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Frequently asked questions relating to the HSBC Solicitor Panel

I need to swap lawyers as my lawyer is not on the HSBC panel of conveyancing solicitors. Is it practical to instruct different lawyers?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
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 HSBC will not agree to this. Why was HSBC even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the HSBC conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform HSBC of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to HSBC then they would have to discontinue acting for you and HSBC.
I have been Googling for online conveyancing estimates. Can I be confident that all the firms that are identified on your website are on the HSBC conveyancing panel?
The solicitor and licensed conveyancing practices on our directory have advised us that they are on the HSBC panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the HSBC panel. To date we have not been informed by either a mortgage company or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the HSBC conveyancing panel is not accurate.
My lawyers in Birmingham have advised me that they can not locate my conveyancing file. At the time of my purchase I took out a mortgage with HSBC. Is it case that being on the HSBC conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a prescribed period?
Different lenders have different requirements but many of the Terms and Conditions of Conveyancing Panel Appointment require the file to be held for a period of 6 years. That being said we have not seen a copy of the HSBC Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting HSBC directly.
When it comes to lenders such as HSBC do solicitors have to be pay a fee to be on the list of approved solicitors?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
We are getting a further advance on our mortgage from HSBC as we wish to carry out alterations or improvements our home. Do we need to appoint a solicitor on the HSBC conveyancing panel to deal with the paperwork?
HSBC would not normally instruct a member of their conveyancing panel to deal with such a matter. If they did require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the HSBC panel
After much negotiation I have agreed a price on a house. My mortgage broker suggested a solicitor I paid an upfront payment of 150. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the HSBC 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 HSBC 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.