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On what basis could a firm of solicitors be excluded from the Halifax 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 Halifax
I do hope you can help me. My conveyancer is advising me that he is legally obliged to conduct a Local Authority search because the firm are on the Halifax approved lawyer panel. Do I not have a choice here?
You have limited options available to you. Given that you are taking out a loan 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.
I have checked your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Halifax conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Halifax approved panel. How can I be sure given that they are not listed on your directory?
Not all firms are yet listed on our lender panel search tool which is still relatively new. Law firms are listing on a daily basis and it is probably the case that your lawyer is on the Halifax conveyancing lawyer and you should probably take them at their word. Please do feel free to suggest that they completing their listing on our site as it would only cost them £1 a month to list themselves as being on the Halifax solicitor panel.
I would like to get my former partner taken off the mortgage deeds. Can Halifax really tell me which solicitor I can or can not retain?
You can use any solicitor you like but Halifax then has the right to appoint a different solicitor to act for them at your expense. It might be more cost effective and quicker to instruct a lawyer who is on the Halifax solicitors panel
Can I be sure that the solicitor on the Halifax panel is any good?
Getting recommendations is a sensible 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 handling your transaction
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Halifax be concerned
Given that your lender is Halifax your lawyer must to check the Halifax conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Halifax . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Halifax where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. The CML are developing guidance for Northern Ireland and Scotland.
For 5 years I had a mortgage with Halifax. My godfather retired last week and wants to pay off my mortgage. After Halifax is paid, I want to transfer the property to my mother's name; How long does the process take? Do we need two separate solicitors on the Halifax conveyancing panel? I do not intend to live at the property once the Halifax mortgage is discharged.
You will need a solicitor but they need not be on the Halifax conveyancing panel. You will need a solicitor to draw up the transfer and to deal with the Land Registry formalities. The only thing you need to consider is that by selling at an undervalue so ask your lawyer about the implications. There could be an inheritance tax issue if you die within 7 years of this. There's no capital gains tax for you as it is your main residence.