What does a licensed conveyancer do?
Conveyancers are property lawyers who deal with the paperwork and finances needed to buy and sell property or land in England and Wales. 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
What do I need to do to become a licensed conveyancer?
You can become a licensed conveyancer through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- training with a professional body
You could do a technician conveyancer higher apprenticeship and move onto a licensed conveyancer degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need four or five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship.
You could start in a conveyancing office and work your way up by training to become a registered conveyancing technician.
- six 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.
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 such as a:
- law degree
- Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
- Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) diploma
You'll need to:
- have a credit check
- pass enhanced background checks
You'll need to apply to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers for a licence to work as a conveyancer.
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
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.
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