NRAM Ltd Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

Lexsure’s COMPLETIONmonitor is web-based pre- and post-completion checklist for property lawyers. Supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and PI insurers such as AmTrust. It is a unique risk management tool.

This software assists the way you can demonstrate to lender panels that you are, and can stay fully compliant with their instructions, with automatic updates on NRAM Ltd’s changes. Even though utilising the software is not a prerequisite for NRAM Ltd , demonstrating you can remain up to date with NRAM Ltd’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your application to their lender panel and, more importantly, safeguard your firm’s panel standing.

The software creates real-time alerts, automatically produces regulatory and CQS reports, and will improve your firm's efficiency. It is also user friendly, cost-effective and, for many firms, results in reduced PII premiums.

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Lenders frequently change their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from NRAM Ltd 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, NRAM Ltd has made 10 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 273.0 days. In total, 2% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for NRAM Ltd have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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FAQs : The NRAM Ltd Conveyancing Panel from members of the public

What is the rationale as to why all solicitors are not on the NRAM Ltd Solicitor panel?
Before the recession most lenders had an appetite for risk which was higher than today. The Financial Services Authority in 2010 conducted a thematic review into mortgage fraud which concluded: know the conveyancing solicitors that you are dealing with. Consequently, lenders have regularly sought more information from law firms about their operations and the individuals who work for them and set certain criteria such a completing on a minimum number of transactions. Many firms that have been excluded from lender panels have 100% healthy track record, no complaints and no claims and didn't just 'dabble' in conveyancing. Such firms were never going to meet the criteria of volume of transactions the lenders required.
Expecting to move into my new home next Tuesday. My conveyancing lawyer has asked me to provide him with a copy of the building insurance for the house as as he informs me that he is duty bound to validate that it is in order for NRAM Ltd. What does the insurance need to cover?
All property lawyers on the NRAM Ltd conveyancing panel would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in NRAM Ltd’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on NRAM Ltd). Being on the NRAM Ltd conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these requirements.
Do I need to pop into the offices of the NRAM Ltd conveyancing panel solicitor to sign the legal charge? If so, I will instruct a firm who offer conveyancing in Leeds so that I can pop in to their offices if necessary.
As opposed to 15 years ago, most lenders no longer require their conveyancing panel solicitor to witness the borrowers signature. You will still be obliged to provide ID Documents and there are still distinct advantages to using a local solicitor, in your case a conveyancing solicitor in Leeds .
What happens if my solicitor is removed from the NRAM Ltd Conveyancing panel prior to the moving date as agreed at exchange of contracts?
First, this is a very rare occurrence. 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 it true that all solicitor practices on the NRAM Ltd conveyancing panel regulated by the SRA?
As solicitors, in order to be on the NRAM Ltd 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).
I have agreed a price on a house I spoke to a solicitor previously used by my mum and he advised using a solicitor approved by NRAM Ltd. The estate agent recommended two local firms so I asked NRAM Ltd if the 2 suggested solicitors are approved, which they are not. NRAM Ltd 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 NRAM Ltd 's conveyancing panel solicitors (2) Use the local solicitor and accept there may be delays etc as they go through the approval process.
Ask NRAM Ltd to suggest a law firm in your location. 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 NRAM Ltd 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 NRAM Ltd conveyancing panel as it may only take about 2-3 weeks. As long as they meet NRAM Ltd’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.
At last I have had an offer on an apartment accepted, the seller does however have a dependent purchase. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties booked. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What do I do now? At what point should I appy for the mortgage with NRAM Ltd?
It is usual to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket too early (mortgage application is approx £1k, then survey/valuation, conveyancing search costs, etc). First you should check that your solicitor is on the NRAM Ltd conveyancing panel. As to the next stages this very much depends on the circumstances of your case, desire for this property and on the state of the market. In a hot mortgage some buyers would pally for the mortgage with NRAM Ltd and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.