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FAQs for the Clydesdale Bank Solicitor Panel

For what reasons would a law firm be removed from the Clydesdale Bank approved conveyancing panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of solicitor practices had been excluded from a lender panel. The top reasons in order are :
  1. lack of transactions
  2. the lawyer is a sole practitioner
  3. as part of the HSBC panel reduction
  4. regulatory contact by SRA
  5. accidental removal. We are not aware of the specific or common criteria for removal by Clydesdale Bank
My solicitor has uncovered a difference between the assumptions in Clydesdale Bank’s valuation survey and what is revealed within the title deeds. My lawyer has advised that as he is on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel he must check that the bank is happy with this discrepancy and is content go ahead. Is my lawyer’s stance correct?
A precondition to being on the Clydesdale Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Clydesdale Bank) 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 you.
I am searching for conveyancing quotes online. Can I be assured that all the law firms that are identified on your site are on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel?
The law firms on our directory have assured us via an online form that they are on the Clydesdale Bank panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the Clydesdale Bank panel. To date we have not been informed by either a lender or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel is not accurate.
I am considering applying for a Clydesdale Bank mortgage for purchase of a newly converted (under development) with 60% LTV. Is it compulsory to choose a solicitor on the conveyancing panel for Clydesdale Bank?
In theory, you could use a solicitor that is not on Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel, but Clydesdale Bank would require one of their panel solicitors to be instructed to act in their interests, and you'd have to pay for this - so most people instruct a panel solicitor. It's also easier, as otherwise you'd have to deal with two solicitors for the same conveyancing matter.
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Clydesdale Bank have issued a mortgage offer so presumably this is not a concern to them. Why is my solicitor raising questions about the panel?
As you are obtaining a mortgage with Clydesdale Bank your lawyer must to check the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Clydesdale Bank . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Clydesdale Bank where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. The CML are developing guidance for Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The for formalities of my remortgage has taken place with a loan from Clydesdale Bank. Conveyancing was of an acceptable standard but I feel I should register my dissatisfaction about Clydesdale Bank. Who do I contact should I wish to lodge a complaint?
Almost all lenders have complaints procedures. Your first port of call should be one of the Clydesdale Bank branches or the Customer Services Team at Clydesdale Bank head office. Ordinarily complaints to Clydesdale Bank are resolved very quickly. If you feel that the matter is not resolved you can write to the Financial Ombudsman Service with full details of your complaint.
My offer was accepted on a house on the 7th February 2014, valuation was booked 2 days later, received a clean bill of health. Conveyancer appointed, so all that was missing was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Clydesdale Bank and chasing them on my offer I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel. Are Clydesdale Bank entitled to hold back the Mortgage pending the lawyer being on the approved list?
A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Clydesdale Bank to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Clydesdale Bank conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.