Removal from the First Direct and other lender panels: Why they do it and how to get reinstated

  • Missing deadline to reapply to remain on the First Direct convincing panel
  • Breaches of First Direct conveyancing panel requirements
  • Recurring non-compliance with post completion requirements on behalf of First Direct
  • Significant delays in registering security on behalf of First Direct Delays or failure to register the First Direct charge may result in referral to external lawyers of First Direct to complete outstanding requirements.
  • Your practice fails to meet the criteria to remain on the First Direct conveyancing panel

First Direct panel reinstatement : questions that we get asked

  • Can we act for First Direct while the appeal for reinstatement on the First Direct panel is being processed? How do I discover if our reinstatement application to the First Direct panel is accepted?
  • To what extent is my firm permanently excluded if our reinstatement panel application with First Direct is rejected?
  • What are the next steps open to me if our First Direct panel reinstatement application is turned down and our client has a mortgage application with the First Direct?
  • How long does the application process take when applying to revert back onto the First Direct conveyancing panel?
  • Does my practice need to apply annually to remain on the First Direct conveyancing panel?

Top Tip: The best way to avoid the hassle of seeking First Direct panel reinstatement is to ensure that your firm is not removed off of the First Direct conveyancing panel in the first place.

Note: Subject to certain conditions Lexsure’s experts or consultants can assist in providing you with guidance for reinstatement onto the First Direct conveyancing panel but under no circumstances will Lexsure (or the Conveycentric Team) submit an application to First Direct directly or via their appointed panel manager. Any reinstatement application will have to be made by your firm. For the avoidance of doubt, Lexsure (or the Conveycentric Team) are in no way involved in managing the First Direct conveyancing panel.

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