HSBC UK Bank Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

Lexsure’s COMPLETIONmonitor is an online pre- and post-completion checklist for residential conveyancing lawyers. Supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and PI insurers such as AmTrust. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk mitigation tool.

This software facilitates the way you can prove to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their requirements, with notifications given on HSBC UK Bank’s changes. Even though utilising this technology is not a condition for being on the HSBC UK Bank panel, demonstrating you can stay up to date with HSBC UK Bank’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your panel application and, more importantly, safeguard your firm’s panel standing.

The system creates real-time alerts, automatically produces SRA and CQS reports, and will improve your firm's efficiency. In addition it is user friendly, cost-effective and, for some firms, leads to reduced PII premiums.

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Mortgage companies often vary their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from HSBC 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, HSBC UK Bank has made 50 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 54.6 days. In total, 7% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for HSBC UK Bank have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Recent Changes Include

# Date Assoc. Changes Related To
5.19.1 03/09/2019 CML
5.13.1 31/05/2019 CML Insolvency Act Indemnity Insurance Deed of Gift Indemnity Insurance
1.11a 22/03/2019 CML
14.2.2 21/01/2019 CML
10.2b 04/12/2018 CML
6.5.1 19/11/2018 CML
6.6.4 19/11/2018 CML
1.11a 30/10/2018 CML
14.2.2 30/10/2018 CML
5.5.3c 22/10/2018 CML

Last update 15/01/2020

HSBC Solicitor Panel Example Support Desk Enquires from members of the public

I am expecting a mortgage with HSBC. my intention is to enlist the help of a Licensed Conveyancer. Does the HSBC Solicitor panel exclude conveyancers regulated by the CLC
HSBC’s conveyancing panel is, like many other lenders associated to the CML or BSA, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
My partner and I intend to remortgage our apartment with HSBC. We have a son 19 who lives with us. The solicitor on the HSBC conveyancing panel has asked us to disclose anyone over the age of 17 other than ourselves who lives in the flat. The solicitor has now sent a form for our son to sign, waiving any legal rights in the event that the apartment is forfeited by the lender. I have two concerns (1) Is this document specific to the HSBC conveyancing panel as he never had to sign this form when we remortgaged 4 years ago (2) Does our son by signing this giving up his rights to inherit the property?
First, rest assured that your HSBC conveyancing panel solicitor is doing the right thing as it is established procedure for any occupier who is aged 17 or over to sign the necessary Consent Form, which is purely to state that any rights he has in the property are postponed and secondary to HSBC .This is solely used to protect the HSBC if the property were re-possessed so that in such circumstances, your son would be legally obliged to leave.

It does not impact your son’s right to inherit the apartment. Please note that if your son were to inherit and the mortgage in favour of HSBC had not been discharged, he would be liable to take over the loan or pay it off, but other than that, there is nothing stopping him from keeping the property in accordance with your will or the rules of intestacy.

Are there any apps to help find a local solicitor on the HSBC conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 25 miles to meet the conveyancer.
Feel free to make use of 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 HSBC solicitor panel.
My grandmother passed away last year and as sole heir and executor was left the property. The house had a small mortgage left on it of around £8000. I want to have the title changed into my name whilst I re-mortgage to HSBC , pay off the mortgage etc. Is this allowed?
If you intend to re-mortgage then HSBC will insist on your using a conveyancer on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Here is link to the Land Registry online guidance around what to do when a property owner dies. This will help you to understand the registration process behind changing the details re the registered title. in your case it would appear that you are effectively purchasing the property from the estate. Your HSBC conveyancing panel solicitor pays the new mortgage money into the estate, the estate pays off the old mortgage, the charge is released and you become the owner and the HSBC mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.
When it comes to lenders such as HSBC 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.
I am buying a property where the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender HSBC be concerned
Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with HSBC your lawyer must to check the HSBC conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for HSBC . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to HSBC where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. The CML are developing guidance for Northern Ireland and Scotland.
My husband and I are spending time looking at houses and now considering a potential offer. Is it best to have a conveyancer on ‘stand by’? I intend to finance via a home loan with HSBC
You should start obtaining conveyancing quotes from solicitors ASAP. 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 estate agent. As you are getting a mortgage with HSBC , make sure you remember to check that your lawyer is on the HSBC conveyancing panel.