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FAQs : The National Westminster Bank Solicitor Panel

I am expecting a offer of a mortgage from National Westminster Bank. I hope to enlist the help of a Licensed Conveyancer. Does the National Westminster Bank Conveyancing panel include Licensed Conveyancers
National Westminster Bank’s approved solicitor list is, like many other lenders represented by the Council or Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
Please assist. My lawyer is not to blame but, the conveyancing for my house purchase has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from National Westminster Bank was dated random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on 6 months + 3. My solicitor says that as she is on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel she needs to redo the searches as they are now out of date.
One of the many conditions to being on the National Westminster Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook Part 2 obligations (last updated for this lender on National Westminster Bank)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 National Westminster Bank.
I am purchasing a house and require a conveyancing solicitor in London who is on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing. Can you recommend a local conveyancing firm?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for National Westminster Bank . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
I am thinking of refinancing my property does my lawyer need to be on the National Westminster Bank Solicitor panel?
In theory, you could use a solicitor that is not on National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel, but National Westminster Bank 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 transaction.
Can you point me to a directory of National Westminster Bank panel solicitors on the Council of Mortgage Lender’s Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
I previously instructed online conveyancers based in Manchester who are on the National Westminster Bank solicitor panel. They have just invoiced me a separate fee of £175 for the legal aspects of the National Westminster Bank mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee specified by National Westminster Bank?
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 National Westminster Bank but by your lawyers. Some firms on the National Westminster Bank will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee and others do not.
Intending to buy a flat with a mortgage with National Westminster Bank. I have received an online quote from a licensed conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Lender if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.
They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that they are on the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel