Why you don't need a conveyancer based in Newcastle
In the past, most people tended to use their local solicitor for their conveyancing. You would visit their nearest office and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, however, and 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 Newcastle or perhaps not even in Tyne and Wear.
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 – we once even 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 – in fact you need never leave your home. Our conveyancers will talk you through the whole conveyancing process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
Online Conveyancing in Newcastle
Online conveyancing refers to the fact your conveyancing can now be carried out entirely over the internet thanks to technology such as email and video chat. This means there is no longer any need to meet face-to-face for your conveyancing as you can get exactly the same quality of service by handling the entire process online.
The advantage of online conveyancing is it lets you choose the best, most competitively priced conveyancing firm in the country, while also being able to deal with your conveyancing at your convenience. There is no need to take time out of work or go out of your way – you can do everything from your own home in your own time.
When dealing with your conveyancing online, we have exactly the same legal obligations to you as if we were meeting in person. The conveyancing process is exactly the same and involves all the same checks, searches, insurance and protections to ensure you get a safe, reliable conveyancing service.
Search Fees in Newcastle
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can offer reliable property checks and searches to clients in Newcastle and all over the country. As a result, we can provide a service we are 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 Newcastle. 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 Newcastle 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 Newcastle or away from Newcastle, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Newcastle
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 Newcastle.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees 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 and should be the same whichever conveyancing company you use.
Introduction to Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne (commonly referred to simple as ‘Newcastle’) is one of the largest settlements in the county of Tyne and Wear in North East England. The city has a population of around 289,500 based on mid-2016 estimates, making it the most populous settlement in the North East. The city forms the nucleus of the Tyneside conurbation, which is the UK’s 8th most populous urban area.
Newcastle grew as a major settlement during the 14th century through the wool trade, but the city later became a substantial coal mining area. Its proximity to the sea meaning that its shipbuilding industry developed significantly as well. Nowadays, the local economy revolves around a number of industries, such as retail, tourism, digital technology, education as well as being a centre for many corporate headquarters.
The former shipping premises have, in recent years, been replaced with many state of the art office developments, as well as an innovative tilting bridge and The Sage Gateshead Music Centre, designed by Norman Foster. The O2 Academy Newcastle was opened in 2005 and has become a prominent music venue within the city, frequently hosting many A-List music acts.
Newcastle often tops lists for the UK’s best nightlife with a high concentration of pubs, bars and clubs around Quayside and the Bigg Market, while Collingwood Street is referred to as “the Diamond Strip” due to the large number of high-end bars located there. The city also offers a wide variety of restaurants representing cuisine from around the world and is one of the few cities in the UK with its own Chinese village.
The city is also well known for Newcastle University, which has over 22,000 students and is a leading UK university, being a member of the prestigious Russell Group. Northumbria University (officially known as the University of Northumbria at Newcastle) is also located within the city, specialising in subjects such as law and business, computing, sports science, psychology and teacher training.
Newcastle United Football Club has played at St James Park since 1892 and is one of the best-known clubs in the UK. The Newcastle Falcons Rugby union team are generally considered to be the leading rugby union team in North East of England. The city is also home to Newcastle Racecourse, located in Gosforth Park, which hosts many major horseracing events throughout the year.
Newcastle International Airport, situated just 6 miles from the city, is the tenth largest and the fastest growing airport in the UK, handling around 10 million passengers a year. Meanwhile, Newcastle railway station, also referred to as Newcastle Central, is an important stop on the East Coast Mainline and cross-country route, and the Tyne and Wear Metro provides good suburban transport access to the surrounding area.
Tyneside is the name for a conurbation centred on Newcastle upon Tyne with a population of 774,891 according to the 2011 census. The conurbation is divided between the city of Newcastle and the Metropolitan Boroughs of Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.
Besides Newcastle, the main settlements in the conurbation are the towns of Gateshead, South Shields, Tynemouth, Wallsend and Jarrow. The whole conurbation and the City of Sunderland is connected by the Tyne and Wear Metro, a rapid transit and light rail system.
Gateshead is a town in Tyne and Wear with a population of 120,046 at the time of the 2011 census. The town is on the south bank of the River Tyne and is connected to Newcastle by seven bridges, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian and cycle bridge. This makes Gateshead a popular place to live for those working in Newcastle as well as being an attractive place to live and work in its own right.
Notable features of Gateshead include the MetroCentre shopping centre, Gateshead International Stadium, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead music and performing arts centre.
Gateshead is connected to the Tyne & Wear Metro by stations are Gateshead Interchange and Gateshead Stadium giving direct links to Newcastle station, Newcastle Airport, Tynemouth, South Shields and Sunderland. The town also has very good bus coverage with Gateshead Interchange being used by around 4 million bus passengers a year. The town is also on the East Coast Mainline, connecting it to London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley. The A1 also provides links to London and Edinburgh.
South Shields is a town in Tyne and Wear with a population of 75,337 based on the 2011 census. Part of the metropolitan borough of South Tyneside, South Shields in the third largest settlement in the Tyneside conurbation. The town is located at the mouth of the River Tyne, around 5 miles north east of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The town was originally a fishing port, before becoming a major centre of coal mining, shipbuilding, glass making and alkaline production. Following World War II, these traditional industries declined and the local economy now revolves mainly around shop repair, manufacturing, retail, the public sector and tourism.
South Shields is home to a number of popular landmarks, including a reconstructed Roman Fort and archaeological excavations at Arbeia (part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site), the Customs House theatre and arts venue, an extensive seafront with promenades, parks and fair grounds, Souter Lighthouse and St Hilda’s Church.
The town is served by the Tyne and Wear Metro, connecting it to the rest of the local area. Although South Shields has no railway stations of its own on the national network, it the Metro does provide easy connections to the railway stations in Newcastle. There is also a frequent ferry service connecting the town to North Shields on the north bank of the Tyne as well as a large number of buses.
Tynemouth is a town in Tyne and Wear that forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside. The town has a population of 67,519 according to the 2011 census, including the populations of North Shields and Cullercoats.
Being located at the mouth of the River Tyne, the town is known for its beaches, having first become a popular tourist location in the 18th century. In particular, Longsands beach has been voted one of the UK’s top beaches, as well as one of the top beaches in Europe. Other local attractions include Tynemouth Pier and lighthouse, the Spanish Battery, the Collingwood Monument and the Black Middens rocks.
Wallsend is a town in the North Tyneside metropolitan borough with a population of 43,826 according to the 2011 census. The town gets its name from its location at one end of Hadrian’s Wall and is around 3.5 miles east of Newcastle city centre.
The town’s economy was formerly heavily reliant on shipbuilding, but, with the shipyard closing in 2007, many residents now commute to Newcastle to work, although the former shipyard still plays a role in constructing offshore rigs and as a TV studio.
Jarrow is a town in the metropolitan borough of South Tyneside with a population of 43,431 according to the 2011 census. Once a significant centre for shipbuilding, the town’s last shipyard closed in 1980. A large percentage of Jarrow’s residents now commute to Newcastle for work with the town being connected to the Tyne and Wear Metro, as well as being linked to the local area by the A1(M) and being around 15 miles away from Newcastle Airport.