Conveyancing - Overview

Conveyancing Solicitors

When you are buying or selling a home, renting a new business premises, remortgaging, or engaging in any other type of property transaction, it’s really important to get all of the legal details right.

Having the right conveyancing solicitor on your team to handle the legal processes involved in your property transaction ensures you are protected both legally and financially throughout. It also helps to ensure the deal goes ahead quickly and smoothly and that you aren’t hit with any nasty surprises after the deal is done.

Devereux & Co offers a highly experienced conveyancing service to people living in Bristol and the surrounding area. Thanks to our decades of residential and commercial property experience, we can promise the following:

  • Your conveyancing will be done properly – no detail will be missed
  • We will ensure your conveyancing is carried out quickly
  • Your calls and emails will be answered quickly
  • We will keep the process simple for you – see conveyancing in a nutshell
  • You will benefit from our experience – see our 10 top tips for buyers and sellers
  • Our fees will be fair and transparent – see our price promise.

For a conveyancing quote or further information about our conveyancing solicitors in Westbury-on-Trym and Shirehampton, call us now on 0117 959 3344 or get in touch with your local Devereux & Co office.


Our conveyancing services in Bristol

We offer a comprehensive conveyancing service for all types of residential and commercial property transactions in Bristol and the surrounding area from our two offices located in Shirehampton and Westbury-on-Trym.

Residential property conveyancing

Our residential conveyancing solicitors in Bristol can help you with a wide range of residential property transactions, including:

  • Buying and selling property
  • Buy-to-let property deals
  • Remortgaging
  • Transfer of equity
  • Buying and selling land
  • Landlord and tenant issues
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Leasehold property transactions
  • Joint ownership agreements

Commercial property conveyancing

Our commercial conveyancing solicitors in Bristol regularly help businesses, private investors, developers and other commercial property investors with:

  • Buying and selling commercial property
  • Renting business premises
  • Buying and selling land and development sites
  • Equity release

Conveyancing for leasehold property

Most flats and a growing number of new build properties are offered on a leasehold basis. This has a number of implications for people buying leasehold property and there are a number of unique transactions that are often involved in owning leasehold property.

Our leasehold conveyancing solicitors in Bristol can assist you with:

  • Buying and selling leasehold property
  • Buying the freehold on a leasehold property
  • Lease extensions
  • Collective enfranchisement

How conveyancing works

There are various stages of the conveyancing process that need to be handled correctly to ensure that your property deal goes ahead smoothly and in a timely fashion and that you are not left with any unexpected problems after the deal is done.

For buying or selling a home, conveyancing generally involves:

  1. The seller’s conveyancing solicitor preparing the draft contract and supporting documents and sending these to the buyer’s solicitor.
  2. The buyer’s solicitor reviewing these documents and raising any issues with the seller’s solicitor that need to be resolved.
  3. The buyer’s solicitor carrying out various checks and searches, such as local authority searches, to find out anything the buyer needs to know before buying the house e.g. whether the house is subject to flooding, if there are plans for any major developments in the area etc.
  4. The buyer will arrange to transfer the deposit to their solicitor who will be responsible for paying it to the seller.
  5. The buyer and seller will agree a completion date, when the balance of the sale will be paid and the buyer will take possession of the property.
  6. Once all the checks and searches are done and the final version of the contract of sale has been agreed, both buyer and seller will sign their copies of the contract.
  7. The buyer’s solicitor and the seller’s solicitor will then read their copies of the contract to each other, usually over the phone, then exchange copies, usually through the post.
  8. The buyer’s solicitor will then lodge an interest in the property with the Land Registry, meaning the title deeds for the property will be frozen for 30 days.
  9. On the agreed completion date, the buyer’s solicitor will transfer the remaining balance of the sale price to the seller’s solicitor. They will confirm receipt of the funds and then the keys to the property will be passed to the buyer.
  10. After completion, the buyer’s solicitor will pay the Stamp Duty Land Tax owed on the property and have the title deeds transferred into the buyer’s name with the Land Registry. If the property was purchased with a mortgage, the buyer’s solicitor will send a copy of the title deed to the mortgage lender.
  11. The seller’s solicitor will use the proceeds of the sale to pay off any outstanding mortgage the seller has and deposit the remainder into the seller’s nominated account.
  12. Your solicitor will then give you the final bill for their fees and the conveyancing process is complete.

For other types of property transactions, the conveyancing process will vary, so please speak to one of our conveyancing solicitors for more information.

Our conveyancing fees

We aim to keep out fees fair and transparent and will offer a clearly written conveyancing quote upfront. That means you know exactly what you are paying for and can make a fair comparison with our competitors.

We promise not to add any hidden extra charges onto your bill and, if any additional work does become necessary during the conveyancing process (due to unforeseen circumstances), we will explain this to you in advance so you can decide whether to go ahead.

When comparing conveyancing quotes, it can be useful to understand that the costs of conveyancing are usually split into two parts – your conveyancer’s professional fees for their time and various disbursements that have to be paid to third parties.

These disbursements include the fees for essential checks and searches, such as local council and planning searches. These fees are set by the third parties who carry out those checks and searches and should be the same between different conveyancing firms.

Our conveyancing expertise

Our conveyancing team consists of two highly experienced property lawyers – Julian Chapman and Hugh McPherson. Both have decades of experience in residential conveyancing, while Julian Chapman also has extensive experience in commercial conveyancing. This allows us to offer a fast, smooth and efficient conveyancing service backed by a deep understanding of the local property market.

Our experience and strong local knowledge means we can anticipate most issues that could hold up your property transaction or cause you problems after the deal is done.

When unexpected problems do arise, we will almost certainly have come across the same issues before, meaning we can quickly offer solutions to prevent your property transaction being derailed, saving you time and money.

We understand how stressful buying or selling home and other types of property deals can be, so can offer the reassurance of a calm, professional approach and clear communication at every stage of the conveyancing process.

Ultimately, our goal is to make your property deal happen, while protecting you legally and financially and making the whole process as straightforward and stress-free as possible for you.

Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Shirehampton & Westbury-on-Trym

Looking for a conveyancing quote or want to find out more about our conveyancing service? Contact our conveyancing solicitors in Westbury-on-Trym and Shirehampton now by calling 0117 959 3344 or get in touch with your local Devereux & Co office.

Whether you are Buying or Selling or are interested in a Re-mortgage or Transfer of Equity, we can help you. We have the expertise that is needed for Flats and Leases and Commercial Properties. We know what the requirements are of those interested in Property Development. We will explain to you simply about Joint Ownership.