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I appointed a law firm to work on my purchase six weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Bank of Ireland. The law firm assured me that they are on Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel and gave me their panel number. Bank of Ireland then told me that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What do I do from here? Do I instruct a different law firm currently on the approved panel for Bank of Ireland?
The answer depends on whether you still have confidence in the said solicitors and how long it will take for the firm to be reinstated on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the Bank of Ireland as to the time frame to get your lawyer reinstated on the panel once again.
My solicitor is asking me for personal identification documents stating that this forms part of his requirements as a conveyancer on the Bank of Ireland Solicitor panel. This is news to me - can I refuse?
Anti-terror and anti-money-laundering rules require solicitors and licensed conveyancers to verify the identity of the person or body they are dealing with before they can accept their conveyancing business. The Client Care letter that you need to sign will no doubt confirm this. Your lawyer is right that Bank of Ireland also require certain documents to be viewed. If a you refuse to provide ID verification documents, your conveyancer would not be able to accept instructions from you. Your lawyer also has obligations to obtain certain documents in accordance with Bank of Ireland CML Handbook requirements last updated on Bank of Ireland
How up to date is your database of lawyers on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel? Do Bank of Ireland send you an updated list?
The firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from Bank of Ireland directly.
My conveyancers in Manchester have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. At the time of my purchase I took out a mortgage with Bank of Ireland. Is it case that being on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a number of years?
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 Bank of Ireland Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Bank of Ireland directly.
Can I be sure that the solicitor on the Bank of Ireland panel is any good?
Getting recommendations is a good start. Before you go ahead check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more will often provide a better service than one which is cheap as chips. We would always recommend that you speak with the lawyer handling your transaction
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Bank of Ireland be concerned
Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with Bank of Ireland your lawyer must to check the Bank of Ireland conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Bank of Ireland . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Bank of Ireland where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. The CML are developing guidance for Northern Ireland and Scotland.
My ex -wife’s name is on the Bank of Ireland 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 Bank of Ireland mortgage in order to sell?
As regards the Bank of Ireland 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 Bank of Ireland 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.