FAQs : The Allied Irish Bank Solicitor Panel
from members of the public
For what reasons would a law firm be removed from the Allied Irish Bank solicitor panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of solicitor practices had been removed from a lender panel. The top reasons in order are :
- lack of transactions
- the lawyer is a sole practitioner
- as part of the HSBC panel reduction
- regulatory contact by SRA
- accidental removal. We are not aware of the specific or common criteria for removal by Allied Irish Bank
We are due to exchange on the purchase a house but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have agreed compensation from the seller of £3k approx by way of a reduction in the price. This was going to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process but my mortgage company Allied Irish Bank will not agree to this. Why was Allied Irish Bank even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Allied Irish Bank conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Allied Irish Bank of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Allied Irish Bank then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Allied Irish Bank.
I require the services of a Allied Irish Bank panel solicitor in Inverness. Could you help me?
Unfortunately it’s not apparent why you need a Allied Irish Bank panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Allied Irish Bank to find out which solicitors in Allied Irish Bank 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
I am attempting to get my ex-husband removed the mortgage deeds. Can Allied Irish Bank really tell me which solicitor I can or can not retain?
You can use any solicitor you like but Allied Irish Bank then has the right to appoint a different solicitor to act for them at your expense. It might be more cost effective and quicker to instruct a lawyer who is on the Allied Irish Bank solicitors panel
The for formalities of my purchase has taken place with a mortgage from Allied Irish Bank. Conveyancing was satisfactory but I would like to complain about Allied Irish Bank. How do I make a complaint?
All lenders have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the Allied Irish Bank branches or the Customer Services Department at Allied Irish Bank head office. In most cases complaints to Allied Irish Bank are resolved effectively and efficiently. If you feel that the matter is not resolved you can write to the
Financial Ombudsman Service at South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR with full details of your complaint.
Can I register a complaint to Allied Irish Bank about the lawyers being on the Allied Irish Bank conveyancing panel?
Complaining to Allied Irish Bank about their conveyancing panel is unlikely to yield much of a response. All solicitors and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. You can get information from the solicitor’s or conveyancer’s website or ask at their office. They must tell you about it if you ask.
The Legal Ombudsman will make sure that your complaint is addressed by the solicitor. It can also advise you how to complain.
If a licensed conveyancer does not have a complaints procedure or will not tell you about it, contact the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which will make sure that your complaint is properly dealt with by the conveyancer. Please see below for more information.
It is not clear whether my mortgage offer requires a lease extension . I have telephoned Allied Irish Bank on various occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they would lend. My solicitor - who is on the Allied Irish Bank conveyancing panel- telephoned and was told not they would not lend in accordance with their CML Handbook minimum lease term requirements. Who do I believe?
As long as the conveyancer is on the Allied Irish Bank panel she or he must comply with the CML Handbook requirements for Allied Irish Bank. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that Allied Irish Bank will go ahead your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask Allied Irish Bank to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the remaining number of years left on the lease.