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Ready to buy a new home? Failing to check that a lawyer is on the Bath BS list of approved solicitors can put your transaction at risk of delay or failure.

Find a Law Firm approved by Bath BS
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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').
My property lawyer is not on the Bath Building Society Solicitor Panel. Is it possible for me to continue with my preferred solicitor notwithstanding that they are not on the Bath Building Society panel?
The most common options here are as follows:
  1. Complete the purchase with your preferred solicitors but Bath Building Society will need to instruct a lawyer on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel. This will result in additional cost and potential delay.
  2. Get a new solicitor to act in the purchase, obviously checking they are on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel.
  3. Urge your lawyer to apply to join the Bath Building Society lender panel
My lawyer has discovered a difference when comparing the surveyor’s assumptions in Bath Building Society’s valuation survey and what is revealed within the conveyancing documents. My lawyer says that as he is on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel he is obliged to ensure that the lender is happy with this discrepancy and is still content to lend. Is my lawyer’s stance right?
A precondition to being on the Bath Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Bath Building Society) 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.
I need to find a Bath Building Society panel solicitor in Stirling. Can you assist?
Unfortunately it’s not apparent why you need a Bath Building Society panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Bath Building Society to find out which solicitors in Bath Building Society are on their panel. If you do find such a firm not listed please direct them to our site to list. At a fee of one pound per month it is not expensive to register on the site
The firm that I recently instructed on my house acquisition in London has suddenly shut down. They were on acting for me because I had to have a solicitor on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel and my preferred lawyer was not. I gave them a cheque for £150 in advance. What should be my next steps?
If you have an estate agent involved then let them know immediately so that they advise the vendors that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Most sellers would be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You will need to appoint new lawyers that are on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new lawyers may be able to assist
We have had an offer accepted on a flat I spoke to a conveyancer previously used by my uncle and he advised using a solicitor approved by Bath Building Society. The estate agent recommended two local firms so I asked Bath Building Society if the 2 suggested solicitors are approved, which they are not. Bath Building Society suggested that either practice can fill out the appropriate forms to become approved. Do I (1) save myself the aggravation and use one of Bath Building Society 's conveyancing panel solicitors (2) Use the local solicitor and accept there may be delays etc as they go through the approval process.
Enquire of Bath Building Society to suggest a law firm in your location. Most banks have lawyers on their panel throughout the UK. You can also use our search tool at the top of this page to search for a lawyer on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel based on location. If you particularly like the sound of one of the local lawyers that you have spoken to ask them if they would go onto Bath Building Society conveyancing panel as it may only take about 2-3 weeks. As long as they meet Bath Building Society’s requirements it can be a very simple job for the solicitor. Other stuff will be going on in parallel (as you are at an early stage) so it may not delay matters.
My husband and I are in the throws of looking at flats and now considering a potential offer. Should I already have a conveyancer appointed at this stage? I intend to finance via a mortgage with Bath Building Society
You should start obtaining conveyancing quotes from solicitors ASAP. After you have chosen your lawyer and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the EA. As you are getting a mortgage with Bath Building Society , make sure you remember to check that your lawyer is on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel.
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?
Complaining to Bath Building Society about their conveyancing panel is unlikely to yield much of a response. All solicitors and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. Usually one can find this 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.


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