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Common questions asked concerning the Ulster Bank Solicitor Panel

My wife and I are FTBs. Within the 48 hours our conveyancer has sent a preliminary report and documents to look through with the expectation that exchange is imminent. Ulster Bank have this morning contacted us to inform me that there is now an issue as our conveyancer is not on their conveyancing panel. What do we do from here?
If you are buying a property with the assistance of a mortgage it is usual for the purchaser's solicitors to also act for the purchaser's lender.

In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your property lawyers should contact Ulster Bank and see if they can apply for membership of the Ulster Bank conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable Ulster Bank will instruct their own solicitors to act. You don't have to instruct a firm on the Ulster Bank conveyancing panel as you are at liberty to use your preferred lawyers, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it may delay matters as you are adding another lawyer into the mix.

I do hope you can help me. My solicitor is advising me that she is duty-bound to conduct a Local Authority search because the firm are on the Ulster Bank conveyancing panel. Is my lawyer correct?
You have limited options available to you. As you are taking a mortgage with Ulster Bank 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 Ulster Bank’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Ulster Bank. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
Your search tool is useful but there are many lawyers listed near Hackney on the Ulster Bank conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the Ulster Bank approved panel?
We are not in the business of recommending one firm above another as the right firm for you depends on where your priorities lie. For example you may require a local firm with local knowledge or you might be looking for the low cost conveyancing. Before you appoint your lawyer we advise you to speak to two or three of the firms listed to gain comfort as to which one is right for you..
My grandfather passed away last year and as sole heir and executor was left the house. The house had a small mortgage left on it of around £8000. I want to transfer the title deeds into my name whilst I re-mortgage to Ulster Bank , pay off the mortgage etc. Is this allowed?
If you intend to re-mortgage then Ulster Bank will insist on your using a conveyancer on the Ulster Bank conveyancing panel. Here is link to the Land Registry online guidance around what to do when a property owner dies. This will help you to understand the registration process behind changing the details re the registered title. in your case it would appear that you are effectively purchasing the property from the estate. Your Ulster Bank conveyancing panel solicitor pays the new mortgage money into the estate, the estate pays off the old mortgage, the charge is released and you become the owner and the Ulster Bank mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.
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 Ulster Bank conveyancing panel requirements are different to Ulster Bank’s conveyancing panel criteria.
Last month we had a mortgage agreed in principle with Ulster Bank. Solicitors have been instructed? How long does it take for Ulster Bank to send the offer to our conveyancer
There is no definitive answer here. Have Ulster Bank conducted the survey? Have you advised Ulster Bank as your lawyers details and checked that your lawyer is on the Ulster Bank conveyancing panel? sometimes it can take as long as six weeks for a mortgage offer to be issued
My husband and I are in the process of looking at houses and am about to put in an offer. Is it premature to have a solicitor in place? I intend to finance via a mortgage with Ulster Bank
You should start obtaining conveyancing quotes from solicitors ASAP. Once you decide who you want to use and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the EA. As you are getting a mortgage with Ulster Bank , make sure you remember to check that your lawyer is on the Ulster Bank conveyancing panel.