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Mortgage Agency Services Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers

Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my solicitor is not on the Mortgage Agency Services Solicitor panel that there is a problem with the quality of her work?
It would not be wise to jump to that conclusion. There are all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator indicated 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The most common reasons for removal 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. If you are concerned you should simply call the firm and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for Mortgage Agency Services.
Expecting to move into my new home next Monday. I have now been asked to send a copy of my building insurance schedule by my solicitor as he says that he has to check this in has capacity as lawyer for Mortgage Agency Services. What risks do Mortgage Agency Services expect the insurance to cover?
All property lawyers on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in Mortgage Agency Services’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on Mortgage Agency Services). Being on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these instructions.
I need to find a Mortgage Agency Services panel solicitor in Inverness. Can you assist?
Unfortunately it’s not apparent why you need a Mortgage Agency Services panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Mortgage Agency Services to find out which solicitors in Mortgage Agency Services are on their panel. If you do find such a firm not listed please direct them to our site to list. At a fee of one pound per month it is not expensive to register on the site
I was supposed to complete on my dream home last Friday. My lawyer’s firm is on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel but has changed address in the past couple of months and had not informed Mortgage Agency Services of their new address. Mortgage Agency Services has locked down the release of mortgage funds until such time as their systems are up to date with the correct details.
This is as unusual as it is unlucky. The majority of lender Terms of Conveyancing Panel Appointment specifically oblige the solicitor to inform the lender of an address change. Your solicitor needs to treat this with the utmost urgency. Do speak with or register your concern with the senior partner (assuming he or she is not your direct lawyer). Most lenders would be reasonable in this situation and expedite the resolution of this issue. It may be prudent to enlist the help of your local Mortgage Agency Services branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can assist.
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel?
It is true that some banks and building societies now use CQS as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. 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 remain on their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.
My wife and I have arranged a further advance on our mortgage from Mortgage Agency Services as we wish to carry out a loft conversion to our home. Do we need to appoint a solicitor on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel to deal with the paperwork?
Mortgage Agency Services would not normally appoint a member of their approved list of lawyers to deal with such a matter. If they did require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Mortgage Agency Services list
I'm at the point of looking at apartments and now considering a potential offer. Is it premature to have a solicitor in place? I I am planning to take a mortgage with Mortgage Agency Services
You should start obtaining conveyancing quotes from solicitors ASAP. After you have chosen your lawyer and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the estate agent. As you are getting a mortgage with Mortgage Agency Services , make sure you remember to check that your lawyer is on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel.