Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging your home in or around Nottingham, our team of expert conveyancing solicitors are on hand to give you the advice and support you need to make everything go ahead as smoothly as possible.
Moving home is an exciting time, but it can be fraught with complications without the correct approach. Consulting a conveyancing solicitor you trust can make a huge difference and allow you to focus on other important matters.
At Bird & Co, we are able to offer convenient and friendly conveyancing services to individuals and families across Nottingham. Regardless of your personal circumstances, our team will be able to offer you the tailored support you need.
We provide a fast, reliable and efficient online conveyancing service with a personal touch. We advise clients from across Nottingham and the surrounding East Midlands area, including Nottingham City Centre, West Bridgford, Hucknall and Mansfield.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Nottingham can help you
We have a team of fully qualified, specialist conveyancing solicitors, who have a wealth of combined experience in helping people from all walks of life with their conveyancing transactions. 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 also on the panel for most lenders, major and small. So, whether you want to use your local building society, or a national firm, we will give you the support you need.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Nottingham?
Unlike other firms, we have specialist expertise in online conveyancing, which means we can conduct your entire property transaction online. There will be no need to visit us at our offices – unless you want to.
Our service is modern, friendly and efficient. Every member of our team is an expert in their field, which means we can give you tailored advice that precisely matches your needs.
You can be sure that you will always have a direct line of correspondence with your legal team, as well as a direct email address for the lawyer who will be dealing with your conveyancing matter. That means you’ll always be able to reach the right people, no matter what your query is – whether it be about property searches in Nottingham, or something more specific.
We are proud to be a Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited firm. This means that you can trust us to:
- Provide high quality legal advice
- Get your conveyancing transaction completed as quickly and smoothly as possible
- Provide top quality customer service and respond to queries quickly and efficiently
- Keep you regularly updated and never leave you in the dark
- 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 demonstrates that we are dedicated to providing high levels of customer service and ensuring your needs are always taken care of. Lexcel is awarded to firms that promote the best standards of client care and legal practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Nottingham?
There are several benefits to instructing a firm that has expertise in online conveyancing:
- Our property lawyers are nationally recognised for their expertise. We have experience in the local market in Nottingham, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the national property market. This gives us an edge over other firms that only deal with local property markets.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communications in mind. You can be safe in the knowledge that all of the sensitive legal documentation involved in a property transaction can be sent and received securely. This involves encrypting emails, securely configuring our devices and systems and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. You won’t have to wait for your documents to be hand delivered or posted – everything can be completed from the comfort of your home.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. There are a number of extra costs that mount up when visiting a conveyancer in person. Our digital services save you money without compromising the level of support you receive.
- We have previously dealt with conveyancing matters around the country, as well as for clients who are abroad. We frequently use video conferencing to speak with clients outside the UK.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person. The conveyancing process is exactly the same and we are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Nottingham?
We offer a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing services in Nottingham. We are able to offer fixed fees for straightforward cases, meaning you will know exactly how much your conveyancing transaction is going to cost from the outset. If any additional fees are likely to arise, we will consult you first to explain what work needs to be done and to get your authorisation.
In addition to our legal fees, there are other costs – referred to as disbursements. These costs can range from conveyancing searches or registering transactions at HM Land Registry. These costs will be broken down in your initial quote, so you won’t need to worry about any last-minute surprises.
In some cases, buying or selling a home will incur tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax. If that is the case for your transaction, we can work alongside you to help you calculate how much Stamp Duty is due and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Nottingham?
Whenever you buy or sell a home, there are three main stage to be aware of:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is accepted on a home, it means that both the buyer and seller have decided to enter into a legal contract. However, it is important to note that the transaction is not legally binding at this point and it is possible for both parties to pull out for any reason.
If the buyer’s offer is accepted, then they should seek out all the information they need about the property. This could include but is not limited to:
- 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)
At this stage, the buyer will also need to apply for a mortgage (if required).
If the buyer is happy with the checks they have carried out, they are able to exchange contracts with the seller and pay the deposit. The transaction will become legally binding as soon as the contracts have been exchanged and it will not be possible for either party to pull out without incurring penalties (unless they are able to provide a very good explanation).
