Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Reading we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Reading, throughout Berkshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Reading, selling a terraced house in Southcote, downsizing to a bungalow in Woodley, or buying to let in Norcot, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why you should use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Reading
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with fully qualified 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 for the people handling your conveyancing. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees, drainage and water fees or anything else related to buying or selling a property in Reading.
"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 Reading. This acts as a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved as meeting the highest conveyancing standards by the Law Society, the body representing 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 Berkshire 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 experienced, fully trained conveyancing solicitors.
Why you don't need a conveyancer based in Reading
In the past, most people used their local solicitor for their conveyancing. You would visit their office in your nearest town and city and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, however, and 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 Reading or perhaps not even in Berkshire.
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 – we even once 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, in fact, you need never leave home. Our conveyancers can talk you through the whole conveyancing process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
Online Conveyancing in Reading
“Online conveyancing” is where the entire conveyancing process is handled over the internet. Thanks to email, Skype and other online tools, there is now no need for you to meet with your conveyancing solicitor in person (unless you would prefer to).
Clients come to us for conveyancing in Reading from all over the UK and around the world and we are able to offer the same first-rate conveyancing service as we would if you were dealing with us face-to-face.
When dealing with your conveyancing online, we have exactly the same professional obligations towards you as to any other conveyancing client and promise a fast, efficient service delivered in a modern and convenient way.
Search Fees in Reading
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can offer effective, reliable property checks and searches to clients in Reading and all over the country. This allows us to provide a service we are happy with and that 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 Reading. 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 Reading 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 Reading or away from Reading, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Reading
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.
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 Reading.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees that 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 and should be the same no matter who you use for your conveyancing.
Introduction to Reading
Reading is a large town in the county of Berkshire in southeast England around 42 miles west of London. The town has a population of 162,700 according to mid-2016 estimates.
While many people who live in Reading commute to London for work, the town is a major business centre, with a particular focus on the IT and insurance industries. Many large businesses have their UK headquarters in Reading, including Microsoft, BG Group, ING Direct and Oracle. The Prudential insurance company has an administration centre in the town, while PepsiCo and Wrigley also have large offices there. There are several important business parks in Reading that are home to many national and international businesses, including Thames Valley Park, Green Park Business Park and Arlington Business Park.
The University of Reading is another major employer and attracts around 15,000 students, including undergraduates and post-graduates. The university was founded in 1892 and thus is considered one of the UK’s “red brick” universities. There are two campuses in Reading, London Road and Whiteknights, as well as the Greenlands campus, just outside Henley-on-Thames, and a satellite campus in Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia.
Reading also has 37 state primary schools and 6 state secondary schools, as well as a grammar school, Reading School, which can trace its roots back to the founding of Reading Abbey in 1125 and is one of the oldest schools in England. Reading School consistently scores within the top few per cent of exam results in the UK and has a particularly strong track record of students achieving places at Oxford and Cambridge.
The centre of Reading is a particularly large shopping centre with the town having achieved recognition as one of the UK’s best performing retail centres. Broad Street is the main shopping street, and runs between two large shopping centres, The Oracle and Broad Street Mall. The town is home to a number of major department stores and national chains, as well as a number of smaller and independent shops. Reading has three smaller shopping arcades, the Bristol and West Arcade, Harris Arcade and The Walk. There is also a street market in Hosier Street and a farmers’ market that operates every other Saturday.
Reading is well known nationally and internationally for the annual Reading Festival, which has been running every summer since 1971. The festival takes place over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend and is the UK’s second largest music festival, behind Glastonbury. The festival currently has a capacity of around 87,000 people and can trace its earliest history back to the Beaulieu Jazz Festival that began in 1955, making Reading Festival arguably the UK’s oldest music festival still in existence.
Other significant cultural events in the town include the annual Reading Beer Festival, which has been held since 1994 and is now one of the UK’s largest beer festivals, and Reading Pride, held every year in Kings Meadow. Other local attractions include theatre venues The Hexagon, South Street Arts Centre and Progress Theatre, and the Museum of Reading and the Museum of English Rural Life.
Reading’s most famous sports team is Reading Football Club, formed in 1871, who play out of the 24,161 capacity Madejski Stadium and have spent most of their recent history playing at Championship level. Top rugby union team London Irish currently also play out of the Madejski Stadium, while the town is also home to a professional basketball team, an Australian Rues football team, and American footbal team, an athletics club, a field hockey club and many more local sports teams.
Thanks to its location in the Thames Valley near the London, Reading plays an important role in the nation’s transport infrastructure. This gives the town good connections to the capital and much of the rest of the UK, including very regular services to London Paddington and London Waterloo. Reading is a major junction of the national rail network, with Reading station being a key connection point for various lines. The station recently underwent an £850 million redevelopment to relieve congestion at the station.
Reading has good links to the M4, connecting the town to London, Bristol, Swindon, Cardiff and much of South Wales. The town also has good road links to much of the rest of the surrounding area, contributing to its popularity as a commuter destination. The closest airport is London Heathrow, which is 25 miles away by road.
Several areas that are generally considered to be suburbs of Reading do not fall within the town’s municipal boundaries. However, they are closely tied to Reading economically, with a large number of the inhabitants commuting to the town for work, and have strong transport links with the town. Key non-municipal suburbs of Reading include Woodley, Lower Earley, Caversham, Tilehurst, Calcot, Emmer Green and Purley on Thames.
Woodley is the largest suburb of Reading, 4 miles east of the town centre, with a population of 35,470 according to the 2011 census. While Woodley is normally considered to be part of the Reading Urban Area, it is part of the unitary authority of Wokingham for local government purposes.
Lower Earley is a large suburb of Reading in east Berkshire, with a population of around 32,036 according to the 2011 census. Having been developed since the 1970s, the suburb is considered a town in its own right and was once considered the largest private housing development in the UK. Lower Earley is often rated as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK.
Caversham is a popular Reading suburb north of the town, on the opposite bank of the River Thames. The suburb has a population of 23,885 according to the 2011 census. The suburb is divided into three main areas – Caversham Heights, Lower Caversham and Caversham Park Village.
Tilehurst is a village and suburb of Reading west of the town centre that straddles the Borough of Reading and the district of West Berkshire. The village had a population of 14,064 at the time of the 2011 census.
Calcot, also known as Calcot Row, is a suburb west of Reading, split between the civil parishes of Holybrook and Tilehurst. The suburb has a population of 9,063 according to the 2011 census and is well known in the local area as the home of two shopping centres, the SavaCentre and Pincents Lane Retail Park. The suburb is close to Junction 12 of the M4 and is the location of Reading Coachway.
Emmer Green is the most northerly suburb of Reading, 2 miles north of the town. It has a population of 7,849 according to the 2011 census. The suburb is part of a continuous urban area with the neighbouring suburb of Caversham and is also bordered by the Clayfield Copse nature reserve and Blackhouse Woods, as well as a small part of the Chiltern Hills.
Purley on Thames
Purley on Thames (commonly referred to as Purley) is a village 3 miles north west of Reading with a population of 4,394 according to the 2011 census. Purley is a particularly affluent suburb, with the majority of housing being made up of detached houses. The village has a rural character and is generally considered one of the most desirable places to live in the local area.