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Britannia Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers
I need to swap lawyers as my lawyer is not on the Britannia panel of conveyancing solicitors. How easy is it to change conveyancer?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
We are nearing 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 coming from anyone other than me. I informed the bank about my parent’s contribution when I applied for the home loan so is it really necessary for him to raise this?
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 am planning to acquire a house and need a conveyancing solicitor in Leeds who is on the Britannia solicitor. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a conveyancing firm?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Britannia . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
My uncle passed away six months ago and as sole heir and executor was left the house. The house had a relatively small loan remaining of approximately £5k. I want to have the title changed into my name whilst I re-mortgage to Britannia , pay off the mortgage etc. Is this possible?
If you intend to re-mortgage then Britannia will insist on your using a conveyancer on the Britannia conveyancing panel. Here is link to the Land Registry online guidance around what to do when a property owner dies. This will help you to understand the registration process behind changing the details re the registered title. in your case it would appear that you are effectively purchasing the property from the estate. Your Britannia conveyancing panel solicitor pays the new mortgage money into the estate, the estate pays off the old mortgage, the charge is released and you become the owner and the Britannia mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.
Can you point me to a directory of Britannia panel solicitors on the Council of Mortgage Lender’s Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
I had instructed online conveyancers located in London who are on the Britannia solicitor panel. They have just invoiced me a separate fee of £175 for the legal aspects of the Britannia mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee specified by Britannia?
Unfortunately, as long as it is in their Terms and Conditions or Quote then yes your solicitors can charge a fee for this. This fee is not set by Britannia but by your lawyers. Some firms on the Britannia will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee and others do not.
Hi, thinking about buying a house off my mate. Once we agree a price, what’s the best way to proceed? I plan to obtain 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.