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Frequently asked questions relating to the Halifax Solicitor Panel

I appointed a law firm to conduct the legal paperwork on my remortgage three weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Halifax. The firm assured me that they are on Halifax conveyancing panel and advised me their panel number. Halifax then called me to say that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What do I do from here? Do I instruct a different law firm currently on the conveyancing panel for Halifax?
You may be very frustrated with the lawyer but if it only go take a few more days they it may be worth waiting as, depending on how far progressed you are you may end up delaying the transaction by a number of weeks if you need to replace your solicitor You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the Halifax as to how long they think it will take to get the firm to get back on the panel.
My conveyancer has discovered an inconsistency when comparing the information in Halifax’s valuation report and what is in the conveyancing documents. My solicitor informs me that as he is on the Halifax conveyancing panel he must check that the lender is OK with this discrepancy and is content go ahead. Is my conveyancer’s approach appropriate?
A precondition to being on the Halifax approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Halifax) which do require that your lawyer disclose any incorrect assumptions in the lender’s valuation report and the legal papers. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for both parties.
Your search tool is useful but there are many lawyers listed near Hackney on the Halifax conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the Halifax approved panel?
We are not in the business of recommending one firm above another as the right firm for you depends on where your priorities lie. For example you may require a local firm with local knowledge or you might be looking for the low cost conveyancing. Before you appoint your lawyer we advise you to speak to two or three of the firms listed to gain comfort as to which one is right for you..
My lawyers in London have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. To assist with my purchase I took out a mortgage with Halifax. Is it case that being on the Halifax conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a prescribed period?
It very much depends from lender to lender but many of the Terms and Conditions of Conveyancing Panel Appointment require the file to be held for a period of 6 years. That being said we have not seen a copy of the Halifax Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Halifax directly.
Is there a list of Halifax panel solicitors on the Building Society Association’s Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
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
As 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.
I recently had an offer accepted on a house. My mortgage broker recommended their conveyancers I paid an upfront payment of 175. 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.