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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 Solicitor Panel

My financial adviser has has requested my law firm’s panel member for the Accord Mortgages conveyancing panel. How do I discover this. I have tried my local Accord Mortgages branch but they have not got back to me yet.
the sensible thing to do is ask for this information from your solicitor. A law firm is likely to keep a file or database of lender panel information which would include, if applicable their conveyancing panel details for Accord Mortgages.
Please assist. For no fault of my lawyer but, my purchase conveyancing has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Accord Mortgages was dated random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on 10 days inc Day of week eg. Mon. My solicitor informs me that as she is on the Accord Mortgages conveyancing panel she needs to reorder the searches as they are no longer acceptable to the lender.
One of the many conditions to being on the Accord Mortgages approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Accord Mortgages)which states that a local authority search be not more than half a year old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Accord Mortgages.
Do I need to pop into the offices of the Accord Mortgages conveyancing panel solicitor to execute the legal charge? If so, I will choose one who does conveyancing in Leeds so that I can attend their offices if necessary.
Whereas this was necessary 15 years ago, most lenders no longer require their conveyancing panel solicitor to witness the borrowers signature. You will still be obliged to provide ID Documents and there are still distinct advantages to using a local solicitor, in your case a conveyancing solicitor in Leeds .
My conveyancers in Birmingham have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. At the time of my purchase I took out a mortgage with Accord Mortgages. Is it case that being on the Accord 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 Accord Mortgages Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Accord Mortgages directly.
When it comes to lenders such as Accord Mortgages do solicitors 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.
Do the majority of banks operate their own panel of solicitors?
Many lenders do operate a restricted conveyancing panel but a lot of lenders allow any solicitors to join their panel so long as they meet their criteria. Each lender sets their own criteria. For example the Accord Mortgages conveyancing panel requirements are different to Accord Mortgages’s conveyancing panel criteria.
We are getting a further advance on our mortgage from Accord Mortgages as we wish to carry out a loft conversion to our home. Do we need to appoint a solicitor on the Accord Mortgages conveyancing panel to deal with the paperwork?
Accord Mortgages do not ordinarily instruct firms on their approved list of lawyers to deal with such a matter. If they did require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Accord Mortgages panel