FAQs for the Secure Trust Bank Conveyancing Panel
from members of the public
Is the fact that my solicitor is not on the Secure Trust Bank Conveyancing panel that there is a problem with the standard of her conveyancing?
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 Secure Trust Bank.
We are due to exchange on the purchase a house but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have agreed compensation from the seller of £3k approx by way of a reduction in the price. This was going to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process but my mortgage company Secure Trust Bank will not agree to this. Why was Secure Trust Bank even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Secure Trust Bank conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Secure Trust Bank of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Secure Trust Bank then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Secure Trust Bank.
Do I have to have a meeting at the offices of the Secure Trust Bank conveyancing panel solicitor to sign the mortgage deed? If so, I will appoint a lawyer who conducts conveyancing in Bristol
so that I can pop in to their offices if necessary.
Most conveyancing panel lawyers for Secure Trust Bank undertake all of the work via the post, internet or over the phone. This means that they can undertake your Conveyancing Transaction no matter where you live in England or Wales. However you should check if you can still book an appointment to go into appointed conveyancing lawyer if you prefer.
I was expecting to complete on my first house last Thursday. My lawyer’s firm is on the Secure Trust Bank solicitors panel but has moved offices 8 weeks ago and had not advised Secure Trust Bank of their new address. Secure Trust Bank is now refusing to release my funds until such time as their systems are up to date with the correct details.
This is a rare situation indeed. The majority of lender Terms of Conveyancing Panel Appointment specifically oblige the solicitor to inform the lender of an address change. Your solicitor needs to treat this with the utmost urgency. Do speak with or register your concern with the senior partner (assuming he or she is not your direct lawyer). Most lenders would be reasonable in this situation and expedite the resolution of this issue. It may be prudent to enlist the help of your local Secure Trust Bank branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can help.
Is it the case that all solicitor firms on the Secure Trust Bank conveyancing panel overseen by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?
As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the Secure Trust Bank conveyancing panel they would need to be regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Many lenders do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such firms would be regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).
It is not clear whether my mortgage offer requires a lease extension . I have called into my local branch Secure Trust Bank on various occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they would lend. My solicitor - who is on the Secure Trust Bank conveyancing panel- telephoned and was told not they would not lend in accordance with their CML Handbook minimum lease term requirements. Who do I believe?
Your lawyer has to follow the CML Handbook Part 2 requirements for Secure Trust Bank. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that Secure Trust Bank 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 Secure Trust Bank to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the remaining number of years left on the lease.
Secure Trust Bank have agreed my mortgage in principle, my offer on house has been accepted, now what?
The estate agent will want to know who your solicitors are (make sure these solicitors are on the lenders panel). Call up Secure Trust Bank or your broker and complete any relevant paperwork. Secure Trust Bank will tell you what documents they want. Secure Trust Bank will instruct a valuer. The valuer will get in touch with the estate agent or seller to book an appointment. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes about week to get a mortgage offer. Secure Trust Bank will issue the offer to you and your lawyer. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing.