DB UK Bank Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

COMPLETIONmonitor is an online pre- and post-completion checklist for property lawyers. Supported by the CML and PI insurers. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk mitigation tool.

This system is the only way you can demonstrate to lender panels that you are, and can stay fully compliant with their instructions, with alerts on DB UK Bank’s changes. Even though utilising COMPLETIONmonitor is not a prerequisite for DB UK Bank , demonstrating you can remain up to date with DB UK Bank’s Handbook requirements is an excellent support to your application to their lender panel and, more importantly, safeguard your firm’s panel status.

The system generates real-time alerts, automatically produces COLP and CQS reports, and will increase your firm's efficiency. It is also user friendly, cost-effective and, for many firms, leads to reduced PII premiums.

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Banks and building societies often vary their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from DB UK Bank are not guidelines, they are instructions from a client. As with many clients, instructions can change - and they do change, frequently:

A Timeline of Policy Changes


Since 2008, DB UK Bank has made 190 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 14.4 days. In total, 38% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for DB UK Bank have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Recent Changes Include

# Date Assoc. Changes Related To
6.14.1c 01/12/2014 CML
6.14.1d 01/12/2014 CML
5.20.4 08/10/2013 CML
5.4.5 11/01/2013 CML Local Search Indemnity Insurance
16.5.3a 26/09/2012 CML
5.14.15a 26/09/2012 CML Absentee Landlord Indemnity Insurance
5.19.1 26/09/2012 CML
5.1.1 26/09/2012 CML
6.4.5 26/09/2012 CML
4.3 11/09/2012 CML

Last update 29/03/2020

Examples of recent questions relating to the DB UK Bank Solicitor Panel from members of the public

I instructed a law firm to work on my remortgage three weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with DB UK Bank. The law firm confirmed to me that they are on DB UK Bank conveyancing panel and advised me their panel number. DB UK Bank then told me that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What happens next? Should I appoint a new solicitor listed 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.
I am buying a newly constructed flat and my conveyancer is advising me that she is duty bound to disclose incentives from the seller as her practice is on the DB UK Bank conveyancing panel. The Estate Agents are hassling me to sign contracts and I dont want to delay the conveyancing. Can I insist on an exchange regardless of what my lawyer says about being on the DB UK Bank panel?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the DB UK Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on DB UK Bank). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
I have checked your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the DB UK Bank conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the DB UK Bank approved panel. How can I be sure given that they are not listed on your directory?
Not all firms are yet listed on our lender panel search tool which is still relatively new. Law firms are listing on a daily basis and it is probably the case that your lawyer is on the DB UK Bank conveyancing lawyer and you should probably take them at their word. Please do feel free to suggest that they completing their listing on our site as it would only cost them £1 a month to list themselves as being on the DB UK Bank solicitor panel.
What happens if my solicitor is suspended from the DB UK Bank Solicitor panel before completion?
First, this is very unlikely to happen. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have ti instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by the regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit at a cost.
When it comes to mortgage companies such as DB UK Bank 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.
On the whole I have been dissatisfied 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. 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.

My ex -wife’s name is on the DB UK Bank mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the DB UK Bank mortgage in order to sell?
In terms of the DB UK Bank mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of DB UK Bank in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.