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It has come to my attention via my mortgage adviser that my lawyer is not on the Scottish Widows Conveyancing panel. How can I be certain that this is indeed the case?
The best course of action for you to take is to contact your conveyancer. You lawyer should advise you of the situation. If they are not on the panel they may recommend you to a firm that is on the the approved Scottish Widows solicitor panel.
Please help. My solicitor is informing me me that she is duty-bound to order a Local Authority search as the firm are on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel. The searches cost a lot of money. Can this be avoided?
You have limited options available to you. As you are taking a mortgage with Scottish Widows your lawyer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your lawyer would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of Scottish Widows’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Scottish Widows. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
Do I need to pop into the offices of the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel solicitor to sign the legal charge? If so, I will appoint a lawyer who conducts conveyancing in London so that I can pop in to their offices when needed.
Most conveyancing panel lawyers for Scottish Widows undertake all of the work via the post, internet or over the phone. This means that they can undertake your Conveyancing Transaction no matter where you live in England or Wales. However you should check if you can still book an appointment to go into appointed conveyancing lawyer if you prefer.
I am selling my house. Does my solicitor have to be on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel in order to deal with redeeming my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. it might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their requirements fairly frequently at the moment.
Is there a list of Scottish Widows panel conveyancers on the CML Handbook Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
I am buying a property where the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Scottish Widows be concerned
As you are obtaining a mortgage with Scottish Widows your lawyer must to check the Scottish Widows conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Scottish Widows . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Scottish Widows where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. The CML are developing guidance for Northern Ireland and Scotland.
My offer was accepted on an apartment on the 17th March 2014, valuation was booked 4 days after, received a clean bill of health. Solicitor instructed, so all that was missing was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Scottish Widows and chasing them on my offer I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel. Are Scottish Widows entitled to hold back the Mortgage pending the lawyer being on the approved list?
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 Scottish Widows to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.