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Whistletree Solicitor Panel Recently Asked Questions

I am getting a mortgage offer from Whistletree. my intention is to enlist the help of a Licensed Conveyancer. Does the Whistletree Solicitor panel exclude conveyancers regulated by the CLC
Whistletree’s conveyancing panel is, like many other lenders associated to the CML or Building Society Association, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the CLC.
Can you clarify something for me?. For no fault of my lawyer but, my purchase conveyancing has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Whistletree was dated random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on 6 months + 3. My solicitor informs me that as she is on the Whistletree conveyancing panel she needs to redo the searches as they are now out of date.
One of the many conditions to being on the Whistletree approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook Part 2 obligations (last updated for this lender on Whistletree)which specifies that a local authority search be not more than 6 months old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Whistletree.
I have checked your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Whistletree conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Whistletree 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 Whistletree 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 Whistletree solicitor panel.
We're in Wales, FTBs purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Whistletree , but our solicitor is on the Whistletree conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Whistletree conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a time-frame for your conveyancing due to third parties outside of our control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain
When it comes to lenders such as Whistletree do solicitors have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
is it true that all solicitor firms on the Whistletree conveyancing panel regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?
As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the Whistletree conveyancing panel they would need to be regulated by the SRA. Many lenders do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such firms would be regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).
I recently had an offer accepted on an apartment. My mortgage broker pressured me to appoint their lawyers I paid an upfront payment of 225. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me to say that they were not on the Whistletree 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 Whistletree 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.