Hampden Conveyancing Panel Information

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

Hampden Conveyancing Panel: Recently Asked Questions

Are Hampden Conveyancing panel lawyers under an obligation to disclose incentives?
Hampden’s answer to this question can be found at section 6.4.4 of their CML Part 2 requirements

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Do Hampden or the Council of Mortgage Lenders run training Courses for the Hampden approved solicitor panel in much the same way that the Law Society run cases for CQS firms?
The Council of Mortgage Lenders (or the BSA) do not involve themselves in training although they do arrange a number of useful legal related conferences which are attended by firms on the Hampden conveyancing panel. It is our intention to run specific lender focused seminars in the coming months including a webinar on Hampden’s Part 2 requirements. Practitioners on the Hampden conveyancing panel are welcome. Further details will be made available as part of the LENDERmonitor P2 change Notifications.
Is there a standard appeals process to prevent solicitors from being unfairly removed them from lender conveyancing panels?
We have come across many solicitors who feel 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.
In my capacity as Compliance Officer for Legal Practice what do I need to consider in terms of disclosures to the SRA if my firm is withdrawn off the Hampden conveyancing panel?
The answer to this question really depends on the reason that your firm has been removed off the Hampden 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 Hampden conveyancing panel.
I am a sole practitioner firm on the Hampden conveyancing panel. Do you have ideas as to how we can market our firm as carrying out conveyancing in Hendon who can act for the borrower and Hampden?
15 people search for a conveyancer on the Hampden panel every 4 weeks in Hendon. Feel free to contact the Lexsure team who will tell how your firm can be identified by those searching for conveyancing in Hendon.
JLT’s PI Insurance renewal form questions if my firm had been excluded from any bank panels in the last 12 months. I just discovered that the firm is no longer on the Hampden conveyancing panel? Is this likely to effect my PII premium?
Your insurance brokers are your best port of call to address this question. The chances are that on the basis that you have not been removed for fraud or negligence reasons that there will be little or no impact. The main reason why a firm would be removed off of a lender panel is due to low volume of conveyancing cases although there may be a number of criteria for Hampden solicitor panel membership. Please remember that it is always important that you complete your insurance forms accurately.
Our practice is on the Hampden conveyancing panel and all set to complete a purchase shortly. I dont have a Mortgage Deed for the client to execute. Who do I contact at Hampden to get a duplicate Deed?
You should communicate with Hampden to obtain standard documents. The The Council of Mortgage Lenders Handbook contains an individual inquiry for lenders to cite who to contact to obtain standard documents. Hampden in their Part 2’s state:
You will need to quote your Hampden conveyancing panel number.

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