LiveMore Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers
from members of the public
How easy is it to change a solicitor as I need to find one who is on the LiveMore conveyancing panel. Is it practical to instruct different lawyers?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
I am purchasing a newly constructed duplex and my solicitor is telling me that she has to disclose incentives from the developer as her firm is on the LiveMore conveyancing panel. I am on a tight deadline to exchange and my preference is not to delay matters. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the LiveMore approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on LiveMore). 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 search for a local solicitor on the LiveMore conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 25 kilometers to meet the lawyer.
Feel free to make use of the find a conveyancing panel tool on this page. 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 LiveMore solicitor panel.
I am purchasing a right to buy flat and getting a mortgage with LiveMore. How practical is it for me to do the conveyancing?
Leaving aside the complexities and merits of DIY conveyancing you will have to appoint a solicitor on the LiveMore conveyancing panel to look after their interests. Most people therefore find it easier to let the solicitor act for them and the lender. Furthermore there is minimal cost savings to made in you doing to conveyancing for yourself and another lawyer conducting the conveyancing for the lender. Please feel free to use the search tool to find a lawyer on the LiveMore conveyancing panel in your location.
is it true that all solicitors on the LiveMore conveyancing panel overseen by the SRA?
As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the LiveMore conveyancing panel they would need to be regulated by the SRA. Many lenders do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such firms would be regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).
We have agreed a price on a flat I spoke to a conveyancer recommended by my dad and he recommended retaining a law firm approved by LiveMore. The estate agent recommended two local firms so I asked LiveMore if the 2 suggested solicitors are approved, which they are not. LiveMore pointed out that either firm can fill out the appropriate forms to become approved. Do I (1) save myself the aggravation and use one of LiveMore 's conveyancing panel solicitors (2) Use the local solicitor and accept there may be delays etc as they go through the approval process.
Ask LiveMore for conveyancing panel firms in your area. Lenders have them all over the country. You can also use our search tool at the top of this page to search for a lawyer on the LiveMore conveyancing panel based on location. If you particularly like the sound of one of the local lawyers that you have spoken to ask them if they would go onto LiveMore conveyancing panel as it may only take about 2-3 weeks. As long as they meet LiveMore’s requirements it can be a very simple job for the solicitor. Other stuff will be going on in parallel (as you are at an early stage) so it may not delay matters.
I can not work out if my mortgage offer requires a lease extension . I have called LiveMore on numerous occasions and told it wasn't a problem and they would lend. My solicitor - who is on the LiveMore conveyancing panel- telephoned and was told not they would not lend in accordance with their CML Handbook minimum lease term requirements. I simply dont know who is right
As long as the conveyancer is on the LiveMore panel she or he must comply with the CML Handbook requirements for LiveMore. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that LiveMore will go ahead your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask LiveMore to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the remaining number of years left on the lease.