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Adam & Company International Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers

My husband and I are hoping to buy a 2 bedroom apartment in Leeds with a mortgage from Adam & Company International. We have a solicitor but Adam & Company International says she’s not on their "panel". It seems we have little choice but to instruct one of the Adam & Company International panel firms or keep our solicitor and pay for one of their panel ones to represent them. We feel as though this is unjust; is there anything we can do?
No, not really. The mortgage offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the Adam & Company International 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. A further alternative is for your solicitors to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Adam & Company International
We are nearing an exchange and my parents 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 Adam & Company International. I am advised that, being on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel and acting on their behalf he must inform Adam & Company International if the balance of the mortgage advance is not just from me. I disclosed to the bank about my parent’s contribution when I applied for the home loan so is it really necessary for him to raise this?
Your lawyer is obliged to check with Adam & Company International 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 Adam & Company International if you agree, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.
Your search tool is useful but there are many lawyers listed near Chelsea on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel. It would be a lot more helpful if you could recommend a specific firm on the conveyancing panel for Adam & Company International ?
We do not recommend specific firms 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 Adam & Company International mortgage for purchase of a new build (under development) with 65 per cent LTV. Is it compulsory to choose a solicitor on the conveyancing panel for Adam & Company International?
In theory, you could use a solicitor that is not on Adam & Company International conveyancing panel, but Adam & Company International would require one of their panel solicitors to be instructed to act in their interests, and you'd have to pay for this - so most people instruct a panel solicitor. It's also easier, as otherwise you'd have to deal with two solicitors for the same conveyancing matter.
I previously instructed online solicitors based in Birmingham who are on the Adam & Company International solicitor panel. They have just invoiced me a separate fee of £135 for dealing with the Adam & Company International mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee set by Adam & Company International?
Unfortunately, as long as it is in their Terms and Conditions or Quote then yes your solicitors can charge a fee for this. This fee is not set by Adam & Company International but by your lawyers. Some firms on the Adam & Company International will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee but plenty of firms include it on their overall fee.
We expect to receive a DIP from Adam & Company International this week so we know how much we could potentially offer as otherwise we are dependent on web based calculators (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc).Do the Adam & Company International recommend a solicitor on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel, or is it better to go independently
You will need to appoint solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Adam & Company International through the process.
At last I have had an offer on an apartment accepted, the seller does however have a dependent purchase. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties in the pipeline. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What do I do now? At what point should I appy for the mortgage with Adam & Company International?
It is usual to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket too early (mortgage application is approx £1k, then survey/valuation, conveyancing search costs, etc). First you should check that your solicitor is on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel. As to the next stages this very much depends on the circumstances of your case, desire for this property and on the state of the market. In a hot mortgage some buyers would pally for the mortgage with Adam & Company International and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.