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Frequently asked questions relating to the Manchester Building Society Conveyancing Panel

My financial adviser has has requested my solicitor’s panel reference for the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel. Can you suggest how I discover this. I have contacted my local Manchester Building Society branch but they don't know it.
You are best placed to get this information from your conveyancing lawyer. A law firm is likely to keep a file or database of lender panel information which would include, if applicable their conveyancing panel details for Manchester Building Society.
Please assist. My lawyer is not to blame but, my purchase conveyancing has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Manchester 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 lawyer says that as she is on the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel she needs to reorder the searches as they are no longer acceptable to the lender.
A precondition to being on the Manchester Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook Part 2 obligations (last updated for this lender on Manchester Building Society)which states that a local authority search be not more than 6 months old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Manchester Building Society.
I have been Googling for conveyancing quotes online. Can I be sure that all the law firms that are listed on your directory are on the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel?
The solicitor and licensed conveyancing practices on our directory have advised us that they are on the Manchester Building Society panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the Manchester Building Society panel. To date we have not been informed by either a lender or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel is not accurate.
We're in Birmingham, First timers purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Manchester Building Society , but our lawyer is on the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a time-frame for your conveyancing due to third parties outside of our control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel?
A selection of banks and building societies now use CQS as the starting point for Panel membership 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.
Is it common for Manchester Building Society to withdraw a mortgage offer and what would be the reasoning?
Banks and Building Societies such as Manchester Building Society can withdraw their mortgage offer although this rarely happens. If Manchester Building Society withdraw their offer they may or may not inform you or the lawyer as to their reasoning. There are various possible reasons but here are 5 examples:
  • Manchester Building Society may amend or withdraw an offer if the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel solicitor is unable to confirm compliance with any of the conditions of the mortgage offer or if any of the terms of the mortgage offer cannot be satisfied
  • If the borrower informs Manchester Building Society of a change in the loan amount agreed
  • Where to proceed with the Mortgage offer would be unlawful
  • Following advice from the valuer on their lender panel or If the lender has doubts about the effectiveness of the valuation as a result of subsequent events or information received post valuation but pre completion
  • Where the lender has to take account a recent change in taxation
I have instructed a lawyer having checked that they are on the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property? Or I've digested plenty of house buying,I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my solicitor - who is on the Manchester Building Society conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?
Manchester Building Society will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Manchester Building Society will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller. or Your lawyer will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with Manchester Building Society you could contact your them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors.