Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Wigan we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Wigan, throughout Greater Manchester and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Wigan, selling a terraced house in Newtown, downsizing to a bungalow in Worsley Mesnes, or buying to let in Whellley, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Wigan?
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 Wigan, drainage and water fees in Greater Manchester 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 Wigan. 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 Greater Manchester 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 Wigan?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Wigan, 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 Wigan or perhaps not even in Greater Manchester.
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 Wigan - 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 Wigan
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Wigan, Newtown, Whellley 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 Wigan
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Wiganand 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 Wigan. 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 Wigan 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 Wigan or away from Wigan to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Wigan
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 Wigan.
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 Wigan
Wigan is a town in Greater Manchester, 16 miles west-northwest of Manchester and 7.9 miles south west of Bolton. Wigan is very well connected to the motorway network, being 4 miles east of the M6, 6 miles west of the M61. It is, therefore, close to the M62 Corridor and the M58 to Skelmersdale and is 20 miles east of Liverpool. Wigan Metropolitan Borough is the 9th largest Metropolitan district in the country and has a population of around 310,000.
In terms of transport, the town lies as a meeting point between the A49 and the A577, which both link to the M6, M61 motorway and the M58 motorway. There are two railway stations in the town centre; Wigan North Western, which provides services to places such as London Euston and Glasgow, and Wigan Wallgate which offers services to Southport and Kirkby.
Wigan, itself, has a population of around 100,000. It witnessed substantial development during the industrial revolution as well as a huge rise in population. At this point, it became a significant milling and coal mining town. In more recent years, the former Westwood Power Station has been converted into the Westwood Park Business Park, which accommodates a 220,000 square-metre textiles centre, in co-operation with the Chinese firm Chinamex.
Aside from industry, there are a number of reasons to visit the town. The long history of the town is illustrated by its 216 listed buildings, 20 of which are Grade II*. Mesnes Park is a popular tourist destination, receiving two million visitors every year. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Wigan Metropolitan Borough have recently invested over £6m in the restoration and regeneration of the park. The park includes a renovated band stand, a fully restored fountain and The Pavilion building which includes a modern café and ice-cream parlour.
The park includes a lake and walkways and is home to the Sir Francis Sharpe Powell monument, a bronze statue which generations of people have visited to rub his “lucky foot”. Powell was a Conservative Politician between 1863-1910 and was MP for Wigan for twenty-five years.
Another local park of interest is the Pennington Flash Country Park, located on St Helen’s Road at Leigh. The park contains a 70-hectare lake, foot and cycle paths, a bird watching hive over the nature reserve and a nine-hole golf course.
Haigh Woodland Park is a treasured local leisure resource which is run by the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust. It is close to the city, being at Haigh, and easily reached from the M61 (Junction 6) or the M6 (Junction 7). The park contains many activities including miles of walking trails, golf, adventure golf, picnic areas, a high-rope aerial adventure and a kitchen courtyard full of food and drink stores.
One and a half miles outside the city centre is The DW Stadium (formerly known as the JJB Stadium), which has been home to Wigan Athletic F.C since 1999. The club, which was founded in 1932, was bought by local millionaire and owner of JJB Sports, Dave Whelan in 1995. Whelan funded the construction of the JJB Stadium, before investing in the team management, infrastructure and players culminating in their promotion to the Premier League in 2005. Wigan enjoyed eight years in the Premier League, most successfully under the management of Roberto Martinez who managed them to their first major trophy, the FA Cup victory in 2013. Wigan currently play in League Division One
The football club share the stadium with the most successful Rugby League club in England Wigan Warriors Rugby League Football Club. The club was formed in 1872, and won twenty-one League Championships and nineteen Challenge cups. Some of the greatest Rugby League stars have played for Wigan including, Shaun Edwards, Ellery Hanley, Andy Farrell and Martin Offiah.
A number of famous and notable people have been associated with Wigan including George Formby (actor, comedian and infamous ukulele player who was born in Wigan), Sir Ian McKellen (actor who moved to Wigan as a baby before moving to Bolton aged 12), Richard Ashcroft (lead singer of The Verve), Roy Kinnear (comedy actor) and Paul Mason (journalist, author and broadcaster who was born in Leigh).
