Providing legal services for 136 years Birdsall & Snowball


Whether you are buying or selling your home or re-Mortgaging, our conveyancing team are committed to providing a personal and professional service.

Moving house can be one of the most disruptive and stressful events of your life. Our Lawyers will guide you through the conveyancing process from start to finish and we have an experienced, approachable and friendly team of support staff who are also available to assist with any queries. Our aim is to build a trusting relationship so that you will want to use our services time and time again.

We remain price competitive and unlike some so-called low cost providers, our quotes are excellent value and all-inclusive – there are no hidden costs. We offer a thoroughly personal service where both Lawyers and support staff will have up to date knowledge of your transaction. You will deal with the same Lawyer throughout the conveyancing process and you will be treated with dignity and respect.

We have been awarded membership of The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, having undergone a rigorous assessment by the Law Society to earn CQS accreditation which provides absolute assurance for existing and new clients that their transactions will be handled to the very highest of standards.

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home including dealing with the registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax will depend on the purchase price of the property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay using the HMRC website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authorities website.

How long will my house purchase take?

How long will it take from your offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8 to 10 weeks but this can be a lot longer if there are any issues with the matter.

It can be quicker or slower on the parties in the chain for example if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle it could take around 10 weeks. However if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease this can take significantly longer and possibly between 3 to 6 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property may vary according to circumstances however below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include.

• Take your instructions and give you initial advice
• Check finances are in place to fund the purchase and contact lenders solicitors if needed
• Receive and advise on contract documentation
• Carry out searches
• Obtain further planning documentation if required
• Make any necessary enquiries of sellers solicitors
• Give you advice on all documents and information received
• Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
• Send final contract to you for signature
• Agree completion date (date from which you will own the property)
• Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
• Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
• Complete purchase
• Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
• Deal with application for registration at the Land Registry

Wills, Probate & Lasting Power of Attorney

Birdsall & Snowball's sensitive and practical approach brings peace of mind in later life. We will help clarify your plans and ensure that your wishes are respected should you become unable to manage your own affairs.

We can help with:
• Writing a Will
• Probate and administration of an estate
• Inheritance Tax planning
• Powers of Attorney and Office of Public Guardianship applications
• Trust advice and preparation

It is very easy to put off making a Will, or Lasting Power of Attorney. By doing so you are protecting your family’s future, making sure that, with as little disruption as possible, your affairs can be taken care of and your money and possessions go where you want them to go when you die or when you become incapable of managing your own affairs.

Making a Will is easier than you think, especially with the help of our Wills and probate specialists. We have many years experience of writing Wills and helping people to secure their families’ future.

Divorce, Separation, Children, living together

We can help with:
* Divorce
* Divorce Settlement
* Civil Partnership Dissolution
* Dissolution settlement
* Living together agreements
* Declarations of Trust
* Declarations of Trust
* Cohabitation breakups
* Arrangements for children
* Parental responsibility
* Relocation
* Grandparent rights

Divorce and separation is bound to be difficult. The emotional impact can leave you drained and the legal aspects can seem daunting and confusing. Our expert family solicitor can help to minimise the trauma. Getting early legal advice as soon as possible will also help to reassure you at a time when you may be anxious about what is going to happen in the future.

Whether you've been married, part of a civil partnership or just living together, Birdsall & Snowball will help you deal with your split sympathetically, but efficiently.

Our family solicitor is a member of Resolution, an organisation of specialist family lawyers committed to helping clients resolve issues in a constructive and non-confrontational manner. She will guide you through the process, providing straight-forward advice about your options and helping you to resolve matters whenever possible without going to court.

You will always be advised to start by trying to resolve matters through mediation or other forms of family arbitration but if court proceedings are the only option, our family solicitor will help to steer you through the legal process. We will negotiate strongly on your behalf and provide a professional and strategic approach aimed at protecting your interests and putting you in the best possible position going forward.

Along with the main services we provide, we also offer help in other areas of law. Please contact us with your legal queries and we will be happy to help. If it is an area of law that we do not deal with, we can refer you to other law firms that we have connections with.