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FAQs : The Sainsburys Bank Conveyancing Panel

I appointed a law firm to conveyancing on my purchase six weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Sainsburys Bank. The law firm assured me that they are on Sainsburys Bank conveyancing panel and provided me their panel number. Sainsburys Bank then told me that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What do I do from here? Do I instruct a different law firm currently on the conveyancing panel for Sainsburys Bank?
You may be very frustrated with the lawyer but if it only go take a few more days they it may be worth waiting as, depending on how far progressed you are you may end up delaying the transaction by a number of weeks if you need to replace your solicitor You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the Sainsburys Bank as to the time frame to get your lawyer reinstated on the panel once again.
My conveyancer has uncovered an inconsistency between the assumptions in Sainsburys Bank’s home valuation report and what is revealed within the conveyancing documents. My lawyer has advised that as he is on the Sainsburys Bank conveyancing panel he needs to check that the bank is with this discrepancy and is still content to lend. Is my solicitor’s course or action correct?
A precondition to being on the Sainsburys Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Sainsburys Bank) which do require that your lawyer disclose any incorrect assumptions in the lender’s valuation report and the legal papers. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for both parties.
Do lenders provide you with an approved list of solicitors? How do you know who is on the Sainsburys Bank conveyancing panel?
The law firm practices themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the Sainsburys Bank conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from Sainsburys Bank directly.
We're in Birmingham, First timers purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Sainsburys Bank , but our solicitor is on the Sainsburys Bank conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Sainsburys Bank conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a time-frame for your conveyancing due to third parties outside of our control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Sainsburys Bank conveyancing panel?
It is true that some lenders now use CQS as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS membership however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their panels.
Can I register a complaint to Sainsburys Bank about the lawyers being on the Sainsburys Bank conveyancing panel?
Complaining to Sainsburys Bank about their conveyancing panel is unlikely to yield much of a response. All solicitors and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. You can get 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 properly dealt with 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.

I was told three weeks ago that my mortgage has been agreed to by Sainsburys Bank. Is it usual for Sainsburys Bank to only issue the offer once my solicitor is approved on their conveyancing panel?
Mortgage companies tend not to not issue a mortgage until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Sainsburys Bank to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Sainsburys Bank conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.