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Examples of recent questions relating to the HSBC Solicitor Panel

My husband and I are FTBs. Within the 48 hours our lawyer has forwarded the sale agreement to sign with a detailed report with a view to exchanging next week. HSBC have this evening contacted us to inform me that there is now an issue as our lawyer is not on their approved list of lawyers. 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 Quality Scheme. Your solicitors should contact HSBC and see if they can apply for membership of the HSBC conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable HSBC will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on the HSBC conveyancing panel as you are at liberty to use your preferred lawyers, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it will likely delay the transaction as you have another set of people involved.

My partner and I changing mortgage lender for our flat with HSBC. We have a son approaching twenty who lives with us. The solicitor on the HSBC conveyancing panel has asked us to disclose any adults other than ourselves who reside at the property. The solicitor has now sent a form for our son to sign, giving up any rights in the event that the apartment is repossessed. I have two concerns (1) Is this form unique to the HSBC conveyancing panel as he never had to sign this form when we purchased 3 years ago (2) In signing this form is our son in any way compromising his right to inherit the property?
First, rest assured that your HSBC conveyancing panel solicitor is doing the right thing as it is established procedure for any occupier who is aged 17 or over to sign the necessary Consent Form, which is purely to state that any rights he has in the property are postponed and secondary to HSBC .This is solely used to protect the HSBC if the property were re-possessed so that in such circumstances, your son would be legally obliged to leave.

It does not impact your son’s right to inherit the apartment. Please note that if your son were to inherit and the mortgage in favour of HSBC had not been discharged, he would be liable to take over the loan or pay it off, but other than that, there is nothing stopping him from keeping the property in accordance with your will or the rules of intestacy.

Do all mortgage companies provide you with an approved list of solicitors? How do you know who is on the HSBC conveyancing panel?
The firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the HSBC conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from HSBC directly.
My house is up for sale and I have a buyer. Does my solicitor have to be on the HSBC conveyancing panel in order to deal with paying off my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the HSBC conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. it might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their requirements fairly frequently at the moment.
Hi, thinking about buying a house off my mate. Assuming we can agree a figure, what’s the best way to move forward? I plan to obtain a mortgage with HSBC. Is there anyway to cut out the solicitors to save on the costs? My dad reckons back in the day he did a lot of it himself, just went into the land registry office and providing them with the info they needed himself
If you are getting a mortgage with HSBC involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the HSBC 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 HSBC. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the HSBC conveyancing panel.
I have today made my last payment due on mortgage with HSBC. I assume I don't need a solicitor on the HSBC panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Am I right?
If you have finished paying off your HSBC mortgage they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the HSBC mortgage from the register. HSBC,and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage: but are not moving to another property where the HSBC has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and the HSBC has instructed the Land Registry to do so The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your HSBC mortgage has been paid off.
My husband and I are purchasing a 1st floor apartment in Hendon. Conveyancing solicitors in Hendon will soon beappointed. My agentrecommended that we double-check that the conveyancing practitioner in Hendon is on the HSBC list of approved conveyancing firms. Is this right?
It is not that case that all Hendon conveyancing firms are on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Click here to locate a Hendon conveyancing lawyer on the on the HSBC solicitors pane.