Adam & Company International Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

Lexsure’s COMPLETIONmonitor is an online pre- and post-completion checklist for property lawyers. Supported by the CML and PI insurers. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk management tool.

This software is the only way you can demonstrate to lender panels that you are, and can stay fully compliant with their instructions, with automatic updates on Adam & Company International’s changes. Even though using the tool is not a condition for acceptance on the Adam & Company International panel, demonstrating you can remain up to date with Adam & Company International’s Handbook requirements is an excellent support to your application to their lender panel and, more importantly, protect your firm’s panel status.

COMPLETIONmonitor generates real-time alerts, automatically produces COLP and CQS reports, and will enhance your firm's efficiency. In addition it is simply to use, cost-effective and, for many firms, leads to a PII saving.

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Banks and building societies often change their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Adam & Company International 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, Adam & Company International has made 218 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 12.5 days. In total, 61% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Adam & Company International have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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FAQs : The Adam & Company International Conveyancing Panel from members of the public

I am progressing with the sale of my maisonette and the EA has just texted me to warn that the buyers are switching law firm. The excuse is that Adam & Company International will only engage with solicitors on their approved list. On what basis would a leading mortgage company only work with specific law firms?
Mortgage companies have always had an approved set of law firms they are willing to work with, but in the past few years big names such as Santander, 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 as the reason 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 hearing daily from firms 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.

Expecting to move into my new home next Friday. I have now been asked to send a copy of my building insurance schedule by my solicitor as as he informs me that he is duty bound to validate that it is in order for Adam & Company International. What risks do Adam & Company International expect the insurance to cover?
Any lawyer on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in Adam & Company International’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on Adam & Company International). Being on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these requirements.
I need to find a Adam & Company International panel solicitor in Belfast. Could you help me?
It is not clear why you need a Adam & Company International panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Adam & Company International to find out which solicitors in Adam & Company International are on their panel. If you do find such a firm not listed please direct them to our site to list. At a fee of one pound per month it is not expensive to register on the site
Please explain the implications if my lawyer’s firm is suspended from the Adam & Company International Conveyancing panel before the moving date as agreed at exchange of contracts?
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 at a cost.
Is there a list of Adam & Company International panel conveyancers on the CML Handbook Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
Is it the case that all conveyancing solicitors on the Adam & Company International conveyancing panel work on a no move no charge basis?
There is generally no requirements by lenders for their firms to operate on a no-sale-no-fee basis. There a small number of lenders who operate a very restricted conveyancing panel managed by a third party company (often termed in the industry as a ‘gatekeeper’). That third party may impose certain conditions such as non-sale-no fee on the panel firms. If you require this as a condition of your conveyancing then you should check with the conveyancing firm that this is part of their package
How can we tell if a solicitor on the Adam & Company International panel is any good?
seeking recommendations is a sensible starting point. Before you go ahead check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more will often provide a better service than one which is cheap as chips. We would always recommend that you speak with the solicitor carrying out your transaction