Conveyancing solicitors in Staffordshire
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Staffordshire we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Staffordshire, the surrounding counties and throughout the rest of England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Tamworth, selling a terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent, downsizing to a bungalow in Stafford, or buying to let in Lichfield, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why you should use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Staffordshire
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with experienced lawyers who are friendly and approachable, our team can help you.
You will have a direct line straight through to your legal team, including direct email addresses. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees, drainage and water fees or anything else related t buying or selling a property.
"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 Staffordshire. This accreditation acts as a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved to the highest standards and is a mark of the excellence of our service. The Conveyancing Quality Scheme is approved by the Law Society, the body that 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 Staffordshire 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 expert conveyancing lawyers.
Why you don't need a conveyancer based in Staffordshire
In the past, most people used their local solicitor for their conveyancing. You would visit their office in the centre of nearest town 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 in a different part of Staffordshire or perhaps not even in Staffordshire at all.
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. You need never leave Staffordshire - 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 Staffordshire
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Staffordshire, including Stoke-on-Trent, Lichfield 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 Staffordshire
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire. 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 Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire or away from Staffordshire, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Staffordshire
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 or postage. 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 Staffordshire.
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 Staffordshire
Staffordshire is a county in the West Midlands of England. It borders Cheshire to the north west, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the south east, West Midlands and Worcestershire to the south and Shropshire to the west.
As of 2016, Staffordshire has an estimated population of 1,120,300, much of which can be found in the cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Lichfield, as well as the larger towns of Tamworth, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Burton upon Trent and Stafford.
Staffordshire is home to two universities – Keele University (in Newcastle-under-Lyme) and Staffordshire University (which has campuses in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Lichfield and Shrewbury). The county also contains parts of the Peak District national park and around a third of the National Forest, making it popular with tourists.
Stafford is the county town of Staffordshire. According to the 2011 census, the town had a population of 68,472. The town lies approximately 16 miles north of Wolverhampton, 18 miles south of Stoke-on-Trent and 24 miles north west of Birmingham. Stafford is also the principal settlement in the wider borough of Stafford, a local government district.
Stafford's economy historically revolved around shoe making, which was recorded in the town as far back as 1476. Nowadays, this industry has died out and more modern sectors, such as heavy electrical engineering, have become increasingly prominent. Notable employers today include, Siemens, English Electric, GEC and GEC Alsthom. The town is also home to many computer science and IT companies, as well as the computer science and IT division of Staffordshire University.
Retail also plays a large role in the town. The Guildhall shopping Centre is the town's main shopping venue, and boasts around 40 retail outlets including Boots, Topman and Topshop and River Island. There are also three major superstores in the town: Asda, Tesco Extra and a Sainsbury's.
Stafford is home to a number of sporting associations, including three association football clubs; Stafford Rangers F.C, Brocton F.C and Stafford Town F.C, however none of them play at full professional level. There are also two rugby union clubs, a hockey club, a rifle club, as well as Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club. The cricket and hockey club was formed in 1864, and is therefore the oldest sporting association in the town. In 1999 the club was awarded a £200k lottery grant, which was completed in 2000.
Stafford railway station is one of the main transport links in the town. It has five platforms, and offers services to Birmingham New Street, London Euston, Bournemouth, Coventry, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly, amongst others.
There is also easy access to the M6 motorway in the town, providing good road links to Birmingham and Manchester. The A518 provides access to Telford and Uttoxeter, while the A449 provides a link to Penkridge and Wolverhampton.
Stoke-on-Trent is Staffordshire’s largest settlement, with a population of 253,200 according to mid-2016 estimates, and is the commercial centre for The Potteries and the wider North West Midlands region. The city is located in North Staffordshire, approximately 45.5 km (28.5 miles) south of Manchester, 64 km (40 miles) north of Birmingham and 226 km (141 miles) north west of London.
