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Leek United BS Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers

On what basis would a firm of solicitors be excluded from the Leek United BS solicitor panel?
A survey recently commissioned by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority found that three quarters of solicitor practices 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 Leek United BS
I do hope you can help me. My conveyancer is advising me that she is duty-bound to order a Local Authority search stemming from the fact that the firm are on the Leek United BS approved lawyer panel. Is this really necessary?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. Given that you are taking out a loan with Leek United BS 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 Leek United BS’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Leek United BS. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
I am planning to acquire a house and require a conveyancing solicitor in Newcastle who is on the Leek United BS solicitor. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a conveyancing firm?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Leek United BS . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
I am thinking of refinancing my property does my lawyer need to be on the Leek United BS Conveyancing panel?
In theory, you could use a solicitor that is not on Leek United BS conveyancing panel, but Leek United BS would require one of their panel solicitors to be instructed to act in their interests, and you'd have to pay for this - so most people instruct a panel solicitor. It's also easier, as otherwise you'd have to deal with two solicitors for the same conveyancing matter.
I previously instructed online solicitors based in London who are on the Leek United BS solicitor panel. They have just invoiced me a separate fee of £175 for dealing with the Leek United BS mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee specified by Leek United BS?
Unfortunately, as long as it is in their Terms and Conditions or Quote then yes your solicitors can charge a fee for this. This fee is not set by Leek United BS but by your lawyers. Some firms on the Leek United BS will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee but plenty of firms include it on their overall fee.
I was thinking of purchasing my friend’s property. Assuming we can agree a figure, what’s the best way to move forward? I plan to obtain a mortgage with Leek United BS. Is it possible to avoid using solicitors to save us both money? My dad reckons back in the day he did a lot of it himself, just went into the land registry office and providing them with the info they needed himself
If you are getting a mortgage with Leek United BS involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Leek United BS conveyancing panel. We would not encourage you to both use the same solicitors' firm. There are clear conflict of interest issues and it's not going to make a huge difference to the speed of the overall process. So as not to hold things us you should pass on your solicitors details to Leek United BS. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the Leek United BS conveyancing panel.
My offer on house has been accepted, but there is a chain. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties in the pipeline. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What should be my next step? When should I get the mortgage app going with Leek United BS?
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 Leek United BS 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 Leek United BS and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.