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.
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
- 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
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 environmentYou’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 progressionWith 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