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

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FAQs : The Santander Conveyancing Panel

My property lawyer has never been on on the Santander Approved Panel. Is it possible for me to continue with my family solicitor notwithstanding that they are not on the Santander panel?
You have a number of options available to you here:
  1. Complete the purchase with your preferred solicitors but Santander will need to instruct a lawyer on the Santander conveyancing panel. This will result in additional cost and potential delay.
  2. Get a new solicitor to act in the purchase, obviously checking they are on the Santander conveyancing panel.
  3. Urge your lawyer to apply to join the Santander lender panel
My solicitor has uncovered a difference when comparing the surveyor’s assumptions in Santander’s valuation survey and what is in the title deeds. My solicitor has advised that as he is on the Santander conveyancing panel he must check that the bank is OK with this discrepancy and is still content to lend. Is my lawyer’s stance right?
A precondition to being on the Santander approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Santander) 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 you.
I require the services of a Santander panel solicitor in Inverness. Could you help me?
Unfortunately it’s not apparent why you need a Santander panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Santander to find out which solicitors in Santander are on their panel. If you do find such a firm not listed please direct them to our site to list. At a fee of one pound per month it is not expensive to register on the site
The lawyers that I appointed last week on my house acquisition in Newcastle has without warning shut down. I chose them because I had to have a firm on the Santander conveyancing panel and my family lawyer was not. I gave them a cheque for £150 in advance. What should be my next steps?
If you have an estate agent involved then inform them immediately so that they advise the vendors that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Most sellers would be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the Santander conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors may be able to assist
My brother and I have agreed a price on a apartment I spoke to a solicitor previously used by my brother and he suggested instructing a law firm approved by Santander. The estate agent recommended two local firms so I asked Santander if the 2 suggested solicitors are approved, which they are not. Santander suggested that either firm can fill out the appropriate forms to become approved. Do I (1) save myself the aggravation and use one of Santander 's conveyancing panel solicitors (2) Use the local solicitor and accept there may be delays etc as they go through the approval process.
Ask Santander to suggest a law firm in your location. Lenders have them all over the country. You can also use our search tool at the top of this page to search for a lawyer on the Santander conveyancing panel based on location. If you particularly like the sound of one of the local lawyers that you have spoken to ask them if they would go onto Santander conveyancing panel as it may only take about 2-3 weeks. As long as they meet Santander’s requirements it can be a very simple job for the solicitor. Other stuff will be going on in parallel (as you are at an early stage) so it may not delay matters.
I'm spending time viewing flats and am about to put in an offer. Is it premature to have a solicitor in place? I intend to finance via a home loan with Santander
You should start obtaining conveyancing quotes from solicitors ASAP. After you have chosen your lawyer and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the estate agent. As you are getting a mortgage with Santander , ask your prospective lawyers check they are on the Santander conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.
Can I register a complaint to Santander about the lawyers being on the Santander conveyancing panel?
Complaining to Santander about their conveyancing panel is unlikely to yield much of a response. Every solicitor firm 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.


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