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Nationwide BS Conveyancing Panel Recently Asked Questions

Is the fact that my conveyancer is not isted on the Nationwide BS Solicitor panel that there is a problem with the quality of his conveyancing?
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 top 3 reasons are as follows: (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 Nationwide Building Society.
Our conveyancing solicitor has requested from me personal identification documents saying that this forms part of his legal duty as a conveyancer on the Nationwide BS Conveyancing panel. Can you confirm whether this is the case?
Anti-terror and anti-money-laundering rules require solicitors and licensed conveyancers to verify the identity of the person or body they are dealing with before they can accept their conveyancing business. The Terms and Conditions that you need to sign will no doubt confirm this. Your lawyer is right that Nationwide BS also require certain documents to be viewed. If a you refuse to provide ID verification documents, your conveyancer would not be able to accept instructions from you. Your lawyer also has obligations to obtain certain documents in accordance with Nationwide Building Society CML Handbook requirements last updated on Nationwide BS
I have been searching for competitive conveyancing fees. Can I be confident that all the practices that are identified on your website are on the Nationwide Building Society conveyancing panel?
The law firms on our directory have advised us that they are on the Nationwide BS panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the Nationwide Building Society panel. To date we have not been informed by either a mortgage company or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the Nationwide BS conveyancing panel is not accurate.
I am attempting to get my ex-wife taken off the mortgage deeds. Can Nationwide Building Society really insist on which solicitor I can or can not use?
You can use any solicitor you like but Nationwide BS then has the right to appoint a different solicitor to act for them at your expense. It might be more cost effective and quicker to instruct a lawyer who is on the Nationwide Building Society solicitors panel
We expect to receive a DIP from Nationwide BS this week so we know how much we could potentially offer as otherwise we are dependent on web based calculators (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc).Do the Nationwide Building Society recommend a solicitor on the Nationwide BS conveyancing panel, or is it better to find our own lawyer
You will need to appoint solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Nationwide Building Society conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Nationwide BS through the process.
My brother and I have had an offer accepted on a house I spoke to a conveyancer recommended by my dad and he suggested instructing a law firm approved by Nationwide Building Society. The estate agent recommended two local firms so I asked Nationwide BS if the 2 suggested solicitors are approved, which they are not. Nationwide Building Society pointed out that either practice can fill out the appropriate forms to become approved. Do I (1) save myself the aggravation and use one of Nationwide BS 's conveyancing panel solicitors (2) Use the local solicitor and accept there may be delays etc as they go through the approval process.
Ask Nationwide Building Society for conveyancing panel firms in your area. Most banks have lawyers on their panel throughout the UK. You can also use our search tool at the top of this page to search for a lawyer on the Nationwide BS conveyancing panel based on location. If you particularly like the sound of one of the local lawyers that you have spoken to ask them if they would go onto Nationwide Building Society conveyancing panel as it may only take about 2-3 weeks. As long as they meet Nationwide BS’s requirements it can be a very simple job for the solicitor. Other stuff will be going on in parallel (as you are at an early stage) so it may not delay matters.
On the whole I have been dissatisfied with the level or service received from my lawyer. Is there a Nationwide Building Society conveyancing panel complaints department or do I complain directly to the law firm?
There is little point in complaining directly to Nationwide BS. All solicitors and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. Usually one can find this information from the solicitor’s or conveyancer’s website or ask at their office. They must tell you about it if you ask.

The Legal Ombudsman will make sure that your complaint is addressed by the solicitor. It can also advise you how to complain.

If a licensed conveyancer does not have a complaints procedure or will not tell you about it, contact the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which will make sure that your complaint is properly dealt with by the conveyancer. Please see below for more information.