FAQs for the DB UK Bank Conveyancing Panel
from members of the public
I appointed a firm of solicitors to work on my house purchase 5 weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with DB UK Bank. The firm assured me that they are on DB UK Bank conveyancing panel and advised me their panel reference. DB UK Bank then called me to say that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What do I do from here? Do I instruct a different law firm currently on the conveyancing panel for DB UK Bank?
You may be very frustrated with the lawyer but if it only go take a few more days they it may be worth waiting as, depending on how far progressed you are you may end up delaying the transaction by a number of weeks if you need to replace your solicitor You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the DB UK Bank as to how long they think it will take to get the firm to get back on the panel.
Our property lawyer is asking me for proof of ID documents saying that this is part of his legal duty as a conveyancer on the DB UK Bank Solicitor panel. Can this be correct?
Due to Money Laundering Regulations your conveyancing lawyer is duty bound to confirm positively your identification when entering into a business relationship with you. It is a criminal offense if your lawyer not do this. If you do not provide ID early in the transaction the solicitor must refuse to act for you. It’s unlikely a lawyer will turn you away if you come to the first meeting without relevant ID but you will have to produce it at some point so you might as well bring it with you to the initial meeting so the lawyer can tick the ID verification box and start sorting out the conveyancing straight away. If you are getting a mortgage with DB UK Bank your lawyer also has to check ID documents to satisfy DB UK Bank
I am looking for competitive conveyancing fees. Can I be assured that all the firms that are identified on your site are on the DB UK Bank conveyancing panel?
The law firms listed on our site have assured us via an online form that they are on the DB UK Bank panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the DB UK Bank panel. To date we have not been informed by either a lender or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the DB UK Bank conveyancing panel is incorrect.
The lawyers that just started acting on my house acquisition in Newcastle has without warning shut down. I chose them because I needed a firm on the DB UK Bank conveyancing panel and my previous lawyer was not. I paid them £200 on account. What do I do now?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then inform them immediately so that they can let the sellers know 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 will need to appoint new lawyers that are on the DB UK Bank 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 should be in a position to assist
I was thinking of purchasing my friend’s property. Once we agree a price, what’s the best way to proceed? I hope to get a mortgage with DB UK Bank. Is it possible to avoid using solicitors to save us both money? 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 DB UK Bank involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the DB UK Bank 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 DB UK Bank. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the DB UK Bank conveyancing panel.
I'm in the throws of looking at flats and am about to put in an offer. Is it premature to have a solicitor in place? I intend to finance via a mortgage with DB UK Bank
It would be sensible to have your start your search soon rather than later. Once you decide who you want to use and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the EA. As you are getting a mortgage with DB UK Bank , ask your prospective lawyers check they are on the DB UK Bank conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.
I have not been happy with the level or service received from my lawyer. Is there a DB UK Bank conveyancing panel complaints department or do I complain directly to the law firm?
There is little point in complaining directly to DB UK Bank. Every solicitor firm and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. Usually one can find this 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.