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Ready to buy a new home? Failing to check that a lawyer is on the Kent Reliance list of approved solicitors can put your transaction at risk of delay or failure.

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Examples of recent questions relating to the Kent Reliance Conveyancing Panel

On what basis could a firm of solicitors be excluded from the Kent Reliance solicitor panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of law firms had been removed from a lender panel. The top reasons in order 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. We are not aware of the specific or common criteria for removal by Kent Reliance
My solicitor has spotted a discrepancy between the surveyor’s assumptions in Kent Reliance’s valuation survey and what is in the legal papers for the property. My lawyer informs me that as he is on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel he is obliged to ensure that the lender is happy with this discrepancy and is still content to lend. Is my conveyancer’s course or action appropriate?
A precondition to being on the Kent Reliance approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Kent Reliance) which do require that your lawyer disclose any incorrect assumptions in the lender’s valuation report and the legal papers. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for both parties.
I see that you have a post code search directory listing law firms on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a commission if I retain them for my own house purchase?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
My solicitors in Manchester have advised me that they can not locate my conveyancing file. At the time of my purchase I took out a mortgage with Kent Reliance. Is it case that being on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a prescribed period?
It very much depends from lender to lender 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 Kent Reliance Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Kent Reliance directly.
Do the majority of banks operate their own panel of solicitors?
Many lenders do operate a restricted conveyancing panel but a lot of lenders allow any solicitors to join their panel so long as they meet their criteria. Each lender sets their own criteria. For example the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel requirements are different to Kent Reliance’s conveyancing panel criteria.
It is not clear whether my mortgage offer requires a lease extension . I have telephoned Kent Reliance on numerous occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they would lend. My solicitor - who is on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel- telephoned and was told not they would not lend in accordance with their CML Handbook minimum lease term requirements. I simply dont know who is right
As long as the conveyancer is on the Kent Reliance panel she or he must comply with the CML Handbook requirements for Kent Reliance. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that Kent Reliance will go ahead your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask Kent Reliance to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the remaining number of years left on the lease.
My offer on house has been accepted, the seller does however have a dependent purchase. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties booked. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What should be my next step? When should I get the mortgage app going with Kent Reliance?
It is usual to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket too early (mortgage application is approx £1k, then survey/valuation, conveyancing search costs, etc). First you should check that your solicitor is on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel. As to the next stages this very much depends on the circumstances of your case, desire for this property and on the state of the market. In a hot mortgage some buyers would pally for the mortgage with Kent Reliance and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.