I was informed yesterday by my estate agent that my West Hendon solicitor is not on the bank Conveyancing panel. What can I do to be sure if this is correct?
The best course of action for you to take is to contact your West Hendon lawyer directly. You lawyer should notify you what has happened. If they are not on the panel they could put your in touch with solicitors on the approved list of lawyers for your bank.
It is 10 years ago since I purchased my house in West Hendon. Conveyancing lawyers have recently been instructed on the sale but I can't locate the title documents. Will this cause complications?
You need not be too concerned. First the deeds may be kept by your lender or they could be in the possession of the solicitor who oversaw your purchase. Secondly the chances are that the property will be registered at the land registry and you will be able to establish that you own the property by your conveyancing solicitors acquiring current official copies of the land registers. Most conveyancing in West Hendon involves registered property but in the unlikely event that your home is not registered it is more tricky but is resolvable.
Please explain the implications if my lawyer’s firm is removed from the Clydesdale Conveyancing panel ahead of completing my conveyancing in West Hendon?
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 to 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 a 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.
I have been told that property searches are the primary cause of delay in West Hendon house deals. Is that correct?
The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) has noted the findings of research by MoveWithUs that conveyancing searches do not figure within the top 10 causes of delays during the legal transfer of property. Local searches are unlikely to feature in any delay in conveyancing in West Hendon.
I used Stirling Law several years ago for my conveyancing in West Hendon. Now, I need my documents however the law firm has closed. What do I do?
Do contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in West Hendon of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously used, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.
What tools are available to locate a West Hendon solicitor on the Coventry Building Society conveyancing panel? I have wheels and am prepared to travel upto 20kilometers to meet the solicitor.
Feel free to make use of the search on this website. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of West Hendon conveyancing lawyers located nearest you. We have detailed some West Hendon conveyancing firms towards the end of this page and you can contact them to verify if they are on the Coventry Building Society member panel