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Common questions asked concerning the Aviva Equity Release Solicitor Panel

Is the fact that my conveyancer is not on the Aviva Equity Release Conveyancing panel that there is a problem with the quality of his work?
That would more than likely be a wrong assumption to make. There are all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator indicated 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The most common reasons for removal are: (1) lack of transactions (2) the lawyer is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. If you are concerned you should simply call the firm and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for Aviva Equity Release.
We are getting closer to an exchange and my mum and dad having sent the 10% deposit to my lawyer. I am now advised that as the deposit has not come from me my lawyer needs to make a notification to my lender Aviva Equity Release. Apparently, being on the Aviva Equity Release conveyancing panel and acting on their behalf he must inform Aviva Equity Release if the balance of the mortgage advance is coming from anyone other than me. I informed the bank about my parent’s contribution when I applied for the mortgage so is it really necessary for him to raise this?
Your lawyer is obliged to check with Aviva Equity Release 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 Aviva Equity Release if you agree, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.
Do I have to pop into the offices of the Aviva Equity Release conveyancing panel solicitor to execute the legal charge? If so, I will appoint a lawyer who conducts conveyancing in Bristol so that I can pop in to their offices if required.
Most conveyancing panel lawyers for Aviva Equity Release undertake all of the work via the post, internet or over the phone. This means that they can undertake your Conveyancing Transaction no matter where you live in England or Wales. However you should check if you can still book an appointment to go into appointed conveyancing lawyer if you prefer.
The solicitors that I recently instructed on my house acquisition in London has without warning closed. They were on acting for me because I had to have a firm on the Aviva Equity Release conveyancing panel and my family lawyer was not. I gave them a cheque for £150 in advance. What do I do now?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then inform them immediately so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to the problems encountered. Hopefully they will be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You will need to appoint new lawyers that are on the Aviva Equity Release conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors may be able to help
We expect to receive a DIP from Aviva Equity Release this week so we can work out what to offer on a property we like as otherwise we only have online calculators to go by (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc).Do the Aviva Equity Release recommend a solicitor on the Aviva Equity Release conveyancing panel, or is it better to find our own lawyer
You will need to appoint solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Aviva Equity Release conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Aviva Equity Release through the process.
I have not been happy with the level or service received from my lawyer. Is there a Aviva Equity Release conveyancing panel complaints department or do I complain directly to the law firm?
Complaining to Aviva Equity Release about their conveyancing panel is unlikely to yield much of a response. All solicitors and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. You can get information from the solicitor’s or conveyancer’s website or ask at their office. They must tell you about it if you ask.

The Legal Ombudsman will make sure that your complaint is addressed by the solicitor. It can also advise you how to complain.

If a licensed conveyancer does not have a complaints procedure or will not tell you about it, contact the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which will make sure that your complaint is properly dealt with by the conveyancer. Please see below for more information.

My ex -wife’s name is on the Aviva Equity Release mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the Aviva Equity Release mortgage in order to sell?
In terms of the Aviva Equity Release mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of Aviva Equity Release in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.