49 reviews (5/5) and information for Manchesters, South Croydon
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21 Limpsfield Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 9LA
Richard Manchester became a solicitor in 1969 and founded the firm just over 40 years ago with the assistance of his wife Glenys, a legal cashier. He is now retired and will gladly introduce you to the partners on request.
James Manchester (partner) was born in Croydon in 1971 and attended local schools. He graduated Bachelor of Laws in 1993 and Master of Arts in 1996 from University of Westminster. He became a Solicitor in 1996. He acts on with many types of property transaction, probate, taxation, wills, trusts and advises older Clients. Is married and has three daughters.
Andrew Durman (partner) Graduated bachelor of Laws in 1994 from Aberystwyth University and became a Solicitor in 1997.
Varied experience at senior level and headed a probate department before joining Manchesters in 2003. He acts on many types of property transaction, probate, taxation, wills, trusts and advises older Clients.
We provide a range of conveyancing services, including transfers of equity, re-mortgages, unregistered land transactions, and option agreements, concentrating on residential conveyancing and lease renewals. We are dedicated to protecting our Clients. We use Standard and Poor’s A rated professional indemnity insurers.
We offer a comprehensive probate service concentrating on non-contentious probate matters and aim to provide helpful and considerate advice at the most difficult of times. Contact us for a no obligation initial interview. Competitive written fees quotations and other client care information available upon request. We can provide guidance where someone dies leaving a Will or no Will and the rules and procedures that then apply.
Power of Attorney
Let us advise on the new regime applicable to Lasting Powers of Attorney and prepare one for you. It is now possible to appoint someone not just to administer one's property during their lifetime but also to appoint them to have a say in important welfare decisions relating to matters such as medical treatment. We can also advise your Attorney on the exercise of their powers.
Languages spoken English
Size of firm 2 solicitors
06/07/23 - Reviewed by Anonymous
Manchesters was easily the most competitively priced solicitors in my area. I was a little concerned as to whether this would mean a lesser service but this was not the case. Whilst my purchase did not go as smoothly as I would have hoped, throughout the process it became clear that this was because Mr Manchester paid exceptional attention to detail, not deferring to my pressure but ensuring that the purchase was in my best interests. His advice on both my sale and purchase was given after great care and thought, inferring that he was indeed working for me personally and not just working through an anonymous case file. I would therefore highly recommend him as a solicitor who knows the law to the letter and who will cross all the t's and dot all the i's. The office staff were very friendly and accessible too.
13/04/23 - Reviewed by Satisfied from Surrey
I have dealt with this company for three house purchases/sales. Each time I have received excellent service. They are very thorough and diligent, I was always kept up to date with progress, they are very approachable and always promptly get back to you over any query. I would not hesitate to recommend this company.
01/02/23 - Reviewed by Bill
I have used Manchester's twice now for both my house moves so as return customer I think it speaks for itself. James is very experienced & thorough and maintains contact throughout which is very reassuring as moving can be very stressful at times.
I would highly recommend James & all the staff who are also attentive & very helpful.
26/01/23 - Reviewed by S. Newland
We recently used Manchesters for the sale of my parents house. James Manchester was extremely professional, knowledgeable and helpful during the entire process and I have no hesitation in recommending them.
19/12/22 - Reviewed by Mike Ware
James worked tirelessly on our move, having to deal with other hopelessly inefficient solicitors in the chain. He is very thorough, professional and polite, if only the other solicitors in the chain were half as efficient as James we would have moved weeks before we did. James went over and above to see this transaction through. He is an absolute gem, I would happily recommend him to anyone.
12/10/22 - Reviewed by Anonymous
A First Class Service. We have no hesitation in recommending James Manchester and his team.They handled our conveyancing most professionally and with considerable attention to detail. Their fees were fair and we received good value for money.
