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Find an Approved Solicitor on the Bath Building Society Dual Representation Solicitors

Bath Building Society does not operate a Conveyancing Panel, but does allow certain lawyers to conduct dual representation subject to meeting their criteria.

For the purposes of clarification, references on this page to "conveyancing panel" mean the ability of your lawyer represent both you and Bath Building Society in their capacity as lender.

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At the request of bath Building Society, we remind any home buyer looking to obtain a mortgage with the Society to first check with the Society that your preferred conveyancing lawyer can represent you and the Society in the same transaction (known as 'dual representation').
Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my conveyancer is not identified on the Bath Building Society Solicitor panel that there is a problem with the standard of her work?
It would not be wise to jump to that conclusion. 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 Bath Building Society.
Our conveyancing solicitor is asking me for ID documents saying that this forms part of his retainer as a conveyancer on the Bath Building Society Solicitor panel. This is news to me - can I refuse?
Due to Money Laundering Regulations your conveyancing lawyer is duty bound to confirm positively your identification when entering into a business relationship with you. It is a criminal offense if your lawyer not do this. If you do not provide ID early in the transaction the solicitor must refuse to act for you. It’s unlikely a lawyer will turn you away if you come to the first meeting without relevant ID but you will have to produce it at some point so you might as well bring it with you to the initial meeting so the lawyer can tick the ID verification box and start sorting out the conveyancing straight away. If you are getting a mortgage with Bath Building Society your lawyer also has to check ID documents to satisfy Bath Building Society
I have checked your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Bath Building Society approved panel. How can I be sure given that they are not listed on your directory?
Not all firms are yet listed on our lender panel search tool which is still relatively new. Law firms are listing on a daily basis and it is probably the case that your lawyer is on the Bath Building Society conveyancing lawyer and you should probably take them at their word. Please do feel free to suggest that they completing their listing on our site as it would only cost them £1 a month to list themselves as being on the Bath Building Society solicitor panel.
I am purchasing a semi-detached house and getting a mortgage with Bath Building Society. Can I do my own conveyancing?
Leaving aside the complexities and merits of DIY conveyancing you will have to appoint a solicitor on the Bath Building Society 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 Bath Building Society conveyancing panel in your location.
My wife and I have arranged a further advance on our mortgage from Bath Building Society as we wish to carry out a loft conversion to our home. Do we need to appoint a solicitor on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel to deal with the paperwork?
Bath Building Society would not normally appoint firms on their approved list of lawyers to deal with such a matter. If they did require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Bath Building Society list
On the whole I have been dissatisfied with the level or service received from my lawyer. Is there a Bath Building Society conveyancing panel complaints department or do I complain directly to the law firm?
There is little point in complaining directly to Bath Building Society. Every solicitor firm 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.

I was told four weeks ago that my mortgage has been agreed to by Bath Building Society. Is it usual for Bath Building Society to only issue the offer once my solicitor is approved on their conveyancing panel?
A lender would not issue a mortgage until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Bath Building Society to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.

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