Licensed conveyancer

Alternative titles for this job include Property lawyer

Conveyancers are property lawyers who deal with the paperwork and finances needed to buy and sell property or land in England and Wales.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 40 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm

How to become a licensed conveyancer

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • training with a professional body

Apprenticeship

You could do a technician conveyancer higher apprenticeship and move onto a licensed conveyancer degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

More information

Work

You could start in a conveyancing office and work your way up by training to become a registered conveyancing technician.

You'll need:

  • 6 months' practical experience in a probate or conveyancing practice, in a legal firm or in an organisation offering probate services to the public
  • to apply for registration with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers

You could then take the Level 6 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice to fully qualify.

Other routes

You can take the following qualifications through the Council for Licensed Conveyancers:

  • Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice Level 4
  • Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice Level 6

You can start studying even if you're not working in the legal profession. Each diploma takes around 18 to 24 months to complete, including practical experience.

You may be able to complete these more quickly if you already have a qualification like a:

  • law degree
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) diploma

More information

Registration

Further information

You can get more details about careers in conveyancing from the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of English language
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • maths skills
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • advising clients on the buying and selling process
  • researching who legally owns the property being bought
  • conducting ‘searches’ – asking local authorities about anything that might affect the property
  • drafting contracts with details of the sale
  • talking to mortgage lenders, estate agents and solicitors
  • paying taxes like stamp duty
  • preparing leases and transfer documents
  • keeping records of payments
  • checking that contracts are signed and exchanged

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could manage a conveyancing department in a large company, or set up your own conveyancing firm.

You could also take further training to become a solicitor.

Training opportunities

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Courses In England

Conveyancing Law and Practice (Conveyancing Technician) Diploma Level 4

  • Provider: Bradford College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Bradford

Conveyancing level 3

  • Provider: LEICESTER COLLEGE
  • Start date: 24 October 2019
  • Location: Leicester

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