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Frequently asked questions relating to the Halifax Solicitor Panel

I appointed a firm of solicitors to work on my purchase three weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Halifax. The solicitors reassured me that they are on Halifax conveyancing panel and gave me their panel reference. Halifax then ,via my broker advised 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 listed on the approved 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 the time frame to get your lawyer reinstated on the panel once again.
I am purchasing a newly built flat and my solicitor is informing me that she is duty bound to reveal incentives from the developer as her firm is on the Halifax conveyancing panel. I am under pressure to exchange and I would rather not prolong deal. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. 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 Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
I need to find a Halifax panel solicitor in Inverness. Could you help me?
Unfortunately it’s not apparent why you need a Halifax panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Halifax to find out which solicitors in Halifax are on their panel. If you do find such a firm not listed please direct them to our site to list. After all the cost is only one £1 a month
My aunt passed away six months ago and as sole heir and executor was left the property. The house had a small mortgage remaining of approximately £8000. I want to have the title changed into my name whilst I re-mortgage to Halifax , pay off the mortgage etc. Is this allowed?
If you intend to re-mortgage then Halifax will insist on your using a conveyancer on the Halifax conveyancing panel. Here is link to the Land Registry online guidance around what to do when a property owner dies. This will help you to understand the registration process behind changing the details re the registered title. in your case it would appear that you are effectively purchasing the property from the estate. Your Halifax conveyancing panel solicitor pays the new mortgage money into the estate, the estate pays off the old mortgage, the charge is released and you become the owner and the Halifax mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.
Can you point me to a directory of Halifax panel solicitors on the Council of Mortgage Lender’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.
The for formalities of my remortgage has taken place with a mortgage from Halifax. Conveyancing was a necessary evil but I feel I should register my dissatisfaction about Halifax. How do I make a complaint?
Almost all lenders have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the Halifax branches or the Customer Care Department at Halifax head office. We understand that complaints to Halifax are resolved very quickly. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is resolved you can write to the Financial Ombudsman Service who will take matters further.
My offer on house has been accepted, the seller does however have a dependent purchase. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties booked. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What do I do now? When should I get the mortgage app going with Halifax?
It is usual to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket too early (mortgage application is approx £1k, then survey/valuation, conveyancing search costs, etc). First you should check that your solicitor is on the Halifax conveyancing panel. As to the next stages this very much depends on the circumstances of your case, desire for this property and on the state of the market. In a hot mortgage some buyers would pally for the mortgage with Halifax and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.