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Q and A’s regarding the Hampden Conveyancing Panel

I instructed a solicitor to carry out on my house purchase 5 weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Hampden. The law firm assured me that they are on Hampden conveyancing panel and gave me their panel reference. Hampden then called me to say that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What happens next? Should I appoint a new solicitor listed on the approved panel for Hampden?
The answer depends on whether you still have confidence in the said solicitors and how long it will take for the firm to be reinstated on the Hampden conveyancing panel You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the Hampden as to how long they think it will take to get the firm to get back on the panel.
We are only a couple days away from an exchange and my parents having sent the 10% deposit to my lawyer. I am now advised that as the deposit has not come from me my lawyer needs to disclose this to my lender Hampden. I am advised that, being on the Hampden conveyancing panel and acting on their behalf he must inform Hampden if the balance of the mortgage advance is coming from anyone other than me. I advised the bank about my parent’s contribution when I applied for the home loan so is it really necessary for him to raise this?
Your lawyer is obliged to check with Hampden to make sure that they are aware that the balance of the purchase price is not from your own funds. Your solicitor can only report this to Hampden if you agree, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.
I see that you have a post code search directory listing solicitors on the Hampden conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a referral fee if I retain them for my house purchase?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Hampden conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
I am attempting to get my former partner taken off the mortgage deeds. Can Hampden really insist on which solicitor I can or can not use?
You can use any solicitor you like but Hampden 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 Hampden solicitors panel
Do the majority of banks operate their own panel of solicitors?
Many lenders do operate a restricted conveyancing panel but a lot of lenders allow any solicitors to join their panel so long as they meet their criteria. Each lender sets their own criteria. For example the Hampden conveyancing panel requirements are different to Hampden’s conveyancing panel requirements.
I am due to exchange contracts on my house. I had a double glazing fitted in month 6 but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's lender, Hampden are being problematic. The solicitor who is on the Hampden conveyancing panel is saying indemnity insurance will be fine but Hampden are insisting on a building regulation certificate. Why do Hampden have a conveyancing panel of they don’t accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Hampden have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Hampden may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing correctly and safely installed. It merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.
My ex -wife’s name is on the Hampden mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the Hampden mortgage in order to sell?
In terms of the Hampden mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of Hampden in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.