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Fleet Mortgages Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers

Can you please explain the reason why all UK lawyers are not on the Fleet Mortgages Conveyancing panel?
As unjust as it may seem for Fleet Mortgages to restrict who can act for them from the public’s or solicitor’s point of view, the other side of the coin is that the lenders are becoming ever more anxious and feel the necessary need to protect them from mortgage fraud and other illegal activities. As a result of this concern Fleet Mortgages have restricted their conveyancing panel to a size that they are happy to control. The Fleet Mortgages solicitor panel is not the most difficult to join
Our solicitor has identified a legal deficiency with the lease for the apartment we are buying. The other side have offered defective title insurance as a solution. We are content with insurance and will pay for it. Our lawyer has advised that as he is on the Fleet Mortgages conveyancing panel he must check that the lender is happy with this solution. Who is the client here, us or Fleet Mortgages?
Just because you have a mortgage offer from Fleet Mortgages does not mean to say that the property will be meet their requirements for the purposes of a mortgage. Your lawyer has to ensure that the lease has to comply with the CML Handbook Requirements. You and Fleet Mortgages are the client. The appropriate lender requirements must be adhered to by the Fleet Mortgages conveyancing panel who has to balance acting for you and Fleet Mortgages
I am buying a house and require a conveyancing solicitor in Newcastle who is on the Fleet Mortgages conveyancing. Can you recommend a local firm?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Fleet Mortgages . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
I was due to complete on my flat last Thursday. My lawyer’s firm is on the Fleet Mortgages conveyancing panel but has moved offices 8 weeks ago and had not advised Fleet Mortgages of their new address. Fleet Mortgages is now refusing to release my funds as the information from the solicitors isn't correct.
This is as unusual as it is unlucky. The majority of lender Terms of Conveyancing Panel Appointment specifically oblige the solicitor to inform the lender of an address change. Your solicitor needs to treat this with the utmost urgency. Do speak with or register your concern with the senior partner (assuming he or she is not your direct lawyer). Most lenders would be reasonable in this situation and expedite the resolution of this issue. It may be prudent to enlist the help of your local Fleet Mortgages branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can assist.
Are all Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Fleet Mortgages conveyancing panel?
It is true that some banks and building societies now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS membership however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their approved list of firms.
My wife and I have arranged a further advance on our mortgage from Fleet Mortgages as we wish to carry out alterations or improvements our home. Do we need to appoint a solicitor on the Fleet Mortgages conveyancing panel to deal with the paperwork?
Fleet Mortgages do not ordinarily instruct firms on their approved list of lawyers to deal with such a matter. If they did require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Fleet Mortgages panel
I have paid off my mortgage with Fleet Mortgages. I assume I don't need a solicitor on the Fleet Mortgages panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Am I right?
If you have finished paying off your Fleet Mortgages mortgage they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Fleet Mortgages mortgage from the register. Fleet Mortgages,and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage: but are not moving to another property where the Fleet Mortgages has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and the Fleet Mortgages has instructed the Land Registry to do so The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your Fleet Mortgages mortgage has been paid off.