It has come to my attention via my estate agent that my Greater Manchester solicitor is not on the bank Conveyancing panel. What can I do to be sure if this is correct?
You need to contact your Greater Manchester lawyer directly. You lawyer should inform you what has happened. If they are not on the panel they may recommend you to a Greater Manchester conveyancing firm that is on the approved list of lawyers for your lender.
We note that you have a post code search directory listing firms on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a referral fee if I appoint them for our own conveyancing in Greater Manchester?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in Greater Manchester.
How does conveyancing in Greater Manchester differ for new build properties?
Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Greater Manchester contact us having been asked by the seller to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is ready to move into. This is because new home sellers in Greater Manchester usually buy the land, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct property lawyers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are accustomed to new build conveyancing in Greater Manchester or who has acted in the same development.
I decided to have a survey carried out on a house in Greater Manchester ahead of appointing conveyancers. I have been advised that there is a flying freehold overhang to the house. My surveyor advised that some lenders will refuse to grant a loan on this type of house.
It depends who your proposed lender is. Lloyds has different requirements from Halifax. If you contact us we can check via the relevant lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Greater Manchester. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Greater Manchester especially if they are accustomed to such properties in Greater Manchester.
I am thinking of appointing a conveyancing practitioner in Greater Manchester for my house move. Can I review a firm’s record with the profession’s regulator?
Anyone can review published Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions resulting from inquisitions from 2008 onwards. Go to Check a solicitor's record. To find records about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a solicitors record, call 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. International callers, call +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator may monitor call for training reasons.