Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Southampton we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Southampton, throughout Hampshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Southampton, selling a terraced house in Northam, downsizing to a bungalow in Portswood, or buying to let in Maybush, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why you should use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Southampton
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with fully qualified 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 for the people handling your conveyancing. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees, drainage and water fees fees or anything else related to buying or selling a property in Southampton.
"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 Southampton. This acts as a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved as meeting the highest conveyancing standards by the Law Society, the body representing 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 Hampshire 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 experienced, fully trained conveyancing solicitors.
Why you don't need a conveyancer based in Southampton
In the past, most people used their local solicitor for their conveyancing. You would visit their office in your nearest town or city, 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 Southampton or perhaps not even in Hampshire.
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 even once 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 home. Our conveyancers can 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 Southampton
“Online conveyancing” is where the entire conveyancing process is handled over the internet. Thanks to email, Skype and other online tools, there is now no need for you to meet with your conveyancing solicitor in person (unless you would prefer to).
Clients come to us for conveyancing in Southampton from all over the UK and around the world and we are able to offer the same first-rate conveyancing service as we would if you were dealing with us face-to-face.
When dealing with your conveyancing online, we have exactly the same professional obligations towards you as to any other conveyancing client and promise a fast, efficient service delivered in a modern and convenient way.
Search Fees in Southampton
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can offer effective, reliable property checks and searches to clients in Southampton and all over the country. This means we know we can provide a service we are happy with and that 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 Southampton. 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 Southampton 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 Southampton or away from Southampton, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Southampton
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 charged will be the same for a customer in Newcastle as it would be for someone in London, or indeed in Southampton.
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 and should be the same no matter who you use for your conveyancing.
Introduction to Southampton
Southampton is a city and unitary authority, and is the largest settlement in the ceremonial county of Hampshire with a population of 253,651 according to the 2011 census. The city is 75 miles south west of London and is closely tied to the city of Portsmouth, which is 19 miles south east of Southampton.
Southampton has long been a major port and once handled around half of the UK’s passenger traffic. The city continues to be an important port for cruise ships, as well as being the largest freight port on the Channel coast and the UK’s fourth largest port overall by tonnage.
The Southampton docklands remains an active part of the city, with a fourth cruise terminal opening in 2009 and the recent Ocean Village development being home to a local marina and entertainment complex. The docklands is also the site of the headquarters of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch of the Department of Transport.
The city’s economy is also heavily reliant on the health and education sectors, as well as retail and wholesale industries. Major employers include University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, which provides services for over 3 million people across the South of England, and the University of Southampton, which is considered one of the top 5 research universities in the UK. Ordinance Survey, the UK’s national mapping agency, also has its headquarters in the city.
Southampton has a vibrant cultural life, in particular a number of important nautical attractions and events. This includes the annual Southampton Boat Show, held every September, which runs for just over a week on the city’s waterfront and typically attracts more than 600 exhibitors. Other attractions include the Southampton Maritime Museum, God’s House Tower, the SeaCity Museum and Solent Sky.
The city has several large theatres, with the 2,300-capacity Mayflower Theatre being the largest theatre in Southern England outside of London. The Mayflower Theatre regularly hosts various West End shows, as well as the likes of the Welsh National Opera and the English National Ballet. Other local venues include the Guildhall, the Solent Showcase, the Brook, the Soul Cellar and the Southampton Civic Centre.
Southampton’s best-known sports team is Southampton Football Club, commonly known as “the Saints”, who play at the 32,505-capacity St. Mary’s Stadium. The stadium, opened in 2001, cost £32 million to build and is also regularly used for conferences, concerts and film premieres. The city’s other high profile sports team is Hampshire County Cricket Club, who play at the Rose Bowl in Southampton’s West End and are one of England and Wales’ 18 first-class cricket clubs.
As well as being a major port, Southampton has very good rail connections to the rest of the country. Regular services run from Southampton Central station to London, Bristol, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Pool Winchester and the Midlands. Southampton Airport offer flights throughout the UK and to many European destinations.
South Hampshire built-up area
The South Hampshire built-up area is formed from the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, as well as a number of nearby major population centres. It is the sixth largest built-up area in England, with a population of 855,569 according to the 2011 census. It is one of the UK’s most economically active areas.
Besides Southampton, the major settlements within the South Hampshire built-up area include Portsmouth, Gosport, Eastleigh, Fareham, Havant, Lee-on-the-Solent, Stubbington and Waterlooville.
Portsmouth is a port city 19 miles south east of Southampton on Portsea Island and is the other major constituent of the South Hampshire built up area with a population of 238,137 according to the 2011 census.
Portsmouth is one of the world’s best known ports, having been a key naval location for hundreds of years. The naval base HMNB Portsmouth is often considered to be the home of the Royal Navy and is home to two-thirds of the UK’s surface fleet. Many famous ships are house at Portsmouth, including the HMS Warrior, the Mary Rose and the HMS Victory.
Portsmouth remains the UK’s second busiest port, after Dover, with a great many cruise ships and ferries docking there. Around a tenth of the city’s workforce is employed at Portsmouth Nava Dockyard and the headquarters of BAE Systems Surface Ships are located nearby.
Significant redevelopment has taken place around the docklands area in recent years, with the Gunwharf Quays retail park opening in 2001 and development work there continuing up to 2007.
Southsea is a major seaside resort at the southern end of Portsea Island and is generally considered part of Portsmouth. It first became fashionable as a holiday destination during the 19th century and remains popular to this day. Attractions include two piers, an amusement park, the Blue Reef Aquarium and the Southsea Model Village.
Gosport is a town approximately 16 miles south east of Southampton with a population of 85,400 according to mid-2016 estimates. The town is located on the western side of Portsmouth Harbour, opposite the City of Portsmouth. It is well linked by road to Southampton and by the Gosport Ferry to Portsmouth, making it a popular residential location for commuters, as well as being an attractive place to live and work in its own right.
Waterlooville is a town in southeast Hampshire, approximately 8 miles north of Portsmouth and 20 miles east of Southampton. The town has a population of around 64,350 according to recent estimates. There is a nearby train station in Bedhampton that is on the main train route between London and Portsmouth.
Havant is a town in southeast Hampshire, roughly 20 miles east of Southampton and 6 miles north east of Portsmouth. It had a population of 45,826 at the time of the 2011 census. Havant railway station provides direct rail services to Portsmouth, London, Brighton, Chichester, Worthing, Bristol and Worcester, making it a good choice for commuters.
Fareham is a market town at the northwest tip of Portsmouth Harbour, around 11 miles south east of Southampton and around 7 miles by road from Portsmouth. The town has a population of 42,210 according to the 2011 census. The M27 passes around the northern edge of Fareham, giving easy access to Southampton, Portsmouth and the rest of the surrounding area.
Eastleigh is a town roughly 5 miles north of Southampton with a population of 28,246 according to the 2011 census. The town has good road links to Southampton as well as a railway station on the South Western Main Line, connecting Eastleigh to London Waterloo, Southampton, Winchester, Bournemouth and Poole. The town is also home to the head offices of multinational DIY and home improvement retail chain B&Q.
Stubbington is a small village around 12 miles south east of Southampton, within the borough of Fareham although part of the Gosport parliamentary constituency. A number of new housing estates have been built in recent years, significantly boosting the village’s population to around 14,000.
Also commonly referred to as Lee-on-Solent, this small seaside district is within the Borough of Gosport and is about 5 miles west of Portsmouth and 13 miles south east of Southampton. Lee-on-the-Solent has a population of 7,224 according to figures from 2016 and has seen significant residential development in recent years.