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Landmark Mortgages Conveyancing Panel Recently Asked Questions

Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my conveyancer is not identified on the Landmark Mortgages Conveyancing panel that there is a problem with the standard of the firm’s conveyancing?
It would not be wise to jump to that conclusion. There are all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator indicated 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The top 3 reasons are as follows: (1) lack 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. If you are concerned you should simply call the firm and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for Landmark Mortgages.
We are only a couple days away from an exchange and my mum and dad having transferred the 10% deposit to my lawyer. I am now advised that as the deposit has not come from me my lawyer needs to disclose this to my lender Landmark Mortgages. Apparently, being on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel and acting on their behalf he must inform Landmark Mortgages if the balance of the mortgage advance is coming from anyone other than me. I disclosed to the bank about my parent’s contribution when I applied for the home loan so is it really necessary for this now to be an issue?
Your lawyer is obliged to check with Landmark Mortgages to make sure that they are aware that the balance of the purchase price is not from your own funds. Your solicitor can only report this to Landmark Mortgages if you agree, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.
I am looking to buy a house and need a conveyancing solicitor in Manchester who is on the Landmark Mortgages approved. Can you recommend a local solicitor?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Landmark Mortgages . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
Can you clarify what the consequences are if my lawyer’s firm is removed from the Landmark Mortgages Conveyancing panel before the completion date?
The first thing to point out is that, this is very unlikely to happen. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have ti instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by the regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.
I was thinking of purchasing my friend’s property. Once we agree a price, what’s the best way to move forward? I hope to get a mortgage with Landmark Mortgages. Is there anyway to cut out the solicitors to save on the costs? My father said that years ago it was possible to take the documents into the local Land Registry office and they did the rest
If you are getting a mortgage with Landmark Mortgages involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. We would not encourage you to both use the same solicitors' firm. There are clear conflict of interest issues and it's not going to make a huge difference to the speed of the overall process. So as not to hold things us you should pass on your solicitors details to Landmark Mortgages. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with Landmark Mortgages. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use one. Any advice?
It is not advisable proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event if you are getting a mortgage with Landmark Mortgages you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel.
I had an offer accepted on an apartment on the 17th January 2014, valuation was booked 3 days later, all came back fine. Conveyancer retained, so all that was missing was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Landmark Mortgages and chasing them on my offer I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. Can the lender hold off the offer?
Mortgage companies tend not to not issue a mortgage until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Landmark Mortgages to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.