Residential Property & Conveyancing

Providing a helping hand for your home move

The conveyancing process - the legal transfer of property from seller to buyer - is complex and can be rather stressful, whether you’re a first time buyer or a seasoned home mover upsizing or downsizing. Even when you think you’ve found the perfect home and agreed on a price, there are a multitude of legal procedures which need to be completed before you can move in - and the conveyancing process can take several weeks or months, often being slowed down by a “chain” of buyers and sellers. The residential property team at W H Matthews & Co understand the importance of what is likely to be one of the biggest transactions in your life and we are here to guide you through the whole conveyancing process, safely through the exchange of contracts and finally to completion, ensuring that your transaction proceeds smoothly, quickly and with the minimum of fuss. We are proud that when you instruct us your case will be dealt with by one specialist conveyancer, thus ensuring continuity throughout the entire process. With regard to fees, we believe that transparency is vital and are more than happy to provide a clear estimate of costs and expenses for your proposed transaction at the beginning of our business relationship.

Extending your leasehold or buying the freehold

A large number of homes in the UK, especially flats, are sold as leasehold properties. If you buy one of these, what this means is that you (as a leaseholder) do not own the property outright, but instead have a landlord (a freeholder) to whom you generally have to pay an annual ground rent. Although many leases are very long (often over 90), they can be a lot shorter and extending the lease can be very expensive. It is normally prudent to extend a lease before there is less than 80 years of the lease term remaining. Sometimes leaseholders decide to purchase the freehold instead of extending a lease - this is called “enfranchisement”. Although enfranchisement can pay dividends in the long term, it’s a tricky process, fraught with many legal pitfalls. Our team of professional property solicitors can handle the process of either extending your lease or helping you and the owners of other flats in the building collectively to purchase the freehold in a process known as collective enfranchisement.

Advice on remortgaging

Whether you’re looking for a better mortgage deal, want to change your lender, or own a property and need to borrow money against its equity value, it will be necessary to remortgage your property. Whatever the reason you want to remortgage, the property team at W H Matthews & Co can explain the process and advise you on achieving your aims, handling all the legal work and ensuring that your interests are protected. To discuss any residential property matters and find out how we can help you, give us a call.


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What our Clients say

Elaine, Jane and Kathryn always provide an impeccable service and always make us feel informed, supported and well advised. 

On every visit to the office I was treated with kindness and helpfulness by all the persons I had contact with at this difficult time for me. Not having had dealings with solicitors it could have been a very intimidating experience but I was put at my ease.  I can only thank you for the service you did for me. 

Thank you immensely for the excellent customer service I received. You showed a lot of empathy and you have been extremely patient and considerate.  

The service I received could not be improved as I found the company personnel I dealt with could not have been any better.

I felt like the case was in really good hands and that Elaine was always acting in our best interests. Great Service!

Kathryn and her support staff were very friendly and approachable, very patient and explained all options thoroughly. I would not hesitate to use W H Matthews & Co. for any future legal services.

Everything was clearly explained and nothing was too much trouble. A great service. 

Kathryn McCarthy treated us with kindness and care which was very much appreciated , she consulted and explained at every stage. You have two very satisfied clients here. 

The overall service was efficient in every way and speedily concluded..... we were very impressed with the attitude of everyone with whom we came into contact

Everything was dealt with swiftly..... the most professional service at all times - nothing to improve on.

Kathryn was efficient, polite and supportive… She made the process easier in difficult circumstances. Thank you.

I received great service, all staff I spoke to were helpful and professional. I would happily recommend the Sutton branch

I am very happy with all aspects of the service I received, no improvements necessary.

Q - What could we do to improve the service you received from us?        A -  Satisfied for over 51 years . Trust this answers the question!

Q - What could we do to improve the service you received from us?        A -  This is the only question which I find difficult to answer as I can't think of anything which would have improved the service which you have given me!!

I'd like to really thank you very much indeed for all the work you've put in.... and especially for your being able to achieve the updates to my lease. I have now heard many horror stories from other residents regarding.... the managing agents, so I'm particularly please that you have been able to achieve the results you have when needing to deal with such a company..... thank you once again.  

I realised that she is someone whom I could trust........ I was impressed......... in short words, in my opinion, Elaine is truly exceptional at her job.

Firstly a BIG thank you........You have been absolutely fantastic and I will certainly recommend/use you in the future if needed. Thank you again for making what is one of the most stressful things you can do in life made easy!

I'd like to very much thank you and your staff for all the hard work that you've put into my purchase of the flat. It's been a stressful process but made considerably easier thanks to your advice and guidance. 

Thank you for all your help in organising everything so efficiently. I'm glad I chose WH Matthews! 

Each time I mentioned that I was represented by W H Matthews & Co without fail the people I spoke with stated that the firm was by far and away the best firm for conveyancing. 

Thank you to everyone involved for being so efficient and making the process so smooth. We really appreciate it. 

Thank you as always, for your continued help and advice in this matter. 

Once again, many thanks for all your help with this matter and the swift and efficient service you have provided. 

Many thanks for all of your help over the past few months and for persevering!

We are hugely appreciative of your time and attention in getting the chain to exchange quickly

We just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your efforts in getting the exchange done so quickly. We appreciate the work that you have done to make this happen. 

Extremely helpful and a pleasure to deal with

Professional in every aspect

My family have always used W.H. Matthews & Co. and will continue to do so in the future

…I would never think of anyone else. I have been with you for many, many years. I have always been very grateful for your kindness and help

I do not think you could improve when you consider the years I have been with your Company, many, many thanks!

…a very efficient service from you all. I can’t think of anything that would improve your level of service

Good, helpful advice and guidance

…service from start to finish was excellent. I was kept informed of matters at all times

All staff are professional, have excellent knowledge in their field and very helpful

I was recommended your Firm and found you all to be pleasant, efficient and over-all dealt with things efficiently

Friendly, efficient and value for money

Good communication and friendly service

Everything was fine, my calls were always answered politely and explanations clear

Very good as a first-time buyer. I did not know much about house buying. W.H. Matthews were very helpful and made the buying process simple. Thanks!

A much more personal service than I have received from other solicitors in the past

I have used WHM for both buying and selling many times – all with complete satisfaction


Most happy to use again

I thought you chaps were terrific

Excellent service as always!

Prompt and professional service. No problems encountered whatsoever

Critically, I got what I needed and the support to achieve it