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Established in 2005, we are your Guild of Property Professionals representatives for South Croydon with independent reviews, on viewagents.com.
Hannah James Estates was born out of Manchesters Solicitors who have been in Sanderstead since 1979. Andrew Durman joined as a partner in 2004, and Manchesters Solicitors became known as Manchester Durman, trading name of Manchesters Solicitors.
We have been in the same prominent location opposite Gresham Primary School on the busy B269 in the heart of Sanderstead village since 1991. Manchesters was originally established as a family-run firm in 1979 by Richard and Glenys Manchester.
James Manchester, the son of the founder Richard Manchester, is the main property solicitor and works alongside Hannah Musk who manages Hannah James Estates. Together they bring these two disciplines together, seamlessly, with a fantastic team of diligent and caring local staff.
Manchester Durman is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for legal aspects under SRA 58391. The estate agency Hannah James Estates is regulated by the Property Address Scheme, Member No 4386.
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Andrew Durman (Partner) graduated with a BA (Hons) (Law) in 1994 from Aberystwyth University and was admitted a solicitor in 1997. Varied experience at senior level and headed a probate department before joining Manchesters in 2003. Deals with many types of property transactions, probate, taxation, wills, trusts and advising older people. Andrew joined James Manchester as a Partner in the legal office in 2004 and later they opened their estate agency now known as Manchester Durman Estate Agents. Andrew is popular and well liked by his Clients. His knowledge of elderly client law is especially useful to older family’s contemplating selling.
James Manchester (Partner) graduated with a BA (Hons) (Laws) in 1993 and MA in 1996 from the University of Westminster. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1996. He deals with many types of property transactions, probate, taxation, wills, trusts and also manages Manchester Durman’s Estate Agency division. James has been a solicitor at the firm since 1996 joining his Father in the Legal Practice in 1994 and with Andrew Durman his co-partner here opened the estate agency, now known as Manchester Durman Estate Agency in 2006. James thoroughly enjoys all things property related and the thrill of making satisfied buyers and sellers.
Pippa Hare works closely with James Manchester as Sales Manager. She brings local connections and knowledge of the local area and innate enthusiasm and wisdom with her quick mind. Sellers will find her supportive and buyers will find her helpful.
Tracey Taylor (ACIB) has been our Practice Manager and Legal Cashier since 2008 and also assists and supports the Estate Agency Division. Tracey Taylor is another great multi-tasker here at Manchesters and she does help the cohesiveness between the legal side of the office and estate agency, so is often under pressure and with a constant smile. She has enormous patience like the others and has an excellent memory for detail. You can be sure of getting excellent attention from her and getting some very useful insights into what the local area has to offer as Tracey knows the area well and the sort of things a young family looks for.
Julia Martin is a Senior Negotiator and also a Legal Secretary for James Manchester which is very useful when handling both the sales aspects and the legal aspects as she is constantly up to date with what is happening and that makes for a great advantage as a chain progressor. She brings valuable exuberance and intelligence to the agency and has a wonderful sympathy with people which naturally draws people in and puts them at ease – just what any estate agents’ office needs. Julia has been with the firm for 10 years.
Caryl Peters is one of our Saturday Negotiators and is very good at picking up where others have left off and leaving everyone fully updated with events of the weekend, bringing great vitality and enthusiasm to the role and a fresh pair of legs at the weekend. Like the others here she is very sympathetic, patient and good at putting buyers at ease and encouraging them to look at properties in a way they might not otherwise do so. Caryl is also a local lady as with all our negotiators and so getting buyers to see the benefits of the area is second nature to her.
The inspiration behind the name and our revamp and one time Sales Manager we are delighted to welcome Hannah back and no more so than our valued buyers and sellers. Hannah works brilliantly and effortlessly with Pippa and sellers will be fortunate to have their combined flair, originality, thoughtfulness and quickness of mind – all vital skills for property selling .
We are delighted to welcome Karen with decades’ experience as a legal secretary from senior practice.
Karen is also assistant to Pippa Hare as sales negotiator for Hannah James Estates when she is not helping the Partners on legal matters.
Natalie is our other Saturday Negotiator and brings with her much experience from new sales in her previous experience. She is very knowledgeable about the area as a local resident and viewers will find her energy and enthusiasm most helpful.