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Q and A’s regarding the Nationwide BS Solicitor Panel

I need to swap lawyers as my lawyer is not on the Nationwide Building Society panel of conveyancing solicitors. Is it advisable to appoint a new law firm?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
I am buying a new build apartment and my solicitor is telling me that she is duty bound to disclose incentives from the builder as her practice is on the Nationwide BS conveyancing panel. I am nearing the developer’s deadline to exchange contracts and my preference is not to prolong deal. is my lawyer taking the correct approach?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the Nationwide BS approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Nationwide Building Society). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
I am looking to buy a flat and require a conveyancing solicitor in Birmingham who is on the Nationwide BS solicitor. 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 Nationwide Building Society . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
My lawyers in Liverpool have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. To assist with my purchase I took out a mortgage with Nationwide BS. Is it case that being on the Nationwide Building Society conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a prescribed period?
Different lenders have different requirements but many of the Terms and Conditions of Conveyancing Panel Appointment require the file to be held for a period of 6 years. That being said we have not seen a copy of the Nationwide BS Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Nationwide Building Society directly.
When it comes to mortgage companies such as Nationwide BS do lawyers have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
Is it common for Nationwide BS to withdraw a mortgage offer and what would be the reasoning?
Lenders such as Nationwide Building Society can revoke their mortgage offer although this rarely happens. In the unlikely event that Nationwide BS withdraw their offer they may or may not inform you or the lawyer as to their reasoning. There are various possible reasons but here are 5 examples:
  • Nationwide BS may amend or withdraw an offer if the Nationwide Building Society conveyancing panel solicitor is unable to confirm compliance with any of the conditions of the mortgage offer or if any of the terms of the mortgage offer cannot be satisfied
  • Amendments if purchase price adjusted and the loan to value limits exceeded by this. Please note that Nationwide BS conveyancing panel solicitors would be obliged to notify Nationwide Building Society of a change in the price of the property.
  • Where the sale is not at arms length for value to unconnected persons
  • Where the Lender’s right to possession is fettered in some way
  • If the lender reasonably believe that the applicant, borrower, mortgagor or guarantor is insolvent or is about to become insolvent or has or will have a petition presented or if any one or all enter into any arrangement with their creditors generally or if any one or all should suffer a material change in their financial circumstances
Intending to buy a house with a mortgage with Nationwide BS. 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 Nationwide Building Society 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 Nationwide BS conveyancing panel