Frequently asked questions relating to the Cumberland Building Society Solicitor Panel
from members of the public
I appointed a firm of solicitors to conduct the legal paperwork on my purchase 4 weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Cumberland Building Society. The solicitors reassured me that they are on Cumberland Building Society conveyancing panel and advised me their panel reference. Cumberland Building Society then called me to say that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What do I do from here? Should I appoint a new solicitor listed on the conveyancing panel for Cumberland Building Society?
The answer depends on whether you still have confidence in the said solicitors and how long it will take for the firm to be reinstated on the Cumberland Building Society conveyancing panel You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the Cumberland Building Society as to the time frame to get your lawyer reinstated on the panel once again.
I am buying a new build flat and my conveyancer is advising me that she is duty bound to disclose incentives from the seller as her firm is on the Cumberland Building Society conveyancing panel. The Estate Agents are hassling me to exchange and I would rather not prolong the conveyancing. is my lawyer taking the correct approach?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the Cumberland Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Cumberland Building Society). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
Whilst your website is a good idea there are many lawyers listed near Coventry on the Cumberland Building Society conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the conveyancing panel for Cumberland Building Society ?
We are not in the business of recommending one firm above another 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. We recommend that you speak to 3 or 4 lawyers listed before you make your choice..
I would like to get my ex-husband removed the mortgage deeds. Can Cumberland Building Society really insist on which solicitor I can or can not retain?
You can use any solicitor you like but Cumberland Building Society 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 Cumberland Building Society solicitors panel
When it comes to lenders such as Cumberland Building Society 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.
We have agreed a price on a flat I spoke to a conveyancer previously used by my uncle and he advised instructing a property lawyers approved by Cumberland Building Society. The estate agent recommended two local firms so I asked Cumberland Building Society if the 2 suggested solicitors are approved, which they are not. Cumberland Building Society suggested that either firm can fill out the appropriate forms to become approved. Do I (1) save myself the aggravation and use one of Cumberland Building Society 's conveyancing panel solicitors (2) Use the local solicitor and accept there may be delays etc as they go through the approval process.
Ask Cumberland Building Society for conveyancing panel firms in your area. Lenders have them all over the country. You can also use our search tool at the top of this page to search for a lawyer on the Cumberland Building Society conveyancing panel based on location. If you particularly like the sound of one of the local lawyers that you have spoken to ask them if they would go onto Cumberland Building Society conveyancing panel as it may only take about 2-3 weeks. As long as they meet Cumberland Building Society’s requirements it can be a very simple job for the solicitor. Other stuff will be going on in parallel (as you are at an early stage) so it may not delay matters.
Intending to buy a flat with a mortgage with Cumberland Building Society. I have received an online quote from a licensed conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Lender if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the Cumberland Building Society conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.
They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that they are on the Cumberland Building Society conveyancing panel