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FAQs : The Britannia Conveyancing Panel

On what basis could a firm of solicitors be excluded from the Britannia approved conveyancing panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of law firms had been removed 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 Britannia
We are getting closer to an exchange and my parents having sent the 10% deposit to my lawyer. I am now advised that as the deposit has not come from me my lawyer needs to make a notification to my lender Britannia. Apparently, being on the Britannia conveyancing panel and acting on their behalf he must inform Britannia if the balance of the mortgage advance is not just from me. I advised the bank about my parent’s contribution when I applied for the home loan so is it really necessary for this now to be an issue?
Your lawyer is obliged to check with Britannia to make sure that they are aware that the balance of the purchase price is not from your own funds. Your solicitor can only report this to Britannia if you agree, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.
I require the services of a Britannia panel solicitor in Stirling. Could you help me?
It is not clear why you need a Britannia panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Britannia to find out which solicitors in Britannia 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
I was supposed to complete on my dream home last Friday. My lawyer’s firm is on the Britannia conveyancing panel but has changed address in the past couple of months and had not informed Britannia of their new address. Britannia has locked down the release of mortgage funds until such time as their systems are up to date with the correct details.
This is as unusual as it is unlucky. The majority of lender Terms of Conveyancing Panel Appointment specifically oblige the solicitor to inform the lender of an address change. Your solicitor needs to treat this with the utmost urgency. Do speak with or register your concern with the senior partner (assuming he or she is not your direct lawyer). Most lenders would be reasonable in this situation and expedite the resolution of this issue. It may be prudent to enlist the help of your local Britannia branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can assist.
We are getting a further advance on our mortgage from Britannia as we wish to carry out a loft conversion to our home. Do we need to appoint a solicitor on the Britannia conveyancing panel to deal with the legals?
Britannia do not ordinarily instruct a member of their conveyancing panel to deal with such a matter. If they did require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Britannia panel
Two weeks ago we had a mortgage agreed in principle with Britannia. Solicitors have been chosen? What is the average time that one could expect to receive a mortgage offer from Britannia?
Some lenders take longer than others. Have Britannia conducted the valuation? Have you advised Britannia as your lawyers details and checked that your lawyer is on the Britannia conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through
I recently had an offer accepted on an apartment. My mortgage broker recommended their conveyancers I paid an upfront payment of 225. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the Britannia 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 Britannia 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.