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Q and A’s regarding the Newcastle Building Society Conveyancing Panel

Much to my surprise I have been told by my IFA that my property lawyer is not on the Newcastle Building Society Conveyancing panel. What can I do to be sure that this is correct?
You need to contact your conveyancer. It is reasonable to expect your lawyer to advise you what has happened. If they are not on the panel they could put your in touch with solicitors on the conveyancing panel for Newcastle Building Society.
We are due to exchange on the purchase a house but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have agreed compensation from the seller of £3k approx by way of a reduction in the price. This was going to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process but my mortgage company Newcastle Building Society will not agree to this. Why was Newcastle Building Society even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Newcastle Building Society conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Newcastle Building Society of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Newcastle Building Society then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Newcastle Building Society.
I see that you have a search directory identifying solicitors on the Newcastle Building Society conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a referral fee if I instruct them for my own conveyancing?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Newcastle Building Society conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
I would like to get my former partner taken off the mortgage deeds. Can Newcastle Building Society really insist on which solicitor I can or can not retain?
You can use any solicitor you like but Newcastle Building Society 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 Newcastle Building Society solicitors panel
The for formalities of my purchase has taken place with a loan from Newcastle Building Society. Conveyancing was of an acceptable standard but I would like to complain about Newcastle Building Society. How do I make a complaint?
Most banks and building societies have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the Newcastle Building Society branches or the Customer Care Department at Newcastle Building Society head office. In most cases complaints to Newcastle Building Society are sorted out effectively and efficiently. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is resolved you can write to the Financial Ombudsman Service with full details of your complaint.
After much negotiation I have agreed a price on an apartment. My mortgage broker recommended their conveyancers I paid an upfront payment of 150. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the Newcastle Building Society 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 Newcastle Building Society 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 ex -wife’s name is on the Newcastle Building Society mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the Newcastle Building Society mortgage in order to sell?
In terms of the Newcastle Building Society mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of Newcastle Building Society in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.