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FAQs for the Halifax Solicitor Panel

A conveyancer my husband and I had intended to instruct on a purchase said she will levy higher legal fees if my mortgage is with Halifax because of their difficult processes! Am I likely to be frustrated using Halifax? Any comments will be appreciated
Halifax conveyancing requirements for their panel are no better or no more complicated than most lenders. It is the case now the CML Handbook, the "bible" used by solicitors to establish lender requirements, is different for each lender. It is not clear if your lawyer is on the Halifax conveyancing panel. If they are not, this does add further risk of delay as Halifax will appoint their own solicitors to look after their interest.
can you help? My lawyer is advising me that she is duty-bound to conduct a Local Authority search as the firm are on the Halifax solicitor panel. Do I not have a choice here?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. As you are taking a mortgage with Halifax your lawyer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your lawyer would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of Halifax’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Halifax. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
What tools are available to find a local solicitor on the Halifax conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 20 kilometers to meet the conveyancer.
You can use the find a conveyancing panel tool 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 Halifax solicitor panel.
The solicitors that I appointed last week on my house acquisition in Hendon has suddenly shut down. I only went with them because I needed a firm on the Halifax conveyancing panel and my family lawyer was not. I gave my credit card details for them to take £175 for searches. What do I do now?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then inform them 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 will need to appoint new lawyers that are on the Halifax 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 lawyers may be able to assist
When it comes to lenders such as Halifax do solicitors have to be pay a fee to be on the list of approved solicitors?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
My wife and I have arranged a further advance on our mortgage from Halifax as we wish to carry out alterations or improvements our home. Do we need to appoint a solicitor on the Halifax conveyancing panel to deal with the paperwork?
Halifax 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 Halifax list
I had an offer accepted on a house on the 17th March 2014, valuation was booked 3 days later, received a clean bill of health. Solicitor retained, so the only thing outstanding was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Halifax and chasing them on my offer I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Halifax conveyancing panel. Are Halifax entitled to hold back the Mortgage pending the lawyer being on the approved list?
A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Halifax to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Halifax conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.