Frequently asked questions relating to the Tesco Bank Conveyancing Panel
from members of the public
What is the rationale as to why all property lawyers are not on the Tesco Bank Solicitor panel?
Even though it may seem unfair for Tesco Bank to restrict who can act for them from the public’s or solicitor’s point of view, the other side of the coin is that the lenders are becoming ever more anxious and feel the necessary need to protect them from mortgage fraud and other illegal activities. As a result of this concern Tesco Bank are limiting their panel of approved conveyancing lawyers to a manageable size. The Tesco Bank conveyancing panel is not the most difficult to join
I am buying a brand new apartment and my conveyancer is informing me that she is duty bound to disclose incentives from the seller as her practice is on the Tesco Bank conveyancing panel. The Estate Agents are hassling me to exchange and my preference is not to prolong deal. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the Tesco Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Tesco Bank). 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 Tesco Bank conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 10 miles to meet the solicitor.
Feel free to make use of the find a conveyancing panel search on this website. 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 Tesco Bank solicitor panel.
My house is up for sale and I have a buyer. Does my solicitor have to be on the Tesco Bank conveyancing panel in order to deal with redeeming my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Tesco Bank conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. it might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their requirements fairly frequently at the moment.
What are the common reasons for a lender such as Tesco Bank to withdraw a mortgage offer?
Lenders such as Tesco Bank can revoke their mortgage offer although this is unusual. If Tesco Bank withdraw their offer they may or may not inform you or the lawyer as to their reasoning. There are many potential reasons but here are a number of examples:
Where to proceed with the Mortgage offer would be unlawful
Where the lender has to take account a recent change in taxation
Where the Lender’s right to possession is fettered in some way
If the lender reasonably suspects that the applicant, borrower, mortgagor or guarantor is involved in any criminal or fraudulent activity, including trading in illegal drugs or other substances, theft, robbery, deception or other serious offences, or if the applicant borrower, mortgagor or guarantor has a conviction for any serious criminal offence, including theft, deception, fraud, robbery or trade in illegal drugs or other substances;
If the solicitor on the Tesco Bank conveyancing panel acting for the applicant, borrower, mortgagor or guarantor cannot comply with Tesco Bank ‘s instructions
We expect to receive a DIP from Tesco Bank this week so we know how much we could potentially offer as otherwise we are dependent on web based calculators (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc).Do the Tesco Bank recommend a solicitor on the Tesco Bank conveyancing panel, or is it better to find our own lawyer
You will need to appoint solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Tesco Bank conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Tesco Bank through the process.
Tesco 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 Tesco Bank or your broker and complete any relevant paperwork. Tesco Bank will tell you what documents they want. Tesco 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. Tesco 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.