Investec Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

Lexsure’s COMPLETIONmonitor is web-based pre- and post-completion checklist for residential conveyancing lawyers. Supported by the CML and PI insurers. It is a unique risk mitigation tool.

This software assists the way you can prove to lender panels that you are, and can stay fully compliant with their instructions, with alerts on Investec’s changes. While utilising this technology is not a prerequisite for Investec , demonstrating you can stay up to date with Investec’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your panel application and, just as importantly, safeguard your panel status.

COMPLETIONmonitor generates real-time alerts, automatically produces compliance and CQS reports, and will increase your firm's efficiency. In addition it is user friendly, cost-effective and, for many firms, leads to reduced PII premiums.

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Lenders frequently change their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Investec 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, Investec 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, 61% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Investec have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Recent Changes Include

# Date Assoc. Changes Related To
10.7 10/11/2017 CML
5.14.15a 10/11/2017 CML Absentee Landlord Indemnity Insurance
5.16.2 10/11/2017 CML
5.5.3a 10/11/2017 CML Lack of Planning Permission Indemnity Insurance
5.7.1a 10/11/2017 CML Flying Freehold Indemnity Insurance
6.9.1 10/11/2017 CML Unknown Rights and Easements Indemnity Insurance
1.14 01/04/2016 CML
12.3.1 01/04/2016 CML
16.5.3d 01/04/2016 CML
4.5a 01/04/2016 CML

Last update 14/11/2018

FAQs for the Investec Solicitor Panel from members of the public

My husband and I are FTBs. Within the last couple of days our solicitor has forwarded the sale agreement to sign with a detailed report with a view to exchanging next week. Investec have this afternoon contacted us to inform me that they have now hit a problem as our conveyancer is not on their conveyancing panel. Is this a problem?
When purchasing a property with the benefit of a mortgage it is usual for the purchaser's solicitors to also act for the purchaser's lender.

In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your property lawyers should contact Investec and see if they can apply for membership of the Investec conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable Investec will instruct their own solicitors to act. You don't have to instruct a firm on the Investec conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own solicitors, in which case it will likely add costs, and it will likely delay the transaction as you have another set of people involved.

My son is purchasing a new build apartment with a home loan from Investec. His solicitor has advised him of a delay in completing the ‘Disclosure of Incentive Form’. What is this document - I have never come across this before?
The document is intended to provide information to the main parties engaged in the purchase. Therefore, it will be provided to your son’s lawyer who should be on the Investec conveyancing panel as a standard part of the process, and to the valuer when requested.

The Developer will be required to start the process by downloading the form and completing it.

The form will therefore need to be available for the valuer at the time of his or her site visit. The form should be sent to the Investec conveyancing panel solicitor as early as possible, in order to avoid any last minute delays, and no later than at exchange of contracts.

I am buying a house and require a conveyancing solicitor in London who is on the Investec solicitor. Can you recommend a local firm?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Investec . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
Can you clarify what the consequences are if my lawyer’s firm is removed from the Investec Solicitor panel before the completion date?
The first thing to point out is that, 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 for a fee.
Is there a list of Investec panel solicitors on the Building Society Association’s Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
Can I be sure that the solicitor on the Investec panel is any good?
Getting 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 advise that you speak with the lawyer carrying out your conveyancing
I have today made my last payment due on mortgage with Investec. I assume I don't need a solicitor on the Investec panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Please confirm
If you have finished paying off your Investec mortgage they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Investec mortgage from the register. Investec,and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage: but are not moving to another property where the Investec has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and the Investec has instructed the Land Registry to do so The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your Investec mortgage has been paid off.