Yorkshire Bank 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. It is a unique risk mitigation tool.

This software facilitates the way you can prove to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their requirements, with alerts on Yorkshire Bank’s changes. While utilising this technology is not a prerequisite for Yorkshire Bank , demonstrating you can remain up to date with Yorkshire Bank’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your application to their lender panel and, more importantly, safeguard your panel status.

COMPLETIONmonitor generates real-time alerts, automatically produces SRA and CQS reports, and will enhance your firm's efficiency. It is also simply to use, cost-effective and, for many firms, results in reduced PII premiums.

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Mortgage companies frequently vary their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Yorkshire Bank are not guidelines, they are instructions from a client. As with many clients, instructions can change - and they do change, over time:

A Timeline of Policy Changes


Since 2008, Yorkshire Bank has made 299 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 9.1 days. In total, 50% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Yorkshire Bank have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Recent Changes Include

# Date Assoc. Changes Related To
10.9 11/03/2016 CML
14.2.1 11/03/2016 CML
16.5.3b 11/03/2016 CML
5.15.2a 11/03/2016 CML
5.16.2 11/03/2016 CML
6.5.1 11/03/2016 CML
6.6.2 11/03/2016 CML
5.7.1c 11/03/2016 CML Flying Freehold Indemnity Insurance
4.1 01/12/2014 CML
3.1.3 01/12/2014 CML

Last update 14/05/2019

FAQs : The Yorkshire Bank Conveyancing Panel from members of the public

How easy is it to change a solicitor as I need to find one who is on the Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel. How easy is it to change conveyancer?
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.
Expecting to complete my purchase next Monday. My conveyancing lawyer has asked me to provide him with a copy of the building insurance for the house as he says that he has to check this in has capacity as lawyer for Yorkshire Bank. What risks do Yorkshire Bank expect the insurance to cover?
All property lawyers on the Yorkshire Bank 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 Yorkshire Bank’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on Yorkshire Bank). Being on the Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these requirements.
Do all the licensed conveyancers and solicitor practices listed on your search have online case tracking as I understood that this was a condition of being on the Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel?
The Council of Mortgage Lenders or BSA do not require online case tracking. Some law firms operate such technology and some don't.
Can you clarify what the consequences are if my solicitor is suspended from the Yorkshire Bank Conveyancing panel in advance of the moving date as agreed at exchange of contracts?
The first thing to point out is that, this is very unlikely to happen. 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 at a cost.
When it comes to mortgage companies such as Yorkshire Bank do solicitors have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
Do most banks operate their own panel of solicitors?
Many lenders do operate a restricted conveyancing panel but a lot of lenders allow any solicitors to join their panel so long as they meet their criteria. Each lender sets their own criteria. For example the Yorkshire Bank conveyancing panel requirements are different to Yorkshire Bank’s conveyancing panel criteria.
My offer on house has been accepted, but there is a chain. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties in the pipeline. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What should be my next step? At what point should I appy for the mortgage with Yorkshire Bank?
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 Yorkshire Bank 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 Yorkshire Bank and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.