Completion is when the sale and purchase is declared to be official. This could occur on the same day that the contracts have been exchanged or further down the line – whatever is convenient for both parties. A transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry to register the buyer’s ownership and the buyer’s solicitor will deal with any Stamp Duty. The seller is required to vacate the property on the completion date.
How long does conveyancing take in Nottingham?
If there are no complications, the conveyancing process tends to take around 12-14 weeks. This is from the date the offer is accepted and conveyancing solicitors are instructed.
Of course, not every transaction is straightforward and delays with other transactions further up the property chain can have knock on effects.
Your conveyancing solicitor will work closely with you to provide tailored advice about how long your transaction is likely to take and what actions you can take.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Nottingham?
Conveyancing checks are carried out by your conveyancer to check if there any problems with the property that need to be addressed. There are three main types of searches:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway, or other related issues
- Environmental searches – to check for issues such as flooding or land contamination
- Water and drainage searches – to check for matters such as water and drainage access
Depending on where your property is located, you may need to carry out further searches. Your conveyancing solicitor will let you know if this is necessary.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Nottingham?
Our conveyancing experts will guide you through the initial stages of your transaction and, once your conveyancing file is opened, your Nottingham conveyancer and their team will deal with all of the legal details related to your transaction. You’ll be provided with direct contact details so you can stay updated with the progress of your transaction.
Whether you’re moving to, from or across Nottingham, our conveyancing team will be available to support you every step of the way.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Nottingham
Online Conveyancing in Nottingham
“Online conveyancing” means that the entire conveyancing process can be handled over the internet if your prefer, with no need for you to ever visit us in person (unless you would prefer to). Clients come to us for conveyancing in Nottingham, West Bridgford, Hucknall 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 if you were dealing with us face-to-face. We have the same professional obligations towards you, and deal with your conveyancing in exactly the same way, offering the same high level of customer service.
Search Fees in Nottingham
Every local authority is different, meaning search fees will vary slightly depending on the location, as well as the nature of the property and issues specific to the area. The fees for the searches and checks we carry out are set by third-parties, such as the local planning office, so are outside of our control, however, we will provide a full breakdown of them so you can see exactly what you are paying for.
We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Nottingham and 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 Nottingham. 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 Nottingham 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 Nottingham or away from Nottingham, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Nottingham
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.
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 structure will be the same for a customer in Newcastle as it would be for someone in London, or indeed in Nottingham.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees that 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 Nottingham
Nottingham is a city in the East Midlands, in southwest Nottinghamshire, around 25 miles east of Derby and 70 miles south of Leeds. The city has a population of approximately 321,500 according to figures from 2015, making it the largest city in the East Midlands and the second largest in the Midlands (after Birmingham).
Although Nottingham was traditionally the administrative centre of Nottinghamshire, it is now a separate unitary authority with Nottinghamshire county council being based in West Bridgford. The city is well known for its historical links to the legend of Robin Hood and is a major UK tourist destination.
Nottingham has many opportunities for work and entertainment, as well as many good schools and two universities – University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. It is therefore popular with a wide range of people, including over 60,000 students across the two universities.
Nottingham is home to several major companies, including Alliance Boots, Pedigree pet food, Experian, E.ON UK, Specsavers and Games Workshop, as well as HM Revenue and Customs and BBC East Midlands. Nottingham is also one of the UK’s six ‘science cities’ with many science-based industries based there, including BioCity, which is the UK’s largest bioscience innovation and incubation centre, housing around eighty science-based companies.
Nottingham also has a strong retail sector, providing a large number of jobs as well as good shopping for residents. There are two main shopping centres – the Victoria Centre and the Broadmarsh Centre – as well as a number of smaller shopping centres, such as the Exchange Arcade, the Flying Horse Walk and the Bridesmith Gate area.
The city has a very strong cultural life, with theatres, cinemas and many music and concert venues. These include the Nottingham Playhouse and the Theatre Royal, The Royal Concert Halls, the Nottingham Arts Centre and the Lace Market Theatre. Nottingham has a Cineworld and a Showcase cinema, as well as independent cinemas the Arthouse Broadway Cinema and the Art Deco Savoy Cinema. Major music venues include Rock City, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall and the Nottingham Arena.
Nottingham has two professional football clubs, Nottingham Forest and Notts County (which is the world’s oldest professional football club). Nottingham County Cricket Club is one of the UK’s leading cricket teams while Nottingham R.F.C. is the town’s rugby union team.
