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Ready to buy a new home? Failing to check that a lawyer is on the Co Op Bank list of approved solicitors can put your transaction at risk of delay or failure.

Find a Law Firm approved by Co Op Bank
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I appointed a solicitor to work on my house purchase three weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Co operative Bank. The solicitors confirmed to me that they are on Co operative Bank conveyancing panel and gave me their panel reference. Co operative Bank then told me that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What happens next? Should I appoint a new solicitor currently on the approved panel for Co operative Bank?
The answer depends on whether you still have confidence in the said solicitors and how long it will take for the firm to be reinstated on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the Co operative Bank as to the time frame to get your lawyer reinstated on the panel once again.
Can you help?. My lawyer is not to blame but, my purchase conveyancing has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Co operative Bank was issued random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on 6. My lawyer has advised that as she is on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel she needs to redo the searches as they are no longer valid.
A precondition to being on the Co operative Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook Part 2 obligations (last updated for this lender on Co operative Bank)which specifies that a local authority search be not more than 6 months old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Co operative Bank.
I have checked your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Co operative Bank 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 Co operative Bank 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 Co operative Bank solicitor panel.
I would like to get my former partner taken off the mortgage deeds. Can Co operative Bank really insist on which solicitor I can or can not retain?
You can use any solicitor you like but Co operative Bank then has the right to appoint a different solicitor to act for them at your expense. It might be more cost effective and quicker to instruct a lawyer who is on the Co operative Bank solicitors panel
Is there a list of Co operative Bank panel solicitors on the Building Society Association’s Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
My fiance and I are spending time viewing apartments and am about to put in an offer. Should I already have a conveyancer appointed at this stage? I will be getting a home loan with Co operative Bank
It would be sensible to have your start your search soon rather than later. After you have chosen your lawyer and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the EA. As you are getting a mortgage with Co operative Bank , ask your prospective lawyers check they are on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.
At last I have had an offer on an apartment accepted, but there is a chain. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties booked. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What should be my next step? When should I get the mortgage app going with Co operative Bank?
It is usual to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket too early (mortgage application is approx £1k, then survey/valuation, conveyancing search costs, etc). First you should check that your solicitor is on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel. As to the next stages this very much depends on the circumstances of your case, desire for this property and on the state of the market. In a hot mortgage some buyers would pally for the mortgage with Co operative Bank and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.

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