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Is there a reason why all solicitors aren't included on the Birmingham Midshires Conveyancing panel?
Birmingham Midshires and other mortgage companies ordinarily imposes restrictions either the type or the number of conveyancing firms on their panel. A common example of such restriction(s) being that a firm must have two or more partners. In addition to restricting the type of firm, some have decided to limit the number of firms they use to represent them. You should note that Birmingham Midshires have no responsibility for the quality of advice provided by any member of Birmingham Midshires Conveyancer Panel. Mortgage fraud was a key driver in the rationalisation of conveyancing panels a few years ago and whilst there are differing views about the extent of solicitor involvement in some of that fraud. Statistics from the Land Registry reveal that thousands of law firms only carry out one or two conveyances a year. Those supporting conveyancing panel cuts ask why law firms should have the right to be on a Lender panel when clearly, Conveyancing is not their speciality? To put it another way; would you want a conveyancing solicitor to represent you if you were charged with a crime; probably not.
Much to my surprise my property lawyer is asking me for identification documents stating that this is part of his legal duty as a conveyancer on the Birmingham Midshires Conveyancing panel. This is news to me - can I refuse?
Anti-terror and anti-money-laundering rules require solicitors and licensed conveyancers to verify the identity of the person or body they are dealing with before they can accept their conveyancing business. The Terms and Conditions that you need to sign will no doubt confirm this. Your lawyer is right that Birmingham Midshires also require certain documents to be viewed. If a you refuse to provide ID verification documents, your conveyancer would not be able to accept instructions from you. Your lawyer also has obligations to obtain certain documents in accordance with Birmingham Midshires CML Handbook requirements last updated on Birmingham Midshires
I need to find a Birmingham Midshires panel solicitor in Inverness. Can you assist?
It is not clear why you need a Birmingham Midshires panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Birmingham Midshires to find out which solicitors in Birmingham Midshires are on their panel. If you do find such a firm not listed please direct them to our site to list. After all the cost is only one £1 a month
We're in Liverpool, FTBs buying with a mortgage (lender is Birmingham Midshires , but our solicitor is on the Birmingham Midshires conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Birmingham Midshires 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
Hi, thinking about buying a house off my mate. Once we agree a price, what’s the best way to move forward? I hope to get a mortgage with Birmingham Midshires. Is there anyway to cut out the solicitors to save on the costs? My dad reckons back in the day he did a lot of it himself, just went into the land registry office and providing them with the info they needed himself
If you are getting a mortgage with Birmingham Midshires involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Birmingham Midshires conveyancing panel. We would not encourage you to both use the same solicitors' firm. There are clear conflict of interest issues and it's not going to make a huge difference to the speed of the overall process. So as not to hold things us you should pass on your solicitors details to Birmingham Midshires. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the Birmingham Midshires conveyancing panel.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property off the council. I have a mortgage offer with Birmingham Midshires. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have one. Any advice?
It is not advisable proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event if you are getting a mortgage with Birmingham Midshires you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Birmingham Midshires conveyancing panel.
My offer on house has been accepted, but there is a chain. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties in the pipeline. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What do I do now? At what point should I appy for the mortgage with Birmingham Midshires?
It is usual to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket too early (mortgage application is approx £1k, then survey/valuation, conveyancing search costs, etc). First you should check that your solicitor is on the Birmingham Midshires conveyancing panel. As to the next stages this very much depends on the circumstances of your case, desire for this property and on the state of the market. In a hot mortgage some buyers would pally for the mortgage with Birmingham Midshires and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.