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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 remortgage said he would charge more if my lender is because of their difficult processes! Am I likely to be frustrated 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.
I am due to complete my purchase next Thursday. My conveyancing lawyer has asked me to provide him with a copy of the building insurance for the house as as he informs me that he is duty bound to validate that it is in order for Bath Building Society. What does the insurance need to cover?
All property lawyers on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in Bath Building Society’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on Bath Building Society). Being on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these instructions.
What tools are available to search for a local solicitor on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 20 kilometers to meet the lawyer.
You can use the find a conveyancing panel tool on this page. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of lawyer located nearest you. Alternatively you can type in the name of your proposed law firm and see if they are listed as being on the Bath Building Society solicitor panel.
I am considering applying for a Bath Building Society mortgage for purchase of a new build (under development) with 65 per cent loan to value. Is it compulsory to choose a solicitor on the conveyancing panel for Bath Building Society?
In theory, you could use a solicitor that is not on Bath Building Society conveyancing panel, but Bath Building Society would require one of their panel solicitors to be instructed to act in their interests, and you'd have to pay for this - so most people instruct a panel solicitor. It's also easier, as otherwise you'd have to deal with two solicitors for the same transaction.
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Bath Building Society be concerned
Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with Bath Building Society your lawyer must to check the Bath Building Society conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Bath Building Society . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Bath Building Society where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. Requirements for Scotland are due in the near future.
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. 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 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.

After much negotiation I have agreed a price on an apartment. My financial adviser recommended their conveyancers I paid an upfront payment of 225. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Bath Building Society panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

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