Information for Solicitors

Updated April 2018

We are happy to consider applications to join our panel, provided that the applying firm meets the requirements below.

All applications to join the Panel should be made by the Conveyancer to Kent Reliance via email to SolicitorsOnPanel@krbs.com.

All applications should be submitted with the required supporting information (see the relevant “Required supporting information” section below).

These criteria exist to protect and ensure best legal service for Kent Reliance and its customers.

Professional Indemnity cover requirement - applicable to all mortgages

In order to act for Kent Reliance on a given mortgage, a firm must hold valid minimum Professional Indemnity insurance cover of at least £2 million or the value of the loan advance being applied for, whichever is higher.

Additionally, the following criteria apply in terms of firm accreditation and structure, depending on the type of mortgage:

Residential mortgages and Buy-to-Let to individuals (excluding Limited Company/LLP/Shared Ownership):

  • Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation plus
  • A minimum of 2 SRA Approved Managers in the firm plus
  • A minimum of 2 SRA Approved Managers in the office acting.
Or, if for a Council for Licenced Conveyancers (CLC) Firm:
  • A minimum of 3 CLC Licenced Managers in the firm plus
  • A minimum of 2 CLC Licenced Managers in the office acting.

Required supporting information for CQS accredited applications:

1. Conveyancing name and address
2. Copy of current PI insurance cover evidencing cover of at least £2 million or the value of the loan advance being applied for, whichever is the higher
3. Full names of 2 SRA Approved Managers in the firm
4. Full names of 2 SRA Approved Managers in the office acting
5. CQS accreditation number.

Required supporting information for CLC applications*:

1. Conveyancing name and address
2. Copy of current PI insurance cover evidencing cover of at least £2 million or the value of the loan advance being applied for, whichever is the higher
3. A minimum of 3 CLC Licenced Managers plus
4. A minimum of 2 CLC Licenced Managers in the office acting 

Limited Company/LLP Buy to Let mortgages:

Kent Reliance operate an approved panel of conveyancers for Limited Company/ LLP Buy to Let mortgages. Only firms on our approved closed limited company/ LLP panel of conveyancers can act on Limited Company/ LLP Buy to Let mortgages. Please note we are not accepting any new applications to this panel at this time. 

Shared Ownership mortgages:

Only solicitors that are registered on our closed Shared Ownership Panel can act. Requests to be added to the Shared Ownership Panel will be considered by email to SolicitorsOnPanel@krbs.com. A firm must have a demonstrable track record in acting on Shared Ownership lending in order to be considered.

Kent Reliance reserves the right to amend these criteria at any time at its sole discretion. Kent Reliance reserves the right to remove and/or refuse to register any firm on its Conveyancing Panel at its sole discretion. Kent Reliance’s decision shall be final and no negotiations shall be entered into.

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krbs, Kent Reliance Banking Services and Kent Reliance are trading names of OneSavings Bank plc. Registered in England and Wales (company number 7312896). Registered office: Reliance House, Sun Pier, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4ET. OneSavings Bank plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (registered number 530504). We subscribe to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and the Financial Ombudsman Service.

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