Conveyancing Solicitors in Berkshire
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Berkshire we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Berkshire, throughout Berkshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Berkshire, selling a terraced house in Reading , downsizing to a bungalow in Windsor, or buying to let in Maidenhead, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Berkshire?
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 Berkshire, drainage and water fees in Berkshire 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 Berkshire. 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 Berkshire 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 Berkshire?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Berkshire, 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 Berkshire or perhaps not even in Berkshire.
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 Berkshire - 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 Berkshire
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Berkshire, Reading , Maidenhead 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 Berkshire
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Berkshireand 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 Berkshire. 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 Berkshire 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 Berkshire or away from Berkshire to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Berkshire
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 Berkshire.
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 Berkshire
Berkshire is a county in the south east of England, and is sometimes referred to as the Royal County of Berkshire, due to the presence of the Windsor Castle, one of the royal seats. The county consists of a number of notable settlements, such as Reading, Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, and they all hold significant values.
For instance, Reading is one of the larger towns, with a population of 160,825 in the Town and Borough area, as of 2014. The introduction of the Great Western Railway in the 19th century allowed for the development of the town's industries, notably brewing, baking and seed growing. Today, the town is primarily a commercial centre, with a big part of its industry revolving around IT and insurance, with major firms in the area being ING direct, Microsoft and Oracle. Consequently, it has a particularly large commuter flow, despite its proximity to London (36 miles due West of Central London).
The centre of Reading is a particularly large shopping centre. Broad Street is the main shopping street, and runs between the large shopping centre The Oracle and Broad Street Mall. Aside from this Reading has three smaller shopping arcades.
Each summer the town also hosts the Reading Festival, which has a capacity of 87,000 and has been running since 1971. It takes place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend. It is the second largest music festival in the UK behind Glastonbury. Reading was also previously known for its WOMAD Festival until it was moved to Charlton Park in Wiltshire.
Reading's location in the Thames Valley West of London has made the town an important location in the nation's transport system. The town is a major junction point of the National Rail system. The station itself is under mass development, with an estimated cost of £850m. This is scheduled to finish in 2015. The Railway lines link Reading to both Paddington and Waterloo stations in London.
Slough is one of the other major towns in the county, with a population of 144,575.
The town is probably most well known as an industrial hub; It has the largest industrial estate in single private ownership in Europe. The old buildings in the town have recently been replaced with new offices and shopping complexes, and the town centre has witnessed substantial redevelopment in the 21st century.
Notable employers in the town include Mars Inc., who have their UK headquarters in the town, as well as other large international firms such as Nintendo, Black and Decker, and Dulux.
The Slough Trading Estate has the capacity to accommodate 500 businesses and employ around 20,000 people.
Due to Slough's proximity to London, there are also many commuters who live there, and consequently, transport links revolving around the town are exceptional. The M4, M25 and M40 motorways are located in the town, providing access to towns such as Maidenhead, Hounslow and Beaconsfield.
First Great Western trains serve Slough, and provide frequent services to areas such as Reading and London Paddington.