Conveyancing solicitors in Somerset
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Somerset we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Somerset, throughout Somerset and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Somerset, selling a terraced house in Taunton, downsizing to a bungalow in Yeovil, or buying to let in Bath, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Somerset?
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 Somerset, drainage and water fees in Somerset 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 Somerset. 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 Somerset 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 Somerset?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Somerset, 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 Somerset or perhaps not even in Somerset.
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 Somerset - 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 Somerset
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Somerset, Taunton, Bath 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 Somerset
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Somersetand 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 Somerset. 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 Somerset 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 Somerset or away from Somerset to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Somerset
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 Somerset.
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 Somerset
Introduction to Somerset
Somerset is a county in the south east of England. It has a population of 948,900 as of mid-2016, and much of this population can be found in the two cities of Bath and Wells, as well as the large towns of Taunton, Yeovil, Weston-super-Mare and Bridgwater. There are in total thirty towns within the County, often situated at the crossing of Rivers, for example Axbridge, Castle Cary, Ilminster and North Petherton.
The M5 Motorway cuts centrally through the county, running from Bristol to the north of Somerset to Exeter south of Somerset. The M5 runs close to Bridgwater, Taunton and Wellington.
Somerset enjoys two areas of outstanding beauty, being the AONB Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and is also famous for the annual outdoor festival of Glastonbury. The five-day Glastonbury Festival, takes place at Michael Eavis’s Worthy Farm near Pilton, and is a world-famous celebration of music and the performing arts. It is the largest greenfield festival in the world attended by 175,000 people each year.
The City of Bath, located in the valley of the River Avon, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It is noted for its architecture, created from Bath stone as well its early Roman history. As of the 2011 census The City had a population of 88,859.
The city was formerly an important location for manufacturing, particularly for crane manufacture, printing, brass foundries and plasticine manufacturing. However, with UK manufacture in decline, the city has seen an increasing number of jobs within the service sector, software, publishing, education and health. Major employers in the city include the Ministry of Defence, Bath and North East Somerset Council, NHS and the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.
The city is a major tourist attraction with people attracted to the heritage, the architecture and the culture. It is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in a natural thermal spa and be surrounded by Roman ruins/buildings. The city boasts of being the ultimate spa break destination, but the city includes many other attractions including museums, theatres and other Georgina architectural assets and helps draw in more than one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors each year, which also aids its economy.
Tourists are likely to visit the Roman baths, one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world, said to have been built 60-70 AD. The Great Bath is the heart of the complex it is adorned with Roman statues and can be viewed from a terrace, the complex includes the Caldarium (hot bath), Tepidarium (warm bath) and the Fridgidarium (cold bath). Next to the Roman site, is the award-winning Thermae Bath Spa, which includes an indoor Wellness Suite and also an open-air rooftop pool which has sensational views over the city. Unique spa packages are available which allow for the twin visit to the modern spa experience in Bath’s thermal waters and the sites of the 2,000-year-old bath house. Packages include torchlit visits to the Roman Baths and romantic dinners, or afternoon tea in the Pump Room restaurant.
For the best panoramic views of the city of Bath there is nowhere quite like Alexandra Park, situated at the top of Beechen Cliff, via the Jacob’s Ladder steps, or via Holloway and Shakespeare Avenue. To explore the views from another angle, a good option is the Bath Skyline, a network of paths which offer extensive views of Bath amongst woodlands, wild flower meadows and archeological sites. Maps can be found in the Bath Tourist Information, Centre at Abbey Chambers on York Street, or on the National Trust website.
Bath is also significant in various sporting activities. Bath Rugby Club, formed in 1865, is a Rugby Union team playing in the Aviva Premiership, and have played at the city centre Recreation Ground since the 19th Century. The Rugby Club, has an impressive hall of fame including former players, Jeremy Guscott and John Hall, and former England Managers Andy Robinson, Brain Ashton and Clive Woodward. The club has won many honours including the Premiership, the Heineken Cup and the LV Cup.
Bath City Football Club, formed in 1889, are the semi-professional football team in the city and have been a non-league team throughout their history. They currently play in the National League South. In 2015 film maker Ken Loach launched a campaign to transfer the club to community ownership, and his project completed in May 2017 when the club completed the transition to community ownership having raised £300,000.
Bath Spa railway station provides regular connections to London Paddington via Swindon and Reading and also easy train journeys to Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Portsmouth and Southampton. Services are provided by Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and CrossCountry.
Tourists visiting Bath, are only a matter of miles from other popular tourist attractions including Stonehenge (less than a one-hour drive), Longleat Safari Park (less than a 40-minute drive south), and dramatic cliffs of Cheddar Gorge (less than 50 minutes west).
Taunton is the council town of Somerset, and acts as the economic centre for both the county and the district of Taunton Deane. The town has a low unemployment rate: 4.1% compared to the national average of 5.0% (2005), and this is mainly down to the array of employment opportunities. It hosts the headquarters of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), which is a division of the Ministry of Defence. It employs over 1,000 people in the area, and is consequently a crucial employment sector within the town.
The town is also home to one of the head offices of Debenhams, Western Provident Association, Viridor and CANDAC. There are also local offices for Defra, Charity Commission for England and Wales and General Electric.
Taunton also hosts the major transport facilities in the district of Taunton Deane. For instance, Taunton railway station provides direct services to areas such as Bristol, Exeter, Reading, Manchester and Birmingham, as well as a less frequent service to London Paddington. There is also direct access to the M5 motorway.
Wellington, a small market town close to the southern border of Somerset, is the home of Wellington College, one of the leading public schools in the country with notable alumni including Lord Jeffrey Archer and David Suchet. Wellington has grown quickly in size as a result of housing developments, prompted by the proximity to the M5.
Yeovil, a town with a population of 45,000 in the south east of Somerset, is close to the border with Dorset. The town provider of further education is Yeovil College, with higher education being provided by University Centre Yeovil (with the registered awarding body primarily being with University of the West of England or Bournemouth University). The local football club Yeovil Town FC play in League Two, play at Huish Park, and enjoy a history of achieving relative success in progressing beyond expectations in the FA Cup.
A number of famous people have been born or have grown up in Somerset including Mary Berry (TV presenter, author and baker born in Bath), Jenson Button (Formula 1 racing driver from Frome), Bill Bailey (comedian and TV presenter), John Cleese (comedian, born in Weston-super-Mare) and Masie Williams (actress who plays Aria Stark in Game of Thrones, and who went to school at Midsomer Norton).