Nottingham has good transport links to the rest of the UK and internationally, with excellent options for road, rail and air travel, as well as a popular local tram network. It is close to the M1 motorway as well as the A52 and A46.
Nottingham Station is one of the country’s main rail transport hubs with regular trains to London St Pancras International taking under 2 hours and trains to Birmingham New Street taking around 1 hours 15 minutes. Nottingham is also just under 15 miles from East Midlands Airport, connecting residents to major cities around the world.
For local transport, the city has the UK’s largest public bus network, as well as being one of only 6 UK cities with a tram network. As a result, Nottingham has been named as England’s least car-dependent city by the Campaign for Better Transport.
Local areas of interest include Sherwood Forest, which is a royal forest famously associated with the legendary Robin Hood. The forest attracts as many as 1 million visitors a year, including to the annual week-long Robin Hood Festival. The forest is also popular for activities such as walking, mountain biking and various woodland crafts.
Nottingham Urban Area
The Nottingham Urban Area covers many towns and villages surrounding Nottingham, many of which are popular with commuters to the city. The area has a population of 729,977 and is also known as the Nottingham Built-up Area and Greater Nottingham.
The area covers parts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and is largely within the districts of Rushcliffe, Broxtowe and Gedling. Large towns in the Nottingham Urban Area include Beeston, West Bridgford, Ilkeston, Arnold and Long Eaton.
Beeston is a town just over 3 miles southwest of Nottingham and immediately southwest of the University of Nottingham’s main campus. According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of 37,010, which includes a large number of post-graduate students.
Many large businesses are based in Beeston, including Boots, Imperial Tobacco, Siemens, Atos and Chinook Sciences. The town is also popular with commuters, being well connected to both Nottingham and Derby thanks to the Midland Main Line which serves Beeston Station. There are also regular direct services to Birmingha, Lincoln, Leicester, Loughborough and East Midlands Parkway (for the airport). Beeston is also connected to the Nottingham tram system.
West Bridgford is a town immediately south of Nottingham in the borough of Rushcliffe. The town is contiguous with the city, making it effectively a suburb of Nottingham. However, West Bridgford remains officially a separate part of Nottinghamshire and is the county’s administrative centre. The town had a population of 47,109 at the 2011 census.
While West Bridgford is located south of the River Trent, it is very well connected to the city thanks to several bridges, including Trent Bridge and the Wilford Suspension Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians. The town has a different character to much of the rest of Nottingham and the surrounding towns, with a “leafy suburb” feel. This combined with the excellent commuter links to the city makes West Bridgford a highly popular residential area.
Ilkeston is a town in the Erewash borough of Derbyshire, but its closeness to Nottingham makes it a common choice for commuters to the city. The town is also near to Derby and the M1, giving a number of other options for those planning to commute. Ilkeston has a population of 38,640 according to the 2011 census.
Ilkeston was without a railway station for many years, however a new station was opened in April 2017, connecting the town by rail to Nottingham, as well as Sheffield and Leeds. There are hourly services in each direction, providing a convenient option for commuters.
Arnold is a market town northeast of Nottingham and is part of the Gedling borough of Nottinghamshire. According to the 2011 census, the population of Arnold is 37,768. Areas within the town include Daybrook, Woodthorpe, Redhill and Killisick.
The town is home to Arnold Leisure Centre, which contains a swimming pool and the Bonington Theatre, as well as a bar. The Arnold Library is also connected to the leisure centre, which was extensively refurbished and modernised in 2015.
There is a weekly market in the town centre of Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a flea market on Wednesdays and a farmers’ market on the first Tuesday of each month.
Long Eaton is a town in Derbyshire’s Erewash district, around 7 miles southwest of Nottingham and 9 miles east of Derby. The town had a population of 37,760 at the 2011 census.
The town is connected to Nottingham by rail, with several trains an hour from Long Eaton station and journey times of around 15 minutes. Junction 25 of the M1 Motorway passes to the north west of the town and there are very regular buses to both Nottingham and Derby.
These strong connections with both cities make Long Eaton a very popular choice with commuters, while the town also has several primary schools, two state secondary schools and the public school Trent College, which takes day pupils and boarders from 3-18 (including the Elms School).