FAQs for the Halifax Solicitor Panel
from members of the public
I have been advised by my broker that I have to pay Halifax fees if I use my own solicitor. How good are the Halifax conveyancing panel solicitors? I dont care which law firm I use as long as they're good and not exorbitantly priced. Are there any Halifax conveyancers you'd recommend?
Halifax’s conveyancing panel is substantial so your best bet is just to check with the firms you are getting quotes from whether they are on it. You can search by postcode on the search tool on this site to find solicitors that Halifax will allow to act for them.
I am buying a newly built apartment and my lawyer is telling me that she is duty bound to disclose incentives from the seller as her practice is on the Halifax conveyancing panel. I am under pressure to exchange contracts and I dont want to prolong matters. 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 Halifax approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Halifax). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
Are there any apps to help find a local solicitor on the Halifax conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 25 kilometers to meet the lawyer.
You can use the find a conveyancing panel tool on this website. 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 Halifax solicitor panel.
I am trying to get my ex-wife removed the mortgage deeds. Can Halifax really insist on which solicitor I can or can not retain?
You can use any solicitor you like but Halifax 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 Halifax solicitors panel
I had instructed online solicitors located in Manchester who are on the Halifax solicitor panel. They have just invoiced me a separate fee of £135 for the legal aspects of the Halifax mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee set by Halifax?
Unfortunately, as long as it is in their Terms and Conditions or Quote then yes your solicitors can charge a fee for this. This fee is not set by Halifax but by your lawyers. Some firms on the Halifax will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee but plenty of firms include it on their overall fee.
I recently had an offer accepted on a house. My mortgage broker pressured me to appoint their lawyers I paid an upfront payment of 150. Soon after the conveyancers contacted me sheepishly admitting that they were not on the Halifax conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Halifax panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.
My husband and I are taking a long lease of a flat in Hendon. Conveyancing solicitors in Hendon need to begiven the go-ahead. My friendsuggested that we check that the conveyancer in Hendon is on the Halifax approved list of lawyers. Aren't all lawyers on the Halifax panel?
A limited percentage of Hendon conveyancing practices are on the Halifax conveyancing panel. 5 people a month use our search tool to search for a Hendon conveyancing firm
on the on the Halifax approved list of lawyers.