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I would like to know the reason why all solicitors aren't included on the Reliance Bank Solicitor panel?
Pre- 2008 most lenders had an appetite for risk which was higher than today. The Financial Services Authority in 2010 conducted a thematic review into mortgage fraud which concluded: know the conveyancing solicitors that you are dealing with. Consequently, lenders have regularly sought more information from law firms about their operations and the individuals who work for them and set certain criteria such a completing on a minimum number of transactions. Many firms that have been excluded from lender panels have 100% healthy track record, no complaints and no claims and didn't just 'dabble' in conveyancing. Such firms were never going to meet the criteria of volume of transactions the lenders required.
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 Reliance Bank will not agree to this. Why was Reliance Bank even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Reliance Bank conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Reliance Bank of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Reliance Bank then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Reliance Bank.
I am planning to acquire a house and need a conveyancing solicitor in who is on the Reliance Bank conveyancing. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a conveyancing firm?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Reliance Bank . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
I was supposed to complete on my dream home last Friday. My solicitor is on the Reliance Bank solicitors panel but has changed address 8 weeks ago and had not advised Reliance Bank of their new address. Reliance Bank has locked down the release of mortgage funds until such time as their systems are up to date with the correct details.
This is as unusual as it is unlucky. The majority of lender Terms of Conveyancing Panel Appointment specifically oblige the solicitor to inform the lender of an address change. Your solicitor needs to treat this with the utmost urgency. Do speak with or register your concern with the senior partner (assuming he or she is not your direct lawyer). Most lenders would be reasonable in this situation and expedite the resolution of this issue. It may be prudent to enlist the help of your local Reliance Bank branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can help.
Can I be sure that the solicitor on the Reliance Bank panel is any good?
seeking recommendations is a good start. Before you go ahead check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more will often provide a better service than one which is cheap as chips. We would always advise that you speak with the solicitor carrying out your transaction
Do the majority of banks operate their own panel of solicitors?
Many lenders do operate a restricted conveyancing panel but a lot of lenders allow any solicitors to join their panel so long as they meet their criteria. Each lender sets their own criteria. For example the Reliance Bank conveyancing panel requirements are different to Reliance Bank’s conveyancing panel criteria.
We were going to get a DIP from Reliance Bank this week so we can work out what to offer on a property we like as otherwise we only have online calculators to go by (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc).Do the Reliance Bank recommend a solicitor on the Reliance Bank 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 Reliance Bank conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Reliance Bank through the process.