Adam & Company Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

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

This system facilitates the way you can demonstrate to lender panels that you are, and can stay fully compliant with their requirements, with alerts on Adam & Company’s changes. While utilising this technology is not a condition for being on the Adam & Company panel, demonstrating you can stay up to date with Adam & Company’s Handbook requirements is an excellent support to your application to their lender panel and, more importantly, safeguard your firm’s panel standing.

The software generates real-time alerts, automatically produces compliance and CQS reports, and will increase your firm's efficiency. It is also user friendly, cost-effective and, for some firms, leads to reduced PII premiums.

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Lenders often vary their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Adam & Company are not guidelines, they are instructions from a client. As with many clients, instructions can change - and they do change, frequently:

A Timeline of Policy Changes


Since 2008, Adam & Company has made 221 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 12.4 days. In total, 61% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Adam & Company have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Recent Changes Include

# Date Assoc. Changes Related To
6.14.1a 01/12/2014 CML
3.1.3 01/12/2014 CML
1.14 14/01/2011 CML
16.1.1 14/01/2011 CML
16.3.2 14/01/2011 CML
1.7 14/01/2011 CML
3.1.4 14/01/2011 CML
5.14.11 14/01/2011 CML Defective Lease Indemnity Insurance
5.14.15b 14/01/2011 CML Absentee Landlord Indemnity Insurance
5.19.1 14/01/2011 CML

Last update 24/03/2020

Examples of recent questions relating to the Adam & Company Conveyancing Panel from members of the public

My Solicitor is not on the Adam & Company Approved Panel. Can I still use my family solicitor notwithstanding that they are excluded from the Adam & Company approved list?
You will need to have a conveyancer complete the legal work required when you take out a Adam & Company mortgage to buy your property. They’ll carry out all the necessary legal checks on the property, make sure that you’re properly registered as the owner and ensure that all the necessary mortgage documentation is in place. You can instruct a conveyancing firm of your choice. However, if the firm selected is not a member of the Adam & Company conveyancing panel additional costs will be incurred as separate legal representation will be required by Adam & Company. Conveyancing panel applications can be submitted, so if your conveyancer has not previously applied for membership they can do so.
My fiance and I intend to remortgage our maisonette with Adam & Company. We have a son 18 who lives with us. The solicitor on the Adam & Company conveyancing panel has asked us to disclose any adults other than ourselves who reside at the property. The solicitor has now sent a form for our son to sign, giving up any rights in the event that the property is repossessed. I have two concerns (1) Is this form unique to the Adam & Company conveyancing panel as he never had to sign this form when we remortgaged 3 years ago (2) In signing this form is our son in any way compromising his right to inherit the property?
On the face of it your lawyer has done nothing wrong 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 Adam & Company .This is solely used to protect the Adam & Company 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 Adam & Company 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.

Do I have to visit the offices of the Adam & Company conveyancing panel solicitor to sign the mortgage deed? If so, I will appoint a lawyer who conducts conveyancing in Liverpool so that I can pop in to their offices if required.
Most conveyancing panel lawyers for Adam & Company undertake all of the work via the post, internet or over the phone. This means that they can undertake your Conveyancing Transaction no matter where you live in England or Wales. However you should check if you can still book an appointment to go into appointed conveyancing lawyer if you prefer.
The firm that I appointed last week on my house acquisition in Manchester has without warning shut down. I chose them because I needed a firm on the Adam & Company conveyancing panel and my preferred lawyer was not. I paid them £200 on account. What are my options?
If you have an estate agent involved then inform them straight away so that they advise the vendors that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Hopefully they will be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the Adam & Company conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new lawyers may be able to help
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Adam & Company be concerned
Given that your lender is Adam & Company your lawyer must to check the Adam & Company conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Adam & Company . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Adam & Company where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. Requirements for Scotland are due in the near future.
Hi, thinking about buying a house off my mate. Assuming we can agree a figure, what’s the best way to move forward? I plan to obtain a mortgage with Adam & Company. Is there anyway to cut out the solicitors to save on the costs? My father said that years ago it was possible to take the documents into the local Land Registry office and they did the rest
If you are getting a mortgage with Adam & Company involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Adam & Company conveyancing panel. We would not encourage you to both use the same solicitors' firm. There are clear conflict of interest issues and it's not going to make a huge difference to the speed of the overall process. So as not to hold things us you should pass on your solicitors details to Adam & Company. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the Adam & Company conveyancing panel.
I am due to exchange contracts on my apartment. I had a double glazing fitted in month 8 but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My purchaser’s mortgage company, Adam & Company are being a right pain. The solicitor who is on the Adam & Company conveyancing panel is happy to accept ‘lack of building regulation’ insurance but Adam & Company are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Adam & Company have a conveyancing panel of they don’t accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Adam & Company have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Adam & Company may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing correctly and safely installed. It merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.