In the 1960s and 1970s, Wigan Casino became the unofficial home of “Northern Soul” music, attracting thousands of people to the town until a fire burnt down the casino in the 1980’s. Since 1986, Wigan has also hosted an international jazz festival, and since 1992, the town has also been the home of the World Pie Eating Championship.
The local hospital The Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, often referred to as Wigan Infirmary, is a redeveloped modern District General Hospital located on Wigan Lane (A49) close to Wigan Town Centre.
Newtown on the west side of Wigan is a leisure hotspot, being home to the Robin Park Leisure Centre, Wigan Gymnastic Centre and Robin Park Arena next to the DW Stadium and the River Douglas. Just around the corner, on Anjou Boulevard, is some less energetic leisure activities in the shape of Gala Bingo, Empire Cinemas and Frankie and Benny’s Restaurant. The Newtown area is an out of town retail magnet, home to B&Q, Asda, Argos, Wickes, Matalan, Next and many more.
A popular location for visitors and locals is the area known as Wigan Pier, which sits at the base of a flight of locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, close to the city centre. The term Wigan Pier actually only refers to a small coal loading site on the side of the canal, but has been popularised in the early twentieth century by the songs of George Formby Senior and given further credit through the publishing of George Orwell’s book The Road to Wigan Pier.
Wigan has popular shopping hotspots including, the Grand Arcade on Crompton Street with over 40 high street brands and a complex, in the heart of the city, made up of The Galleries Shopping Centre, Marketgate and Marlinson Avenue which has the variety of over sixty stores.
Wigan is home to a number of significant employers including Heinz and JJB Sports. Other businesses that have their headquarters in Wigan include The Tote, Girobank and William Santus & Co Limited, manufacturers of the famous Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls.
Leigh, a town which is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, is based seven miles south of Wigan and is connected by Warrington Road or, alternatively, the A577. Wigan and Leigh College which is over 150 years old, is a Higher and Further Education establishment based in six locations and caters for up to 14,000 students every year. Leigh has the benefit of the out of town shopping on Atherleigh Way which includes an Argos, Halfords, Next, M&S and Sainsbury’s. In the centre of the town, is the Spinning Gate Shopping Centre and, on the opposite side of Spinning Jenny Way, there are a number of leisure parks which include Cineworld, Nando’s and Frankie and Benny’s.
The nearest university is situated in Bolton which is twenty miles to the east of Wigan. The University of Bolton employs 700 staff to educate approximately 6,000 students each year. Bolton is a former mill town and is similar in size and nature to that of Wigan.
On the western side of Wigan, on the opposite side of the M6, just seven miles west, is Skelmersdale. Skelmersdale has excellent road access being four miles down the M58 from junction 26 of the M6. Skelmersdale was given New Town status in the 1960s and has a population of nearly 40,000 inhabitants. The town lies on the River Tawd, and whilst benefiting from a good road system, the train station was closed in 1956. The nearest railway station now is two and a half miles to the east, at the small town of Upholland, which is on the branch which runs between Kirby near Liverpool and Wigan Wallgate. Skelmersdale has a small shopping centre called the Concourse Shopping Centre, and is home of Skelmersdale United who play in the 8th tier of the English Football League system.
Wigan, being so well connected to the motorway network, has excellent access to the North, firstly with access to the west Lancashire towns of Chorley, Preston, Blackburn then across to Burnley on the M65. Furthermore, for leisure pursuits, it is only 25 miles to the Forest of Bowland AONB, 50 miles to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and 70 miles to the Lake District National Park. Residents and visitors to Wigan are spoilt for outdoor activities, with Haydock Race Course being only seven miles south. For golfers, there are several courses including, Hart Common Golf Course four miles east of Wigan, and Gathurst Golf Club next to the M6 four miles north west of the city centre. The closest courses are the Haigh Golf Complex being just two miles north and just two miles further north, near Standish, is Wigan Golf Club which dates back to 1898 – its club house happens to be Arley Hall which is a very old building surrounded by a 12th Century moat.