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Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my conveyancer is not isted on the Santander Conveyancing panel that there is a problem with the standard of his work?
It would not be wise to jump to that conclusion. 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 Santander.
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 Santander will not agree to this. Why was Santander even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Santander conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Santander of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Santander then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Santander.
I see that you have a search directory listing firms on the Santander conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a referral fee if I instruct them for my own house purchase?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Santander conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
Can you clarify what the consequences are if my lawyer’s firm is expelled from the Santander Conveyancing panel in advance of the completion date?
First, this is a very rare occurrence. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have ti instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by the regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.
Are all Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Santander conveyancing panel?
It is true that some banks and building societies now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. 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 join their panels.
I have a mortgage with Santander. My godfather has just retired and wants to pay off the mortgage left on the property. After Santander is paid, I want to transfer the property to my mother's name; How long will it roughly take? Do we need two separate solicitors on the Santander conveyancing panel? I do not intend to live at the property once the Santander mortgage is discharged.
You will need a solicitor but they need not be on the Santander conveyancing panel. You will need a solicitor to draw up the transfer and to deal with the Land Registry formalities. The only thing you need to consider is that by selling at an undervalue so ask your lawyer about the implications. There could be an inheritance tax issue if you die within 7 years of this. There's no capital gains tax for you as it is your main residence.
My brother and I are taking a long lease of a 1st floor apartment in Hendon. Conveyancing solicitors in Hendon will soon beretained. My fathersuggested that we make sure that the conveyancer in Hendon is on the Santander approved list of lawyers. Is this really necessary?
Far from all Hendon conveyancing solicitors are on the Santander conveyancing panel. 5 people a month use our search tool to search for a Hendon conveyancing solicitor on the on the Santander list of approved conveyancing firms.