Cynergy Bank Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

COMPLETIONmonitor is an online pre- and post-completion checklist for property lawyers. Supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and professional indemnity insures. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk mitigation 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 Cynergy Bank’s changes. Notwithstanding that utilising the software is not a condition for being on the Cynergy Bank panel, demonstrating you can remain up to date with Cynergy Bank’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your application to their lender panel and, just as importantly, protect your panel standing.

COMPLETIONmonitor creates real-time alerts, automatically produces SRA and CQS reports, and will increase your firm's efficiency. In addition it is user friendly, cost-effective and, for some firms, results in a PII saving.

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Lenders often change their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Cynergy Bank 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, Cynergy Bank has made 181 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 15.1 days. In total, 40% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Cynergy Bank have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Bank of Cyprus UK Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers from members of the public

I am in the process of selling my flat and the EA has just called to advise that the buyers are appointing a new solicitor. The excuse is that Bank of Cyprus UK will only deal with property lawyers on their approved list. On what basis would a major mortgage company only engage with specific law firms?
UK lenders have always had panels of law firms they are willing to work with, but in the past few years big names such as Nationwide , have reviewed and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have worked with them for decades.

Banks blame a rise in fraud by way of justification 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 being contacted daily by practices 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.

I am due to move into my new home next Thursday. I have now been asked to send a copy of my building insurance schedule by my solicitor as he says that he has to check this in has capacity as lawyer for Bank of Cyprus UK. What does the insurance need to cover?
Any lawyer on the Bank of Cyprus UK 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 Bank of Cyprus UK’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on Bank of Cyprus UK). Being on the Bank of Cyprus UK conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these instructions.
Are the lawyers identified as being on the Bank of Cyprus UK conveyancing panel, together with their details provided by Bank of Cyprus UK?
The firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the Bank of Cyprus UK conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from Bank of Cyprus UK directly.
I was due to move into my dream home two days ago. My lawyer’s firm is on the Bank of Cyprus UK conveyancing panel but has changed address in the past couple of months and had not advised Bank of Cyprus UK of their new address. Bank of Cyprus UK is now refusing to release my funds until such time as their systems are up to date with the correct details.
This is a rare situation indeed. Most lender Terms of Conveyancing Panel Appointment specifically oblige the solicitor to inform the lender of an address change. Your solicitor needs to treat this with the utmost urgency. Do speak with or register your concern with the senior partner (assuming he or she is not your direct lawyer). Most lenders would be reasonable in this situation and expedite the resolution of this issue. It may be prudent to enlist the help of your local Bank of Cyprus UK branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can help.
Can I be sure that the solicitor on the Bank of Cyprus UK panel is any good?
obtaining 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 advocate that you speak with the lawyer conducting your conveyancing
It is not clear whether my mortgage offer requires a lease extension . I have telephoned Bank of Cyprus UK on numerous occasions and told it wasn't a problem and they would lend. My solicitor - who is on the Bank of Cyprus UK 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 Bank of Cyprus UK panel she or he must comply with the CML Handbook requirements for Bank of Cyprus UK. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that Bank of Cyprus UK 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 Bank of Cyprus UK to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the remaining number of years left on the lease.
My brother and I are taking a long lease of a house in Hendon. Conveyancing solicitors in Hendon are preferred to beretained. My mothersuggested that we enquire that the solicitor in Hendon is on the Bank of Cyprus UK solicitors panel. Aren't all lawyers on the Bank of Cyprus UK panel?
Far from all Hendon conveyancing firms are on the Bank of Cyprus UK conveyancing panel. Use the above search tool to search for a Hendon conveyancing firm on the on the Bank of Cyprus UK panel.