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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').
For what reasons would a law firm be excluded from the Bath Building Society solicitor panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of law firms had been excluded from a lender panel. The top reasons in order 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. We are not aware of the specific or common criteria for removal by Bath Building Society
My solicitor has discovered a difference between the assumptions in Bath Building Society’s valuation survey and what is revealed within the title deeds. My lawyer says that as he is on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel he needs to check that the bank is OK with this discrepancy and is content go ahead. Is my solicitor’s stance appropriate?
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 both parties.
Are the lawyers identified as being on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel, together with their details provided by Bath Building Society?
The firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from Bath Building Society directly.
We're in Birmingham, FTBs buying with a mortgage (lender is Bath Building Society , but our solicitor is on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a time-frame for your conveyancing due to third parties outside of our control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain
Can I be sure that the solicitor on the Bath Building Society panel is any good?
obtaining recommendations is a sensible 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 advise that you speak with the lawyer carrying out your transaction
Completion of my purchase has taken place with a loan from Bath Building Society. Conveyancing was of an acceptable standard but I would like to complain about Bath Building Society. Who do I contact should I wish to lodge a complaint?
All lenders have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the Bath Building Society branches or the Customer Care Team at Bath Building Society head office. In most cases complaints to Bath Building Society are resolved effectively and efficiently. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is resolved you can write to the Financial Ombudsman Service at South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR who will take matters further.
My ex -wife’s name is on the Bath Building Society mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the Bath Building Society mortgage in order to sell?
As regards the Bath Building Society mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of Bath Building Society in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.

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