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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').
A conveyancer I wanted to use for conveyancing on a remortgage said he would charge more if my mortgage is with Bath Building Society because of their unusual legal requirements. Will I regret using Bath Building Society? Any comments will be appreciated
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 assist. For no fault of my lawyer but, my purchase conveyancing has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Bath Building Society was date stamped random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on 10 days inc Day of week eg. Mon. My solicitor says that as she is on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel she needs to reorder the searches as they are no longer valid.
One of the many conditions to being on the Bath Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook Part 2 obligations (last updated for this lender on Bath Building Society)which specifies that a local authority search be not more than 6 months old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Bath Building Society.
Your search tool is useful but there are many lawyers listed near Newcastle on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the Bath Building Society approved panel?
We are not in the business of recommending one firm above another as the right firm for you depends on where your priorities lie. For example you may require a local firm with local knowledge or you might be looking for the low cost conveyancing. Before you appoint your lawyer we advise you to speak to two or three of the firms listed to gain comfort as to which one is right for you..
What happens if my lawyer’s firm is expelled from the Bath Building Society Conveyancing panel prior to the completion date?
First, this is a very rare occurrence. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have ti instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by the regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit at a cost.
When it comes to lenders such as Bath Building Society do solicitors have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
I have today made my last payment due on mortgage with Bath Building Society. I assume I don't need a solicitor on the Bath Building Society panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Am I right?
If you have finished paying off your Bath Building Society mortgage they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Bath Building Society mortgage from the register. Bath Building Society,and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage: but are not moving to another property where the Bath Building Society has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and the Bath Building Society has instructed the Land Registry to do so The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your Bath Building Society mortgage has been paid off.
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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