Is the fact that my solicitor in Sandbach is not identified on my mortgage company's conveyancing panel that there is a problem with the standard of his conveyancing?
That is most likely a wrong assumption to make. There are plenty of plausible explanations. Just recently a report by the solicitors regulator indicated 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The most common reasons for removal are: (1) low volume of transactions (2) the lawyer is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. Should you be concerned you should contact the Sandbach conveyancing practice and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for your lender.
I require conveyancing for a flat in a relatively new development (6 years built) in Sandbach. 95% of the flats have already been occupied. Do I need carry out the local searches as part of conveyancing in Sandbach?
If you getting a loan, your lender will need some (many) of the searches so you'll have no choice. If not, then Sandbach conveyancing searches are optional. No doubt your conveyancer, will 'advise', perhaps in the strongest possible terms, that you should not go ahead without searches, but he or she has a professional duty to do this. One thing to bear in mind; if you are likely to sell the house one day, it may be of interest to your future buyer what the searches contain. Sometimes houses with no practical issues can still throw up adverse search results. But if you demand that your lawyer to proceed without searches then your lawyer will have to follow your instructions or ask you to appoint a different lawyer for your conveyancing in Sandbach.
We note that you have a search directory identifying firms on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Do companies pay you a referral fee if I retain them for our conveyancing in Sandbach?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the HSBC conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in Sandbach.
I have been sourcing a conveyancing practitioner in Sandbach for my home move. Can I review a solicitor's record with the profession’s regulator?
You may review documented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions stemming from investigations from 2008 onwards. Go to Check a solicitor's record. For information about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a firm's record, phone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 any week day save for Tuesday when lines open at 9.30am. For callers outside the UK, dial +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator sometimes monitor call for training reasons.
We have instructed a Sandbach conveyancing solicitor for our house purchase (first time buyers) and have spotted in the terms and conditions that they are not covered by the Financial Conduct Authority. Should I be worried or is that usually the case with conveyancer?
We can't see why they should be. Most conveyancing practitioner don't lend money. They should be regulated by the SRA, who set strict laws covering funds held on client account.