01/06/22 - Reviewed by Manchester Durman
We recently sold our mothers maisonette through Manchester Durman and not only did they get us a very fair price their selling and conveyancing fees were also extremley competitive. We were always made to feel welcome when we went in with any queries and all of the staff were very friendly and helpfull. We would highly recommend anyone to use them if they are contemplating selling a property.
01/06/22 - Response by Darryl Sugg
It was me Darryl Sugg that wrote the review and not Manchester Durman, I was never very good with computers!!
11/05/22 - Reviewed by R & B Silcox
Would highly recommend this solicitors so thorough and keep you informed throughout the conveyancing process.Well run and friendly family solicitors for all your legal matters.
14/04/22 - Reviewed by Bernard and Natalie
Manchesters posses a wonderful combination of deep property knowledge of the Croydon area with first rate expertise in conveyancing case law and principles.
From our first and subsequent conversations/correspondence, it was evident you took a personal interest in matching our needs and aspirations for a home with what was available on the market and our budget. We are so appreciative of your tireless efforts on our behalf.
07/04/22 - Reviewed by Paul
I was very pleased with the sale of our house. So much so that not only did I recommend him to others but I also engaged him for the house I was buying. He had an in depth knowledge of the processes and I was particularly impressed that he was very happy to spend as much time as I needed on each issue. His fees were very reasonable and money well spent. My friends have also been very happy with his service.
17/12/21 - Reviewed by Matt&Nat
Purchasing our first home, we went to Manchester Solicitors and found the advice and assistance that James Manchester provided over the phone at the beginning was very informative and showed he was more than willing to help! The service James Manchester, Tracy & the team provided was very professional. We knew we were in good hands as James and the team kept us informed and helped us every step of the way. We could not recommend Manchester enough!
26/10/21 - Reviewed by MANCHESTER DURMAN SOLICITORS
Conveyancing. Fixed price based on property valuation. James Manchester provided a very professional courteous service tailored to our needs. Mr Manchester'
Lps advice was consistently correct & I would highly recommend Manchester Solicitors to others for their proficiency..
02/10/21 - Reviewed by Property Sale
I was dealt with in a professional manner and patience and understanding was shown to me with regards to my questions and queries. Thank you for your excellent work on my behalf.
20/09/21 - Reviewed by Mark P
Excellent service, guided me throughout process.
17/09/21 - Reviewed by Mr Hutchings
Mr Manchester and his team were extremely helpful throughout every stage of our house sale and purchase. He often went out of his way to help us get through the documents in a very quick time frame. We have already done, and will continue to highly recommend Manchesters to family and friends. We wouldn't hesitate to use them again in the future. A solid 5 star rating from us. Thanks again.
27/07/21 - Reviewed by Anonymous
An excellent service. Kept us well informed throughout the process. Sold my own property and also a relative’s in another area of the country. Attention to detail was excellent as was the information and explanation of the process. Good value for money would highly recommend.
20/07/21 - Reviewed by Paul
We are delighted with the service provided by James Manchester. He has many years experience in conveyancing and estate agency. Not only did we sell our property at £25,000 more than the other agents suggested, but he gave us a great deal of time. We felt valued and secure. I heartily recommend him and his team.
14/07/21 - Reviewed by James Mann
This is the second time that we have used Manchester’s in the last two years and James Manchester and his team have provided the highest possible quality of service. Everything has been done to make the sale and purchase of our homes as stress free as is possible. .They go way beyond what might be expected. Nothing is too much trouble. James’s knowledge and attention to detail is second to none. They provide a first class, personalised service at a very reasonable and competitive price. We can’t recommend them highly enough.
13/07/21 - Reviewed by House purchase
James and his team worked extremely hard at a very difficult time and they were very informative and knowledgeable at all times
Good service and well priced.
10/07/21 - Reviewed by Andy
Excellent communication. Very well priced.
09/07/21 - Reviewed by Shirley Bradley
Service was helpful and courteous.
Very happy to recommend.
