Chesham Building Society Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

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

This system is the only way you can prove to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their instructions, with alerts on Chesham Building Society’s changes. While using the tool is not a prerequisite for Chesham Building Society , demonstrating you can remain up to date with Chesham Building Society’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your application to their lender panel and, just as importantly, protect your panel standing.

The system 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 frequently vary their requirements. The BSA instructions from Chesham Building Society are not guidelines, they are instructions from a client. As with many clients, instructions can change - and they do change, frequently:

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Chesham Building Society Solicitor Panel Example Support Desk Enquires from members of the public

I need to swap lawyers as my lawyer is not on the Chesham Building Society panel of conveyancing solicitors. Is it practical to instruct different lawyers?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
Our solicitor has uncovered a legal deficiency with the lease for the flat we are buying. The seller’s lawyers have offered title insurance as a workaround. We are happy with insurance and will cover the costs. Our solicitor says that as he is on the Chesham Building Society conveyancing panel he must ensure that the lender is happy with this solution. Are we the client or is Chesham Building Society?
The short answer to your last question is that, notwithstanding the potential for a conflict of interest, you and Chesham Building Society are the client. A precondition to being on the Chesham Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Chesham Building Society). The CML Handbook conditions require your lawyer to disclose issues such as defects will the lease so that Chesham Building Society can be afforded the opportunity to check with their valuer as to the extent that the value of the property is affected . Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for you.
What tools are available to search for a local solicitor on the Chesham Building Society conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 20 kilometers to meet the solicitor.
Feel free to make use of the find a conveyancing panel tool on this page. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of lawyer located nearest you. Alternatively you can type in the name of your proposed law firm and see if they are listed as being on the Chesham Building Society solicitor panel.
My solicitors in Leeds have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. To assist with my purchase I took out a mortgage with Chesham Building Society. Is it case that being on the Chesham Building Society conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a prescribed period?
Different lenders have different requirements but many of the Terms and Conditions of Conveyancing Panel Appointment require the file to be held for a period of 6 years. That being said we have not seen a copy of the Chesham Building Society Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Chesham Building Society directly.
Is there a list of Chesham Building Society panel solicitors on the Council of Mortgage Lender’s 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.
I am about to exchange contracts on a purchase with a mortgage from Chesham Building Society. The report from my solicitor mentions that Chesham Building Society could withdraw their offer before completion. Is this right?
Lenders such as Chesham Building Society can withdraw their mortgage offer although this rarely happens. should Chesham Building Society withdraw their offer they may or may not inform you or the lawyer as to the reasons why. There are many potential reasons but here are 5 examples:
  • Chesham Building Society may amend or withdraw an offer if the Chesham Building Society conveyancing panel solicitor is unable to confirm compliance with any of the conditions of the mortgage offer or if any of the terms of the mortgage offer cannot be satisfied
  • If the borrower informs Chesham Building Society of a change in the loan amount agreed
  • Where the lender has to take account a recent change in law
  • Where the sale is not at arms length for value to unconnected persons
  • If the solicitor on the Chesham Building Society conveyancing panel acting for the applicant, borrower, mortgagor or guarantor cannot comply with Chesham Building Society ‘s instructions
On the whole I have been dissatisfied with the level or service received from my lawyer. Is there a Chesham Building Society conveyancing panel complaints department or do I complain directly to the law firm?
There is little point in complaining directly to Chesham Building Society. 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 properly dealt with 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.