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Cambridge Building Society Solicitor Panel Recently Asked Questions

I instructed a firm of solicitors to work on my purchase six weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Cambridge Building Society. The firm reassured me that they are on Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel and provided me their panel number. Cambridge Building Society then ,via my broker advised that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What do I do from here? Should I appoint a new solicitor listed on the conveyancing panel for Cambridge Building Society?
You may be very frustrated with the lawyer but if it only go take a few more days they it may be worth waiting as, depending on how far progressed you are you may end up delaying the transaction by a number of weeks if you need to replace your solicitor You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the Cambridge Building Society as to how long they think it will take to get the firm to get back on the panel.
My conveyancer has discovered an inconsistency when comparing the assumptions in Cambridge Building Society’s valuation survey and what is in the title deeds. My solicitor says that as he is on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel he is duty bound to check that the lender is happy with this discrepancy and is content go ahead. Is my conveyancer’s stance legitimate?
A precondition to being on the Cambridge Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Cambridge Building Society) which do require that your lawyer disclose any incorrect assumptions in the lender’s valuation report and the legal papers. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for both parties.
I have checked your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Cambridge Building Society approved panel. How can I be sure given that they are not listed on your directory?
Not all firms are yet listed on our lender panel search tool which is still relatively new. Law firms are listing on a daily basis and it is probably the case that your lawyer is on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing lawyer and you should probably take them at their word. Please do feel free to suggest that they completing their listing on our site as it would only cost them £1 a month to list themselves as being on the Cambridge Building Society solicitor panel.
Please explain the implications if my solicitor is suspended from the Cambridge Building Society Conveyancing panel prior to completion?
First, this is a very rare occurrence. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have ti instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by the regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit at a cost.
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel?
Some major banks and building societies now use CQS as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to join their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.
How can we tell if a solicitor on the Cambridge Building Society panel is any good?
Getting recommendations is a sensible start. Before you go ahead check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more will often provide a better service than one which is cheap as chips. We would always advise that you speak with the solicitor carrying out your conveyancing
Cambridge Building Society have agreed my mortgage in principle, my offer on house has been accepted, now what?
The estate agent will want to know who your solicitors are (make sure these solicitors are on the lenders panel). Call up Cambridge Building Society or your broker and complete any relevant paperwork. Cambridge Building Society will tell you what documents they want. Cambridge Building Society will instruct a valuer. The valuer will get in touch with the estate agent or seller to book an appointment. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes about week to get a mortgage offer. Cambridge Building Society will issue the offer to you and your lawyer. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing.