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Cambridge Building Society Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers

My wife and I are novices when it comes to buying a property. Within the 48 hours our solicitor has forwarded the sale agreement to sign with a detailed report in anticipation of exchanging contracts shortly. Cambridge Building Society have this evening contacted us to inform me that they have now hit a problem as our lawyer is not on their conveyancing panel. What do we do from here?
If you are buying a property with the assistance of a mortgage it is usual for the purchaser's solicitors to also act for the purchaser's lender.

In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Your solicitors should contact Cambridge Building Society and see if they can apply for membership of the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable Cambridge Building Society will instruct their own solicitors to act. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own solicitors, in which case it will likely add costs, and it will likely delay the transaction as you are adding another lawyer into the mix.

can you help? My lawyer is advising me that she is duty-bound to apply for a Local Authority search stemming from the fact that the firm are on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel. Is this really necessary?
You have limited options available to you. Given that you are taking out a loan with Cambridge Building Society 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 Cambridge Building Society’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Cambridge Building Society. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
What tools are available to search for a local solicitor on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 20 kilometers to meet the lawyer.
You can use the find a conveyancing panel search on this page. 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 Cambridge Building Society solicitor panel.
We're in Birmingham, First timers purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Cambridge Building Society , but our lawyer is on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Cambridge Building Society 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
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 Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel requirements are different to Cambridge Building Society’s conveyancing panel requirements.
I have agreed a price on a flat I spoke to a conveyancer previously used by my brother and he advised using a law firm approved by Cambridge Building Society. The estate agent recommended two local firms so I asked Cambridge Building Society if the 2 suggested solicitors are approved, which they are not. Cambridge Building Society suggested that either firm can fill out the appropriate forms to become approved. Do I (1) save myself the aggravation and use one of Cambridge Building Society 's conveyancing panel solicitors (2) Use the local solicitor and accept there may be delays etc as they go through the approval process.
Enquire of Cambridge Building Society for conveyancing panel firms in your area. Lenders have them all over the country. You can also use our search tool at the top of this page to search for a lawyer on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel based on location. If you particularly like the sound of one of the local lawyers that you have spoken to ask them if they would go onto Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel as it may only take about 2-3 weeks. As long as they meet Cambridge Building Society’s requirements it can be a very simple job for the solicitor. Other stuff will be going on in parallel (as you are at an early stage) so it may not delay matters.
Can I register a complaint to Cambridge Building Society about the lawyers being on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel?
There is little point in complaining directly to Cambridge Building Society. Every solicitor firm and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. Usually one can find this information from the solicitor’s or conveyancer’s website or ask at their office. They must tell you about it if you ask.

The Legal Ombudsman will make sure that your complaint is properly dealt with by the solicitor. It can also advise you how to complain.

If a licensed conveyancer does not have a complaints procedure or will not tell you about it, contact the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which will make sure that your complaint is properly dealt with by the conveyancer. Please see below for more information.