Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Kent we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Kent, throughout Kent and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Kent, selling a terraced house in Ashford, downsizing to a bungalow in Maidstone, or buying to let in Tunbridge Wells, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Kent?
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 Kent, drainage and water fees in Kent 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 Kent. 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 Kent 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 Kent?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Kent, 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 Kent or perhaps not even in Kent.
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 Kent - 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 Kent
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Kent, Ashford, Tunbridge Wells 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 Kent
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Kentand 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 Kent. 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 Kent 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 Kent or away from Kent to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Kent
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 Kent.
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 Kent
Kent is a county in South East England, with a population of around 1,466,500 as of mid-2014. Much of this population can be found in the county's larger settlements, such as Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and Maidstone, but also in a number of other significant places, which are all significant in their own right.
For instance, Ashford is a town, on the River Great Stour. According to the 2011 census, Ashford has a population of 74,204. The town is about 61 miles southeast of Central London and 15.3 miles northwest of Folkestone.
Ashford is renown for being a communications hub at the centre of five railway lines, and because of this, it has often been targeted as a key area for development, and in 1959, 5000 new homes were built in order to combat London overspill.
Ashford's economy revolves around a lot of retail and manufacturing. Soup manufacturer Batchelors is one of the more notable employers in the area, mainly after they opened a £2.5m factory in Willesborough. Unilever are also a large scale employer, as are Brake Brothers, who have their European Headquarters to the north of the town.
In terms of retail, there are three modern shopping centres within the town: Park Mall, which opened in 1985, The Ashford Designer Outlet, which attracts around 3 million visitors each year, and the town's main centre, County Square, which is home to around 60 stores.
Ashford is very well connected through its transport links. Ashford International Station is the town's principal station, offering domestic services to areas such as London, but also international services to the likes of Disneyland Paris and even Brussels.
Royal Tunbridge Wells, or more colloquially known as Tunbridge Wells, is another large town in Kent. The town has a population of around 56,500. It is also the administrative centre of the Tunbridge Wells Borough.
It is just 40 miles south east of Central London by road and 34.5 miles by rail.
Historically, the town's economy relied on the chalybeate springs, as many would come from far and wide to bathe in them. Because of this, the town was allowed to prosper. Nowadays, Tunbridge Wells doesn't depend on the waters, and the largest economic sector in the town comprises of Hotel services, restaurants, and retail.
It is often said that the town is the most important retail centre between London and Hastings. The Royal Victoria Place is the primary reason for this, covering over 316,610 sq ft.
The retail sector in the town accounts for 30% of all jobs, and the finance and business sector makes up just a quarter of jobs, as does public administration, education and health.
The largest single employers in the town are the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and AXA PPP Healthcare, employing 2,500 and 1,700 respectively.
Landmarks in the area include The Pantiles and its chalybeate spring, The 5 metre high Millennium Clock, as well as a number of parks and open spaces. There are also various theatres such as the Assembly Hall, the principal theatre in the town, which has a capacity of 1,020. There is also a live music venue called The Forum, which has a capacity of 250.
The most renown sports ground in the area is probably The Nevill Ground, which has been known to host both domestic and international cricket, and regularly accommodates Kent County Cricket Club fixtures. There is also a motor club, a football team, a rugby union and league team, and swimming club and a squash club.
In terms of transport, Tunbridge Wells is at the hub of three roads, including the A26, the A264 and the A267. These roads provides access to areas such as Newhaven, Maidstone, Pembury and Halisham. The A21 also passes to the east of the town, offering a link to London and Hastings.
There are two railway stations in the area; Tunbridge Wells Station, which offers two trains per hour to Hastings, as well as two trains per hour to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street. The other station is High Brooms, and offers similar services to Tunbridge Wells Station.