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Ready to buy a new home? Failing to check that a lawyer is on the Accord Mortgages list of approved solicitors can put your transaction at risk of delay or failure.

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Common questions asked concerning the Accord Mortgages Conveyancing Panel

How easy is it to change a solicitor as I need to find one who is on the Accord Mortgages conveyancing panel. Is it practical to instruct different lawyers?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
Our solicitor has uncovered a legal deficiency with the lease for the flat we are buying. The other side have suggested defective title insurance as a workaround. We are happy with insurance and will cover the costs. Our solicitor has advised that as he is on the Accord Mortgages conveyancing panel he must be satisfied that the lender is happy with this solution. Are we the client or is Accord Mortgages?
The short answer to your last question is that, notwithstanding the potential for a conflict of interest, you and Accord Mortgages are the client. A precondition to being on the Accord Mortgages approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Accord Mortgages). The CML Handbook conditions require your lawyer to disclose issues such as defects will the lease so that Accord Mortgages can be afforded the opportunity to check with their valuer as to the extent that the value of the property is affected . Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for you.
Whilst your website is a good idea there are many lawyers listed near Manchester on the Accord Mortgages conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the Accord Mortgages approved panel?
We are not in the business of recommending one firm above another as the right firm for you depends on where your priorities lie. For example you may require a local firm with local knowledge or you might be looking for the low cost conveyancing. We recommend that you speak to 3 or 4 lawyers listed before you make your choice..
I am considering applying for a Accord Mortgages mortgage for purchase of a new build (under development) with 70% LTV. Is it compulsory to choose a solicitor on the conveyancing panel for Accord Mortgages?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor but Accord Mortgages will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is greater potential for delays and confusion with two solicitors involved, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
When it comes to lenders such as Accord Mortgages do solicitors have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
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.
My husband and I are in the throws of looking at apartments and now considering a potential offer. Is it best to have a conveyancer on ‘stand by’? I intend to finance via a mortgage with Accord Mortgages
You should start obtaining conveyancing quotes from solicitors ASAP. After you have chosen your lawyer 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 Accord Mortgages , make sure you remember to check that your lawyer is on the Accord Mortgages conveyancing panel.
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 sheepishly admitting that they were not on the Accord 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 Accord 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.