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Ready to buy a new home? Failing to check that a lawyer is on the RBS (One Account) list of approved solicitors can put your transaction at risk of delay or failure.

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Common questions asked concerning the RBS (One Account) Solicitor Panel

Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my conveyancer is not on the RBS (One Account) Solicitor panel that there is a problem with the standard of her work?
That would more than likely be a wrong assumption to make. 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 most common reasons for removal are: (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 RBS (One Account).
I am due to move into my new home next Tuesday. My conveyancing lawyer has asked me to provide him with a copy of the building insurance for the house as as he informs me that he is duty bound to validate that it is in order for RBS (One Account). What risks do RBS (One Account) expect the insurance to cover?
All property lawyers on the RBS (One Account) conveyancing panel would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in RBS (One Account)’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on RBS (One Account)). Being on the RBS (One Account) conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these requirements.
Is it necessary during the course of the conveyancing process to visit the offices of the RBS (One Account) conveyancing panel solicitor to sign the legal charge? If so, I will choose one who does conveyancing in Leeds so that I can pop in to their offices if required.
As opposed to 15 years ago, most lenders no longer require their conveyancing panel solicitor to witness the borrowers signature. You will still be obliged to provide ID Documents and there are still distinct advantages to using a local solicitor, in your case a conveyancing solicitor in Leeds .
I am purchasing a new build flat and getting a mortgage with RBS (One Account). Conveyancing solicitors are said to be ‘a necessary evil’ but can I do it myself?
Leaving aside the complexities and merits of DIY conveyancing you will have to appoint a solicitor on the RBS (One Account) conveyancing panel to look after their interests. Most people therefore find it easier to let the solicitor act for them and the lender. Furthermore there is minimal cost savings to made in you doing to conveyancing for yourself and another lawyer conducting the conveyancing for the lender. Please feel free to use the search tool to find a lawyer on the RBS (One Account) conveyancing panel in your location.
I was thinking of purchasing my friend’s property. Once we agree a price, what’s the best way to move forward? I plan to obtain a mortgage with RBS (One Account). Is there anyway to cut out the solicitors to save us both money? My dad reckons back in the day he did a lot of it himself, just went into the land registry office and providing them with the info they needed himself
If you are getting a mortgage with RBS (One Account) involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the RBS (One Account) conveyancing panel. We would not encourage you to both use the same solicitors' firm. There are clear conflict of interest issues and it's not going to make a huge difference to the speed of the overall process. So as not to hold things us you should pass on your solicitors details to RBS (One Account). Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the RBS (One Account) conveyancing panel.
I have not been happy with the level or service received from my lawyer. Is there a RBS (One Account) conveyancing panel complaints department or do I complain directly to the law firm?
Complaining to RBS (One Account) about their conveyancing panel is unlikely to yield much of a response. 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.

My husband and I are taking a long lease of a flat in Hendon. Conveyancing solicitors in Hendon are preferred to begiven the go-ahead. My motherrecommended that we double-check that the solicitor in Hendon is on the RBS (One Account) panel. Aren't all lawyers on the RBS (One Account) panel?
Not all Hendon conveyancing practices are on the RBS (One Account) conveyancing panel. 8 people a month use our search tool to search for a Hendon conveyancing lawyer on the on the RBS (One Account) panel.