FAQs for the JPMorgan Conveyancing Panel
from members of the public
How easy is it to change a solicitor as I need to find one who is on the JPMorgan conveyancing panel. How easy is it to change conveyancer?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
My solicitor has discovered a discrepancy between the surveyor’s assumptions in JPMorgan’s home valuation report and what is revealed within the title deeds. My lawyer says that as he is on the JPMorgan conveyancing panel he needs to check that the lender is OK with this discrepancy and is content go ahead. Is my conveyancer’s course or action appropriate?
A precondition to being on the JPMorgan approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on JPMorgan) which do require that your lawyer disclose any incorrect assumptions in the lender’s valuation report and the legal papers. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for both parties.
I am purchasing a flat and require a conveyancing solicitor in Birmingham who is on the JPMorgan solicitor. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a conveyancing firm?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for JPMorgan . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
I am in the process of remortgaging my home does my lawyer have to be on the JPMorgan Conveyancing panel?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor but JPMorgan will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is greater potential for delays and confusion with two solicitors involved, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
When it comes to lenders such as JPMorgan do solicitors have to be pay a fee to be on the list of approved solicitors?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
Is it the case that all solicitor firms on the JPMorgan conveyancing panel regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?
As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the JPMorgan conveyancing panel they would need to be regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Many lenders do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such firms would be regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).
I have instructed a lawyer having made sure that they are on the JPMorgan conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property?
Having read lots of house buying,I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my solicitor - who is on the JPMorgan conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?
JPMorgan will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually JPMorgan will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey.
You may wish to consider appointing your own surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller.
Your lawyer will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with JPMorgan you could contact your them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors.