Investec Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

COMPLETIONmonitor is web-based pre- and post-completion checklist for residential conveyancing lawyers. Supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and professional indemnity insures. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk management tool.

This software is the only way you can demonstrate to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their requirements, with alerts on Investec’s changes. While utilising the tool is not a prerequisite for Investec , demonstrating you can remain up to date with Investec’s Handbook requirements is an excellent support to your panel application and, more importantly, protect your firm’s panel status.

The system creates real-time alerts, automatically produces compliance and CQS reports, and will enhance your firm's efficiency. It is also simply to use, cost-effective and, for some firms, results in a PII saving.

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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, frequently:

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
16.5.2 10/11/2017 CML
4.5a 10/11/2017 CML
6.3.1 10/11/2017 CML
6.5.1 10/11/2017 CML
6.6.1 10/11/2017 CML
6.8.1 10/11/2017 CML Adoption of Road or Sewer Indemnity Insurance
7.3 10/11/2017 CML
5.7.1c 10/11/2017 CML Flying Freehold Indemnity Insurance
10.2b 01/04/2016 CML
17.2.1a 01/04/2016 CML

Last update 13/01/2019

Frequently asked questions relating to the Investec Solicitor Panel from members of the public

Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my solicitor is not identified on the Investec Solicitor panel that there is a problem with the standard of the firm’s work?
It would not be wise to jump to that conclusion. There are all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator indicated 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The top 3 reasons are as follows: (1) lack of transactions (2) the lawyer is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. If you are concerned you should simply call the firm and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for Investec.
My fiance and I changing mortgage lender for our flat with Investec. We have a son approaching twenty who lives with us. The solicitor on the Investec conveyancing panel has asked us to disclose any adults other than ourselves who lives in the flat. Our lawyer has now e-mailed a document for our son to sign, waiving any legal rights in the event that the flat is forfeited by the lender. I have a couple of concerns (1) Is this form unique to the Investec conveyancing panel as he never had to sign this form when we purchased 5 years ago (2) In signing this form is our son in any way compromising his right to inherit the property?
First, rest assured that your Investec 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 Investec .This is solely used to protect the Investec 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 Investec 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.

Do all the firms listed on your directory have online case tracking as I understood that this was a condition of being on the Investec conveyancing panel?
No. There is no CML Part 2 or Building Society Association requirement relating to online case tracking. Some law firms operate such technology and some don't.
My lawyers in London have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. At the time of my purchase I took out a mortgage with Investec. Is it case that being on the Investec conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a number of years?
Different lenders have different requirements but many of the Terms and Conditions of Conveyancing Panel Appointment require the file to be held for a period of 6 years. That being said we have not seen a copy of the Investec Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Investec directly.
Are all Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Investec conveyancing panel?
It is true that some lenders now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.
When it comes to mortgage companies such as Investec do solicitors have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
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 currently in the process of buying my council flat. I have a mortgage offer with Investec. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have one. Any advice?
It is not advisable proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event if you are getting a mortgage with Investec you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Investec conveyancing panel.