Conveyancing Solicitors

You may only buy a new home once or twice in your lifetime. We do it everyday. Let our expert property lawyers guide you quickly and smoothly through the process, and you can rest assured that you are using a team of accredited professionals who are a safe pair of hands.

Conveyancing is the name for the legal process required to transfer property ownership from one person to another. It is also sometimes used to refer to the process of remortgaging, taking out a lease on a property and a number of other types of property transaction.

Your home will be one of the biggest financial commitments you make during your lifetime. Protect your biggest asset by using the services of a specialist residential conveyancing team.

Each of our expert team members has a direct dial telephone number and direct email address. We know that communication is important and we will send you updates how and when you want them.

We are proud to be Lexcel Accredited and we hold the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation.

"We would like to thank the staff in the Fishguard office for their efficiency and professionalism in dealing with our sale of property."

  • Emma Gilroy
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  • Rebecca Goldsworthy
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  • Rhian Jervis
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  • Martha Williams
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  • Emily Diaz
      • Emily Diaz
      • Associate Solicitor - Residential Property
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  • Shaunna Rees
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  • Amanda Alexander
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  • Leah Jones
      • Leah Jones
      • Associate Solicitor - Residential Property
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  • Jodie Knuckey
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  • Rachel McAdorey
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  • Carole Cotton
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  • Geraldine Davies
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  • Leyann Davies
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  • Heather Nicholas
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  • Jayne Trotman
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  • Sarah Woods
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  • Claire Edwards
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  • Natasha Wright
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  • Mari Gordon
      • Mari Gordon
      • Licensed Conveyancer - Residential Property
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  • Angela Deakins
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  • Shirley Fahey
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  • Alison Williams
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  • Clare Good
      • Clare Good
      • Trainee Solicitor - Residential Property
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  • Bethan Hill
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      • Trainee Administrative Assistant - Residential Property
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Our expert conveyancing solicitors work throughout South Wales, West Wales and beyond. We can guide you through the entire conveyancing process making sure your transaction goes ahead smoothly and on schedule. We will keep you protected legally and financially and make sure there aren’t any nasty surprises waiting for you after the deal is done.

Speak to one of our expert conveyancing solicitors in South Wales now by getting in touch with your local JCP Solicitors office or use the enquiry form on the right to request a quote.

Our residential conveyancing services

We have local conveyancing teams in Cardiff, Cowbridge, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire , Pontypridd, Swansea, and Pembrokeshire covering Fishguard, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, St Davids and the whole of South Wales, West Wales and beyond.

Our comprehensive residential conveyancing service includes:

We also offer a range of services for commercial property.

Online conveyancing

An increasing number of people prefer to handle the sale or purchase of their house entirely by email and phone. This is often referred to as ‘online conveyancing’ because the main method of communication tends to be email. Many people find this more convenient, because it means you can manage the entire process from home or work without the need to take time out of your day to visit us in person.

We have procedures and protections in place to ensure that the conveyancing process stays completely safe and secure, no matter how you communicate with us. We also offer the same high level of customer service to every conveyancing client, so whether you deal with us face-to-face, over the phone or by email, you’ll still get the exact same high quality conveyancing service.

Our conveyancing solicitors’ fees and costs

We aim to make our fees fair and transparent and will give a complete breakdown of costs at the outset. In the majority of cases, the price we quote at the outset is the same as the final fee you pay – the only exception to this is where an unexpected problem occurs which requires significant extra work. Where this happens, we will inform you straightaway, so you can always keep on top of the cost of your conveyancing.

The costs of conveyancing are split into two main parts – our professional fees and the fees we pay to third parties on your behalf, known as ‘disbursements’. These cover the checks and searches to ensure there are no issues that will affect you when occupying the property, as well as other key costs, such as the Land Registry transfer fee to officially transfer the property into your name. The cost of disbursements is set by the organisations responsible for these processes and should be the same between conveyancing firms.

Why use JCP Solicitors for your conveyancing?

JCP Solicitors is home to one of the largest property law teams in South Wales with our residential conveyancing team having many years of experience. Every day we help people to buy and sell their homes, take out leases, remortgage or do whatever else they need with residential property across South Wales, West Wales and further afield.

Our breadth of expertise and depth of experience means that whatever legal issues you might encounter related to residential property, we will almost certainly have come across before and know just how to fix it. This means we can ensure your residential property transaction goes ahead smoothly and on schedule, saving you time, money and stress.

