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Ready to buy a new home in Deganwy? Failing to check that a lawyer is on your lender’s list of approved solicitors can put your Deganwy conveyancing at risk of delay or failure.

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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Deganwy

We are hoping to acquire a 1 bedroom apartment in Deganwy with a mortgage. We have a Deganwy solicitor, however the mortgage company advise he's not on their "panel". It seems we have no choice but to appoint one of the lender panel conveyancing practices or keep our Deganwy lawyer and pay for one of their panel lawyers to represent them. This feels very unfair; is there anything we can do?

Unfortunately,no. The mortgage offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the bank’s conveyancing panel. Until recently, most lenders had large numbers of law firms on their panels: a borrower could choose one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. Another option that might be available is for your Deganwy conveyancing lawyer to apply to be on the conveyancing panel.

What is the difference between a licensed conveyancer and conveyancing solicitor in Deganwy

Two types of professional can perform conveyancing in Deganwy namely licenced conveyancers or solicitors. Both professionals handle conveyancing services that required to complete the disposal or purchase of property. They are both obliged to conduct Deganwy conveyancing to the same quality and guidelines so you can be sure that your conveyancing will be properly administered and that the necessary steps should be accurately attended to.

Is it the case that all Deganwy conveyancing solicitors on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel are overseen by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?

As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the Bank of Ireland approved list of solicitors they would need to be overseen by the SRA. Some lenders do permit licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such practice would be overseen by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.

After weeks of negotiation I have agreed a price on an apartment in Deganwy. My financial adviser suggested a property lawyer. I paid an advanced payment of £200. Shortly after, the conveyancing practitioner contacted me sheepishly admitting that they were not on the Coventry BS conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Coventry BS panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

I am intent on selling our house in Deganwy and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a risk of it being built on contaminated land. A local conveyancer would know that there is no such problem. It does beg the question why the buyers instructed an online conveyancing firm as opposed to a conveyancing solicitor in Deganwy. We have lived in Deganwy for six years we know of no issue. Do we get in touch with our local Authority to get clarification need.

It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing solicitor currently acting for you. Are they able to advise? You should check with your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same sickness)

I used Wolstenholmes several years ago for my conveyancing in Deganwy. I now require my file but cannot find the solicitor. What do I do?

You should call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Deganwy of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously hired, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

My wife and I are buying a first floor flat in Deganwy. At the point of instructing our lawyer, we were told they were on all mainstream bank panels. The mortgage broker emailed just now to say that they don't appear to be on the Clydesdale approved list. Should that be true, what should we do? Do we just pick a different conveyancing practitioner that is on their approved list or should we pay for dual representation, with Clydesdale selecting their own approved conveyancer.

Where you are buying a property with the assistance of a mortgage it is conventional for the purchaser’s lawyers to also act for the purchaser's lender. In order to act for a bank or building society a conveyancer has to be on that lender's list of approved lawyers. An application has to be made by the conveyancer to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict conditions which the conveyancer has to satisfy. Some banks now insist their panel firms to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your conveyancer should call Clydesdale and see if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own solicitors to act. You don't have to instruct a firm on Clydesdale's conveyancing panel as you are at liberty to use your preferred Deganwy lawyers, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it will likely delay the transaction as you are adding another solicitor into the mix.

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