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Coutts & Co Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers
I am hoping to receive a offer of a mortgage from Coutts & Co. my intention is to retain the legal services of a Licensed Conveyancer. Does the Coutts & Co Conveyancing panel exclude conveyancers regulated by the CLC
Coutts & Co’s approved solicitor list is, like many other lenders represented by the CML or Building Society Association, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
I am purchasing a newly built flat and my conveyancer is advising me that she has to reveal incentives from the seller as her firm is on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel. I am under pressure to exchange contracts and I have no desire to delay deal. is my lawyer taking the correct approach?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. 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). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
Do all mortgage companies provide you with an approved list of solicitors? How do you know who is on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel?
The firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from Coutts & Co directly.
I am considering applying for a Coutts & Co mortgage for purchase of a new build (under development) with 65 per cent LTV. Is it compulsory to choose a solicitor on the conveyancing panel for Coutts & Co?
In theory, you could use a solicitor that is not on Coutts & Co conveyancing panel, but Coutts & Co 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 transaction.
Do conveyancing solicitors on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel work on a no move no charge basis?
There is generally no requirements by lenders for their firms to operate on a no-sale-no-fee basis. There a small number of lenders who operate a very restricted conveyancing panel managed by a third party company (often termed in the industry as a ‘gatekeeper’). That third party may impose certain conditions such as non-sale-no fee on the panel firms. If you require this as a condition of your conveyancing then you should check with the conveyancing firm that this is part of their service
How can we tell if a solicitor on the Coutts & Co panel is any good?
seeking recommendations is a good starting point. Before you go ahead check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more will often provide a better service than one which is cheap as chips. We would always advocate that you speak with the lawyer carrying out your transaction
We are are remortgaging a garden flat in Hendon. Conveyancing solicitors in Hendon will soon beretained. My agentadvised that we double-check that the conveyancing practitioner in Hendon is on the Coutts & Co list of approved conveyancing firms. Aren't all lawyers on the Coutts & Co panel?
It is not that case that all Hendon conveyancing firms are on the Coutts & Co conveyancing panel. Use the above search tool to find a Hendon conveyancing firm
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