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I have been advised by my broker that I have to pay Scottish Widows fees if I use my own solicitor. How efficient are the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel solicitors? I'm happy to use any solicitor in the country TBH provided that they are good and not exorbitantly priced. Would you recommend a specific law firm on the Scottish Widows panel?
Scottish Widows’s conveyancing panel is substantial so your best bet is just to check with the firms you are getting quotes from that they are on the panel. You can search by postcode on the search tool on this site to find solicitors that Scottish Widows will allow to act for them.
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 Scottish Widows will not agree to this. Why was Scottish Widows even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Scottish Widows of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Scottish Widows then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Scottish Widows.
I have checked your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Scottish Widows approved panel. How can I be sure given that they are not listed on your directory?
Not all firms are yet listed on our lender panel search tool which is still relatively new. Law firms are listing on a daily basis and it is probably the case that your lawyer is on the Scottish Widows conveyancing lawyer and you should probably take them at their word. Please do feel free to suggest that they completing their listing on our site as it would only cost them £1 a month to list themselves as being on the Scottish Widows solicitor panel.
The solicitors that I recently instructed on my purchase in London has without warning closed. They were on acting for me because I had to have a solicitor on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel and my family lawyer was not. I paid them £200 on account. What do I do now?
If you have an estate agent involved then let them know straight away so that they advise the vendors that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Hopefully they will 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 Scottish Widows 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 lawyers may be able to assist
I had instructed online conveyancers based in Manchester who are on the Scottish Widows solicitor panel. They have just invoiced me a separate fee of £175 for dealing with the Scottish Widows mortgage. Is this an additional conveyancing fee specified by Scottish Widows?
Unfortunately, as long as it is in their Terms and Conditions or Quote then yes your solicitors can charge a fee for this. This fee is not set by Scottish Widows but by your lawyers. Some firms on the Scottish Widows will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee but plenty of firms include it on their overall fee.
The for formalities of my remortgage has taken place with a loan from Scottish Widows. Conveyancing was a necessary evil but I would like to complain about Scottish Widows. How does one go about formally complaining?
All banks and building societies have complaints procedures. Your first port of call should be one of the Scottish Widows branches or the Customer Care Department at Scottish Widows head office. We understand that complaints to Scottish Widows are sorted out very quickly. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is resolved you can write to the Financial Ombudsman Service at South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR who will take matters further.
After much negotiation I have agreed a price on a house. My financial adviser recommended their conveyancers I paid an upfront payment of 225. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Scottish Widows panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.