Barclays plc Conveyancing Panel Information

The information on this page is designed to keep solicitors and licensed conveyancers abreast of latest requirements changes by Barclays plc and to assist in remaining on the Barclays plc Solicitor Panel.

Barclays plc Solicitor Panel: Recently Asked Questions

Is there a standard appeals process to prevent solicitors from being unfairly removed them from lender conveyancing panels?
There are thousands of firms across the UK who feel aggrieved claiming that they have been removed from lenders’ panels without an explanation or a good reason. It is highly unlikely, given that lenders have distanced themselves from creating a standardised appeals process for brokers, that an appeals process will be introduced for lawyers. Commenting on the call by brokers to have a standardised process the CML said’ “While we understand that some lenders do have an appeals process, it would not be appropriate for a trade body such as the CML to seek to be prescriptive about such a process.” Some lenders do of course set out an appeals policy. The Law Society does have information on it’s site that may be of assistance. If you would like to talk to one of our compliance experts about our Lender Panel Protection Service please complete the form here.

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Why are Estate Agents using search tools to check if lawyers are on a lenders conveyancing panel?
Many estate agents will be feeling the pain if their clients start out on the conveyancing process having appointed a conveyancer who is not on the panel with the purchaser’s chosen lender. Many conveyancing firms are only discovering when they begin working on a case that they are no longer able to work with that lender. Given the inevitable resultant delays in the transaction the chances of an abortive deal increases dramatically. in the circumstances there is understandable anguish on the part of the estate agent as a result of the lost time should the client have to change solicitors .
As the nominated Compliance Officer for Legal Practice what do I need to consider in terms of disclosures to the SRA if my firm is removed off the Barclays plc conveyancing panel?
The answer to this question really depends on the reason that your firm has been removed off the Barclays plc conveyancing panel. The top 3 reasons are as follows:
  1. lack of transactions
  2. the lawyer is a sole practitioner
  3. as part of the HSBC panel reduction.
In these three circumstances it is unlikely that you would expected to take any action. Disclosure and other compliance considerations are more likely to be relevant if the reason for removal is due to breaches of lender requirements or allegations of fraud or negligence. Whether the reasoning should trigger a disclosable 'material' breach will depend on the firm and the circumstances around possible failures to comply with the SRA Authorisation Rules, and the SRA will judge each case on its own merits. Factors such as the detriment or risk of detriment to clients, the scale of the issue and overall impact on the firm will need to be considered in deciding whether a failure is 'material'. As the compliance officer you will need systems to identify patterns of breaches. Even if you don't consider there to be regulatory implications the firms COFA should give some thought to whether she/he needs to take any action as result of being removed from the Barclays plc conveyancing panel.
I have been a solicitor for approximately 35 years with an exemplary claims record and have been refused acceptance on the Barclays plc conveyancing panel with no explanation. Am I not entitled to a reason?
For most lenders participation on the lender's panel of conveyancers is at the absolute discretion of the the lender. Many lenders reserve the right to accept or reject any application without giving any reason. You should check your original application to join the Barclays plc conveyancing panel to see if you are entitled to a reason.
My post-completion clerk has left my firm on short notice. I urgently need to prioritise making sure that charges are registered. That said, how quickly do I need to send deeds to Barclays plc once the charge is registered before my firm runs the risk of being suspended off the conveyancing panel for Barclays plc?
Barclays plc will likely expect the deeds to be sent to them within 10 days of you receiving the TID (unless their specific P2 requirements specifically state that they you are not to send them anything). Most COTs refer to complying with the Certificate of Title referred to in IB (3.7) of the SRA Code of Conduct 2011, published by the Law Society which states that you ‘will despatch to you such deeds and documents relating to the Property as you require with a list of them in the form prescribed by you within ten working days of receipt by us of the title information document from the Land Registry’ As to whether the lender will suspend your panel status this very much varies according to the lender’s own internal policies The more cases you have the more risk you face. Some lenders may take action if there records show that the deeds are outstanding for more than 3 matters. The fact is that if you keep within the time frame then you will have more chance of remaining on the Barclays plc conveyancing panel.
Will Conveyancing Quality Scheme acceptance secure my firm’s acceptance on to lenders conveyancing panels?
The Law Society’s CQS membership gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. Nevertheless the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a prerequisite for firms wishing to remain on their panels. Some Lenders now use the scheme as the starting point for Panel membership as is the case with HSBC.
My firm is listed on the Barclays plc conveyancing panel and due to complete a remortgage within the next few weeks. My file does not contain a Legal Charge for the client to sign. Who do I contact at Barclays plc to get a duplicate Deed?
You would be advised to get in touch with Barclays plc to obtain standard documents. The CML Handbook incorporates an express question for lenders to enumerate who to contact to obtain standard documents. Barclays plc in their Part 2’s state:
Always remember to quote the firm’s Barclays plc solicitors panel reference.

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Average number of days to register title including a charge in favour of Barclays plc
This information relates to purchase only and not remortgages.
YearDays*
2024 58.2
2023 [no data]
2022 [no data]
2021 [no data]
2020 [no data]
2019 [no data]
* Data aggregated from sources including COMPLETIONmonitor