Conveyancing Solicitors in Wiltshire
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Wiltshire we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Wiltshire, throughout Wiltshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Wiltshire, selling a terraced house in Trowbridge, downsizing to a bungalow in Salisbury, or buying to let in Swindon, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Wiltshire?
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 Wiltshire, 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 Wiltshire. 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 Wiltshire?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Wiltshire, 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 Wiltshire 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 Wiltshire - 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 Wiltshire
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Wiltshire, Trowbridge, Swindon 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 Wiltshire
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Wiltshireand 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 Wiltshire. 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 Wiltshire 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 Wiltshire or away from Wiltshire to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Wiltshire
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 Wiltshire.
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 Wiltshire
Wiltshire is a prime location in the South West of England. It is a large county that stretches over 3,000km² and borders neighbouring counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Wiltshire, along with other counties of Dorset and Hampshire, sits in the area of Wessex which derives its name from the ancient kingdom of the West Saxons who succeeded in defeating rivals to unite the country and create what we now know as England. The first King of England was King Edgar of Wessex who was crowned in Bath in 973. The county is well known for its long rich history and archeology and is where some of Britain’s top tourist attractions can be found.
The highest peak in Wiltshire, and in the North Wessex Downs AONB hill range, is the Tan Hill-Milk Hill ridge which is 968 feet or 295 metres above sea level. It was confirmed, after a BBC Countryfile programme, that Milk Hill was indeed the bigger hill standing just 26 centimetres higher than Tan Hill, which also once had a white horse. The area is the third highest point between London and Bristol, adjoining Clifford’s Hill to the south.
Wiltshire has a population of over 680,137 people as of 2011. In Wiltshire there are twenty-one towns and one city - Salisbury. The county town is now Trowbridge but was previously Wilton after which the county was originally named. Other towns in the region include Swindon, Westbury, Chippenham, Melksham, Devizes, Warminster, Calne, Amesbury, Bradford on Avon and Malborough.
Wiltshire benefits massively from its rolling countryside, charming villages and towns, attracting hundreds of people to move to the area. Famous areas of countryside in Wiltshire include Cranborne Chase, Malborough Downs, Vale of Pewsey and, perhaps, the most notable is Salisbury Plain. Salisbury Plain is a rolling chalk plain steeped in a long and rich history and famed for its local archeology. It has been made famous for its many ancient landmarks of the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age periods including the Avebury stone circles and the iconic pre-historic circle of Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and Europe’s most famous prehistoric monument which was built in about 3000 BC. Today, it attracts thousands of visitors a year. Another interesting feature of the Salisbury Plain is the chalk hill figures of white horses. The Westbury or Bratton White Horse, the oldest of Wiltshire’s carved white horses standing at 180 feet tall and 170 feet wide, is located on the Bratton Downs just over a mile east of Westbury and occupying a site just below an Iron Age hill fort. Today, Salisbury plain is used mainly for arable farming and by the British Army for training.
Just nine miles south of Stonehenge, located in the south east of Wiltshire and near the edge of the Salisbury plain, is the medieval Cathedral city of Salisbury. Salisbury is situated on the intersection of the A30, the A36 (which acts as a ring road around the city) and the A338 and lies at the end of the A343, A345, A354 and the A360.With a population of 44,748, it is the second largest settlement in Wiltshire after Swindon which has an expanding population of 182,441, as of 2011.
Salisbury was founded in 1220 when the old hill-top settlement of Old Sarum was abandoned in favour of a more sheltered water meadow setting where the five rivers Avon, Nadder, Ebble, Wylye and Bourne meet. The new town was named New Sarum, after receiving its city charter in 1227, and continued to use that name until 2009 when the Salisbury City Council was established.
Another of Wiltshire’s most iconic buildings can be found in the city of Salisbury. The ornate thirteenth century Salisbury Cathedral, mostly built between 1220 and 1258 with its impressive 123 metre spire, is a one of the UK’s best examples of Early English Gothic architecture. The Cathedral is home to Britain's oldest working clock, dating back to the fourteenth century, and the Catherdral's Chapter House also boasts what is known as the best existing copy of the Magna Carta.
Other famous local attractions in Wiltshire include Longleat Safari and Adventure Park near Warminster. The park is situated in the grounds of the English stately home Longleat House which is the ancestral home of the Marquess of Bath. The house was opened to the public in 1949 and stands impressively as one of the best examples of Elizabeth architecture in England. The safari park was created in 1966 and is set within 900 acres of Wiltshire countryside, including the magnificent landscaped grounds of the house which were designed by the famous English landscape architect, Capability Brown. Home to over 500 animals and, perhaps, most famous for its pride of lions, it was the UK’s original safari park and the first outside of Africa.
Stourhead House near Mere is another large and impressive estate in Wiltshire, partly owned and run by the National Trust. Within its sprawling 1,072-hectares you can visit the Palladian mansion, the village of Stourton, woodlands, farmland and the world famous neo-classical gardens.
The New Forest area, and within it the New Forest National Park Wiltshire, is one of Britain’s newest and smallest national parks which was created in 2005, extending into the south west of Wiltshire. The many walking trails, cycling routes and horse riding routes are the perfect way to explore the varied landscapes of the area which include glades, ancient woodlands, cliff top walks, heathland and open moors, all providing a great opportunity for birdwatching, forest falconry or a means to spot the famous native New Forest Ponies. The New Forest Wildlife Park is located on the edge of the New Forest close to Lyndhurst and Ashursthome and is home to wildlife including owls, otters and wolves.
The M4 corridor benefits the local economy in Wiltshire by attracting businesses to locate in the area. For example, Swindon is home to many large national and multi-national corporations including Honda, Intel, Nationwide, Motorola, WH-Smith, Early Learning Centre. Large British technology company Dyson is, also, located in nearby Malmesbury. As a result, the local employment structure sees a large number of people employed in the electricals, food and drink, furniture and pharmaceutical sectors. There is also a large number of people in the area employed in public administration and defence including the British Army barracks at Tidworth, Bulford and Warminster and the RAF Lyneham.
The area’s education system is highly rated with grammar and comprehensive secondary schools getting high interest across the board. There are twenty-nine secondary schools, such as Warminster Kingdown and thirteen independent schools including Devizes, Malborough College and Warminster School. Two grammar schools include South Wilts Grammar School for Girls and Bishop Wadsworth’s School. All but two of the schools in Wiltshire have sixth forms providing a further education for students. Wiltshire is one of the very few remaining counties in England without a university. There are, however, three further education colleges New College Swindon, Swindon College and Wiltshire College (created in 2002 by a merger of Chippenham Technical College, Lackham College and Trowbridge College) which provide some higher education, university level courses. Bath Spa University offer courses in Corsham at their university centre in Corsham Court whilst Oxford Brookes University have a small campus in Swindon. The closest university with easy access from the town of Trowbridge is the University of Bath.
Connecting to and from the neighbouring counties is not an issue in Wiltshire as there are many transport links in the area and this includes the M4 Motorway running through the county from east to west. There are also many railway links which cut through the main towns of the county including Trowbridge and Salisbury.
Famous people who have hailed from Wiltshire include interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, tv presenter Jeremy Clarkson, author and journalist Jilly Cooper OBE, royals Princess Anne, her daughter Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall, Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan and poet Pam Ayres.