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My partner and I are first time buyers. Within the 48 hours our solicitor has forwarded the sale agreement to sign with a detailed report in anticipation of exchanging contracts shortly. Hodge Life have this afternoon contacted us to advise us that there is now an issue as our solicitor is not on their conveyancing panel. What do we do from here?
If you are buying a property with the assistance of a mortgage it is usual for the purchaser's solicitors to also act for the purchaser's lender.

In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your property lawyers should contact Hodge Life and see if they can apply for membership of the Hodge Life conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable Hodge Life will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You don't have to instruct a firm on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own solicitors, in which case it will likely add costs, and it may delay matters as you are adding another lawyer into the mix.

My solicitor is asking me for ID documents asserting that this is part of his obligations as a solicitor on the Hodge Life Solicitor panel. Can this be correct?
Anti-terror and anti-money-laundering rules require solicitors and licensed conveyancers to verify the identity of the person or body they are dealing with before they can accept their conveyancing business. The Terms and Conditions that you need to sign will no doubt confirm this. Your lawyer is right that Hodge Life also require certain documents to be viewed. If a you refuse to provide ID verification documents, your conveyancer would not be able to accept instructions from you. Your lawyer also has obligations to obtain certain documents in accordance with Hodge Life CML Handbook requirements last updated on Hodge Life
How do I find a local solicitor on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 20 kilometers to meet the lawyer.
You can use the find a conveyancing panel tool on this website. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of lawyer located nearest you. Alternatively you can type in the name of your proposed law firm and see if they are listed as being on the Hodge Life solicitor panel.
We're in Birmingham, First timers buying with a mortgage (lender is Hodge Life , but our lawyer is on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Hodge Life 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 was thinking of purchasing my friend’s property. Assuming we can agree a figure, what’s the best way to proceed? I hope to get a mortgage with Hodge Life. Is it possible to avoid using solicitors to save on the costs? My father said that years ago it was possible to take the documents into the local Land Registry office and they did the rest
If you are getting a mortgage with Hodge Life involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel. We would not encourage you to both use the same solicitors' firm. There are clear conflict of interest issues and it's not going to make a huge difference to the speed of the overall process. So as not to hold things us you should pass on your solicitors details to Hodge Life. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel.
Completion of my remortgage has taken place with a mortgage from Hodge Life. Conveyancing was a necessary evil but I would like to complain about Hodge Life. Who do I contact should I wish to lodge a complaint?
All lenders have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the Hodge Life branches or the Customer Services Department at Hodge Life head office. We understand that complaints to Hodge Life 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 brother and I are purchasing a house in Hendon. Conveyancing solicitors in Hendon will soon beinstructed. My motheradvised that we double-check that the conveyancer in Hendon is on the Hodge Life approved list of lawyers. Aren't all lawyers on the Hodge Life panel?
Far from all Hendon conveyancing firms are on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel. 8 people a month use our search tool to locate a Hendon conveyancing firm on the on the Hodge Life list of approved conveyancing firms.