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Common questions asked concerning the Mortgage Agency Services Solicitor Panel

My financial adviser has informed me that I have to pay Mortgage Agency Services fees should I instruct my family lawyer. How good are the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel solicitors? I dont care which law firm I use as long as they're good and reasonably priced. Are there any Mortgage Agency Services conveyancers you'd recommend?
Mortgage Agency Services’s conveyancing panel is pretty large so your best bet is just to check with the firms you are getting quotes from that they are on the panel. You can search by postcode on the search tool on this site to find solicitors that Mortgage Agency Services will allow to act for them.
We are only a couple days away from an exchange and my parents having sent the 10% deposit to my lawyer. I am now advised that as the deposit has not come from me my lawyer needs to make a notification to my lender Mortgage Agency Services. I am advised that, being on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel and acting on their behalf he must inform Mortgage Agency Services if the balance of the mortgage advance is not just from me. I disclosed to the bank about my parent’s contribution when I applied for the mortgage so is it really necessary for him to raise this?
Your lawyer is obliged to check with Mortgage Agency Services to make sure that they are aware that the balance of the purchase price is not from your own funds. Your solicitor can only report this to Mortgage Agency Services if you agree, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.
I note that you have a search directory listing law firms on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a referral fee if I retain them for my own conveyancing?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
I am in the process of remortgaging my apartment does my lawyer need to be on the Mortgage Agency Services Conveyancing panel?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor but Mortgage Agency Services will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is much more potential for delays and confusion with two solicitors involved, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
Do most 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 Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel requirements are different to Mortgage Agency Services’s conveyancing panel requirements.
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Mortgage Agency Services be concerned
Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with Mortgage Agency Services your lawyer must to check the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Mortgage Agency Services . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Mortgage Agency Services where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. The CML are developing guidance for Northern Ireland and Scotland.
We expect to receive a DIP from Mortgage Agency Services this week so we can work out what to offer on a property we like as otherwise we are dependent on web based calculators (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc).Do the Mortgage Agency Services recommend a solicitor on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel, or is it better to go independently
You will need to appoint solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Mortgage Agency Services through the process.