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FAQs for the Handelsbanken Solicitor Panel

My mortgage broker has asked me for my law firm’s panel member for the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel. What is the best way to discover this. I have e-mailed my local Handelsbanken office but they have not responded to me.
the sensible thing to do is ask for this information from your solicitor. A law firm is likely to keep a file or database of lender panel information which would include, if applicable their conveyancing panel details for Handelsbanken.
Please help. My conveyancer is informing me me that he has to order a Local Authority search as the firm are on the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel. Is my lawyer correct?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. As you are taking a mortgage with Handelsbanken your lawyer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your lawyer would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of Handelsbanken’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Handelsbanken. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
I require the services of a Handelsbanken panel solicitor in Stirling. Could you help me?
It is not clear why you need a Handelsbanken panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Handelsbanken to find out which solicitors in Handelsbanken are on their panel. If you do find such a firm not listed please direct them to our site to list. At a fee of one pound per month it is not expensive to register on the site
Can you clarify what the consequences are if my lawyer’s firm is expelled from the Handelsbanken Solicitor panel prior to the completion date?
First, this is very unlikely to happen. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have ti instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by the regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.
Can I register a complaint to Handelsbanken about the lawyers being on the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel?
Complaining to Handelsbanken about their conveyancing panel is unlikely to yield much of a response. All solicitors and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. Usually one can find this 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 can not work out if my mortgage offer requires a lease extension . I have called Handelsbanken on various occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they would lend. My solicitor - who is on the Handelsbanken 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?
As long as the conveyancer is on the Handelsbanken panel she or he must comply with the CML Handbook requirements for Handelsbanken. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that Handelsbanken 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 Handelsbanken 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 a house. My financial adviser suggested a solicitor I paid an upfront payment of 175. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me sheepishly admitting that they were not on the Handelsbanken 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 Handelsbanken 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.