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Ready to buy a new home? Failing to check that a lawyer is on the Britannia list of approved solicitors can put your transaction at risk of delay or failure.
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Examples of recent questions relating to the Britannia Solicitor Panel
My financial adviser has informed me that I have to pay Britannia fees if I use my own solicitor. How efficient are the Britannia conveyancing panel solicitors? I dont care which law firm I use as long as they're good and not exorbitantly priced. Are there any Britannia conveyancers you'd recommend?
Britannia’s conveyancing panel is substantial so your best bet is just to check with the firms you are getting quotes from whether they are on it. You can search by postcode on the search tool on this site to find solicitors that Britannia will allow to act for them.
can you help? My conveyancer is assuring me that she is duty-bound to order a Local Authority search stemming from the fact that the firm are on the Britannia 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 Britannia 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 Britannia’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Britannia. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
Do I need to attend the offices of the Britannia conveyancing panel solicitor to execute the legal charge? If so, I will appoint a lawyer who conducts conveyancing in Leeds so that I can attend their offices if necessary.
Most conveyancing panel lawyers for Britannia undertake all of the work via the post, internet or over the phone. This means that they can undertake your Conveyancing Transaction no matter where you live in England or Wales. However you should check if you can still book an appointment to go into appointed conveyancing lawyer if you prefer.
I am considering mortgaging my property does my lawyer need to be on the Britannia Solicitor panel?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor but Britannia will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is greater potential for delays and confusion with two solicitors involved, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Britannia conveyancing panel?
Some major banks and building societies now use CQS as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS membership however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to join their panels.
Do the majority of lenders operate their own panel of solicitors?
Many lenders do operate a restricted conveyancing panel but a lot of lenders allow any solicitors to join their panel so long as they meet their criteria. Each lender sets their own criteria. For example the Britannia conveyancing panel requirements are different to Britannia’s conveyancing panel criteria.
At last I have had an offer on an apartment accepted, the seller does however have a dependent purchase. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties booked. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What do I do now? At what point should I appy for the mortgage with Britannia?
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 Britannia 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 Britannia and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.