We are equally comfortable communicating in English or Welsh, having a number of Welsh speakers on the team, as well as a dedicated Welsh language co-ordinator. This means we can communicate effectively with you, whatever your preferred language, so you are always perfectly clear about all the details of your property deal.

Our conveyancing team has achieved the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Mark. This demonstrates the quality of our conveyancing service, giving you peace of mind that all of the legal details will be handled correctly. We are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society, meaning our practice management has been assessed as meeting the highest standards.

Do I need a solicitor for my conveyancing?

While it is theoretically possible to do your conveyancing yourself, in practice very few people do so. This is because the process is relatively complex and time-consuming and if you do not have the appropriate legal expertise and experience it can be very easy to make a mistake that can delay the process and end up costing you a lot of money. If there is a mortgage lender involved with your transaction, they are likely to insist that a solicitor is instructed.

What is involved in the conveyancing process?

There are various steps in the conveyancing process that your solicitor will handle for you. Exactly what is required will depend on whether you are a buyer or seller (or if you are remortgaging, leasing etc.) and the type of transaction.

Typical tasks a conveyancing solicitor will carry out for you include:

  • Drafting or reviewing contracts of sale, lease agreements and other key documents
  • Carrying out essential checks and searches to ensure the sale is legal and that there are no issues affecting the property you need to be aware of
  • Handling the transfer of funds
  • Handling the exchange of contracts
  • Paying Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Registering the sale with the Land Registry so the change of ownership is officially recorded
  • Dealing with your lender

What checks does a conveyancing solicitor do?

There are various checks we carry out for clients looking to buy or lease a property. These are aimed at ensuring everything about the transaction complies with the law and making sure there are no issues that are likely to affect you when occupying the property.

Exactly what checks we will carry out will depend on the exact property and circumstances, but common checks include:

  • Local searches e.g. public footpaths crossing the property, building regulation entries. Planning permission entries etc.
  • Drainage and Water searches e.g.is the property connected to mains sewers and water supply
  • Land Registry searches – establishing the property boundaries, checking who has the title to the property etc.
  • Bankruptcy searches – applicable if you are using a mortgage to buy the property

We will provide a complete breakdown of the checks and searches we carry out and any relevant results they produce, as well as why these checks and searches are required.

How does exchange of contracts work?

One of the most important parts of the conveyancing process for buying or selling a house is the exchange of contracts. Early in the conveyancing process, the seller’s solicitor will draft a contract of sale and send this to the buyer’s solicitor for review. The buyer’s solicitor will identify any potential issues and work through these with the seller’s solicitor.

Once all parties are happy with the contracts and the buyer’s solicitor has carried out all of the necessary checks and searches, the exchange of contracts can take place. This involves the buyer’s solicitor and the seller’s solicitor reading the contract to each other over the phone to ensure the copies are identical, then sending each other their signed copy through the post, thus “exchanging (swapping) contracts”.

Once exchange of contracts has taken place, the sale becomes legally binding, meaning neither party can back out without risking serious legal and financial consequences. Exchange of contracts usually takes place between 7 and 28 days before ‘completion’ i.e. the date when the balance of the sale price is paid and the property officially changes hands.

How long does conveyancing take?

Exactly how long conveyancing will take depends on the type of property, the nature of the transaction and various other factors. However, in most cases the Conveyancing process can be completed within around 6-8 weeks. We will give you a realistic estimate of how long the process will take at the start and will keep you updated throughout of any issues that could affect the timeframe for your conveyancing.

One of the advantages of working with our highly experienced Conveyancing teamis that we know the common issues that can hold up a transactionand how to avoid them, as well as the fastest ways to fix issues that do arise. This means we can often get a property transaction completed faster than many of our rivals.

Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors

For help with conveyancing in your area, please contact your local JCP Solicitors office, request a quote online here, or use the enquiry form at the top of the page to request a call back.

Emma Gilroy

Rebecca Goldsworthy

Martha Williams

Rhian Jervis

Rachel McAdorey

Shaunna Rees

Carla Coulstock

Amanda Alexander

Lowri Peploe-Williams

Emily Diaz

Claire Edwards

Mari Gordon

Tessa Gates

Carole Cotton

Geraldine Davies

Sarah Woods

Abigail Salter

Leyann Davies

Jayne Trotman