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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').
The lawyer my husband and I had intended to instruct on a purchase said he will levy higher legal fees if my mortgage is with Bath Building Society due to their unusual legal requirements. Will I regret using Bath Building Society? Is Bath Building Society conveyancing so much more difficult?
Bath Building Society conveyancing requirements for their panel are no better or no more complicated than most lenders. It is the case now the CML Handbook, the "bible" used by solicitors to establish lender requirements, is different for each lender. It is not clear if your lawyer is on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel. If they are not, this does add further risk of delay as Bath Building Society will appoint their own solicitors to look after their interest.
Please help. My solicitor is assuring me that she is duty-bound to apply for a Local Authority search as the firm are on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel. The searches cost a lot of money. Can this be avoided?
You have limited options available to you. As you are taking a mortgage with Bath Building Society your lawyer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your lawyer would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of Bath Building Society’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Bath Building Society. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
I see that you have a search directory identifying solicitors on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a referral fee 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 Bath Building Society conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
I am attempting to get my ex-wife removed the mortgage deeds. Can Bath Building Society really tell me which solicitor I can or can not retain?
You can use any solicitor you like but Bath Building Society then has the right to appoint a different solicitor to act for them at your expense. It might be more cost effective and quicker to instruct a lawyer who is on the Bath Building Society solicitors panel
How can we tell if a solicitor on the Bath Building Society panel is any good?
seeking recommendations is a good starting point. 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 carrying out your transaction
The mortgage over my property is with Bath Building Society. Conveyancing was finalised 12 months ago. In the event that I decide to rent out my property and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a BTL mortgage or inform Bath Building Society?
Bath Building Society must be informed of your intention before letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Bath Building Society’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will allow you to rent out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Bath Building Society directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a Bath Building Society conveyancing panel solicitor.
I have not been happy 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. 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 properly dealt with 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.


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