03/07/21 - Reviewed by Dawn
We have just used Manchester Durman as estate agents and conveyancers for the sale of my father's property after he passed away last year. I cannot recommend their services highly enough. James and his team were highly efficient, helpful and incredibly respectful at a very difficult time.
02/07/21 - Reviewed by Moved to the Country
So friendly, helpful and active in getting viewings. fixed fee including sales conveyancing.
General Legal advice
22/06/21 - Reviewed by Mark
5star service provided , cost in my opinion was value for money and money well spent. Highly recommend people to use Manchester and Durham solicitors
08/03/21 - Reviewed by Anonymous
James and his team have been very helpful in completing a lease extension and property sale for me. There have been a few issues along with way which have caused delays in the transaction, none of which have been the fault of Manchesters and at each stage of the process, they have been approachable and helpful in the work carried out and advice given to me.
Will and probate
23/02/21 - Reviewed by David H
My father passed away in March of 2020 and unfortunately there was only a copy of his will available. Andrew Durman went out of his way to assist me as I live in the US. He registered the death, dealt with the hospital and funeral directors as well as spending many hours engaging with the probate office. He helped me clear and store some personal effects from the property as well as deliver various items to my Mum's new abode. The service was outstanding during the most difficult of times and I couldn't speak more highly of not only the legal side of Manchester's practice but also the estate agents side who took charge of selling my parents property. The whole team really showed they cared and got the job done. I would highly recommend their services to anyone.
18/02/21 - Reviewed by Neil Mcallister
We are most appreciative of James guiding us through a property transaction which has taken two years . Firstly a lease extension and then Covid brought a delay in selling the property . James and his team offer a friendly approachable service and carefully considered good advice when required.Great to be using local professionals.
18/02/21 - Reviewed by Jerry Redlaw
We were very impressed with the helpful service at Manchesters. Nothing was too much trouble, and we could always get hold of somebody by phone or email. As it was our first sale of a UK property, their guidance and support was both needed and very much appreciated. I would not hesitate to recommend Manchesters to anybody looking for buying, selling and conveyancing of a property.
25/01/21 - Reviewed by Mr & Mrs Fletcher
We would highly recommend Manchesters!
They provided a great service to us when we were selling our flat and buying our new home. James was very approachable and has great knowledge and experience.
General Legal advice
17/01/20 - Reviewed by Bob Dench
I have been using the firm for very many years and find them a delight to deal with. Very straightforward and responsive. Extremely nice team
29/11/19 - Reviewed by Valerie Eaton
I felt daunted buying a property on my own for the first time but Manchesters made it stress-free. Mr. Manchester explained everything and was very thorough in looking after my interests. The charges were more reasonable than other quotes I obtained. I would thoroughly recommend their services.
17/11/19 - Reviewed by Heidi Allen
We have used James for our house purchase and more recently in relation to a re-mortgage. He offers a great service, is friendly and goes above and beyond. His fees are very reasonable and he helped us free of charge on something as well which was very kind of him. I would highly recommend him.
06/11/19 - Reviewed by Edward
We were very grateful that we had employed the services of such an experienced and knowledgeable solicitor when it came to the conveyancing of our challenging property transaction. The advice and recommendations given by Mr Manchester steered our exchange considerably in our favour.
Excellent local knowledge of the area, and a genuine interest in their client at a competitive price.
General Legal advice
27/10/19 - Reviewed by Nicola
I have used Manchesters several times now and they have been excellent. Mr Durman has provided excellent advice with Probate and Wills. The conveyancing work with Mr Manchester has also been excellent and the sale has completed smoothly.
Many thanks for all your detailed knowledge of the legal processes and your useful advice throughout.
General Legal advice
25/10/19 - Reviewed by Anonymous
15/08/19 - Reviewed by James R
Fantastic service. This is the second time I have gone to Manchesters for conveyancing and they don’t disappoint. Extremely thorough and helpful - thanks again everyone!
