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Examples of recent questions relating to the Hampden Conveyancing Panel
Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my solicitor is not identified on the Hampden Solicitor panel that there is a problem with the standard of her conveyancing?
That would more than likely be a wrong assumption to make. There are all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator indicated 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The most common reasons for removal are: (1) lack 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. If you are concerned you should simply call the firm and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for Hampden.
We are due to exchange on the purchase a house but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have agreed compensation from the seller of £3k approx by way of a reduction in the price. This was going to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process but my mortgage company Hampden will not agree to this. Why was Hampden even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Hampden conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Hampden of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Hampden then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Hampden.
Your search tool is useful but there are many lawyers listed near Coventry on the Hampden conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the conveyancing panel for Hampden ?
We do not recommend specific firms 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..
We're in Birmingham, First time buyers buying with a mortgage (lender is Hampden , but our solicitor is on the Hampden conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Hampden conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a time-frame for your conveyancing due to third parties outside of our control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with Hampden. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have one. Any advice?
It is not advisable proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event if you are getting a mortgage with Hampden you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Hampden conveyancing panel.
On the whole I have been dissatisfied with the level or service received from my lawyer. Is there a Hampden conveyancing panel complaints department or do I complain directly to the law firm?
There is little point in complaining directly to Hampden. All solicitors and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. You can get information from the solicitor’s or conveyancer’s website or ask at their office. They must tell you about it if you ask.
The Legal Ombudsman will make sure that your complaint is addressed by the solicitor. It can also advise you how to complain.
If a licensed conveyancer does not have a complaints procedure or will not tell you about it, contact the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which will make sure that your complaint is properly dealt with by the conveyancer. Please see below for more information.
I was told four weeks ago that my mortgage has been agreed
to by Hampden. Is it usual for Hampden to only issue the offer once my
solicitor is approved on their conveyancing panel?
Mortgage companies tend not to not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Hampden to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Hampden conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.