Bank of Scotland Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

COMPLETIONmonitor is web-based pre- and post-completion checklist for residential conveyancing lawyers. Supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and professional indemnity insures. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk management tool.

This system assists the way you can prove to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their requirements, with automatic updates on Bank of Scotland’s changes. Notwithstanding that utilising this technology is not a condition for acceptance on the Bank of Scotland panel, demonstrating you can stay up to date with Bank of Scotland’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your panel application and, more importantly, safeguard your firm’s panel standing.

The software generates real-time alerts, automatically produces SRA and CQS reports, and will enhance your firm's efficiency. In addition it is user friendly, cost-effective and, for some firms, results in reduced PII premiums.

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Mortgage companies often vary their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Bank of Scotland are not guidelines, they are instructions from a client. As with many clients, instructions can change - and they do change, over time:

A Timeline of Policy Changes


Since 2008, Bank of Scotland has made 350 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 7.8 days. In total, 48% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Bank of Scotland have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Recent Changes Include

# Date Assoc. Changes Related To
6.7.1 13/08/2018 CML
16.5.3a 16/01/2018 CML
16.5.3b 16/01/2018 CML
16.5.3c 16/01/2018 CML
6.7.1 19/05/2017 CML
6.7.1 21/11/2016 CML
5.13.1 26/08/2016 CML Insolvency Act Indemnity Insurance Deed of Gift Indemnity Insurance
10.2a 23/05/2016 CML
10.7 23/05/2016 CML
10.3 09/05/2016 CML

Last update 12/11/2018

FAQs : The Bank of Scotland Solicitor Panel from members of the public

I am selling my apartment and the EA has just telephoned to advise that the buyers are changing their law firm. The reason given is that Bank of Scotland will only work with solicitors on their conveyancing panel. On what basis would a major mortgage company only deal with specific solicitors?
Lenders have always had panels of law firms they are willing to work with, but in the past few years big names such as Nationwide , have reviewed and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have worked with them for more than 25 years.

Lenders blame a rise in fraud by way of justification for the cull – criteria have been tightened and a smaller panel should be easier to keep an eye on. No lender will say how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society says it is being contacted daily by practices that have been removed from panels, or have other concerns about them. Some do not even realise they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyer’s case. Your purchasers are unlikely to have any sway in the decision.

My partner and I intend to remortgage our flat with Bank of Scotland. We have a son 18 who lives with us. The solicitor on the Bank of Scotland conveyancing panel has asked us to disclose any adults other than ourselves who lives in the flat. Our lawyer has now e-mailed a document for our son to sign, waiving any legal rights in the event that the flat is forfeited by the lender. I have two questions (1) Is this document specific to the Bank of Scotland conveyancing panel as he never had to sign this form when we bought 5 years ago (2) Does our son by signing this giving up his rights to inherit the property?
First, rest assured that your Bank of Scotland conveyancing panel solicitor is doing the right thing as it is established procedure for any occupier who is aged 17 or over to sign the necessary Consent Form, which is purely to state that any rights he has in the property are postponed and secondary to Bank of Scotland .This is solely used to protect the Bank of Scotland if the property were re-possessed so that in such circumstances, your son would be legally obliged to leave.

It does not impact your son’s right to inherit the apartment. Please note that if your son were to inherit and the mortgage in favour of Bank of Scotland had not been discharged, he would be liable to take over the loan or pay it off, but other than that, there is nothing stopping him from keeping the property in accordance with your will or the rules of intestacy.

Your search tool is useful but there are many lawyers listed near Newcastle on the Bank of Scotland conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the conveyancing panel for Bank of Scotland ?
We do not recommend specific firms as the right firm for you depends on where your priorities lie. For example you may require a local firm with local knowledge or you might be looking for the low cost conveyancing. Before you appoint your lawyer we advise you to speak to two or three of the firms listed to gain comfort as to which one is right for you..
What happens if my solicitor is removed from the Bank of Scotland Solicitor panel before completion?
First, this is very unlikely to happen. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have ti instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by the regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.
When it comes to lenders such as Bank of Scotland do lawyers have to be pay a fee to be on the list of approved solicitors?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
I'm at the point of viewing apartments and am about to put in an offer. Is it best to have a conveyancer on ‘stand by’? I intend to finance via a home loan with Bank of Scotland
It would be sensible to have your start your search soon rather than later. Once you decide who you want to use and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the EA. As you are getting a mortgage with Bank of Scotland , ask your prospective lawyers check they are on the Bank of Scotland conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.
I am currently in the process of buying my council flat. I have a mortgage offer with Bank of Scotland. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use one. Any advice?
It is not advisable proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event if you are getting a mortgage with Bank of Scotland you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Bank of Scotland conveyancing panel.