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Frequently asked questions relating to the Bradford & Bingley Solicitor Panel

I have been advised by my broker that I have to pay Bradford & Bingley fees should I instruct my family lawyer. How good are the Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel solicitors? I'm happy to use any solicitor in the country TBH provided that they are good and reasonably priced. Are there any Bradford & Bingley conveyancers you'd recommend?
Bradford & Bingley’s conveyancing panel is substantial so your best bet is just to check with the firms you are getting quotes from that they are on the panel. You can search by postcode on the search tool on this site to find solicitors that Bradford & Bingley will allow to act for them.
can you help? My conveyancer is informing me me that she is duty-bound to conduct a Local Authority search because the firm are on the Bradford & Bingley approved lawyer panel. Do I not have a choice here?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. Given that you are taking out a loan with Bradford & Bingley your lawyer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your lawyer would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of Bradford & Bingley’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Bradford & Bingley. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
I have been Googling for competitive conveyancing fees. Can I be sure that all the firms that are identified on your directory are on the Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel?
The solicitor and licensed conveyancing practices listed on our site have advised us that they are on the Bradford & Bingley panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the Bradford & Bingley panel. To date we have not been informed by either a bank or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel is incorrect.
I am selling my house. Does my solicitor have to be on the Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel in order to deal with paying off my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. it might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their requirements fairly frequently at the moment.
My brother and I have agreed a price on a apartment I spoke to a solicitor previously used by my mum and he suggested retaining a law firm approved by Bradford & Bingley. The estate agent recommended two local firms so I asked Bradford & Bingley if the 2 suggested solicitors are approved, which they are not. Bradford & Bingley pointed out that either practice can fill out the appropriate forms to become approved. Do I (1) save myself the aggravation and use one of Bradford & Bingley 's conveyancing panel solicitors (2) Use the local solicitor and accept there may be delays etc as they go through the approval process.
Ask Bradford & Bingley 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 Bradford & Bingley 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 Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel as it may only take about 2-3 weeks. As long as they meet Bradford & Bingley’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.
It is not clear whether my mortgage offer obliges me to make sure the lease term for the flat is extended prior to the completion date . I have called Bradford & Bingley on various occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they would lend. My solicitor - who is on the Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel- telephoned and was told not they would not lend in accordance with their CML Handbook minimum lease term requirements. I simply dont know who is right
Your lawyer has to follow the CML Handbook Part 2 requirements for Bradford & Bingley. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that Bradford & Bingley will go ahead your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask Bradford & Bingley to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the remaining number of years left on the lease.
I had an offer accepted on a property on the 17th January 2014, valuation was booked 3 days later, all came back fine. Conveyancer instructed, so all that was missing was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Bradford & Bingley and chasing them on my offer I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel. Are Bradford & Bingley entitled to hold back the Mortgage pending the lawyer being on the approved list?
A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Bradford & Bingley to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.