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Q and A’s regarding the Britannia Solicitor Panel

My Conveyancer is not on the Britannia Solicitor Panel. Is it possible for me to retain my preferred solicitor even though they are not on the Britannia approved list?
You will need to have a conveyancer complete the legal work required when you take out a Britannia mortgage to buy your property. They’ll carry out all the necessary legal checks on the property, make sure that you’re properly registered as the owner and ensure that all the necessary mortgage documentation is in place. You can instruct a conveyancing firm of your choice. However, if the firm selected is not a member of the Britannia conveyancing panel additional costs will be incurred as separate legal representation will be required by Britannia. Conveyancing panel applications can be submitted, so if your conveyancer has not previously applied for membership they can do so.
Please help. My solicitor is informing me me that he has to conduct a Local Authority search as the firm are on the Britannia solicitor panel. Do I not have a choice here?
You have limited options available to you. As you are taking a mortgage 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.
Whilst your website is a good idea there are many lawyers listed near Coventry on the Britannia conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the Britannia approved panel?
We do not recommend specific firms as the right firm for you depends on where your priorities lie. For example you may require a local firm with local knowledge or you might be looking for the low cost conveyancing. We recommend that you speak to 3 or 4 lawyers listed before you make your choice..
We're in Wales, First timers purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Britannia , but our solicitor is on the Britannia conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Britannia 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
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 Britannia be concerned
As your lender is Britannia your lawyer must to check the Britannia conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Britannia . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Britannia where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. The CML are developing guidance for Northern Ireland and Scotland.
I was thinking of purchasing my friend’s property. Assuming we can agree a figure, what’s the best way to move forward? I hope to get a mortgage with Britannia. Is it possible to avoid using solicitors to save on the costs? My father said that years ago it was possible to take the documents into the local Land Registry office and they did the rest
If you are getting a mortgage with Britannia involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Britannia 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 Britannia. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the Britannia conveyancing panel.
I have instructed a lawyer having checked that they are on the Britannia conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property? Or Having digested plenty of mortgage guides,I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my solicitor - who is on the Britannia conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. Is that normal?
Britannia will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Britannia will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller. or Your lawyer will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with Britannia you could contact your them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors.