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Examples of recent questions relating to the Tipton Coseley Building Society Conveyancing Panel
We are buying a 1 bedroom apartment in Hackney with a mortgage from Tipton Coseley Building Society. We have a lawyer but Tipton Coseley Building Society says she’s not on their "panel". It seems we have little choice but to instruct one of the Tipton Coseley Building Society panel firms or keep our solicitor and pay for one of their panel ones to represent them. We feel as though this is unjust; Can we not simply insist that Tipton Coseley Building Society use our lawyer?
Unfortunately,no. The mortgage offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the Tipton Coseley Building Society conveyancing panel. Until recently, most lenders had large numbers of law firms on their panels: a borrower could choose one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. Another option that might be available is for your lawyer to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Tipton Coseley Building Society
can you help? My solicitor is assuring me that she is duty-bound to order a Local Authority search because the firm are on the Tipton Coseley Building Society solicitor panel. Do I not have a choice here?
You have limited options available to you. As you are taking a mortgage with Tipton Coseley Building Society 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 Tipton Coseley Building Society’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Tipton Coseley Building Society. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
Do I have to pop into the offices of the Tipton Coseley Building Society conveyancing panel solicitor to execute the legal charge? If so, I will instruct a firm who offer conveyancing in Bristol so that I can pop in to their offices if necessary.
Whereas this was necessary 12 years ago, most lenders no longer require their conveyancing panel solicitor to witness the borrowers signature. You will still be obliged to provide ID Documents and there are still distinct advantages to using a local solicitor, in your case a conveyancing solicitor in Bristol .
What happens if my solicitor is removed from the Tipton Coseley Building Society Conveyancing panel prior to the completion date?
The first thing to point out is that, this is very unlikely to happen. 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 at a cost.
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Tipton Coseley Building Society conveyancing panel?
It is true that some lenders now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.
Do most banks operate their own panel of solicitors?
Many lenders do operate a restricted conveyancing panel but a lot of lenders allow any solicitors to join their panel so long as they meet their criteria. Each lender sets their own criteria. For example the Tipton Coseley Building Society conveyancing panel requirements are different to Tipton Coseley Building Society’s conveyancing panel criteria.
Can I register a complaint to Tipton Coseley Building Society about the lawyers being on the Tipton Coseley Building Society conveyancing panel?
Complaining to Tipton Coseley Building Society 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 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.