LendInvest Conveyancing Panel Information

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

LendInvest Solicitor Panel: Recently Asked Questions

I am on the LendInvest conveyancing panel. Can I get an archived copy of a LendInvest Part 2 from the CML?
The Council of Mortgage Lenders do not hold duplicates of P2 requirements Pre January 2011. We would recommend you contact LendInvest directly.

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Do I face suspension off the LendInvest solicitor panel if I have not sent the TID on a purchase within a certain time frame from draw-down of funds?
One might ordinarily expect LendInvest via their Part Two requirements to address this but the Handbook is silent on deadlines to send deeds. Do look at the Terms of LendInvest’s Conveyancing Panel Appointment that you are bound by. For a number of banks these Terms contain a clause along the following lines: ‘To keep us informed of the reasons for any delay in your being able to send the title deeds and documents we require to us within 3 months of completion or evidence of proof of registration within that period. (We will send reminders if the deeds have not been received but will not acknowledge receipt of deeds’ It is important to keep LendInvest informed. Law firms can often compound their problems by not communicating with the lender when there is a delay or problem.
Are there conditions,outside the CML Part 2 requirements, that a firm should be aware of when on the LendInvest conveyancing panel?
In order to be on the LendInvest 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 LendInvest) are as follows:
  • Without prejudice to your obligation to comply in full with the Safeguards provisions in the CML Lenders’ Handbook, to report to us as soon as possible any suspicion that you have about the genuineness of any transaction in any respect.
  • To keep us informed of the reasons for any delay in your being able to send the title deeds and documents we require to us within 3 months of completion or evidence of proof of registration within that period. (We will send reminders if the deeds have not been received but will not acknowledge receipt of deeds.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
My firm is representing a seller of a property and we have just received an email from the buyers solicitors who are not on the LendInvest conveyancing panel requesting that we undertake to send certain post-completion documents to a law firm on the approved solicitor list for LendInvest. We have not come accross this before. Do we give the undertaking?
You will be aware of the trend in recent years for lenders such as LendInvest to take a much more pro-active approach in relation to the management and make up of their conveyancer panels. The knock on effect of this is that it is more likely that there will be a higher number of cases where a conveyancer is not on the LendInvest panel. The situation that you find yourself in is where your client’s purchaser has his/her own lawyer and LendInvest have appointed a separate lawyer to act on their behalf where the new CML Part 3 requirements apply. Section 11.1 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook Part 3 requires LendInvest’s panel solicitor to ‘ ...transfer the mortgage advance directly to the Seller’s conveyancer. The Seller’s conveyancer must be required to hold the mortgage advance on the terms of the required undertaking. The example borrower’s conveyancer’s undertaking letter includes a specific example of the seller’s undertaking’. You should expect to be advised to received the mortgage advance directly from the conveyancing solicitors for LendInvest. You will no doubt be required to undertake directly to LendInvest’s solicitors to discharge any charges secured on the property and to send directly to them the executed transfer and any other documents required to enable us to effect registration. Please remember to carefully consider undertakings in accordance with your firm’s protocol and record them in your undertakings logg. Please remember that as well as this breach of this undertaking having regulatory and compliance implications it’s breach could also result in your firm being removed off the LendInvest conveyancing panel.
I seldom receive a copy of a lender valuation any more. Do my LendInvest conveyancing panel obligations extend to checking the valuation details where I am acting on a purchase with LendInvest as the lender?
You have a number of obligations in this regard which are to followed if you wish to comply with your lender client’s instructions as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook. (I) You must take reasonable steps to verify that there are no discrepancies between the description of the property as valued and the title and other documents which a reasonably competent conveyancer should obtain, and, if there are, you must tell LendInvest immediately. Second, You should take reasonable steps to verify that the assumptions stated by the valuer about the title (for example, its tenure, easements, boundaries and restrictions on its use) in the valuation and as stated in LendInvest’s mortgage offer are correct. If they are not, please let LendInvest know as soon as possible as it will be necessary for LendInvest to check with the valuer whether the valuation needs to be revised. LendInvest conveyancing panel solicitors are not expected to assume the role of valuer. LendInvest are simply trying to ensure that the valuer has valued the property based on correct information. Thirdly, LendInvest recommend that you should advise the borrower that there may be defects in the property which are not revealed by the inspection carried out by their valuer and there may be omissions or inaccuracies in the report which do not matter to them as a lender but which would matter to the borrower. LendInvest recommend that, if we send a copy of a valuation report that LendInvest have obtained, you should also advise the borrower that the borrower should not rely on the report in deciding whether to proceed with the purchase and that he obtains his own more detailed report on the condition and value of the property, based on a fuller inspection such as a homebuyers report or comprehensive survey. If you do not receive a copy of the valuation you can always ask for a copy of one from LendInvest or the borrower. You still need to comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook Requirement relating to valuation reports even if you don't receive one directly. Failure to comply not only runs the risk of facing a claim by the lender but also being removed from the LendInvest conveyancing panel
Does CQS acceptance secure my firm’s acceptance on to lenders conveyancing panels?
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 join their approved list of firms. A number of Lenders now use the scheme as the starting point for Panel approval as is the case with HSBC.
Our practice is on the LendInvest conveyancing panel and scheduled to complete a purchase within the next week. I dont have a Mortgage Deed for the client to execute. Who do I contact at LendInvest to obtain duplicate documents?
You should communicate with LendInvest to obtain standard documents. The The Council of Mortgage Lenders Handbook incorporates an individual inquiry for lenders to reveal who to contact to obtain standard documents. LendInvest in their Part 2’s state:
It helps to disclose the firm’s LendInvest conveyancing panel reference.

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This information relates to purchase only and not remortgages.
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