Conveyancing Solicitors in Worcestershire
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Worcestershire we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Worcestershire, throughout Worcestershire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Worcestershire, selling a terraced house in Worcester, downsizing to a bungalow in Redditch, or buying to let in Kidderminster, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Worcestershire?
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 Worcestershire, drainage and water fees in Worcestershire 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 Worcestershire. 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 Worcestershire 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 Worcestershire?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Worcestershire, 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 Worcestershire or perhaps not even in Worcestershire.
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 Worcestershire - 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 Worcestershire
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Worcestershire, Worcester, Kidderminster 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 Worcestershire
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Worcestershireand 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 Worcestershire. 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 Worcestershire 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 Worcestershire or away from Worcestershire to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Worcestershire
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 Worcestershire.
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 Worcestershire
Worcestershire is a county in the West Midlands of England, neighbouring Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. As of mid-2014, Worcestershire has a population of 566,500 living within the six administrative districts of Worcester, the county town, Redditch, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove and Wychavon. That said, there are also a number of other notable towns which are significant in their own right and include: Malvern, Kidderminster, Evesham, Droitwich and Stourport-on-Seven.
The area is particularly well known for its beautiful landscapes and geography. Most notably, the Malvern Hills which are an impressive eight-mile-long range of hills made of ancient volcanic rock and believed to date back more than 12 million years. The hills rise steeply and dramatically from the plain of the River Severn with Worcestershire Beacon being the highest point, standing at 425 metres or 1,394 feet above sea level. From this vantage point, there are wonderful scenic views across Herefordshire and Worcestershire with sight of the River Severn Valley beneath and the Cotswolds, the Welsh Mountains and the Bristol Channel, beyond. The hills run from north to south, from Great Malvern to Colwall and became famous for their natural volcanic springs and wells that supplied exceptionally high-quality spring water, and which drew in visitors during the nineteenth century to the local spa town of Great Malvern. Today the Malvern Hills have been recognised for their historic and geological importance by Natural England and are now a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a Biological and Geographical Site of Specific Scientific Interest as a Natural Character Area 103. The area has also inspired many artists and writers. John Evelyn (1620-1706) described the view from the Malvern Hills as ‘one of the goodliest views in England’ and composer Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) wrote many of his great works here. It is also believed that JRR Tolkien’s Shire, made famous in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was inspired by the landscapes, here.
Traditionally, agriculture in the local area depended mainly on fruit farming and the cultivation of hops but since the twentieth century this has fallen into decline. The Vale of Evesham is the only area left where there is orchard farming on a commercial scale.
Worcester is the only city and the county town of Worcestershire, in the West Midlands, about 17 miles away from Birmingham and 23 miles from Gloucester. According to the 2011 census, the city has a population of 98,768.
Historically, the city was able to develop due to many factors, but mainly its proximity to the River Severn, which is overlooked by the 12th century cathedral. The river allowed canal access throughout the majority of the West Midlands, supporting its trade, and it soon became an important centre for manufacturing and light industry.
One of the most famous industries in the city is its glove industry, which peaked between 1790 and 1820, when it employed around 30,000 people. It has declined since then, however there are still 3 large glove manufacturing companies. Queen Elizabeth II's coronation gloves were manufactured in the Worcester-based Milore factory.
Worcester is also very well known for being the home of the production of Lea & Perrins famous Worcestershire sauce, which is made and bottled in the Midland Road factory in Worcester.
Worcester's main shopping centre is the High Street, which is the home to a number of stores and large retail chains. There are also three shopping centres in the city: Cathedral Plaza, Reindeer Court and CrownGate, the latter of which is the largest, housing around 60 stores and services. There are also three retail parks.
The city also receives a relatively large amount of tourism. The cathedral is one of the main attractions, and it often hosts large events, including the annual graduation ceremony for the University of Worcester.
There are also many annual public festivals, such as the Worcester Festival, which consists of a variety of music, as well as a theatre, a cinema and other workshops. The Worcester Music Festival, the Christmas Fayre, and the CAMRA Worcester Beer, Cider and Perry festival are all major tourist attractions as well.
Worcester is also home to a number of sporting attractions and sports teams. The most famous are Worcester Warriors, an RFU Championship Rugby Union team, who currently play in the Aviva Premiership and are based at Sixways Stadium. Worcestershire County Cricket Club are based at New Road in the city, and they too are a prominent club in the English and Welsh Domestic cricket system. There is also a football club, a basketball team, and a racecourse.
In terms of transport, Worcester has good access to the M5 motorway, which provides access to the majority of the country, including London, which is only 120 miles south. Other roads include the A449, which runs through the city from Malvern to Kidderminster, The A44 which provides access to Evesham and Aberystywyth and the A38, which provides a link to Tewkesbury and Gloucester.
There are two railway stations in the area namely Worcester Foregate Street and Worcester Shrub Hill. Worcester Foregate Street is the smaller station, with just two platforms, however, it is more centrally located. The station is operated by London Midland, and provides frequent services to areas such as Birmingham (New Street and Snow Hill), Oxford, Southampton Central, Bristol Temple Meads, Gloucester and also London Paddington. Worcester Shrub Hill is larger, with three platforms. It is also served by the London Midland route and therefore provides similar services.
Redditch is a town and local government district in north-east Worcestershire, in the West Midlands. The population of the district is 84,471 as of mid-2014. Being just 15 miles south of Birmingham, the town has many residents who commute, but despite this, Redditch has a strong local economy. It originally flourished due to its needle and fishing tackle industry, and at one point, the town created 90% of the world's needles. However, at the turn of the 21st Century these industries began to decline, and light industry and services now make up the majority of the local economy. Notable employers include automotive retailers Halfords, and engineering giants GKN, who both have their headquarters in the town.
Retail also plays a large role in the town, mainly through the Kingfisher Shopping Centre which is one of the largest covered shopping centres in the country. It has over 150 stores and services, with tenants such as Debenhams, Primark, Next and Argos.
Places of interest in the area include Bordesley Abbey, Forge Mill Needle Museum and Morton Stanley Park. There is also a large public leisure centre, offering many sports facilities, including swimming pools and a gymnasium.
Major sports teams include Redditch United F.C, the NEW Ravens Rugby League team and Redditch Cricket Club. Furthermore, there are also many other clubs, including badminton, hockey, and swimming.
Redditch's transport facilities are very reliable. It has a train station, known simply as Redditch railway station, which provides services to the likes of Lichfield and Birmingham New Street. Major roads in the area include the M42, which is only a short distance away, as well as the A441 and the A448. There are also reliable bus services in the area.
Local media outlets that broadcast in the Worcestershire area include the BBC Hereford and Worcester, Sunshine Radio and Free Radio. The Worcester News is the biggest tabloid in the City of Worcester and other publications covering news stories from across the Worcestershire area include the Kidderminster Shuffle and the Redditch & Alcester Advertiser.