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Frequently asked questions relating to the Leeds Building Society Conveyancing Panel

My Conveyancer has never been on on the Leeds Building Society Solicitor Panel. Is it possible for me to use my family solicitor even though they are not on the Leeds Building Society panel?
The most common options here are as follows:
  1. Complete the purchase with your preferred solicitors but Leeds Building Society will need to instruct a lawyer on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel. This will result in additional cost and potential delay.
  2. Get a new solicitor to act in the purchase, obviously checking they are on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel.
  3. Convince your lawyer to do everything within their powers to join the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel
We are due to exchange on the purchase a house but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have agreed compensation from the seller of £3k approx by way of a reduction in the price. This was going to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process but my mortgage company Leeds Building Society will not agree to this. Why was Leeds Building Society even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Leeds Building Society of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Leeds Building Society then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Leeds Building Society.
I note that you have a search directory listing law firms on the Leeds Building Society 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 Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
I am considering applying for a Leeds Building Society mortgage for purchase of a new build (under development) with 60% LTV. Is it compulsory to choose a solicitor on the conveyancing panel for Leeds Building Society?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor but Leeds Building Society will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is greater potential for delays and confusion with an additional lawyer added to the mix, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
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 Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel requirements are different to Leeds Building Society’s conveyancing panel requirements.
I am buying a property where the roof has a solar panel. Leeds Building Society have issued a mortgage offer so presumably this is not a concern to them. Why is my solicitor raising questions about the panel?
As your lender is Leeds Building Society your lawyer must to check the Leeds Building Society conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Leeds Building Society . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Leeds Building Society where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. Requirements for Scotland are due in the near future.
After much negotiation I have agreed a price on a house. My financial adviser pressured me to appoint their lawyers I paid an upfront payment of 150. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the Leeds 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 Leeds 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.