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FAQs : The Bank of Ireland Solicitor Panel

Is the fact that my solicitor is not isted on the Bank of Ireland Conveyancing panel that there is a problem with the quality of her 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 Bank of Ireland.
My solicitor has identified a discrepancy when comparing the surveyor’s assumptions in Bank of Ireland’s home valuation survey and what is in the conveyancing documents. My lawyer has advised that as he is on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel he needs to ensure that the lender is with this discrepancy and is content go ahead. Is my conveyancer’s stance correct?
A precondition to being on the Bank of Ireland approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Bank of Ireland) which do require that your lawyer disclose any incorrect assumptions in the lender’s valuation report and the legal papers. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for you.
Do all the licensed conveyancers and solicitor practices listed on your directory have online case tracking as I understood that this was a condition of being on the Bank of Ireland solicitor panel?
No. There is no CML Part 2 or Building Society Association requirement relating to online case tracking. Some law firms operate such technology and some don't.
I am purchasing a garden flat and getting a mortgage with Bank of Ireland. Can I do my own conveyancing?
Leaving aside the complexities and merits of DIY conveyancing you will have to appoint a solicitor on the Bank of Ireland 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 Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel in your location.
Is there a list of Bank of Ireland panel conveyancers on the CML Handbook Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Bank of Ireland have issued a mortgage offer so presumably this is not a concern to them. Why is my solicitor raising questions about the panel?
As your lender is 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. Requirements for Scotland are due in the near future.
Completion of my remortgage has taken place with a loan from Bank of Ireland. Conveyancing was a necessary evil but I would like to complain about Bank of Ireland. How do I make a complaint?
Most banks and building societies have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the Bank of Ireland branches or the Customer Care Department at Bank of Ireland head office. In most cases complaints to Bank of Ireland are resolved effectively and efficiently. 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.