Conveyancing solicitors in Shropshire
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Shropshire we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Shropshire, throughout Shropshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Shropshire, selling a terraced house in Oswestry, downsizing to a bungalow in Bridgnorth, or buying to let in Shrewsbury, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Shropshire?
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 Shropshire, drainage and water fees in Shropshire 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 Shropshire. 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 Shropshire 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 Shropshire?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Shropshire, 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 Shropshire or perhaps not even in Shropshire.
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 Shropshire - 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 Shropshire
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Shropshire, Oswestry, Shrewsbury 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 Shropshire
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Shropshireand 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 Shropshire. 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 Shropshire 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 Shropshire or away from Shropshire to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Shropshire
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 Shropshire.
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 Shropshire
Shropshire is a county located in the West Midlands of England. The county borders Powys and Wrexham in Wales to the west, Cheshire to the north, Staffordshire to the east and Worcestershire and Hertfordshire to the south. It has a population of around 473,900 as of 2014, and has an incredibly low population density. It is relatively large for a county, covering 1,346 square miles.
Shropshire revolves economically around five towns which are Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Ludlow. Shrewsbury boasts the historic importance of the county, while Telford is a notably new town and the most populated.
Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, has a population of around 72,000 and its historic significance allows for substantial tourism. Its situation by the River Severn makes it almost an island as the river runs around it in a loop. The red sandstone Grade I listed Shrewsbury Castle, dating from 1083, guards the entrance to the town and is now home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum. The castle is owned by Shropshire Council and under the management of Shropshire Museum Service. The Town Walls still have a section remaining which includes the Town Walls Tower, now under the management of the National Trust. The town’s street plan is largely medieval and boasts over 660 listed buildings. Its medieval wealth was generated from being a centre for the wool trade which can be seen in the many timber framed mansions found along High Street, Fish Street, Butcher Row and Wyle Cop and include Ireland’s Mansion and Owen’s Mansion, which are two of the grandest, and the Prince Rupert Hotel, used by Charles I’s nephew for his headquarters during the English Civil War.
The Quarry is Shrewsbury’s main recreational park situated close to Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, Shrewsbury School and Shrewsbury Town Centre. Covering 29 acres, it was first opened in 1719 and has since become the most popular and most used public park in the area.
The Grade I listed Shrewsbury Abbey is another of Shrewsbury’s notable and historic landmarks. Founded in 1083 as a Benedictine Monastery by the Earl of Shrewsbury, it became one of England’s most important and influential abbeys. It is situated near the Grade II listed English Bridge, to the east of Shrewsbury’s town centre.
Shropshire's proximity to Wales also means that parts of Shropshire have become an important transport link and economic hub to Wales. Today, being situated within nine miles of Wales, Shrewsbury is a commercial hub for both Shropshire and mid-Wales which include a £299 million retail output each year and industry and distribution centres such as the Battlefield Enterprise Park. Horticulture is popular in the area with the Shrewsbury Flower Show being one of England’s biggest horticultural events.
Important transport links include Shrewsbury Railway Station which is the most notable station, where there are five railway lines connecting the county to both Wales as well as London Euston. Also, important road links include the A5 and A49 trunk roads that cross near to Shrewsbury.
Aside from Shrewsbury, there are many other reasons to visit Shropshire. South Shropshire is significantly more rural and lacks any major urban settlements, apart from Bridgnorth. Its picturesque landscapes include The Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), covering around 312 square miles and extending towards the Welsh border. The highest hill in the area is Brown Clees Hill, which is 540 metres high. Another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Carding Hill Valley and Long Mynd, an expanse of upland heath which is owned and managed by the National Trust. This plateau of heathland and moorland also forms part of the Shropshire Hills which border the Stiperstones Range to the west and the Stretton Hills and Wenlock Edge to the east. Its highest points are Pole Bank (1,693ft or 516m) and Caer Caradoc (1,506 ft 459m). Another prominent and notable landmark in the east of Shropshire is The Wrekin which stands at 407m or 1335 feet high at the border of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and is popular with walkers who can take in excellent views across Shropshire from its summit.
The Iron Bridge Gorge area has become a popular tourist destination. It was one of the most important centres of the Industrial Revolution, world famous for its iron making. The area itself is idyllic, however, it also accommodates the famous Iron Bridge, a 30-metre-long cast iron bridge which was built in 1779, and is a Grade I listed building. Despite seeing decline in the early twentieth century, today, after much restoration, it is an exciting complex of industrial heritage with several Ironbridge Gorge Museums including the Museum of Iron, the Museum of the Gorge, the Jackfield Tile Museum, the Coalport China Museum and the Blists Hill Museum which all run along the wooded banks of the River Severn. The village of Ironbridge is also situated on the River Severn, at the heart of the gorge, and is within the parish of The Gorge in the borough of Telford and Wrekin.
The medieval walled town of Ludlow is the largest town in south Shropshire with a population of about 11,000. It sits on the confluence of two rivers, the Corve and the Teme and attracts a large number of visitors each year who come to visit the splendid eleventh century Ludlow Castle which perches in the centre of the town atop a small hill. From the castle, quaint streets of half-timbered Tudor and Georgian buildings and shops run downhill towards the river waters below. Ludlow Museum on Castle Street, off the town centre, is home to many fossils of the oldest known animal and plant species and is an important centre for geological research. From the castle, it is possible to take in the picturesque landscapes that include Mortimer Forest and the Clee Hills. Two inns worthy of a visit are half-timbered The Bull Hotel Inn, which dates back to Tudor times, and the seventeenth century Feathers Hotel with its fabulous multi-storied façade onto the street. Ludlow is becoming one of the leading brewing regions in the UK and home to the award-winning Ludlow Brewing Company where visitors can sample artisan ales from the Ludlow Brewery Bar and Visitor Centre.
About five miles north of Ludlow, in a picturesque setting, is Stokesay Castle, which is a fortified manor house with a moated garden. Other notable stately homes in the area include the National Trust’s Grade I listed Attingham Park near Atcham and Hawkstone Hall with its famous Hawkstone Park Follies in Market Drayton. Today, the Grade I listed Hawkstone Hall in Hodnet is undergoing a full renovation by new owners who will run it as a luxury wedding and events venue.
Other nearby visitor attractions include the British Ironworks Centre and Shropshire Sculpture Park in Aston, Oswestry, which is a silversmiths, forge, indoor/outdoor sculpture park and visitor centre known for its safari park of metal sculpures and, in particular its gorilla made out of spoons.
Telford, also, has its own award-winning open spaces and parkland areas. Telford Town Park which is a local nature reserve was voted as the UK’s Best Park in 2015 by the public. Within the park there is also Wonderland which is a magical storybook themed park with rides and the Telford Hornets Rugby Club RFC. Within close proximity to the park there is The International Centre which is a large modern meeting and conference venue.
A number of famous people have originated from Shropshire but perhaps none more famous, world over, than Charles Darwin, the reknowned Naturalist and Biologist who is famous for his theory of evolution by natural selection. Famous soldier and war poet Wilfred Owen was born is Oswestry. He later died in France in 1918 exactly one week before Armistice Day. His mother sadly heard the news for the first time on Armistice Day after the bells of Shrewsbury Church were ringing out in celebration of the peace.