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The Right Solicitor | The Importance Of Seeing A Mortgage Offer To Completion?

The Right Solicitor

The right solicitor


Continuing from our earlier piece titled “Legal Work | Liz Syms Exclusive: When Conveyancing Goes Wrong Uncovered,” we aim to provide a balanced perspective. Let’s delve into the crucial role of the right solicitor in ensuring a successful mortgage completion.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, the mortgage market has been under the spotlight, exposing the often sluggish and intricate processes it entails. It’s commendable to witness advisers and mortgage lenders embracing innovations like electronic ID and desktop valuations to streamline these processes.

Nevertheless, the pressing stamp duty deadlines have shed light on the challenges solicitors face, revealing some of the outdated and time-consuming procedures within the legal aspects of transactions.

To guide clients through this maze and ensure a smooth experience, advisers must be pivotal in helping them select the right solicitor. This is especially crucial in complex transactions or situations where tight deadlines must be met.

A crucial starting point is assessing the solicitor’s capacity to handle the task at hand. Advisers can empower their clients to inquire about the solicitor’s ability to meet deadlines and the existence of contingency plans in case of capacity issues. It’s essential for a solicitor to not only have the expertise but also the bandwidth to navigate through challenging timelines.

In addition to evaluating capacity, advisers can further assist their clients by exploring the solicitor’s adaptability to modern technologies. Emphasising the importance of a tech-savvy approach, advisers can guide clients to seek solicitors who leverage electronic tools and digital platforms to expedite processes and enhance efficiency.

By actively engaging with these considerations, advisers can play a pivotal role in ensuring that their clients choose not only a solicitor with the right expertise but also one who aligns with the contemporary demands of a rapidly evolving mortgage market.

Choosing the right solicitor

Has the solicitor adapted any technology to assist the process? Look for signs of adaptation, such as a dedicated portal for tracking the progress of your case or a preference for email correspondence over traditional mail. To assess a solicitor’s service standards and guarantee you’re working with the right solicitor, consider testing their responsiveness by sending an early email and evaluating their reply speed.

Furthermore, evaluate the solicitor’s willingness to resolve issues promptly by picking up the phone. Written communication, at times, may not comprehensively address a problem, leading to unnecessary delays. A simple phone call to the right solicitor could swiftly resolve the issue, ensuring the smooth progression of your application.

Avoid potential setbacks by confirming that your solicitor is on the lender’s panel at the outset of the legal process. Lenders may restrict the choice of solicitors they work with, and having a solicitor on the lender’s panel allows for “dual representation.” This means that the solicitor can represent both your interests and the lender’s, streamlining the process and saving time. Opting for a solicitor on the lender’s panel not only results in a single legal bill for the client but also eliminates the need for coordination between two solicitors working on the same transaction.

Choosing the right solicitor with these considerations in mind ensures a more efficient and seamless legal experience.

Navigating dal representation challenges in specialised BTL markets with the right solicitor

In the realm of residential and mainstream Buy-to-Let (BTL) transactions, dual representation is a well-established practice. However, the landscape becomes nuanced when delving into more specialised BTL niches. Some emerging specialist BTL lenders offer a limited pool of two or three solicitors for clients opting for dual representation. This scenario poses a unique challenge, especially in complex markets like bridging or commercial financing.

Unlike the readily available dual representation in residential and mainstream BTL, bridging or commercial transactions often face hurdles in this regard. The absence of a widespread option for dual representation in these complex markets demands careful consideration when selecting the right solicitor. The key lies in choosing a legal professional who understands the intricacies of the product type and is well-acquainted with the specific lender involved.

Speed is of the essence in bridging transactions, with lenders known for their rapid pace. However, the legal stage can become a bottleneck, leading to delays that counteract the very purpose of opting for a bridge loan. To mitigate this risk, brokers are crucial in guiding clients toward solicitors familiar with the unique demands of bridge or commercial loans, ensuring a smoother and more efficient transaction with the right solicitor.

The nature of inquiries faced by solicitors in bridge or commercial loan scenarios differs significantly from those in residential loans. Therefore, selecting the right solicitor with expertise in these specialised areas significantly enhances the likelihood of a seamless transaction for the client.

While various software solutions are available to advisers for solicitor referrals, prioritising quality over cost is paramount. Opting for the cheapest option may not necessarily result in the best outcome. Advisers are encouraged to explore a solicitor’s experience, service quality, capacity, and recommendations.

This comprehensive approach ensures that both the adviser and the client move swiftly towards the ultimate goal of completing the transaction with confidence and efficiency with the right solicitor.

We’ve reached the end of our article on “The Right Solicitor.” Until next time, stay “Connect.”