Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Sheffield we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Sheffield, throughout South Yorkshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Sheffield, selling a terraced house in Brinsley, downsizing to a bungalow in Loxley, or buying to let in Tinsley, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Sheffield?
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 Sheffield, drainage and water fees in South 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 Sheffield. 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 South 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 Sheffield?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Sheffield, 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 Sheffield or perhaps not even in South 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 Sheffield - 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 Sheffield
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Sheffield, Brinsley, Tinsley 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 Sheffield
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Sheffieldand 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 Sheffield. 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 Sheffield 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 Sheffield or away from Sheffield to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Sheffield
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 Sheffield.
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 Sheffield
Sheffield is a thriving city in South Yorkshire. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name comes from the River Sheaf. The city is located within the valleys of the River Don and its four tributaries, the Loxley, the Sheaf, the Porter Brook, and the Rivelin. Over 60% of Sheffield's area is green space, and a third of the city lies inside the boundary of the Peak District National Park. There are more than 200 parks, woodlands and gardens in the city.
Sheffield has expanded from its industrial roots to cover a wider and varied economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is about 555,000 and it is one of the eight largest regional English cities that make up the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group). The city is the third largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,570,000.
During the 1800’s Sheffield gained an international name for steel production. Many different types of steel production were developed locally, including stainless steel and the local population swelled during the Industrial Revolution, growing by 100% or so. Sheffield became the City of Sheffield as long ago 1893, gaining its charter in that year. Competition, much of it from India, South America and the third world, in iron and steel, caused a decline in the staple local industries during the 70’s and 80’s, coinciding with the end of coal mining in the area. Many miners and workers from the steel factories found themselves unemployed by the 1980’s and looking to re-train or for new jobs in new industries.
2000 onwards has seen massive development in Sheffield City Centre following the path of other British cities.
The economy has experienced steady growth year on year as investment in local infrastructure and new and emerging industries has taken place along with construction projects both in the centre of the city and in the surrounding suburbs.
Sheffield was particularly hard-hit during the 2007 floods and the Big Freeze in the winter of 2010. Many landmark buildings such as Meadowhall and the Sheffield Wednesday grounds flooded due to being close to the nearby rivers that flow through and past the city.
The main shopping areas in the city centre are on The Moor precinct, Fargate, Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter. There are any shops and restaurants to choose from and a real mixture of High Street retailers and more individual boutique style shops.
Department stores in the city centre include John Lewis and Marks and Spencer. Shopping outside the city centre includes the huge and well known out of town Meadowhall shopping centre.
Sheffield is connected to the national motorway network via the M1 and M18 motorways. The M1 crosses the north-east of the city, linking Sheffield with London and Leeds. The M18 branches from the M1 close to Sheffield, linking the city with Doncaster, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Sheffield railway station connects with the Midland Main Line, which links London via the East Midlands, the Cross-Country Route which links the east of Scotland and northeast of England with the West Midlands and the southwest, and the lines linking Liverpool and Manchester with Hull and East Anglia. Sheffield has a direct connection to continental Europe, via St Pancras. East Midlands Trains run services to St Pancras International and Eurostar run services from there to Belgium and France.
The closest international airport to Sheffield is Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which is located 17 miles (28 km) from the city centre, which used to be an RAF base before becoming a commercial airport - RAF Finningley. The airport opened in April 2005 and is served mainly by charter and budget airlines. It handles about one million passengers a year. Leeds Bradford International Airport and East Midlands Airport are reached in less than an hour from Sheffield and Manchester Airport is connected to Sheffield city centre by a direct train every hour.
Sheffield has two major footballing institutions, both playing in the Championship, with long and proud histories. A fierce rivalry exists between the two teams and their meetings are referred to as the Steel City Derby.