08/05/19 - Reviewed by David & Teresa
The team at Manchesters have proven to be both extremely professional and highly personable whilst undertaking the conveyancing work on our behalf. Mr James Manchester provided guidance throughout the process, he and the team have kept us up to date with all that was happening. When issues arose during the sale process he was always available to provide help and guidance to overcome them in a timely manner.
Overall an excellent engagement and the costs were very reasonable given the work involved.
563We would both highly recommend this firm to others.
06/04/19 - Reviewed by David Eager
Manchester Durman handled my recent house sale with expertise, patience and understanding during a year when a number of unforeseen problems arose, certainly not caused in any way by Manchesters, but through the buyer, his solicitor and estate agent.
I would certainly recommend this Solicitor in every way.
11/03/19 - Reviewed by Alice Evans
My partner and I recently asked Manchester's to extend the lease on two flats that we own. Throughout the procedure Mr Manchester gave very helpful advice, and let us have plenty of time to ask questions when we did not understand some of the process.
We would certainly use them again on any aspect of legal assistance we may require.
02/03/19 - Reviewed by Anonymous
We used Manchesters Solicitors for sale of a house and purchase of a new property. The advice and help given by Mr Manchester was excellent in respect of both. Kept well informed during proceedings and felt that he went the extra mile for us to achieve our aims. The charges in respect of both sale and purchase were very reasonable. Mr Manchester is extremely pleasant to deal with and you are in safe hands. This is a practice that is thoroughly recommended.
10/09/18 - Reviewed by Anonymous
James Manchester did all the conveyancing on selling my mothers house, & my onward house purchase, he is a very friendly knowledgeable man when it comes to this part of the law, & I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone buying or selling a house in the local area. His fees are very reasonable, considering the work involved. Please note these solicitors are next door to their parent business "Manchester Durman" estate agents, which makes it very easy to deal with any problems down the line & one of the reasons I choose them for ease & convenience.
02/08/18 - Reviewed by Anonymous
Manchesters offer an excellent, friendly, professional service. I have used them before and I will definitely use them again. I would definitely recommend them. Excellent!
18/06/18 - Reviewed by Callum
Manchesters have guided me through 2 property purchases, having just recently completed the second. My family have all used them throughout the years with numerous purchases and Will writing. I have always had the pleasure of dealing with James and I cannot express how thorough and efficient he is, whilst him and his team do their job with a smile on their faces, genuinely wanting nothing but the best for you. I highly recommend Manchesters.
14/06/18 - Reviewed by Caroline Batho
Excellent service. Thorough investigation and analysis throughout of all legal matters pertaining to my purchase and sale. Regular communication to keep me updated. Reasonable costs, especially as time originally allocated to the matter had to be increased. Definitely recommend to others.
11/04/18 - Reviewed by Anonymous
This is the second occasion that I have used Manchesters for a property purchase and have always found them to be very thorough and efficient. They are a friendly team and nothing was too much trouble. I would definitely use them again.
29/03/18 - Reviewed by Anonymous
Great service from start to finish. My sale and purchase was completed quickly and without problems.
27/03/18 - Reviewed by Tony Asquith
Manchester's handled the sale of our house very professionally and dealt
with all parts of the sale quickly and efficiently and for a very fair cost.
This is the second time they have dealt with a conveyance for us.
They are in my opinion a very friendly company and all concerned with the sale were
very helpful in my dealings with the forms etc, and showed an excellent knowledge of the
property market and all the legal aspects required.
25/03/18 - Reviewed by Anonymous
Manchesters guided me through my first house purchase. The process was explained clearly and any questions I had were answered promptly. I was given updates regularly and would recommend their service.
25/03/18 - Reviewed by Anonymous
My flat sale was handled efficiently and professionally. I was given lots of updates and when the sale hit some hurdles, James Manchester found ways through. Very grateful for his expertise.
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