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Common questions asked concerning the Landmark Mortgages Solicitor Panel

On what basis would a law firm be removed from the Landmark Mortgages solicitor panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of law firms had been excluded from a lender panel. The most common reasons in order 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. We are not aware of the specific or common criteria for removal by Landmark Mortgages
I am purchasing a brand new duplex and my solicitor is telling me that she is duty bound to disclose incentives from the seller as her practice is on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. I am on a tight deadline to exchange contracts and I dont want to prolong the conveyancing. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the Landmark Mortgages approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Landmark Mortgages). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
Do all the licensed conveyancers and solicitor practices listed on your search have online case tracking as I was under the impression that this was a precondition of being on the Landmark Mortgages solicitor panel?
The Council of Mortgage Lenders or BSA do not require online case tracking. Some law firms operate such technology and some don't.
My grandfather passed away last year and as sole heir and executor was left the property. The house had a small mortgage remaining of approximately £4500. I want to have the title changed into my name whilst I re-mortgage to Landmark Mortgages , pay off the mortgage etc. Is this possible?
If you intend to re-mortgage then Landmark Mortgages will insist on your using a conveyancer on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. Here is link to the Land Registry online guidance around what to do when a property owner dies. This will help you to understand the registration process behind changing the details re the registered title. in your case it would appear that you are effectively purchasing the property from the estate. Your Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel solicitor pays the new mortgage money into the estate, the estate pays off the old mortgage, the charge is released and you become the owner and the Landmark Mortgages mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel?
A selection of banks and building societies now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. CQS membership however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.
Are all solicitor firms on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel regulated by the SRA?
As solicitors, in order to be on the Landmark Mortgages 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).
My fiance and I are in the process of looking at houses and now considering a potential offer. Is it premature to have a solicitor in place? I I am planning to take a mortgage with Landmark Mortgages
It would be sensible to have your start your search soon rather than later. Once you decide who you want to use and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the estate agent. As you are getting a mortgage with Landmark Mortgages , ask your prospective lawyers check they are on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.