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Frequently asked questions relating to the Handelsbanken Solicitor Panel

On what basis would a firm of solicitors be removed from the Handelsbanken approved conveyancing panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of solicitor practices had been removed from a lender panel. The most common reasons in order are :
  1. Low volume 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. We are not aware of the specific or common criteria for removal by Handelsbanken
Our conveyancer has uncovered a defect with the lease for the flat we are buying. The other side have offered defective title insurance as a workaround. We are content with insurance and will pay for it. Our lawyer says that as he is on the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel he must check that the lender is happy with this solution. Are we the client or is Handelsbanken?
Just because you have a mortgage offer from Handelsbanken does not mean to say that the property will be meet their requirements for the purposes of a mortgage. Your lawyer has to ensure that the lease has to comply with the CML Handbook Requirements. You and Handelsbanken are the client. The appropriate lender requirements must be adhered to by the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel who has to balance acting for you and Handelsbanken
I note that you have a search directory identifying solicitors on the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a referral fee if I instruct them for my conveyancing?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
My uncle passed away 10 months ago and as sole heir and executor was left the house. The house had a small mortgage remaining of approximately £8000. I want to transfer the title deeds into my name whilst I re-mortgage to Handelsbanken , pay off the mortgage etc. Is this possible?
If you intend to re-mortgage then Handelsbanken will insist on your using a conveyancer on the Handelsbanken 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 Handelsbanken 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 Handelsbanken mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.
Are all Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel?
It is true that some lenders now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to join their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.
For 5 years I had a mortgage with Handelsbanken. My grandfather retired last week and wants to pay off my mortgage. After Handelsbanken is paid, I want to transfer the property to my mother's name; How long does the process take? Do we need two separate solicitors on the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel? I do not intend to live at the property once the Handelsbanken mortgage is discharged.
Although you do need to retain the services of a lawyer they dont need to be on the Handelsbanken panel. You will need a solicitor to draw up the transfer and to deal with the Land Registry formalities. The only thing you need to consider is that by selling at an undervalue so ask your lawyer about the implications. There could be an inheritance tax issue if you die within 7 years of this. As the property is your main residence you need not pay CGT but you should speak with your accountants in any event.
My offer was accepted on a property on the 12th March 2014, valuation was booked five days after, all came back fine. Solicitor appointed, so all that was missing was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Handelsbanken and chasing them on my offer I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel. Can the lender hold off the offer?
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 Handelsbanken to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Handelsbanken conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.