Important Notification from SRA

Notices

SRA Scam Email

A number of law firms have received emails claiming to be from the SRA, asking them to fill in a compliance questionnaire. What is the scam? An email has been sent to law firms from an account pretending to be from the SRA. It asks them to fill out a compliance questionnaire. The email has been sent to firms from the email addresses: • admins-reply@sra.org.uk • supportservices@sra.org.uk Update - 10 November 2020 Please be aware that the scammers may update this scam, and use further variations of a fake SRA email address or try to get you to click on another type of link. Further emails have been sent from the following emails: • verifcationchecks@sra.org.uk • lawyerverifictionschecks@sra.org.uk • authoritysoilicitorschecks@sra.org.uk • teamservicerchecks@sra.org.uk • sraverificationcheckers@sra.org.uk Please see the link to the alert published on the SRA website for more details. https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/scam-alerts/2020/oct/emails-claiming-sra/ If you do receive an email, do not open it, please delete it.

Nationwide Covid-19 Response - Mortgage Offer Extension Process

We are making some changes to the temporary Covid-19 Response mortgage offer extension process. We will only be considering a 90 day offer extension for cases with offers expiring up to and including 31 October. Any application with an offer expiring from 1 November 2020 onwards will not be eligible to apply for an offer extension but see ‘New build applications’ below. New build applications: Due to build delays caused by the pandemic on some new build sites, it has been agreed that 90 day offer extensions for new build properties can continue to be considered for offers, expiring up to and including 31 December 2020. Prime only - Offer Extensions should continue to be raised via the online form on the Nationwide website. The form will be amended on 1 November to reflect that this can only be used for New Build Extensions. TMW only - Offer Extensions should continue to be raised via the online form on the TMW website up until 31 October. On the 1 November the new process will be detailed on the website. Applicable to all applications: If an application has already been granted a 90 day offer extension, then no further extensions can be considered. If the applicant(s) still wish to proceed, then a new application will be required. As a reminder, all cases have a 15 calendar day grace period for completion following the offer expiry date. If the applicant(s) wish to complete in this grace period, the Certificate of Title (COT) must be received before the offer expiry date is reached. The extension request must be submitted by the customer themselves or by the mortgage broker (if applicable) or solicitor on their behalf. The only exception to this manual exception cases for example, non-simultaneous porting cases, these cannot be submitted via the online form and must go through a ring-fenced process via the sales channel. To identify these cases, you can check the mortgage offer as the case reference in the lower left corner will not start with an ‘M’. The request will undergo a series of checks to establish if the extension can be granted. The outcome of the request will be communicated by email and will be issued to the individual who submitted the request only. While we are in the window in which we are granting additional extensions to mortgage offers, Lender Exchange may show that a mortgage offer has been extended without a request being submitted. We would ask that you do not rely upon this status update, we re-iterate that a request must be submitted to extend the mortgage offer and will only be valid once a response has been issued by Nationwide. Should a request to extend the mortgage offer not be submitted we will be unable to complete on the mortgage offer post offer expiry.