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Selecting the right solicitor is the most important decision when it comes to your Bristol conveyancing

Reasons to use our Bristol conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Bristol lawyers have a significant edge when it comes to Bristol conveyancing as they have important local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other matters that can affect your sale or purchase
  • 2 Bristol solicitors work in conjunction with Bristol estate agents, property finders, surveyors, banks and other professionals to ensure that a quality service is provided to clients every step of the way, with the aim of reducing administrative burdens and transaction times
  • 3 Bristol lawyer are the key to a successful Bristol home move, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your conveyancing
  • 4 Over the years Bristol lawyer have established valuable links with Bristol local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and property developers enabling them to liaise at speed with all concerned in the process of undertaking your home move in Bristol.
  • 5 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Bristol is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by national chain estate agents) sometimes falls short of the level of professionalism you would hope for.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Bristol since November 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bristol

We are selling our flat in Bristol. Does my lawyer need to be required to be on the HSBC conveyancing panel in order to deal with repayment of my mortgage?

Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the HSBC conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. It might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their conditions fairly frequently in recent years.

Should commercial conveyancing searches reveal proposed roadworks that may affect a commercial site in Bristol?

Its becoming the norm that commercial conveyancing solicitors in Bristol will execute a SiteSolutions Highways report as it reduces the time that conveyancers spend in investigating accurate data on highways that impact buildings and development assets in Bristol. The search result sets out definitive information on the adoption status of roads, footpaths and verges, as well as the implication of traffic schemes and the rights of way surrounding a commercial development sites in Bristol.

For every commercial conveyancing transaction in Bristol it is crucial to investigate the adoption status of roads surrounding a site. Failure to identify developments where adoption procedures have not been dealt with adequately could result in delays to Bristol commercial conveyancing deals as well as present a risk to future intentions for the site. These searches are not conducted for residential conveyancing in Bristol.

It has been 4 months since my purchase conveyancing in Bristol took place. I have checked the Land Registry website which shows that I paid £175,000 when infact I paid £180,000. Why the discrepancy?

The price paid figure is taken from the application to register the purchase. It is the figure included in the Transfer (the legal deed which transfers the premises from one person to the other) and referred to as the 'consideration' or purchase price. You can report an error in the price paid figure using the LR online form. In most cases errors result from typos so at first glance the figure. Do report it so they can double check and advise.

I am buying a new build apartment in Bristol. Conveyancing is daunting at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build conveyancing.

Set out below is a sample of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Bristol

    The Vendor must covenant to keep unsold units in good repair until long leases are granted therefore. Please confirm the Lease plans are surveyor prepared. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents. Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified.

I opted to have a survey completed on a house in Bristol ahead of retaining solicitors. I have been told that there is a flying freehold element to the house. My surveyor advised that some lenders may not issue a mortgage on a flying freehold home.

It depends who your proposed lender is. Santander has different requirements for example to Birmingham Midshires. Should you wish to telephone us we can investigate further via the relevant mortgage company. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Bristol. Conveyancing can be more complicated and therefore you should check with your conveyancing solicitor in Bristol to see if the conveyancing will be more expensive.

Our lawyer in Bristol has uncovered a a legal deficiency with the lease for the property we are buying in Bristol. The seller’s lawyers have put forward title insurance as a solution. We are content with insurance and will pay for it. Our solicitor says that as he is on the bank conveyancing panel he must check that the lender is happy with this solution. Who is the client here, us or the mortgage company?

Just because you have a mortgage offer from the lender does not mean to say that the property will be meet their requirements for the purposes of a mortgage. Your Bristol conveyancing lawyer has to ensure that the lease has to comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook Requirements. You and the lender are the client. These conveyancing instructions must be adhered to by the bank conveyancing panel who has to balance acting for you and the bank

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Bristol regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Bristol but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Bevan Brittan Llp, Kings Orchard, 1 Queen Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS2 0HQ
  • Bart Secretaries Limited, The Paragon Counterslip, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6BX
  • Waf Secretaries Limited, The Paragon Counterslip, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6BX
  • Cw&c No 2 Nominees, 1 Georges Square, Bath Street, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6BA
  • Clarke Willmott Trust Corporation Limited, 1 Georges Square, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6BA

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Bristol regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Bristol with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Bristol. This will likely include advice on buying or selling a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail unit
  • Bevan Brittan Llp, Kings Orchard, 1 Queen Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS2 0HQ
  • Bart Secretaries Limited, The Paragon Counterslip, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6BX
  • Waf Secretaries Limited, The Paragon Counterslip, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6BX
  • Cw&c No 2 Nominees, 1 Georges Square, Bath Street, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6BA
  • Clarke Willmott Trust Corporation Limited, 1 Georges Square, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6BA

Planning law solicitors in Bristol regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The practices listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Bristol specialising in planning law. This may include advice on applications about listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Bevan Brittan Llp, Kings Orchard, 1 Queen Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS2 0HQ
  • Clarke Willmott Trust Corporation Limited, 1 Georges Square, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6BA
  • Das Law Limited, North Quay, Temple Back, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6FL
  • Tlt Llp, 1 Redcliff Street, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6TP
  • Bond Pearce Llp, 3 Temple Quay, Temple Back East, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS1 6DZ

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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