Conveyancing Solicitors in Croydon
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Croydon we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Croydon, throughout London and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Croydon, selling a terraced house in Mitcham, downsizing to a bungalow in Upper Norwood, or buying to let in Couldson, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Croydon?
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 Croydon, drainage and water fees in London 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 Croydon. 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 London 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 Croydon?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Croydon, 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 Croydon or perhaps not even in London.
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 Croydon - 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 Croydon
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Croydon, Mitcham, Couldson 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 Croydon
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Croydonand 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 Croydon. 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 Croydon 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 Croydon or away from Croydon to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Croydon
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 Croydon.
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 Croydon
Croydon is a large town in South London, located just 9.5 miles south of Charing Cross. Croydon, London's largest borough, is a thriving, dynamic community with a population of over 338,000. It is home to over 9,000 businesses, making it the economic and social heart of a large region of the South East.
Croydon has developed as an important centre for shopping and is home to one of the biggest and most popular shopping districts outside of London's West End including the recently constructed Whitgift Centre and the pedestrianised shopping district. The Whitgift Centre, a large shopping mall, was originally inaugurated in the 1970s, however it has undergone significant redevelopment since then, and it is set to undergo even more redevelopment as part of the Croydon Vision 2020 redevelopment scheme. The Centrale & The Whitgift Centre are located either side of the North End pedestrian precinct in Croydon and have over 130 shops between them including House of Frazer, Boots, M&S, H&M and Debenhams. Croydon High Street runs from South Croydon up to the point where it meets the street called North End. North End is the main shopping street, while Croydon High Street is the main restaurant and bar quarter.
Croydon also has a strong sense of culture, being home to a thriving music and literature scene. The Fairfield Halls, Croydon's principal entertainment complex, is one of the hubs of this local culture and has hosted an array of famous musical acts, ranging from The Beatles to Tom Jones to BB King. The main concert hall has often been used as a filming location, most recently appearing in The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks.
Croydon has excellent transport links between central London and the south coast of England. The A23 Brighton Road runs from central London to Croydon, before heading onto Purley and Merstham. At Merstham, the A23 briefly becomes the M23 before returning to the A23 and finishes at Brighton on the south coast which is just 43 miles from Croydon.
Croydon is 9.5 miles from Junction 7 of the M25 orbital to the south, or it is 14 miles east to Junction 4 of the M25.
Road traffic is now diverted away from a largely pedestrianised town centre, and its main railway station, East Croydon, is a major hub of the national railway transport system, with frequent fast services to central London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton, among other destinations. East Croydon train station is on George Street and will be the heart of a major redevelopment known as Ruskin Square. Ruskin Square is a spectacular development which will include over one million square feet of Grade A Office Space, over 600 new homes, new retail and leisure space and will encompass the train station. HM Revenue and Customs have taken a 25-year lease on One Ruskin Square and will be a significant employer in the town for many years.
The town also has a tram system, the only one in London. The tram network is a three-line loop system which connects, Wimbledon, New Addington, West and Central Croydon, Elmers End and Beckenham. Tragically, seven people lost their lives and over fifty people were injured when a tram derailed in November 2016 at Sandilands near Croydon. The tram system now has new additional safety features to ensure a similar tragedy is avoided, including new warning systems for tram drivers, new signs, new speed restrictions and speed monitoring systems.
Croydon has many woods for walking in and, among several other parks and open spaces around Croydon, there is an area of landscaped green space in the town centre called Queens Gardens which is located adjacent to the town hall and Clocktower Art Centre.
The town is home to Croydon College, with its main site on Park Lane and College Road near East Croydon station, as well as five well-known fee-paying schools, of which two are boys' schools. Croydon is also home to three high-performing and oversubscribed single-sex Catholic state schools. Coloma Convent Girls' School is one of England's top performing Catholic girls' schools.
Croydon Football Club is a semi-professional club that pays in the lower levels of non-league football at the Croydon Arena, South Norwood. The closest Premier League football team to Croydon is Crystal Palace who play at Selhurst Park less than two miles north of Croydon train station. Crystal Palace have had many famous faces as players and managers including
Kenny Samson, Mark Bright, Ian Wright, Alan Pardew and Peter Taylor.
Croydon’s local hospital is the Croydon University Hospital which is located off London Road at Broad Green Road, approximately one mile north of West Croydon railway station. This area, just north of Croydon, is the location of Queens Road Cemetery, Whitehorse Road Recreation Ground and, also, The Brit School. The Brit School is a free, unique performing arts and technology school for children aged 14-19, which has some notable alumni including, Adele, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J and Tom Holland.
To the east of Croydon, along Barclay Road, you will find Shirly Park Golf Club, and more outdoor recreation space is located on Coombe Road which allows access to Lloyd Park, Coombe Park and John Ruskin playing fields.
More parks and open spaces are located to the south and west of Croydon including the Purley Way playing fields, Roundshaw open space and Beddington Park & The Grange, heading towards Wallington. For a greater expanse of outdoor space, the Surrey Hills AONB is just 16 miles south west, past the M25 near Dorking, or further afield is both the High Weald AONB or the South Downs National Park.
Croydon has its place in history as being the home to RAF fighter pilots who won the Battle of Britain in 1944. Today, a large war memorial statute stands with a brass eagle on top of it at the side of Purley Way and was built in tribute to all connected with Croydon and its aerodrome who gave their lives in the air or on the ground during the Second World War.
One of many old and notable buildings in the town is Croydon Palace which was the summer residence for the presiding Archbishop of Canterbury for over 500 years. The “palace” had regular visitors including Queen Elizabeth I and Henry III. The connection with archbishops has led to six being buried at Croydon Minster. The Minster was originally a saxon building and there is evidence of its existence prior to the 10th Century. The old building in Croydon old town was badly damaged by fire in 1867 and what survives today is the church buildings that were rebuilt and finished in 1869.
Croydon, has been home to many a celebrity including Adele (singer from Selhurst), Kirsty MacColl (grew up in Croydon), Kate Moss (model who went to Riddlesdown High School), and Stormzy (grime rapper from Thornton Heath). Croydon has also had some famous people in the world or arts, literature and sport including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (fiction writer of Sherlock Holmes), DH Lawrence (novelist who lived in Addiscombe) and Roy Hodgson (former England Manager who was born in Croydon).
Just a few miles South East of Croydon, along the A212, is Addington which is the home of two golf clubs and close to a third at Farleigh. St Mary’s Church in Addington is a very notable church, being established in 1040 and being the burial site for eleven Archbishops of Canterbury.