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FAQs : The Clydesdale Bank Conveyancing Panel

My fiance and I are purchasing a 1 bedroom flat in Hackney with a mortgage from Clydesdale Bank. We have a solicitor but Clydesdale Bank says she’s not on their "panel". We have to appoint one of the Clydesdale Bank panel firms or keep our solicitor and pay for one of their panel ones to represent them. We feel as though this is unjust; is there anything we can do?
Unfortunately,no. The mortgage offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel. Until recently, most lenders had large numbers of law firms on their panels: a borrower could choose one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. Another option that might be available is for your solicitors to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Clydesdale Bank
Our solicitor has uncovered a legal deficiency with the lease for the property we are buying. The seller’s lawyers have offered defective title insurance as a solution. We are happy with insurance and will pay for it. Our solicitor has advised that as he is on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel he must ensure that the lender is happy with this solution. Who is the client here, us or Clydesdale Bank?
Just because you have a mortgage offer from Clydesdale Bank does not mean to say that the property will be meet their requirements for the purposes of a mortgage. Your lawyer has to ensure that the lease has to comply with the CML Handbook Requirements. You and Clydesdale Bank are the client. The appropriate lender requirements have to be complied with by the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel who has to balance acting for you and Clydesdale Bank
Do I have to attend the offices of the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel solicitor to sign the legal charge? If so, I will choose one who does conveyancing in Manchester so that I can pop in to their offices when needed.
Whereas this was necessary 15 years ago, most lenders no longer require their conveyancing panel solicitor to witness the borrowers signature. You will still be obliged to provide ID Documents and there are still distinct advantages to using a local solicitor, in your case a conveyancing solicitor in Manchester .
The solicitors that just started acting on my purchase in Brighton has without warning closed. I chose them because I needed a solicitor on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel and my family lawyer was not. I gave my credit card details for them to take £175 for searches. What should be my next steps?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then let them know immediately so that they advise the vendors that there may be a slight delay due to the problems encountered. Hopefully they will be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You will need to appoint new lawyers that are on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors should be in a position to help
Are all Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel?
Some major lenders now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS membership 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 remain on their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.
In what circumstances might Clydesdale Bank amend or withdraw their mortgage offer?
Banks and Building Societies such as Clydesdale Bank can withdraw their mortgage offer although this rarely happens. If Clydesdale Bank withdraw their offer they may or may not inform you or the lawyer as to the reasons why. There are various possible reasons but here are a number of examples:
  • If the borrower informs Clydesdale Bank of a change in security address
  • Situations where information provided by the borrower that enabled the lender to make a lending decision is fraudulent, incorrect or misleading.
  • Following advice from the valuer on their lender panel or If the lender has doubts about the effectiveness of the valuation as a result of subsequent events or information received post valuation but pre completion
  • Where the lender is on notice of a restriction or a right of pre-emption which is not at market value
  • Where the Lender’s right to possession is fettered in some way
Clydesdale Bank 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 Clydesdale Bank or your broker and complete any relevant paperwork. Clydesdale Bank will tell you what documents they want. Clydesdale Bank 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. Clydesdale Bank 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.