Stafford Railway Building Society Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

Lexsure’s COMPLETIONmonitor is an online 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 system assists the way you can prove to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their instructions, with alerts on Stafford Railway Building Society’s changes. Notwithstanding that utilising COMPLETIONmonitor is not a prerequisite for Stafford Railway Building Society , demonstrating you can stay up to date with Stafford Railway Building Society’s Handbook requirements is an excellent support to your panel application and, just as importantly, safeguard your panel status.

The system generates real-time alerts, automatically produces regulatory and CQS reports, and will increase your firm's efficiency. It is also simply to use, cost-effective and, for some firms, leads to reduced PII premiums.

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Banks and building societies frequently change their requirements. The BSA instructions from Stafford Railway Building Society 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 2010, Stafford Railway Building Society has made 5 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the BSA Requirements.
That equates to a section change every 546.0 days. In total, 3% of the sections of the BSA Requirements for Stafford Railway Building Society have been changed since 26/1/2010.

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Stafford Railway Building Society Conveyancing Panel Example Support Desk Enquires from members of the public

My wife and I are novices when it comes to buying a property. Within the 48 hours our lawyer has sent a preliminary report and documents to look through with a view to exchanging next week. Stafford Railway Building Society have this evening contacted us to advise us that there is now an issue as our conveyancer is not on their conveyancing panel. Please explain?
If you are buying a property with the assistance 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 Quality Scheme. Your solicitors should contact Stafford Railway Building Society and see if they can apply for membership of the Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable Stafford Railway Building Society will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You don't have to instruct a firm on the Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel as you are at liberty to use your preferred lawyers, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it will likely delay the transaction as you are adding another lawyer into the mix.

My son is about to exchange on a new build apartment with a home loan from Stafford Railway Building Society. His conveyancer has advised him of a delay in receiving the ‘Disclosure of Incentive Form’. This document is news to me - what is it and who needs sight of it?
The form is intended to provide information to the main parties engaged in the transaction. Therefore, it will be provided to your son’s lawyer who should be on the Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel as a standard part of the process, and to the valuer when asked.

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 Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel solicitor as early as possible, in order to avoid any last minute delays, and no later than at exchange of contracts.

Is it necessary during the course of the conveyancing process to attend the offices of the Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel solicitor to execute the mortgage deed? If so, I will choose one who does conveyancing in London so that I can attend their offices if required.
Whereas this was necessary twenty 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 London .
The lawyers that I recently instructed on my house acquisition in London has without warning closed. I only went with them because I had to have a firm on the Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel and my family lawyer was not. I gave them a cheque for £150 in advance. What should be my next steps?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then inform them straight away so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Hopefully they will be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors should be in a position to assist
We have agreed a price on a house I spoke to a solicitor recommended by my mum and he recommended instructing a law firm approved by Stafford Railway Building Society. The estate agent recommended two local firms so I asked Stafford Railway Building Society if the 2 suggested solicitors are approved, which they are not. Stafford Railway Building Society suggested that either practice can fill out the appropriate forms to become approved. Do I (1) save myself the aggravation and use one of Stafford Railway Building Society 's conveyancing panel solicitors (2) Use the local solicitor and accept there may be delays etc as they go through the approval process.
Ask Stafford Railway Building Society 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 Stafford Railway Building Society 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 Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel as it may only take about 2-3 weeks. As long as they meet Stafford Railway Building Society’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.
My husband and I are spending time viewing houses and now considering a potential offer. Should I already have a conveyancer appointed at this stage? I will be getting a mortgage with Stafford Railway Building Society
It would be sensible to have your start your search soon rather than later. After you have chosen your lawyer and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the estate agent. As you are getting a mortgage with Stafford Railway Building Society , ask your prospective lawyers check they are on the Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.
I have not been happy with the level or service received from my lawyer. Is there a Stafford Railway Building Society conveyancing panel complaints department or do I complain directly to the law firm?
There is little point in complaining directly to Stafford Railway Building Society. Every solicitor firm and conveyancer must have a complaints procedure. You can get information from the solicitor’s or conveyancer’s website or ask at their office. They must tell you about it if you ask.

The Legal Ombudsman will make sure that your complaint is addressed by the solicitor. It can also advise you how to complain.

If a licensed conveyancer does not have a complaints procedure or will not tell you about it, contact the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which will make sure that your complaint is properly dealt with by the conveyancer. Please see below for more information.