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FAQs : The Landmark Mortgages Solicitor Panel

My fiance and I are hoping to buy a 1 bedroom apartment in Hackney with a mortgage from Landmark Mortgages. We have a solicitor but Landmark Mortgages says he's not on their "panel". It seems we have little choice but to instruct one of the Landmark Mortgages panel firms or keep our solicitor and pay for one of their panel ones to represent them. This seems very unfair; Can we not simply insist that Landmark Mortgages use our lawyer?
Unfortunately,no. The mortgage offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the Landmark Mortgages 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 lawyer to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Landmark Mortgages
My lawyer has requested from me identification documents asserting that this forms part of his obligations as a solicitor on the Landmark Mortgages Conveyancing panel. Am I being spun a yarn?
Due to Money Laundering Regulations your conveyancing lawyer is duty bound to confirm positively your identification when entering into a business relationship with you. It is a criminal offense if your lawyer not do this. If you do not provide ID early in the transaction the solicitor must refuse to act for you. It’s unlikely a lawyer will turn you away if you come to the first meeting without relevant ID but you will have to produce it at some point so you might as well bring it with you to the initial meeting so the lawyer can tick the ID verification box and start sorting out the conveyancing straight away. If you are getting a mortgage with Landmark Mortgages your lawyer also has to check ID documents to satisfy Landmark Mortgages
I have checked your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Landmark Mortgages approved panel. How can I be sure given that they are not listed on your directory?
Not all firms are yet listed on our lender panel search tool which is still relatively new. Law firms are listing on a daily basis and it is probably the case that your lawyer is on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing lawyer and you should probably take them at their word. Please do feel free to suggest that they completing their listing on our site as it would only cost them £1 a month to list themselves as being on the Landmark Mortgages solicitor panel.
My solicitors in Birmingham have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. To assist with my purchase I took out a mortgage with Landmark Mortgages. Is it case that being on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a prescribed period?
It very much depends from lender to lender but many of the Terms and Conditions of Conveyancing Panel Appointment require the file to be held for a period of 6 years. That being said we have not seen a copy of the Landmark Mortgages Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Landmark Mortgages directly.
When it comes to mortgage companies such as Landmark Mortgages do lawyers have to be pay a fee to be on the list of approved solicitors?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
I'm spending time looking at apartments and am about to put in an offer. Is it best to have a conveyancer on ‘stand by’? I I am planning to take a home loan 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 EA. 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.
After much negotiation I have agreed a price on an apartment. My mortgage broker suggested a solicitor I paid an upfront payment of 175. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the Landmark Mortgages 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 Landmark Mortgages 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.