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Adam & Company International Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers

We are buying a 1 bedroom apartment in Newcastle with a mortgage from Adam & Company International. We like our lawyer 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. This seems very unfair; is there anything we can do?
Unfortunately,no. 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. Another option that might be available is for your solicitors to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Adam & Company International
Please help. My lawyer is advising me that she is duty-bound to order a Local Authority search as the firm are on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel. Is this really necessary?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. Given that you are taking out a loan with Adam & Company International your lawyer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your lawyer would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of Adam & Company International’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Adam & Company International. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
Whilst your website is a good idea there are many lawyers listed near Coventry 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 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. Before you appoint your lawyer we advise you to speak to two or three of the firms listed to gain comfort as to which one is right for you..
I am purchasing a terraced house and getting a mortgage with Adam & Company International. How practical is it for me to do the conveyancing?
Leaving aside the complexities and merits of DIY conveyancing you will have to appoint a solicitor on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel to look after their interests. Most people therefore find it easier to let the solicitor act for them and the lender. Furthermore there is minimal cost savings to made in you doing to conveyancing for yourself and another lawyer conducting the conveyancing for the lender. Please feel free to use the search tool to find a lawyer on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel in your location.
The for formalities of my purchase has taken place with a mortgage from Adam & Company International. Conveyancing was satisfactory but I feel I should register my dissatisfaction about Adam & Company International. How do I make a complaint?
All lenders have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the Adam & Company International branches or the Customer Care Department at Adam & Company International head office. We understand that complaints to Adam & Company International are sorted out very quickly. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is resolved you can write to the Financial Ombudsman Service at South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR who will take matters further.
I am selling my flat. I had a double glazing fitted in month 2010 but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My purchaser’s mortgage company, Adam & Company International are being pedantic. The solicitor who is on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel is recommending indemnity insurance as a solution but Adam & Company International are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Adam & Company International have a conveyancing panel of they don’t accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Adam & Company International have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Adam & Company International may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing correctly and safely installed. It merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.
After shopping around on the internet I have found a solicitor having made sure that they are on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property? Or Having read lots of mortgage guides,I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my solicitor - who is on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?
Adam & Company International will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Adam & Company International will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller. or Your lawyer will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with Adam & Company International you could contact your them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors.