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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: 16 April 2018
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