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ArmedForcesLawyers.co.uk is a trading style of Bird and Co Solicitors LLP.
Bird & Co. Solicitors LLP is a long-established solicitors firm serving the entirety of the Midlands and beyond. It is now a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales under registration number OC318696.
The Firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Click here to access the Code of Conduct.) and its head office is at 15 Castlegate, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6SE. The Members of Bird and Co Solicitors LLP (otherwise referred to as Partners) are Solicitors or Barristers. A list of Members’ names is available for inspection at the firm’s registered office (for companies law purposes) at Windsor House, A1 Business Park at Long Bennington, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5JR. Correspondence can be sent to the Grantham office and also at the Firm’s other offices: 38 Kirk Gate, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 1AB and 352 High Street, Lincoln, LN5 7BN.
For further information see www.birdandco.co.uk or email Bird and Co.
This website is intended to provide general information and a rough guide to the services we can offer. Nothing on this website is intended to be a substitute for properly informed professional legal advice and ArmedForcesLawyers.co.uk and Bird & Co Solicitors LLP cannot accept any liability for any loss, damage or expense arising from purported reliance on the content of this website, howsoever caused.
We do our best to keep the information on this website up to date and current, however on occasion the law may change and the content of this website may not reflect this. If you need legal advice we recommend you contact us or another professional legal adviser for advice on the current legal position.
The content of this website may change without notice.
Unless otherwise stated nothing on this website amounts to a contractual offer and no retainer is created by you contacting us having seen the website.
If you require legal advice you should contact this firm in order to speak to a lawyer in confidence. We can be contacted by phone, email and by post, although we prefer phone or email contact in the first instance. Personal appointments are available by prior arrangement at our Newark Office, 38 Kirkgate, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 1AB (nearest parking at Morrisons & disabled parking directly outside), Lincoln Office, 352 High Street, Lincoln, LN5 7BN (opposite Argos and near the Magistrates’ Court and railway station), or our head office at 15 Castlegate, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6SE.
Correspondence should also be sent to our Newark office, from where it will be directed to the appropriate person. We will always be pleased to assist you.
Our services all have their own distinct terms and conditions which will be provided to you by the member of the Armed Forces Lawyers team who deals with your call.
A number of pages on this site contain links to external websites. We take every precaution to ensure that the links are directed to suitable websites. However, the firm does not accept any responsibility for the content of external websites.
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It is our honour and pleasure to provide discounted fees for members of the armed forces and their families, as set out on the relevant page of this website.
Discounts are subject to proper official proof of entitlement. This may include the presentation of a currently valid Defence Discount Scheme or Rewards for Forces card, or the presentation of a currently valid armed forces identification card.
Conveyancing Quote Terms and Conditions
Quotations are provided to give you a guide of the prices we charge for conveyancing work. We have aimed to provide best value for money while still providing a quality service. We will honour our prices as quoted on the website and as they are in force from time to time. We reserve the right to change our prices for the future in respect of new or additional quotes. If you receive a quotation and make contact with us to instruct us within 24 hours referring to the previous quotation to instruct us we will honour the price quoted.
Some quotations exclude items which cannot be accurately predicted. These include search fees on purchase transactions, leasehold transactions which require management packs, notice or certification fees, indemnity insurance policies, statutory declaration fees, search and/or search indemnity insurance fees on remortgages, and Stamp Duty Land Tax liabilities on certain remortgage transfer of equity transactions. We will advise you of these additional items if you instruct us.
Quotations rely on the figures you have provided. In the event that any relevant figure (e.g. the price of the property) alters and/or is inaccurate the quotation may change. It is your responsibility to provide accurate figures.
No quotation amounts to a contractual offer and we are not bound to act for you on these terms or otherwise. Whether we act for you is in our absolute discretion subject to the rules of law and professional practice which we must abide by. We may, for example but without prejudice to our general discretion, decline to act for you if we are already acting for another party to the transaction.
Any instruction is subject to your acceptance of our standard terms of business, in common with all firms of solicitors, which will be sent to you after you have decided to instruct us.
Our fee assumes that:
- this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
- (leasehold properties) this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
- the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
- all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
- no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
In a typical leasehold purchase there will be the following additional fees:
- Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £75 and £250.
- Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £75 and £250.
- Transfer of any share in the Management Company or application to become a member (where relevant). This fee is again chargeable under the lease. Often the fee is between £75 and £250.
- Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £200 and £500.
- Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100 – £300.
In some cases there can be two sets of these fees payable where there is a Landlord and Management Company that require notices. These fees are set by the Landlord or Managing Agent for the whole development.
These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.
You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.
Where you are selling a leasehold property it will be necessary to obtain information from the Landlord or Management Company. The cost they charge can typically be up to £500.
Some of these fees may also be payable for freehold properties that are on developments which include management companies.
Please note that the Armed Forces Lawyers Conveyancing service is exclusively for residential property, and does not extend to commercial, agricultural transactions, or transactions which relate to the sale or purchase of land exclusively. All such transactions amount to commercial property work and are significantly more labour intensive.
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