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Frequently asked questions relating to the National Westminster Bank Conveyancing Panel

I instructed a solicitor to conduct the legal paperwork on my purchase six weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with National Westminster Bank. The law firm confirmed to me that they are on National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel and provided me their panel number. National Westminster Bank then called me to say that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What do I do from here? Do I instruct a different law firm listed on the conveyancing panel for National Westminster Bank?
You may be very frustrated with the lawyer but if it only go take a few more days they it may be worth waiting as, depending on how far progressed you are you may end up delaying the transaction by a number of weeks if you need to replace your solicitor You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the National Westminster Bank as to how long they think it will take to get the firm to get back on the panel.
I am purchasing a newly constructed apartment and my solicitor is advising me that she is duty bound to reveal incentives from the builder as her practice is on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel. I am nearing the developer’s deadline to exchange and I would rather not delay deal. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the National Westminster Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on National Westminster Bank). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
How do I find a local solicitor on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 10 kilometers to meet the solicitor.
Feel free to make use of the find a conveyancing panel tool on this page. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of lawyer located nearest you. Alternatively you can type in the name of your proposed law firm and see if they are listed as being on the National Westminster Bank solicitor panel.
We're in Birmingham, First time buyers purchasing with a mortgage (lender is National Westminster Bank , but our lawyer is on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the National Westminster Bank 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
My fiance and I are spending time looking at flats and am about to put in an offer. Should I already have a conveyancer appointed at this stage? I will be getting a home loan with National Westminster Bank
It would be sensible to have your start your search soon rather than later. Once you decide who you want to use and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the EA. As you are getting a mortgage with National Westminster Bank , ask your prospective lawyers check they are on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.
I recently had an offer accepted on a house. My financial adviser recommended their conveyancers I paid an upfront payment of 225. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the National Westminster Bank 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 National Westminster Bank 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.
My offer was accepted on a property on the 6th March 2014, valuation was booked 3 days after, received a clean bill of health. Property lawyer appointed, so the only thing outstanding was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to National Westminster Bank and chasing them on my offer I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel. Can the lender hold off the offer?
Mortgage companies tend not to not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for National Westminster Bank to deal with your lawyers application to be on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.