Halifax Conveyancing Panel Information

UK Finance Designator: Halifax
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

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

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Halifax Solicitor Panel: Recently Asked Questions

I am on the Halifax conveyancing panel. Can I get an archived copy of a Halifax Part 2 from the CML?
The Council of Mortgage Lenders do not maintain data sets of the Part 2's Pre January 2011. The CML recommend you make a request of Halifax directly.

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Can my firm submit a complaint to the Council of Mortgage Lenders about being excluded from the Halifax conveyancing panel?
The Council of Mortgage Lenders is an association rather than a regulator and therefore do not investigate complaints against lenders. You can of course contact Lexsure to see if we can help.
Are there conditions,outside the CML Part 2 requirements, that a firm should be aware of when on the Halifax conveyancing panel?
In order to be on the Halifax conveyancing panel solicitors have to complete an application form and agree Terms and Conditions. A sample of 5 conditions that we see amongst many lenders Terms (but not necessarily Halifax) are as follows:
  • To forward the title deeds and documents to another solicitor/conveyancer within 24 hours of an instruction from us requiring you to do so. On forwarding the deeds as instructed you will confirm to us that you have done so. Upon receipt of your confirmation, we will release you from all undertakings relating to your holding the title deeds.
  • You have the consent of all borrowers to apply for the deeds, before making any request for deeds. We will accept your request for deeds on the understanding that you have obtained such consent. If this is not the case then you should advise our Deeds Services Department in writing when you make your request
  • That any deeds you borrow from us in connection with the personal mortgage of a partner or director at your firm must be requested by a partner or director other than the partner or director concerned and the transaction must be handled by that other partner or director. If you are a sole practitioner and require the loan of deeds in connection with your own mortgage, you must nominate a different firm on our panel to request the deeds and handle the transaction.
  • To quote on all communications with us relating to deeds/registration issues, whether by telephone or in writing, the panel number that we provide for each practising address and the mortgage account or application number for the mortgage concerned.
  • If you are a sole practitioner, to arrange for appropriate locum cover from our panel where necessary. Your locum must be a member of the Conveyancing panel.
I have read a number of legal articles recently about firms being sued for non-compliance with Part 2 requirements . I am on the Halifax conveyancing panel can you tell me how Part 2 changes took place by Halifax during 2013?
During 2013, 65 sections of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook P2 were changed by Halifax. Some changes are more important than others but as a firm on the Halifax conveyancing panel you are of course obliged to comply with individual lender requirements, as set out in Part II of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook. Locktons have recently pointed out in an article that non-compliance with Part 2 requirements account for a number of high value claims, and it is therefore important to be aware of any particularly onerous terms that an individual lender may impose.

Remember: CML requirements are not guidelines; they are the lender client’s instructions.

We had our Halifax panel membership terminated but we have not yet been given an explanation yet. I am completing a CQS application questionnaire what information should I report?
In this situation please explain on the form what action you have taken to find out the reasons behind cancellation of your Halifax panel membership. In particular please provide details if you have received communications from the lender. E.G. before revocation of your panel membership did you receive any letters or calls from the lender informing you as to why they reached this decision?
Our practice is on the Halifax conveyancing panel and scheduled to complete a purchase shortly. My papers do not include a Legal Charge for the client to sign. Who do I contact at Halifax to get a duplicate Deed?
You need to communicate with Halifax to obtain standard documents. The CML Handbook includes an individual section for banks to set out who to contact to obtain standard documents. Always remember to disclose your Halifax solicitors panel reference.
Average number of days to register title including a charge in favour of Halifax
This information relates to purchase only and not remortgages.
2013 29.9
2012 30.5
2011 26.3
* Data aggregated from sources including COMPLETIONmonitor

Recent Changes Include

# Date Assoc. Changes Related To
6.4.4 31/08/2018 CML
3.2.4 05/06/2018 CML
4.5b 05/06/2018 CML
16.5.3b 16/01/2018 CML
16.5.3d 16/01/2018 CML
6.7.1 10/07/2017 CML
10.2b 28/04/2017 CML
10.7 28/04/2017 CML
6.11.1 28/04/2017 CML Obstruction of Access Indemnity Insurance
10.10 12/01/2017 CML

Last update 22/05/2019

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