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Frequently asked questions relating to the Godiva Mortgages Conveyancing Panel

For what reasons could a law firm be excluded from the Godiva Mortgages solicitor panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of law firms had been removed from a lender panel. The most common reasons in order are :
  1. Low volume of transactions
  2. the lawyer is a sole practitioner
  3. as part of the HSBC panel reduction
  4. regulatory contact by SRA
  5. accidental removal. We are not aware of the specific or common criteria for removal by Godiva Mortgages
My lawyer has requested from me identification documents stating that this is part of his retainer as a solicitor on the Godiva Mortgages Solicitor panel. Is this right?
Due to Money Laundering Regulations your conveyancing lawyer is duty bound to confirm positively your identification when entering into a business relationship with you. It is a criminal offense if your lawyer not do this. If you do not provide ID early in the transaction the solicitor must refuse to act for you. It’s unlikely a lawyer will turn you away if you come to the first meeting without relevant ID but you will have to produce it at some point so you might as well bring it with you to the initial meeting so the lawyer can tick the ID verification box and start sorting out the conveyancing straight away. If you are getting a mortgage with Godiva Mortgages your lawyer also has to check ID documents to satisfy Godiva Mortgages
How do I find a local solicitor on the Godiva Mortgages conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 10 kilometers to meet the conveyancer.
Feel free to make use of the find a conveyancing panel search on this website. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of lawyer located nearest you. Alternatively you can type in the name of your proposed law firm and see if they are listed as being on the Godiva Mortgages solicitor panel.
We're in London, FTBs buying with a mortgage (lender is Godiva Mortgages , but our lawyer is on the Godiva Mortgages conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Godiva Mortgages conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a time-frame for your conveyancing due to third parties outside of our control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain
Do conveyancing solicitors on the Godiva Mortgages conveyancing panel work on a no sale no fee basis?
In the main there are 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 package
Last month we had a mortgage agreed in principle with Godiva Mortgages. Solicitors have been instructed? How long does it take for Godiva Mortgages to send the offer to our conveyancer
Some lenders take longer than others. Have Godiva Mortgages done the valuation? Have you advised Godiva Mortgages as your lawyers details and checked that your lawyer is on the Godiva Mortgages conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through
The for formalities of my remortgage has taken place with a loan from Godiva Mortgages. Conveyancing was satisfactory but I would like to complain about Godiva Mortgages. Who do I contact should I wish to lodge a complaint?
All banks and building societies have complaints procedures. Your first port of call should be one of the Godiva Mortgages branches or the Customer Care Team at Godiva Mortgages head office. We understand that complaints to Godiva Mortgages are resolved very quickly. If you feel that the matter is not resolved you can write to the Financial Ombudsman Service at South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR who will take matters further.