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Coutts & Co Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers

My financial adviser has says he needs my lawyer’ panel reference for the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel. How do I discover this. I have tried my local Coutts & Co office but they don't know it.
Have you tried speaking to your lawyer about this?. A law firm is likely to keep a file or database of lender panel information which would include, if applicable their conveyancing panel details for Coutts & Co.
My solicitor has discovered an inconsistency when comparing the assumptions in Coutts & Co’s valuation report and what is revealed within the title deeds. My solicitor informs me that as he is on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel he needs to check that the lender is with this discrepancy and is still content to lend. Is my conveyancer’s course or action correct?
A precondition to being on the Coutts & Co approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Coutts & Co) 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 am Googling for competitive conveyancing fees. Can I be confident that all the practices that are identified on your website are on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel?
The law firms listed on our site have assured us via an online form that they are on the Coutts & Co panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the Coutts & Co panel. To date we have not been informed by either a bank or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel is incorrect.
The lawyers that I recently instructed on my house acquisition in Brighton has suddenly shut down. They were on acting for me because I had to have a solicitor on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel and my family lawyer was not. I paid them £200 on account. What are my options?
If you have an estate agent involved then inform them immediately so that they can let the sellers know 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 should appoint new lawyers that are on the Coutts & Co 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
I currently have a mortgage with with Coutts & Co. Conveyancing was finalised some time ago. If I am intending to rent out the flat and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a BTL mortgage or inform Coutts & Co?
Your original mortgage agreement with Coutts & Co will provide that you need their approval prior to letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Coutts & Co’s mortgage conditions. It may be that Coutts & Co will allow you to rent out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Coutts & Co directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a Coutts & Co conveyancing panel lawyer.
My offer on house has been accepted, the seller does however have a dependent purchase. 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 do I do now? At what point should I appy for the mortgage with Coutts & Co?
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 Coutts & Co 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 Coutts & Co and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.
Next month my fiance and I are acquiring a house in Hendon. Conveyancing solicitors in Hendon are preferred to beappointed. My friendrecommended that we make sure that the solicitor in Hendon is on the Coutts & Co panel. Is this really necessary?
Far from all Hendon conveyancing firms are on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel. 5 people a month use our search tool to find a Hendon conveyancing firm on the on the Coutts & Co solicitors pane.