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FAQs : The First Trust Bank Solicitor Panel

I am obtaining a offer of a mortgage from First Trust Bank. I hope to use a Licensed Conveyancer. Does the First Trust Bank Solicitor panel exclude Licensed Conveyancers
First Trust Bank’s conveyancing panel is, like many other lenders associated to the CML or BSA, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
Can you help?. My lawyer is not to blame but, my purchase conveyancing has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from First Trust Bank was dated random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on 6. My solicitor has advised that as she is on the First Trust Bank conveyancing panel she needs to redo the searches as they are now out of date.
A precondition to being on the First Trust Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on First Trust Bank)which states that a local authority search be not more than half a year old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to First Trust Bank.
I am Googling for competitive conveyancing fees. Can I be assured that all the practices that are identified on your website are on the First Trust Bank conveyancing panel?
The law firms on our directory have assured us via an online form that they are on the First Trust Bank panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the First Trust 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 First Trust Bank conveyancing panel is not accurate.
The solicitors that just started acting on my house acquisition in Brighton has suddenly closed. They were on acting for me because I had to have a solicitor on the First Trust Bank conveyancing panel and my preferred lawyer was not. I paid them £200 on account. What should be my next steps?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then let them know straight away so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Most sellers would 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 First Trust 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 may be able to assist
Do most banks operate their own panel of solicitors?
Many lenders do operate a restricted conveyancing panel but a lot of lenders allow any solicitors to join their panel so long as they meet their criteria. Each lender sets their own criteria. For example the First Trust Bank conveyancing panel requirements are different to First Trust Bank’s conveyancing panel criteria.
I had an offer accepted on a house on the 6th March 2014, valuation was booked five days later, all came back fine. Conveyancer appointed, so the only thing outstanding was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to First Trust 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 First Trust Bank conveyancing panel. Can the lender hold off the offer?
A lender would not issue a mortgage until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for First Trust Bank to deal with your lawyers application to be on the First Trust Bank conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.
At last I have had an offer on an apartment 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 should be my next step? When should I get the mortgage app going with First Trust 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 First Trust 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 First Trust Bank and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.