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My fiance and I are novices when it comes to buying a property. Within the 48 hours our solicitor has forwarded the sale agreement to sign with a detailed report with the expectation that exchange is imminent. Yorkshire Bank have this afternoon contacted us to inform me that they have now hit a problem as our lawyer is not on their approved list of lawyers. Please explain?
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 Quality Scheme.
Your solicitors should contact Yorkshire Bank and see if they can apply for membership of the Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable Yorkshire Bank will instruct their own solicitors to act. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on the Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own solicitors, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it may delay matters as you are adding another lawyer into the mix.
My conveyancing solicitor has requested from me personal identification documents stating that this is part of his retainer as a solicitor on the Yorkshire Bank Solicitor panel. Is this right?
Anti-terror and anti-money-laundering rules require solicitors and licensed conveyancers to verify the identity of the person or body they are dealing with before they can accept their conveyancing business. The Client Care letter that you need to sign will no doubt confirm this. Your lawyer is right that Yorkshire Bank also require certain documents to be viewed. If a you refuse to provide ID verification documents, your conveyancer would not be able to accept instructions from you. Your lawyer also has obligations to obtain certain documents in accordance with Yorkshire Bank CML Handbook requirements last updated on Yorkshire Bank
Having used your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Yorkshire Bank 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 Yorkshire Bank 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 Yorkshire Bank solicitor panel.
I am considering remortgaging my flat does my lawyer have to be on the Yorkshire Bank Conveyancing panel?
In theory, you could use a solicitor that is not on Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel, but Yorkshire Bank would require one of their panel solicitors to be instructed to act in their interests, and you'd have to pay for this - so most people instruct a panel solicitor. It's also easier, as otherwise you'd have to deal with two solicitors for the same conveyancing matter.
Is it the case that all conveyancing solicitors on the Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel overseen by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?
As solicitors, in order to be on the Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel they would need to be regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Many lenders do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such firms would be regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).
Can I be sure that the solicitor on the Yorkshire Bank panel is any good?
Getting recommendations is a good starting point. Before you go ahead check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more will often provide a better service than one which is cheap as chips. We would always advocate that you speak with the solicitor carrying out your transaction
My ex -wife’s name is on the Yorkshire Bank mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the Yorkshire Bank mortgage in order to sell?
As regards the Yorkshire Bank mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of Yorkshire Bank in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.