Conveyancing solicitors in Swindon
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Swindon we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Swindon, throughout Wiltshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Swindon, selling a terraced house in Walcot, downsizing to a bungalow in Rushey Platt, or buying to let in East Wichel, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Swindon?
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with proper 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. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees in Swindon, drainage and water fees in Wiltshire or something else.
"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 Swindon. This is a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved, that we operate to a certain standard, and is a mark of the excellence of our service approved by the Law Society, the body which represents 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 Wiltshire 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 proper lawyers.
Why don't you need a conveyancer based in Swindon?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Swindon, and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, but 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 Swindon or perhaps not even in Wiltshire.
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, and once we 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. You need never leave Swindon - our conveyancers will talk you through the process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
Online Conveyancing in Swindon
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Swindon, Walcot, East Wichel 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 Swindon
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Swindonand 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 Swindon. 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 Swindon 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 Swindon or away from Swindon to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Swindon
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 Swindon.
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 Swindon
Swindon is a large town within the county of Wiltshire, South West England, and has a population of around 184,243 as of the 2011 census. Swindon’s location means that it is within close distance of major UK cities, being only thirty-five miles away from Bristol and seventy-one to the capital, London. Britain’s own Silicon Valley, Reading, is also only thirty-five miles away, which is good news for anyone who is interested in the latest innovative tech.
Travelling in and out of Swindon is easy, with it being accessible through a major motorway, the M4. Swindon introduced a car share initiative for driving within the town, and is also home to the ‘Magic Roundabout’; five roundabouts within a larger one which is a sight to see in itself. Being built on a historical junction, the town has naturally become somewhat of a transport hub. Swindon Train Station, built in 1842 as part of the Great Western Railway project, was the first to open a ‘refreshment room’ within the station. Swindon Railway Station, today, provides frequent services, including connections to London and Manchester, although originally the price of a ticket included a horse drawn carriage from the top of the hill to the station.
Originally, Swindon was a notable market town, until about 1850, when it embraced the industrial revolution. The construction of the Wilts and Berks Canal in 1810 and the North Wilts Canal in 1819 allowed for trade to be brought to the area, and because of this, Swindon's population began to grow rapidly. This also allowed it to develop its renowned history as a railway town.
Nowadays, however, Swindon's economy revolves around many international firms who have presence in the area. These include Honda, Nokia, Nationwide, W H Smith, and many others. Retail in the town is on a swift incline, with the Brunel Centre and the Parade being the shopping hotspots in the town. The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet is perfect for finding a fashion steal, along with the Swindon Designer Outlet which is the largest covered designer outlet in the entirety of Europe. However, if you’re after something with more of a homemade feel then Studley Craft Village is perfect to inspire your creative needs, as well as the Town Market which promotes and supports local business. Finally, the Country Life Creations & Antiques hold some of Swindon’s most unique products, from antiques and collectibles to the weird and the wonderful. Regent Circus houses a Cineworld Movie Theatre as well as multiple restaurants.
Swindon’s Mediterranean restaurants are some of its highest rated, with the Greek Olive and Los Gatos being favourites. Pub grub, cheap eats and fine dining are of course on the menu with plenty independent restaurants along with well-known chain eateries.
Swindon has a rich nightlife and there is plenty to do day or night. Live music can be heard playing from Baila Coffee & Vinyl, to the Oasis Leisure Centre. Swindon is also host to an annual music festival called the Swindon Shuffle. The Arts Centre and Wyvern Theatre also cater to live entertainment from music shows to comedy shows. The STEAM Museum also holds events throughout the year.
The STEAM Museum celebrates Swindon’s history of locomotive engineering and is situated on what was once the largest train engineering complex in the world. It is now a Grade II listed building and has been one of Swindon’s main attractions since its opening in 2002.
As well as the STEAM Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Railway Village Museum commemorate Swindon’s place within the Great Western Railway. Swindon is also home to the first ever computing museum in the UK, cementing its place as being a part of one of Britain’s leading places in technology and computing.
Although the nucleus of industry, Swindon also has some beautiful green spaces and nature reserves, which offer a completely different world with beautiful scenery. Lydiard Tregoze is a historic house and gardens and was the recipient of the Lottery Heritage Fund in 2005. Both the house and the park are open to the public to enjoy. Swindon also forms part of the Cotswold Hills, a natural phenomenon in the English landscape. The Cotswolds were awarded with the Area of Outstanding Beauty and has a National Park status. There is so much to explore for anyone, from avid hikers to leisurely bird watchers.
Visitors or residents may also attend the county ground, Swindon Football Club's 15,000 capacity stadium. The club currently plays in the Football League One. It was founded in the mid nineteenth century and, since then, David Flitcroft has become the newest manager of the Wiltshire team. Swindon FC have produced notable players such as Herbert Chapman and Mike Summerbee, both of whom have been inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.
Swindon is also close to the tourist hotspots of Oxford and Bath, two towns steeped in history, from ancient to modern. In fact, Bath is the only city in the UK whose complete area is a World Heritage Site. Oxford is best known for its world class university, being one of the globe’s oldest and leading educational institutions.
Whilst Swindon itself does not have its own university, its proximity to both Bath and Oxford makes it a popular area to commute from. However, Oxford Brookes University does have a branch within the Swindon area. Swindon College is perhaps the largest further education institution in South West England and offers education for those between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one. There are, of course, a number of secondary and primary schools which are a mix of academies, comprehensives and religious schools.
During the late 1800s, a number of churches were built in Swindon and make up a majority of the town’s listed buildings, and are beautifully designed buildings that are worth visiting for religion or tourism. Swindon also had the UK’s first ever ‘lending’ library within the Mechanics Building in 1844, a building which in itself has a history that can account for the foundations of the National Health Service, the GWR Medical Society fund and booming employment throughout the urbanisation of Swindon.
Swindon over the years has had numerous famous residents, but perhaps none as famous as Ian Fleming, the author and creator of James Bond and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming lived at Warneford Place at Sevenhampton, near Highworth just six miles from Swindon. Fleming is buried in St James’s Parish Church in Sevenhampton and his former residence is now owned by Paddy McNally, former owner of a Formula One events and advertising business and long-time associate of Bernie Ecclestone.
Swindon also has numerous musical connections including, singer and actress Billie Piper, who was born in Swindon, and Mark Lamar the TV presenter and DJ who was born in the Park South area of Swindon. Soft Rock Singer Songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan moved to Swindon with his family as a young child where he attended St Joseph’s and then Swindon College of Art, where he formed a band with Rick Davies, who later went onto to form Supertramp.