Conveyancing solicitors in Dudley
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Dudley we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Dudley, throughout West Midlands and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Dudley, selling a terraced house in Tividale, downsizing to a bungalow in Gornalwood , or buying to let in London Fields, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Dudley?
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 Dudley, drainage and water fees in West Midlands 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 Dudley. 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 West Midlands 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 Dudley?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Dudley, 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 Dudley or perhaps not even in West Midlands.
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 Dudley - 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 Dudley
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Dudley, Tividale, London Fields 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 Dudley
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Dudleyand 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 Dudley. 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 Dudley 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 Dudley or away from Dudley to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Dudley
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 Dudley.
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 Dudley
Dudley is a large town tucked away in the West Midlands, with a population of around 83,000. It lies just six miles south east of Wolverhampton and eight miles northwest of Birmingham. It is the town and the administrative hub of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley. The borough itself has a population of around 300,000.
Historically, Dudley dates back to the Saxon times. It grew as a town due to its proximity to Wolverhampton and can be classed as one of the birthplaces of the industrial revolution. The development of roads and canals in the 1700s increased transport into the town centre of Dudley which, in turn, increased tourism and commerce. Its population grew dramatically in the 18th and 19th centuries because of the rapid development in industry, notably coal and limestone mining. Eventually, Dudley became a borough in 1889. The early 20th Century saw a modernisation with the building of many theatres and cinemas plus two shopping centres in the late end of the Twentieth Century. However, Dudley still holds its historical integrity with sites such as Himley Hall and Park and Dudley Castle.
Nowadays, there are many reasons that Dudley attracts visitors. The Dudley Castle Ruins, that were once part of a magnificent 11th Century stronghold, are Grade I listed, and provide an idyllic area for picnickers and walkers. The grounds of the castle also accommodate Dudley Zoo, which is popular amongst tourists. The castle, along with the zoo, are the home of historic reenactments and ghost walks.
Himley Park has been seated proudly on the Dudley skyline, next to the medieval church, since the 1800s, and has earned its title as a Grade II listed building. Whilst the house passed through many owners, it was William Ward who is most remembered due to his philanthropy. Whilst the house has played host to many royal visits and was the hub of aristocratic life in Dudley, it is now enjoyed as a main attraction by residents and tourists to the area. Himley Park is now hailed for its annual events such as the bonfire, as well as hosting weddings.
One of the most renowned locations amongst tourists, however, is the Black Country Living Museum. It was established in 1975 and hosts many rebuilt historic Black Country features, such as traditional shops and workhouses. Across Dudley there are 11 scheduled ancient monuments, 260 listed building, including six grade I and nineteen Grade II* listed.
It is clear to see the rich human history that surrounds Dudley, but a trip to Black Country Global Geopark is a trip to 430 million years into the geological past. Visitors can wander around this exceptional combination of manmade and natural wonder, described as a ‘hidden gem’ of Dudley. Other places of natural interest include Britain’s first nature reserve which is set in an urban area at Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve. It is perhaps one of the most significant geological points within Britain, due to it being a part of the Much Wenlock Limestone Formation. It was within these formations that the world famous ‘Dudley Bug’ was found as a fossilised trilobite.
Dudley's expansion into the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century has brought with it commerce and retail. With high street shops dotted around the borough, for the most part, major retailers are situated in the main market area including clothing shops like New Look and Peacocks, to higher end department stores such as Debenhams. As well as brands, the market at Dudley has been trading since the Twelfth Century. Similarly, you can enjoy tenpin bowling, or see the latest blockbuster at one of the cinemas at Castle Gate. You could also catch a show at Dudley’s Little Theatre or Dudley Evolve.
Along with the three minor shopping centres in the town center, the major mall in Dudley is intu Merry Hill. With two floors, and an incredible amount of floor space, the intu Merry Hill is the fifth largest shopping centre in the UK. This precinct was established in the 1990s and now has over two hundred shops, a cinema complex and a food court. There is a plethora of incredibly good restaurants in the Dudley area. The Bramford Arms and the Sarah Hughes Brewery at the Beacon Hotel are two of the highest rated pubs in Dudley.
There are plenty of amenities for those living in Dudley. The Dudley Library is a beautiful building, designed in the Baroque style, which was fashionable in the Edwardian period in which it was built. Whilst there are many libraries around the borough, the one on James Street is superior in its grandeur. It is, of course, frequented by the students of Dudley to assist in their studies.
Dudley has a mix of modern schools and colleges, as well as a sixth form centre that is a converted grammar school, dating back to the Sixteenth Century. Dudley College or Dudley Sixth, which is a specialist A level centre located in Ednam Road, Dudley, has an excellent reputation for being one of the best places in the region to study for A levels. The multi-million-pound new college facility opened its doors to students in May 2017. There are four main secondary schools in Dudley centre, including an arts school and a Catholic school (Bishop Milner Catholic College) and two comprehensives including Castle High School, all serving Dudley’s under sixteens with their GCSE education. There are many primary schools in the area, several of which are Church schools for 5 to 11 year olds such as Priory Primary School.
Churches form a large part of Dudley’s landscape, with the Churches of St James, St Edmund and St Thomas. Pre-dating Anglo Saxon times, the oldest of all the Churches is St. Edmund’s, which has undergone restoration work as far back as the 1700s. Similarly, St. Thomas’s Church was restored and rebuilt in the 1800s, as the original church was built in the Twelfth Century. Dudley Priory was also built in the 1100s, but, unfortunately, is now reduced to archaeological remains which form part of Priory Park.
Priory Park covers nineteen acres of land. It was opened in the 1930s, and is only a five minute walk from the town center of Dudley. Its main attraction is the aforementioned Dudley Priory, which was used for over four hundred years by practicing monks. However, as a result of the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII in the 1500s, Dudley Priory fell into disarray. Due to its decline in usage, the stone that held the Priory together was often plundered by residents for their own houses. Over the course of the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century, additions were made to the now-ruins, but ultimately they serve now as a reminder to a history that happened nearly one thousand years ago.
Priory Hall is also located within Priory Park and is part of the Priory Estate, which also opened in 1932. It is now used as a registry office, and the park area serves as recreational ground for the residents of the estate, including a children’s play area and tennis courts that were used by the 1930s Wimbledon Winner, Dorothy Round.
Interestingly, Dudley is the largest UK town without a football club in a league, but this does not curb their enthusiasm for the sport, with two teams: Dudley Town FC and Dudley Sports FC. There are also Rugby clubs, Volleyball and even Motorsport teams - the latter including former World Champion riders, Erik Gunderson and Bruce Penhall.
More notable names from Dudley include Darren McDermott (boxer), Lenny Henry (tv personality), James Whale (director) and Sam Allardyce (footballer and former England manager).
It has never been easier to travel to Dudley. There are two train stations within the vicinity as well as a tram link. There are also buses that pass through Dudley to serve larger cities such as Birmingham, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. Dudley is 25 miles from Birmingham International Airport which is best accessed via the M5 and then the M6. Dudley is very well connected to the motorway network being just 7 miles from Junction 2 of the M5, and meets at the junctions of numerous A roads which connect to West Bromwich, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Stourbridge.