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Licensed conveyancer 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.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £60,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 36 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

To work as a licensed conveyancer you must pass the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) exams.

You’ll usually need at least 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English or English literature, to begin studying CLC exams.

You may be accepted without the minimum qualifications if:

  • you've experience of working in a solicitor's or licensed conveyancer's office
  • you're at least 18 years old

If you’re over 25 you may be accepted without qualifications or experience.

You’ll usually also need a higher-level qualification. Relevant qualifications include:

  • a law degree
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
  • Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)

Some solicitors specialise in conveyancing. If you’re already a qualified solicitor, you don't need to pass any further exams but you must apply to the CLC for a licence to practise as a conveyancer.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to deal with people from all backgrounds
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • problem-solving and research skills
  • good maths skills
  • excellent IT skills for research and record-keeping

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £60,000 (partner)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday, although some employers offer a service 7 days a week. 

You’ll be office-based, but you may travel to visit clients and local authority planning offices.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017