored advice that will guide you through the entire conveyancing process.
Our physical offices are based in Grantham, Newark and Lincoln, but we frequently work with clients from Leicester and are familiar with the local market. We are able to support our clients in and around Leicester including Oadby, Wigston and Thurmaston using our online conveyancing service.
How our conveyancing solicitors near Leicester can help you
Our team of expert conveyancing solicitors near Leicester have expertise in a wide range of areas, including:
- 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
Our conveyancing solicitors are on the panel for most major lenders. This means that we can support you whether you have opted to work with a national firm or a local building society.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors near Leicester?
Our conveyancing service has been carefully designed to make the entire process as straightforward as possible, which means the stress associated with moving homes is greatly reduced.
Our conveyancing solicitors near Leicester are able to carry out online conveyancing work, which means that the entire conveyancing process can be carried out remotely. There is no need to meet us at our physical offices.
When you work with us, you will have the benefit of direct correspondence with our team, including a direct email address for the solicitor handling your case.
Our property lawyers near Leicester have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as the local Leicester market. Many other firms only have knowledge of their local markets.
We are also able to deal with transactions around the country and we frequently use video conferencing to speak to clients outside of the UK.
You can choose to work with our Leicester team in person, or you can use our online conveyancing service. Whichever option you choose, our legal obligations to you remain the same. There are no differences to the service you receive, and we are fully insured just in case.
We have been 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
In addition to this, we are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society. This exemplifies our high levels of customer service and practice management.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Leicester?
We provide a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing services, including fixed fees for straightforward work. If additional fees are required to complete your conveyancing, your solicitor will run this by you and explain your options.
There are other costs involved in the conveyancing process, called disbursements. Examples of disbursements could include conveyancing searches and registering transactions at HM Land Registry. Any expected disbursements will be included in your initial quote.
Your conveyancing transaction may also be affected by tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. If this is the case, your conveyancing solicitor will help you calculate how much tax is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Leicester?
There are three main stages to buying or selling a home:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer on a home is accepted, both parties agree to enter into a contract. It must be stressed that, at this stage, the transaction is not legally binding and either party can pull out.
The buyer will then work with their conveyancing solicitor to carry out a number of checks on the property. The checks they complete could 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 a mortgage at this stage (if necessary).
Following this, the buyer and seller will then sign and exchange contracts. The transaction will now be legally binding and, if either party pulls out, they will face a penalty.
Completion is when the transaction is official. A transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller will be required to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Leicester?
The time it takes to complete conveyancing work will depend on a number of factors, but you can expect a straightforward transaction to be completed in 12-14 weeks from the date an offer is accepted, and conveyancing solicitors are instructed.
Unfortunately, delays can occur, which will mean that the overall conveyancing process will be disrupted. If this is likely to be the case, your conveyancing solicitor will keep you up to date.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Leicester?
Your conveyancer will carry out a number of checks when you are buying a home, known as conveyancing searches. These checks are completed to make sure that there are no pressing issues with the property that you should be made aware of.
There are three main types of checks.
- 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
If further checks are required, your conveyancing solicitor will let you know.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors near Leicester?
Our team of conveyancers will be on hand to guide you through the initial stages of your transaction and, once your file is opened, your Leicester conveyancer and their team will handle all the legal details involved in your transaction.
Whether you are moving to, from or across Leicester, our conveyancers will be able to support you from start to finish.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors near Leicester
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Leicester, Oadby, Thurmaston 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 Leicester
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Leicesterand 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 Leicester. 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 Leicester 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 Leicester or away from Leicester to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Leicester
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 Leicester.
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 Leicester
Leicester is situated in the East Midlands and is located within a triangle of cities including Nottingham and Derby. All three cities have good links to East Midlands Airport which lies 19 miles north of Leicester city centre driving either up the M1 or via Loughborough and the A6. Leicester is also within a one-hour drive of Birmingham Airport which is 38 miles west.
Leicester city centre is approximately six miles east of Junction 21 of the M1, and is 100 miles north of London. Leicester to central London via the M1 is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes on the road but it is just 1 hour 5 minutes by train travelling to London St Pancras Station from Leicester train station.
Leicester is central to the County of Leicestershire which is over 800 square miles in area and includes the towns of Hinckley, Ashby-de-la-Zouche, Coalville, Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough.
Just outside of Leicestershire are the towns of Newark on Trent, which is about 36 miles away from on the A46 and Grantham which is only 32 miles away on the A46 / A52. Both towns are on the East Coast mainline and London Kings Cross can be reached in about an hour from Grantham station.
The city of Leicester lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. It has made national news in recent years for being the definitive final resting place of King Richard III. Richard was killed in battle in 1485. In August 2012, a search for Richard’s skeleton commenced in a Leicester car park. Following its eventual discovery in 2013, was a lengthy legal battle with those who wanted him to be buried back in his home city of York. It was finally agreed that his remains be interred in Leicester Cathedral in 2015.
The population of the Leicester and the surrounding suburbs is about 330,000, making it the largest unitary authority in the East Midlands region, whilst 509,000 people lived in the wider Leicester Urban Area, making Leicester the tenth largest city in the United Kingdom and England's eleventh largest urban area.
Leicester is located at the intersection of the north/south Midland Main Line and east/west Birmingham/Leicester/Cambridge Cross Country railway lines and at the junction of the M1 / M69 motorways and the A46 / A6 trunk routes.
The city centre area is very ethnically and culturally diverse with well-established South Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities, in addition to more recent immigration from EU countries.