Sheffield Wednesday was originally formed as a branch of The Wednesday Cricket Club in 1867, and is one of the oldest clubs in the world and the third oldest in England. Wednesday, nicknamed The Owls, have won four league titles, three FA Cups and one League Cup and have played their home games at the Hillsborough Stadium since 1899. Hillsborough is three miles outside of the city centre on the A61, with a convenient tram stop at Hillsborough Corner. Some of the most famous Sheffield Wednesday players of recent years include Chris Waddle, David Hirst, Paulo Di Canio, Nigel Pearson, Nigel Worthington and Des Walker.
Sheffield United was formed in 1889, and have played at their stadium called Bramhall Lane since their formation in 1889. The club, nicknamed The Blades, have won the top league once and the FA Cup four times. Bramhall Lane is just on the South side of the City Centre, and is within one mile of the train station. Some of the most famous Sheffield United players of recent years include Phil Jagielka, Billy Sharp, Paddy Kenny and Brian Deane.
There are over 137 primary schools and twenty-six secondary schools—of which nine have sixth forms. There are four academies in the City – Sheffield Springs Academy, Sheffield Park Academy, Firth Park Academy and Parkwood Academy. In addition, there are five independent schools in the city. All schools are non-selective, mixed sex schools (apart from Sheffield High School, South Yorkshire which is an all-girls school).
Sheffield has two universities which are the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. The two combined bring about 66,000 students to the city every year. Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a university on two sites in Sheffield. City Campus is located in the city centre, close to Sheffield railway station, and Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away, adjacent to Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield. The university is the third largest in the UK, with more than 37,000 students.
Sheffield has two further education colleges. The Sheffield College City campus is situated near the city centre, in Hillsborough, serving the north of the city, Fir Vale campus is located in the north east of the city with the Peaks campus to the south.
Sheffield has a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and is the home to an array of theatres, galleries and entertainments spaces. Included in this list is the Crucible Theatre which originally opened in 1971 and, having undergone a £15.3million redevelopment, reopened in 2010 as the main stage for in house productions and the World Snooker Championships. Other theatres include the Lycium Theatre which is the main stage for touring productions such as the opera, ballet and big West End productions; then there is the Studio Theatre which hosts a mix of touring and small in-house productions and is home to the highly acclaimed Ensemble 360’s tri-annual Music in the Round Festival. The Millennium Gallery which opened in 2001 as part of Sheffield’s Heart of the City project is managed by Sheffield Museums and is located in the centre of the city near to Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Theatres. It houses permanent collections including the Ruskin and metalwork collections and has space for temporary exhibits from the V&A, Tate and National Portrait Gallery. Other space includes a café, gift shop and venue space for weddings and corporate events.
Other local visitor attractions include Sheffield Cathedral which is amongst Sheffield’s oldest buildings within the ancient heart of the city; the beautiful 19 acre Victorian Botanical Gardens, originally opened in 1836, and set right within the city centre, containing several listed buildings including the magnificent Grade II listed glass pavilions which were reopened by HRH Prince of Wales in 2003 and, of course, Chatsworth House, the lavish stately home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire which is set in over 1,000 acres of park and farmland within the beautiful Peak District National Park.
Sheffield has four cinema complexes, two of which are in the city centre and two in the Lower Don Valley. Valley Centertainment is a leisure and entertainment complex in the Don Valley. It was built on land previously occupied by steel mills near what is now Meadowhall and the Sheffield Arena. It is home to several restaurants, bars, a cinema multiplex, and a bowling alley.
The steel city of Sheffield has been home to a number of famous people including Sean Bean (Actor), Joanne Harris (Author), Michael Palin (Comedian, Actor, Explorer and TV Presenter), Gordon Banks (England’s 1966 world cup winning goalkeeper) and politicians Nick Clegg and David Blunkett.
Sheffield is steeped in musical culture – generating many musical talents including Joe Cocker (born in Crookes), Jarvis Cocker (Singer/Songwriter and lead singer of Pulp born in Sheffield), Arctic Monkeys (Indie Rock band formed in 2002) and Def Leppard (Rock band formed in 1977).