Online Conveyancing in London
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in London, Hampstead, Greenwich 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 London
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What is the process to instruct us for your conveyancing?
First, fill in our conveyancing quote form for conveyancing in London. 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 London 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 London or away from London to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in London
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 London.
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 London
Being the Capital city of England, London has become one of the World's leading financial centres and has the fifth/sixth largest metropolitan area GDP in the world depending on measurement. It generates about 20% of the UK's GDP It is also the most populous settlement in the UK at 8.6 million as of 2015.
Much of London's administration is passed through the GLA (Greater London Authority), however services such as local planning, schools, social services, local roads and refuse collection are carried out by the local authorities.
London is widely recognised for its division into various districts, with culture, architecture and ethnicity all varying throughout. Renown architecture may include buildings such as the Tower of London, or the Tudor Period Hampton Court Palace for instance, however in terms of modern architecture London also hosts more futurist architecture such as 30 St Mary Axe, more commonly known as 'The Gherkin', or the more recently built 'Shard', which was publicly opened on the 1st February 2013.
London Conveyancing Solicitors Bird & Co Solicitors LLP bring regional pricing, excellent Solicitor client care and an efficient service to the London residential property market. We have a multitude of experience in leasehold and freehold residential transactions in London.
London was founded as a communication center by the Romans shortly after they invaded Britain in 43 AD. Londinium, as it was called then, was a little village on the Thames., on the route to the provincial capital in eastern England. The Romans built a bridge across Thames on that route, the first bridge on the Thames near the little village. London had narrow, congested streets lined with tiny shops and houses built of wood and plaster back then.
Even the London Bridge, which was considerably more than just a river crossing, had this tendency of narrow, crowded spaces. Therefore, a new stone bridge was built in 1176 to replace the old one. The city of London grew, and so did its population; by 1600 there were 200.000 souls, by the end of the 17th century shot up to 575.000, surpassing Paris as the largest city in Europe. Thus, London became the biggest city in Europe. It also became a cultural center , the center of the English cultural Renaissance, with major figures as Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare. London was Britain's economic powerhouse and the center of a burgeoning empire.
London is situated in southeastern England, lying astride the River Thames some 50 miles (80 km) upstream from its estuary on the North Sea. In satellite photographs the metropolis can be seen to sit compactly in a Green Belt of open land, with its principal ring highway (the M25 motorway) threaded around it at a radius of about 20 miles (30 km) from the city centre.
The growth of the built-up area was halted by strict town planning controls in the mid-1950s. Its physical limits more or less correspond to the administrative and statistical boundaries separating the metropolitan county of Greater London from the “home counties” of Kent, Surrey, and Berkshire (in clockwise order) to the south of the river and Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Essex to the north.
The historic counties of Kent, Hertfordshire, and Essex extend in area beyond the current administrative counties with the same names to include substantial parts of the metropolitan county of Greater London, which was formed in 1965. Most of Greater London south of the Thames belongs to the historic county of Surrey, while most of Greater London north of the Thames belongs historically to the county of Middlesex.
Big Ben, the clock inside the tower was the world's largest when it was installed in the middle of the nineteenth century. The name Big Ben actually refers to the clock's hour bell, the largest of the clock's five bells. The other four are used as quarter bells.
There were two bells cast as the clock tower's hour bell. A first, sixteen ton weighing bell was cast by John Warner and Sons in 1856. Since the Clock Tower was not yet completed, the bell was hung temporarily in the Palace Yard. The bell soon cracked so it was recast in 1858 in the Whitechapel Bell Foundry as a 13.5 ton bell. Unfortunately soon after this bell was placed in the belfry in July 1859, it cracked as well. This time, instead of yet again recasting the bell, the crack was repaired and a lighter hammer was used to prevent any more cracks.
London's Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Its Victorian Gothic style stems from a law that forced the designers to create a structure that would be in harmony with the nearby Tower of London.
A modern but already very popular tourist attraction is the London Eye, a giant observation wheel located in the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank. The 135 meter (443ft) tall structure was built as part of London's millennium celebrations.
Piccadilly Circus is a busy square in the heart of London. It is famous for the fountain that was installed here at the end of the nineteenth century and for the neon advertising that turned the square into a miniature version of Times Square.
The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is the seat of the two parliamentary houses of the United Kingdom: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
Trafalgar Square, the largest square in London, is often considered the heart of the city. Ever since the Middle Ages, this area has been a central meeting place. In the middle of the square stands a tall column honoring admiral Nelson.
The Tower of London was built at the beginning of the eleventh century by William the conqueror. The tower was expanded during the thirteenth century into the fortified complex that we know today. The Tower's most popular attraction is its famous collection of Crown Jewels.
The majestic St. Paul's Cathedral was built by Christopher Wren between 1675 and 1711. It is one of Europe's largest cathedrals and its dome is only exceeded in size by that of the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Buckingham Palace, one of several palaces owned by the British Royal family, is one of the major tourist attractions in London. The Changing of the Guard in front of the palace always attracts plenty of spectators.
Annual expenditure by tourists is approximately £15 billion per year. London hosts around 16 million international visitors per year, making it the most visited city in Europe. Some of the most visited sites have been the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, Madame Tussauds and a variety of others.
Visitors and tourists may also visit a wide range of Sports grounds and locations. London has firstly hosted the Summer Olympics three times; in 1908, 1948 and 2012. However, the most popular sport in London is Football and the area hosts 14 League Football clubs, including six of which are in the Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are held at the All England Club each year, and is the oldest and widely referred as the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.
Another of the most popular sports in London is cricket, with two test cricket grounds being present in Greater London; Lords in St John's Wood, which is commonly called the home of cricket and the home ground of Middlesex Cricket Club, and The Oval, in Kennington, which is the home of Surrey county cricket club.
London also boasts the largest city aerospace in the world and has the world's largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic. London Heathrow in West London accomodates five terminals and is the busiest airport in the world for international traffic. Gatwick airport, just south of London hosts much shorter and cheaper flights, as does Stansted Airport, just North-East of London in Essex.
The most renown form of transport in London however is the London Underground, which is more commonly known as the Tube. It is the second longest and oldest metro system in the world, serving 270 stations.