Stoke on Trent is made up of six former towns, Stoke, Burslem, Tunstall, Longton, Fenton and Hanley, which were brought together in 1910 to form a single conurbation. The city is the centre of the UK’s pottery industry and boasts a strong manufacturing history, hosting world-renowned names such as Royal Dalton, Wedgwood and Minton. The town’s strong manufacturing base has now diversified into an established service and distribution economy, which has kept unemployment at consistently low levels and helped maintain a robust local economy.
Hanley is the commercial and administrative centre for the city and is home to major cultural facilities such as The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Victoria Hall, Regent Theatre and the studios of BBC Radio Stoke.
Stoke-on-Trent benefits from an excellent transport infrastructure, with Junctions 15 (3.2 miles) and 16 (6.3 miles) of the M6 motorway located to the west of the city centre (via the A500 dual carriageway) and providing direct access to the national motorway network beyond. In addition, Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station is located on the West Coast Main Line and provides a frequent, direct, service to London Euston, with a fastest journey time of 1 hour 36 minutes.
Lichfield is a cathedral city in South East Staffordshire, around 30 miles south east of Stoke-on-Trent, 15 miles south east of Stafford and 16 miles north of Birmingham. The city had a population of 32,219 at the time of the 2011 census, while the wider Lichfield District had a population of approximately 103,100 in mid-2016.
Lichfield has long been an important religious centre and is notable for its medieval three-spired cathedral. It was also the birthplace of Samuel Johnson, who wrote the first authoritative English dictionary. The city has more than 200 listed buildings, including many dating from the Georgian period, and is well regarded for its historic character.
The city has two railway stations, Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley. Both stations are on the Cross-City Line to Redditch via Birmingham. Trains to Birmingham typically take a little over half an hour, to Stoke-on-Trent around 45 minutes to an hour and London Euston can be reached in around 1 hour 30 minutes to a little over 2 hours.
Tamworth is a large market town in South East Staffordshire close to the border with Warwickshire. The town had a population of 76,900 at the time of the 2011 census, making it Staffordshire’s second largest settlement, after Stoke-on-Trent.
Tamworth’s economy is mostly based around logistics and engineering, as well as manufacturing of clothing, bricks, tiles and paper. It is a popular visitor spot due to its rich history, with Tamworth once having been the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Mercia. Modern attractions include the Snowdome, a full-size, real-snow indoor ski slope, and the nearby Drayton Manor theme park.
Tamworth railway station is an interchange between the West Coast Mainline and Cross Country Route, making it well connected to the rest of the country. London Euston can be reach in 1 hour 30 minutes, Birmingham in around 20 minutes and Stoke-on-Trent in under an hour.
Newcastle-under-Lyme is a market town in northwest Staffordshire and the centre of the wider Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. According to the 2011 census, the town had a population of 75,125, while the borough had a population of around 128,500 in mid-2016. The town is immediately to the west of Stoke-on-Trent, with which it forms an unofficial conurbation.
Historically, the town’s economy was based on industries such as hat making, silk and cotton mills, coal mining, brick manufacturing, iron casting and engineering. Nowadays, Newcastle-under-Lyme’s economy is mainly focused on the service sector.
The town is located close to the M6 motorway as well as the A500 and A34, providing good road links to the surrounding area and the rest of the UK. Although Newcastle-under-Lyme no longer has its own train station, Stoke-on-Trent railway station is only 3 miles away from the town centre.
Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent (also known as Burton-on-Trent) is a town in East Staffordshire, close to the border with Derbyshire. The town had a population of 72,299 according to the 2011 census.
The town has a long association with brewing beer – at one point around a quarter of all beer sold in Britain was brewed in Burton upon Trent. The brewing industry has declined significantly in recent years and the only two major breweries remaining in the town are the Marston’s Brewery (which also brews Bass beer) and the UK arm of the Molson Coors Brewing Company, which has its headquarters in the town.
Burton-on-Trent railway station is on the Cross Country Route, connecting the town with many nearby towns and cities and the rest of the UK. Trains to Derby take around 15 minutes, while Stoke-on-Trent can be reached in around 1 hour 15 minutes, Birmingham in around half an hour and London St Pancras International and London Euston in just over 2 hours.