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Conveyancing solicitors in Leicester

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 of 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 GranthamNewark 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.

Get in touch with a member of our conveyancing team near Leicester by giving us a call, or get a quote online.

Why choose Bird & Co for your conveyancing in 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 in 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.

How our conveyancing solicitors can help people in Leicester

Our team of expert conveyancing solicitors near Leicester have expertise in a wide range of areas, including:

Our Leicester 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.

Benefits of working with our online conveyancers instead of a local conveyancer in Leicester

  • Extensive national experience with many years of handling a diverse range of transactions – Providing us with broader expertise compared to many local conveyancers, including handling more complex transactions.
  • Advanced online systems for a seamless conveyancing experience – Our well-established systems enable us to avoid many of the delays and frustrations often experienced with firms less accustomed to online operations.
  • Efficient and cost-effective service – Years of practice have allowed us to streamline our service and costs, passing on these savings to our clients.
  • Accessible expertise across the UK and globally – Our online-first approach positions us as a preferred choice for clients nationwide and worldwide dealing with property matters in England and Wales.
  • Secure and reliable conveyancing at all times – Utilising the latest security measures to safeguard you, your finances, and your data, and maintaining full insurance coverage for added peace of mind.

Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost for Leicester property?

We provide a range of flexible fees for our residential conveyancing in Leicester, 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.

Conveyancing FAQs

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
  • Completion

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.

Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor or a conveyancer for Leicester property?

For the average property buyer or seller, distinguishing between a conveyancing solicitor and a licensed conveyancer may not be immediately apparent. Both represent different qualifications that individuals can possess to handle property transactions. It's not a matter of one being inherently superior to the other, but there can be advantages to choosing a firm of solicitors.

A solicitors' firm typically possesses expertise beyond property transactions, encompassing various areas that can be highly beneficial to individuals involved in property transactions. This may include matters such as wills and inheritance, property rights for unmarried couples, and dispute resolution. Collaborating with our property solicitors in Leicester offers the assurance that a range of expertise is readily available, addressing any issues that may arise during the buying or selling process.

What issues should buyers consider when purchasing a home in Leicester?

When buying property in Leicester you may encounter various local property issues. Here are some common challenges:

  • Leasehold Properties: Leicester has a mix of leasehold and freehold properties. Buyers of leasehold properties should carefully review the lease terms, ground rent, and service charges, as these can impact the long-term costs and ownership conditions.
  • Conservation Areas: Leicester has several conservation areas to protect historic architecture and character. Buyers should be aware of any restrictions or additional planning considerations in these areas, which may affect property alterations and renovations.
  • Flood Risk: Some areas in Leicester may be prone to flooding. Buyers should check flood risk maps and obtain relevant information to assess potential risks and insurance implications.
  • Local Development Plans: Leicester's local development plans may impact the future character of certain areas. Buyers should investigate any planned developments or infrastructure projects that could affect property values or living conditions.
  • Parking and Traffic: Parking availability and traffic congestion can vary across Leicester. Buyers should consider parking arrangements and local transportation options, especially in city centre locations.
  • Local Economy: Leicester's local economy can influence property prices and demand. Buyers should research the economic stability of the area and any planned developments or regeneration projects that could impact property values.
  • Historic Buildings: Leicester has a rich history, and some properties may be listed or located in conservation areas. Buyers of historic buildings should be aware of any restrictions on alterations and maintenance requirements.
  • Local Amenities and Schools: Proximity to good schools, healthcare facilities, and other amenities can affect property values. Buyers with specific preferences should consider the availability of such services in the chosen neighbourhood.
  • Ground Conditions: Some areas may have specific ground conditions, such as former industrial sites. Buyers should conduct surveys to assess potential issues like subsidence or contamination.
  • Transport Links: Leicester's transport links may vary between neighbourhoods. Buyers should consider the convenience of public transport, road connections, and any planned transportation developments.

What documents does a property solicitor need for conveyancing in Leicester?

Residential conveyancing requires a number of documents during the process, but this often depends on whether you are buying or selling a property.

During the process of purchasing a property in Leicester, the documents you will be required to provide include:

  • Identification (e.g. passport or driving licence)
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of funds (such as bank statements)
  • The official offer of mortgage

The documents required when selling a property include:

  • Proof of ownership
  • Seller’s Property Information Form
  • Certificates, guarantees and planning permission documentation
  • Fitting and contents form
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • Leasehold or freehold information
  • Details of the mortgage

How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors for Leicester?

To get in touch with one of our conveyancers near Leicester, you can give us a call or you can request a conveyancing quote using our simple online form.

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 for Leicester

Get in touch with a member of our conveyancing team near Leicester by giving us a call, or get a quote online.