No matter what sort of property transaction you are looking to complete in London, our expert conveyancing solicitors are available to guide you through the entire process from start to finish.
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging, there are plenty of exciting times ahead, but they also come with risks that have the potential to leave you out of pocket. Our conveyancing team can make sure that those risks are carefully navigated so you can focus on your upcoming move.
At Bird & Co, we provide a tailored conveyancing service to individuals, couples and families, that is designed to make the process as straightforward as possible. We use our wealth of combined experience to advise on a wide range of conveyancing matters, using this knowledge to support people from all walks of life.
We also offer a simple online conveyancing service. This means that we can reach a wide pool of clients across London, whether you are in North London, South London, East London or West London.
Get in touch with a member of our conveyancing team in London by giving us a call, or get a quote online.
How our conveyancing solicitors in London can help you
Our expert conveyancers in London have a wide range of expertise, using this to help people from across London to move homes. Our expertise includes:
- Buying and selling your home
- Advice for first time buyers, such as:
- Equity release
- Advice about buying as joint tenants or tenants in common
- Buying and selling listed property
- Buying and selling leasehold property
- Collective enfranchisement and buying the freehold of a house
- Lease extension
- Transfer of equity
- Gifting property and Deeds of Gift
- Buy to let conveyancing
- Buying and selling land
- Commercial conveyancing
- Stamp Duty advice
We are on the panel for most lenders, so will be on hand to support you whether you are using a national firm or a local building society to get your mortgage.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in London?
We have a dedicated online conveyancing service. This provides you with the benefit of being able to complete your conveyancing transaction without having to leave the comfort of your own home.
Our conveyancing service has been designed to make the process as straightforward as possible, which means you can complete your transaction with minimal fuss, no matter what it might be.
When you work with our team, you will have a direct line of correspondence, as well as a direct email address for the solicitor handling your case. Whenever you have a question, you will know where to find a prompt response.
We are proud to be accredited with the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means we will:
- Provide high quality legal advice
- Get your conveyancing transaction completed as efficiently as possible
- Provide top quality customer service and respond to queries quickly
- Keep you regularly updated and never leave you in the dark about the status of your transaction
- Be upfront and honest about your fees – we will provide you with an accurate quote before you instruct us so that you can decide whether we are right for you
We are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society. Lexcel is awarded to firms which demonstrate the highest standards of customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in London?
If you instruct one of our online conveyancers in London, you will experience a number of benefits, including:
- We have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as a detailed understanding of the local markets across London. This gives us an advantage over other firms which exclusively deal with local transactions.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We understand how vital it is to keep our clients and the documents they transfer secure. We do this by implementing secure procedures such as encrypting emails and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. There are a number of potential delays associated with the traditional conveyancing process. These can be avoided when you work with our online conveyancers.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. Conveyancing fees can quickly mount up when work is completed in the traditional manner. Many of these fees are not associated with online conveyancing.
- We have dealt with property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We use video conferencing to stay in touch with anyone who would be unable to visit our offices.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person as there are no differences to the general conveyancing process. We are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in London?
We provide a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing services, including fixed fees for straightforward work. If additional fees are required to complete your transaction, your solicitor will keep you informed and carefully explain the reasons why.
Additional costs that occur during the conveyancing process are referred to as disbursements. Examples of disbursements could include conveyancing searches or registering a transaction at HM Land Registry.
You may also need to consider how tax will affect your property transaction, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. Your solicitor can help you to clarify whether you will owe tax, calculate how much is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in London?
There are three stages to the conveyancing process that you need to be aware of. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When the buyer and seller agree on a purchase price for a property, they will agree to enter into a contract. At this early stage, the transaction is not legally binding and either can pull out of the transaction without receiving a financial penalty.
Following this, the buyer will work with their conveyancer to carry out several checks on the property. Checks might include:
- Reviewing property information provided by the seller and making further enquiries if necessary (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Conducting conveyancing property searches, such as local authority checks (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Carrying out an independent survey (done by the buyer)
Once the checks have been completed and both parties are happy to proceed, contracts will be signed and exchanged. From here on out, the transaction is considered to be legally binding and pulling out would result in a penalty.
The transaction is deemed official when it reaches the completion stage. A transfer deed is submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller is required to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in London?
The time it takes to complete a conveyancing transaction can vary but, when there are no significant hurdles to overcome, it tends to take around 12-14 weeks to reach completion. This is from the date that conveyancers are first instructed.
If there are likely to be delays while your transaction is ongoing (such as issues further along the property chain), your solicitor will inform you of your options.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in London?
If you are buying a property your conveyancer will carry out a number of checks to ensure that there are no immediate issues that you need to be made aware of.
The three main types of conveyancing searches are:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway, or other related issues
- Environmental searches – to check for issues such as flooding or land contamination
- Water and drainage searches – to check matters such as water and drainage access
Further checks may be required, but this will depend on the type of property and where it is located.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in London?
Our London conveyancing team will be able to run through the initial stages of your conveyancing transaction and, once your file is opened, your conveyancer will take care of all of the legal details related to your transaction.
Whether you are moving to, from, or across London, our conveyancing solicitors will be able to lend their expertise.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in London
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
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Londonand 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 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.