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Frequently asked questions relating to the Intelligent Finance Conveyancing Panel

A conveyancer my fiance and I had intended to instruct on a remortgage said she will levy higher legal fees if my mortgage is with Intelligent Finance because of their difficult processes! Will I regret using Intelligent Finance? Is Intelligent Finance conveyancing so much more difficult?
Intelligent Finance conveyancing requirements for their panel are no better or no more complicated than most lenders. It is the case now the CML Handbook, the "bible" used by solicitors to establish lender requirements, is different for each lender. It is not clear if your lawyer is on the Intelligent Finance conveyancing panel. If they are not, this does add further risk of delay as Intelligent Finance will appoint their own solicitors to look after their interest.
Please help. My solicitor is assuring me that she is duty-bound to conduct a Local Authority search because the firm are on the Intelligent Finance solicitor panel. The searches cost a lot of money. Can this be avoided?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. Given that you are taking out a loan with Intelligent Finance 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 Intelligent Finance’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Intelligent Finance. 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 find a local solicitor on the Intelligent Finance conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 20 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 Intelligent Finance solicitor panel.
My conveyancers in Birmingham have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. To assist with my purchase I took out a mortgage with Intelligent Finance. Is it case that being on the Intelligent Finance conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a number of years?
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 Intelligent Finance Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Intelligent Finance directly.
Is it the case that all conveyancing lawyers on the Intelligent Finance conveyancing panel work on a no move no charge basis?
There is generally no requirements by lenders for their firms to operate on a no-sale-no-fee basis. There a small number of lenders who operate a very restricted conveyancing panel managed by a third party company (often termed in the industry as a ‘gatekeeper’). That third party may impose certain conditions such as non-sale-no fee on the panel firms. If you require this as a condition of your conveyancing then you should check with the conveyancing firm that this is part of their package
Is it the case that all conveyancing solicitors on the Intelligent Finance conveyancing panel overseen by the SRA?
As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the Intelligent Finance conveyancing panel they would need to be regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Many lenders do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such firms would be regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).
I am selling my house. I had a double glazing fitted in month 7 but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's lender, Intelligent Finance are being problematic. The solicitor who is on the Intelligent Finance conveyancing panel is saying indemnity insurance will be fine but Intelligent Finance are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Intelligent Finance have a conveyancing panel of they don’t accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Intelligent Finance have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Intelligent Finance may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing correctly and safely installed. It merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.