We see that you have a search directory listing law firms on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a referral fee if I retain them for our conveyancing in West London?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the HSBC conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in West London.
We're in West London, FTBs buying with a mortgage (lender is Nationwide , and our lawyer is on the Nationwide conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Nationwide conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no property lawyer should guarantee a timeframe for your conveyancing, due to third parties outside of your 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.
I can see plenty of information on this site regarding conveyancing in West London but can you isolate your top tip for finding the right conveyancer in West London
We would encourage you not to base your choice on the lowest West London conveyancing quote. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to property lawyers. A cheap quote may mean that the conveyancing solicitor is handling a lot of jobs at one time and you won’t get the quality of service and the attention that you need. It is, however, wise to use a conveyancer who has a fixed fee on a no sale, no fee basis. This way, you go into the conveyancing with your eyes wide open.
We previously appointed conveyancing lawyers with offices in West London on the Principality solicitor panel. They have just invoiced me a further fee for the legal aspects of the Principality mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee set by Principality?
Unfortunately, as long as it is in their Terms of Engagement or Quote then yes your solicitor is entitled to charge a fee for this. This fee is not dictated by Principality but by your West London lawyer. Plenty of firms on the Principality panel will levy an ‘acting for lender’ fee but many practices include it on their overall fee.
My wife and I have organised the release of further funds on our mortgage from Clydesdale as we intend to conduct renovations to our home in West London. Do we need to select a local West London solicitor on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel to handle the legals?
Clydesdale don't usually instruct a member of their conveyancing panel to handle such a matter. If they do require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel.
I know that there are debates on Chancel Insurance on online forums. Do I require chancel insurance when acquiring a house in West London? or Apparently there is an ancient law that means some owners of property living in a parish church boundary will be compelled to pay for repairs towards the chancel in proximity to the church. Is this relevant for conveyancing in West London?
Unless a prior acquisition of the premises completed after 12 October 2013 you could expect solicitors handling conveyancing in West London to continue to recommend a chancel search and or chancel repair liability insurance.
Despite weeks of looking the Title Certificate and documents to our property are lost. The conveyancers who dealt with the conveyancing in West London 4 years ago no longer exist. What are my next steps?
Assuming you have a registered title the details of your ownership will be held by HMLR under a Title Number. It is easy to execute a search at the Land Registry, find your property and get up to date copies of the Registered Entries for less than a fiver. Where the title is Leasehold then the Land Registry will also normally retain a file duplicate of the Registered Lease and again, a copy can be retrieved for a small fee.
Am I best advised to appoint a West London conveyancing solicitor who is local to the property I am hoping to buy? We have a good friend who can perform the conveyancing but his firm is located 400kilometers drive away.
The benefit of a local West London conveyancing practice is that you can visit the firm to sign paperwork, present your ID and pester them where appropriate. They will also have local knowledge which is a benefit. However it's more important to get someone that will pull out all the stops for you. If other friends have used your friend and the majority were content that should surpass using an unknown West London conveyancing solicitor just because they are round the corner.