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I would like to know the reason why all property lawyers are not on the Ipswich Building Society Conveyancing panel?
Even though it may seem unfair for Ipswich Building Society to restrict who can act for them from the public’s or solicitor’s point of view, the other side of the coin is that the lenders are becoming ever more anxious and feel the necessary need to protect them from mortgage fraud and other illegal activities. As a result of this concern Ipswich Building Society have restricted their panel of approved conveyancing lawyers to a size that they are happy to control. The Ipswich Building Society conveyancing panel is not the smallest
Please assist. For no fault of my lawyer but, the conveyancing for my house purchase has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Ipswich Building Society was date stamped random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on 6 months + 3. My solicitor informs me that as she is on the Ipswich Building Society conveyancing panel she needs to redo the searches as they are no longer valid.
One of the many conditions to being on the Ipswich Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Ipswich Building Society)which specifies that a local authority search be not more than half a year old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Ipswich Building Society.
I am purchasing a house and need a conveyancing solicitor in Birmingham who is on the Ipswich Building Society conveyancing. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a firm?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Ipswich Building Society . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
My conveyancers in Leeds have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. To assist with my purchase I took out a mortgage with Ipswich Building Society. Is it case that being on the Ipswich Building Society 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 Ipswich Building Society Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Ipswich Building Society directly.
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Ipswich Building Society conveyancing panel?
It is true that some banks and building societies now use CQS as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to join their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.
When it comes to lenders such as Ipswich Building Society do lawyers have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
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.
I recently had an offer accepted on a house. My mortgage broker recommended their conveyancers I paid an upfront payment of 175. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the Ipswich Building Society 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 Ipswich Building Society 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.