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Is the fact that my solicitor is not isted on the HSBC Conveyancing panel that there is a problem with the quality of her conveyancing?
That would more than likely be a wrong assumption to make. There are all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator indicated 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The most common reasons for removal are: (1) lack 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. If you are concerned you should simply call the firm and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for HSBC.
can you help? My lawyer is informing me me that he is legally obliged to conduct a Local Authority search stemming from the fact that the firm are on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Is my lawyer correct?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. As you are taking a mortgage with HSBC 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 HSBC’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated HSBC. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
What tools are available to search for a local solicitor on the HSBC conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 25 kilometers to meet the solicitor.
Feel free to make use of the find a conveyancing panel tool on this page. 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 HSBC solicitor panel.
I am thinking of remortgaging my apartment does my lawyer need to be on the HSBC Solicitor panel?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor but HSBC will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is greater potential for delays and confusion with two solicitors involved, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the HSBC conveyancing panel?
A selection of banks and building societies now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their approved list of firms.
My ex -wife’s name is on the HSBC mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the HSBC mortgage in order to sell?
As regards the HSBC mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of HSBC in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.
Next month my fiance and I are purchasing a 1st floor apartment in Hendon. Conveyancing solicitors in Hendon need to beinstructed. My brokeradvised that we double-check that the solicitor in Hendon is on the HSBC list of approved conveyancing firms. Is this really necessary?
A limited percentage of Hendon conveyancing solicitors are on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Use the above search tool to search for a Hendon conveyancing firm on the on the HSBC list of approved conveyancing firms.