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FAQs : The Britannia Conveyancing Panel
My financial adviser has informed me that I have to pay Britannia fees if I use my own solicitor. How good are the Britannia conveyancing panel solicitors? I'm happy to use any solicitor in the country TBH 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.
I am purchasing a newly constructed flat and my conveyancer is informing me that she is duty bound to disclose incentives from the builder as her practice is on the Britannia conveyancing panel. The Estate Agents are hassling me to exchange contracts and I have no desire to delay deal. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the Britannia approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Britannia). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
How do I find a local solicitor on the Britannia conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 25 kilometers to meet the solicitor.
You can use the find a conveyancing panel search on this website. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of lawyer located nearest you. Alternatively you can type in the name of your proposed law firm and see if they are listed as being on the Britannia solicitor panel.
My grandmother passed away 10 months ago and as sole heir and executor was left the property. The house had a relatively small loan remaining of approximately £4500. I want to transfer the title deeds 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.
When it comes to lenders such as Britannia do lawyers have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
Do most 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.
I have a mortgage with Britannia. My father retired last week and wants to pay off the mortgage left on the property. After Britannia is paid, I want to transfer the property to my mother's name; How long does the process take? Do we need two separate solicitors on the Britannia conveyancing panel? I do not intend to live at the property once the Britannia mortgage is discharged.
Although you do need to retain the services of a lawyer they dont need to be on the Britannia panel. You will need a solicitor to draw up the transfer and to deal with the Land Registry formalities. The only thing you need to consider is that by selling at an undervalue so ask your lawyer about the implications. There could be an inheritance tax issue if you die within 7 years of this. As the property is your main residence you need not pay CGT but you should speak with your accountants in any event.