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Frequently asked questions relating to the Halifax Solicitor Panel

I need to swap lawyers as my lawyer is not on the Halifax panel of conveyancing solicitors. Is it practical to instruct different lawyers?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
Our conveyancer has uncovered a problem with the lease for the flat we are purchasing. The seller’s lawyers 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 Halifax conveyancing panel he must be satisfied that the lender is happy with this solution. Who is the client here, us or Halifax?
The short answer to your last question is that, notwithstanding the potential for a conflict of interest, you and Halifax are the client. A precondition to being on the Halifax approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Halifax). The CML Handbook conditions require your lawyer to disclose issues such as defects will the lease so that Halifax can be afforded the opportunity to check with their valuer as to the extent that the value of the property is affected . Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for you.
I am Googling for conveyancing quotes online. Can I be assured that all the practices that are listed on your website are on the Halifax conveyancing panel?
The law firms on our directory have assured us via an online form that they are on the Halifax panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the Halifax panel. To date we have not been informed by either a mortgage company or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the Halifax conveyancing panel is incorrect.
The lawyers that just started acting on my house acquisition in Hendon has suddenly shut down. They were on acting for me because I needed a lawyer 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 should be my next steps?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then inform them immediately so that they advise the vendors that there may be a slight delay due to the problems encountered. 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 solicitors should be in a position to help
We have a mortgage agreed in principle with Halifax. Solicitors have been instructed? How long does it take for Halifax to send the offer to our conveyancer
There is no definitive answer here. Have Halifax done the valuation? Have you advised Halifax as your lawyers details and checked that your lawyer is on the Halifax conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through
I can not work out if my mortgage offer requires a lease extension . I have called into my local branch Halifax on various occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they would lend. My solicitor - who is on the Halifax conveyancing panel- telephoned and was told not they would not lend in accordance with their CML Handbook minimum lease term requirements. Who do I believe?
Your lawyer has to follow the CML Handbook Part 2 requirements for Halifax. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that Halifax will go ahead your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask Halifax to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the remaining number of years left on the lease.
After much negotiation I have agreed a price on an apartment. My mortgage broker pressured me to appoint their lawyers I paid an upfront payment of 200. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me sheepishly admitting that they were not on the Halifax conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Halifax panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.