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How to become a Licensed Conveyancer

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What does a Licensed Conveyancer do?

Licensed/qualified conveyancers, or property lawyers, work on behalf of clients who are buying or selling, domestic or commercial properties. All legal matters and paperwork involved in a property transaction are part of their work, along with dealing with queries from clients.

Their main duties include:

  • advising clients of any incurred costs - such as stamp duty, and legal fees
  • conducting ‘searches’ - asking local authorities for details of any plans that might affect the property in the future
  • drafting contracts giving details of all the aspects of the sale
  • liaising with mortgage lenders (banks and building societies) to ensure they have all the relevant information
  • paying taxes such as stamp duty and keep records of payments made
  • checking that contracts are signed and exchanged.

What's the working environment like working as a Licensed Conveyancer?

Conveyancers normally work 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday. It might be necessary to work occasional late nights during busy periods. Some employers offer a seven days a week service and this would involve weekend work. Part-time work and job sharing are often available.

The majority of conveyancing duties are carried out from an office, with occasional visits to clients.

What does it take to become a Licensed Conveyancer?

To work as a conveyancer, you should:

  • have good spoken and written communication skills
  • be able to explain the technicalities of conveyancing to clients
  • be willing to help and advise people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • have the ability to employ tact and diplomacy
  • be meticulous and able to problem solve
  • be interested in property law
  • be numerate and able to make financial calculations
  • be able to work under pressure.

Licensed Conveyancer Career Opportunities

Qualified and experienced conveyancers are in great demand.

Employers include solicitors and licensed conveyancing firms. In England and Wales (but not in Scotland) it is possible to work for mortgage lenders (building societies and banks), local authorities and property departments.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Licensed Conveyancer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)
16 Glebe Road
Tel: 01245 349599

The Law Society of Scotland
26 Drumsheugh Gardens
Tel: 0131 226 7411

National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)

Courses to help you become a Licensed Conveyancer