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Common questions asked concerning the Banks and Clients Solicitor Panel

My lawyer is not on the Banks and Clients Approved Panel. Is it possible for me to use my preferred solicitor notwithstanding that they are not on the Banks and Clients panel?
You will need to have a conveyancer complete the legal work required when you take out a Banks and Clients mortgage to buy your property. They’ll carry out all the necessary legal checks on the property, make sure that you’re properly registered as the owner and ensure that all the necessary mortgage documentation is in place. You can instruct a conveyancing firm of your choice. However, if the firm selected is not a member of the Banks and Clients conveyancing panel additional costs will be incurred as separate legal representation will be required by Banks and Clients. Conveyancing panel applications can be submitted, so if your conveyancer has not previously applied for membership they can do so.
I am purchasing a newly constructed apartment and my solicitor is informing me that she has to disclose incentives from the developer as her practice is on the Banks and Clients conveyancing panel. I am on a tight deadline to exchange and I would rather not delay matters. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the Banks and Clients approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Banks and Clients). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
I note that you have a post code search directory listing solicitors on the Banks and Clients conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a commission if I appoint them for my own conveyancing?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Banks and Clients conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
I am selling my house. Does my solicitor have to be on the Banks and Clients conveyancing panel in order to deal with redeeming my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Banks and Clients conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. it might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their requirements fairly frequently at the moment.
Are all Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Banks and Clients conveyancing panel?
A selection of banks and building societies now use CQS as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS membership however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their panels.
Hi, thinking about buying a house off my mate. Assuming we can agree a figure, what’s the best way to move forward? I hope to get a mortgage with Banks and Clients. Is there anyway to cut out the solicitors to save on the costs? My dad reckons back in the day he did a lot of it himself, just went into the land registry office and providing them with the info they needed himself
If you are getting a mortgage with Banks and Clients involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Banks and Clients conveyancing panel. We would not encourage you to both use the same solicitors' firm. There are clear conflict of interest issues and it's not going to make a huge difference to the speed of the overall process. So as not to hold things us you should pass on your solicitors details to Banks and Clients. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the Banks and Clients conveyancing panel.
We expect to receive a DIP from Banks and Clients 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 Banks and Clients recommend a solicitor on the Banks and Clients 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 Banks and Clients conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Banks and Clients through the process.