Leicester is a major centre of learning. The University of Leicester is famous for the high achieving academic records of both its teaching and research. De Montfort University is very well regarded in many of its specialist fields and is popular with students. The city region also hosts many other fine institutions of higher and further education. The University of Leicester boasts a skyline of architecturally designed buildings or listed buildings, seen best from Victoria Park. These include the Attenborough Tower with its fantastical and rare paternoster lift system, the Charles Wilson building and the Leicester University Engineering Building.
Victoria Park is a 69-acre park which backs onto the University of Leicester, is close to the train station and often used as a venue for outdoor events. Buildings on the site include the Grade I listed Arch of Remembrance war memorial designed by Edwin Lutyen in 1923.
University of Leicester has a Student Village at Oadby, which is a ten-minute drive or a 30 to 40-minute walk from the main campus. In Oadby, there is a collection of halls of residence and great sporting facilities dotted around the Leicester Botanic Garden. The unique student living experience caters for around 1,800 students.
In June 2013, Leicester was announced as one of four shortlisted cities for the second UK City of Culture award.
Leicester is host to the world-famous Leicester Tigers rugby team who play at the Welford Road Stadium. The club are the most successful English team since the league system was established in 1987, having won over ten championships.
Leicester City FC are the high-flying football team in the East Midlands and play at the King Power Stadium, formerly the Walkers Stadium. The team has regularly competed in the Premiership and became world famous for winning the Premier League at long odds of 5,000-1 in 2015/2016 Season. The team and manager have become Leicester legends following the title winning season, including manager Claudio Ranieri, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, striker Jamie Vardy, and midfielders N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez. The club was established in 1894 and have spent 50 seasons in the top flight of English football and only one season below the second tier.
Leicester also boasts a County Cricket team, a speedway team (the Leicester Lions) and a basketball team (the Leicester Riders).
The city hosts an annual Pride Parade (Leicester Pride), a Caribbean Carnival (the largest in the UK outside London), the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India and the largest comedy festival in the UK (Leicester Comedy Festival).
The city centre boasts two excellent shopping centres, the Highcross Leicester and the Haymarket Shopping Centre. The Highcross is the new name for The Shires Centre which was renovated at a cost of £350m and opened in 2008. Out of town near the motorway is Fosse Park, which has over 30 shops including Boots, Pandora, Next, M&S, Primark and Sports Direct. Just around the corner from the Shopping Park is the Meridian Leisure Park which is a great place for bowling, cinema or dining out.
One of the best-known places in the city is Melton Road, near the city centre, which contains many diverse shops and eateries for both locals and tourists. From textiles to electronics to fine cooking, specialist bridal makeup and wedding attire to home appliances, Melton Road has everything. It is regarded as the centre of Leicester’s multi-faith community. Melton Road is just one of the many sites within the city that enables everyone to feel a sense of home and strong pride in their culture.
Leicester is also the location of the National Space Centre, which can be found two miles outside of the city centre, where visitors can’t miss the iconic 42-metre-high rocket tower. Visitors can explore interactive galleries and a ‘planetarium’ for a very unique day out.
Leicester has been home to several celebrated sportsmen, including, Gary Lineker (footballer and TV presenter), Peter Shilton (England’s most capped footballer player), Martin Johnson (Rugby Union, England’s World Cup winning captain) and Mark Selby (World Snooker Champion in 2014, 2016 and 2017).
Leicester was home to the world famous and brilliant Attenborough family. Brothers David Attenborough (world famous broadcaster and naturalist) and Richard Attenborough (actor and director) grew up at College House at the University of Leicester where their father was principal.
Britain’s famous travel entrepreneur Thomas Cook lived in Market Harborough in 1832 and his idea of travel excursions came to him while walking from Market Harborough to Leicester to attend a meeting of the Temperance Society. One of his first organised excursions was a train excursion just 11 miles to Loughborough. Cook was an innovator who established tourism systems and made mass tourism possible – a statue of Thomas Cook is situated just outside the train station.
Market Harborough is a market town 15 miles South of Leicester. The town is well served by the A6 Road running north to south and also has a train station with easy access to Peterborough and London to the south and Leicester, Sheffield to the north. The town is located in an area which was a former royal hunting forest called Rockingham Forest, where original boundaries stretched as far as Kettering and also to Corby and where the Rockingham race circuit is located.
Market Harborough boasts many sports clubs including Market Harborough Hockey Club, Harborough Squash Club and Harborough Golf Club which sits south of the town.
Foxton Locks is popular outdoor attraction, located just three miles from Market Harborough, the locks consist of a sequence of ten canal locks required to navigate the Grand Union Canal. The Grade II listed attraction also has a country park and two public houses.
Seventeen miles north west of Leicester is the town of Melton Mowbray. Most of the journey from Leicester is on the A607 – a road which runs through Melton Mowbray and onto Grantham. The railway station is on the line from Birmingham to Stansted airport and is, therefore, connected on the same line to Leicester, Cambridge and Peterborough.
The town has become somewhat famous for its culinary specialties, being the home of the infamous Melton Mowbray pork pie and, also, the place where Stilton cheese first originated.
Leicester Conveyancing Solicitors Bird & Co Solicitors LLP have large offices in Newark and Grantham and have Property and Conveyancing Solicitors in each office. Clients can come in for appointments with their lawyers at a time that suits them or simply drop in.
Conveyancing Solicitors Bird & Co Solicitors LLP are equally adept at dealing with clients without seeing them face to face and we are able to deal with client transactions by mail, email, over the internet or by phone.
Used Bird & Co Conveyancing to be my legal team for the purchase of my new home. Victoria W and her team were fantastic throughout, always kept me in the know which was reassuring.Nathan P
Bird & Co have always been extremely efficient and unlike other conveyancing firms are very proactive. Seb & Donna always respond same day and they represent excellent value for money - they come highly recommended.Jake Margiotta