What is Conveyancing? Everything You Need to Know

Written by: Joshua Boynton
Published on: 21 Mar 2022
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  • As documented by TotallyLegal in the 2021 Audience Insight Report, the number of legal jobs in the Property Sector – including Conveyancing jobs – is on the rise.

    For many aspiring legal professionals wishing to work in the Residential and Commercial Property Sector, Conveyancing represents a challenging but rewarding career path that can be undertaken without necessarily becoming a Qualified Solicitor. On the flip side of this, many Qualified Solicitors choose to become Conveyancers, as the job caters to their interest in Property Law, their strong interpersonal skills, and their keen attention to detail.

    This guide will tackle the critical questions – such as ‘what is conveyancing?’ and ‘what is the difference between a conveyancer and a solicitor?’ – and deliver more information on what it means to work in this area.

     

  • What is a Conveyancer?

    It’s possible that you’re wondering ‘what is a Conveyancing Solicitor?’ or ‘what is a licensed Conveyancer?’, both roles that people are sometimes less familiar with. As a Conveyancer, you will be available to assist your clients throughout property transactions, answering their questions regarding the financial and legal concerns that invariably surround the purchase of property.Personal Injury Lawyers are types of Litigators who provide legal advice and representation to clients who have sustained physical or psychological injury, as well as financial loss, after falling victim to the carelessness or negligence of an individual or organisation.

    You will also be responsible for a range of crucial documents. From contracts and leases to transfers and mortgages, your drafting, negotiating, and reviewing skills will be put to the test.

    You can get a sense of the core responsibilities a licensed Conveyancer will handle on a day-to-day basis by reading below:

    • Counselling private and commercial clients, dealing with any legal setbacks for them as they embark on the buying and selling process.
    • Explaining complex technical documentation in clear and simple terms.
    • Gathering property information through liaising with estate agents, solicitors, lenders, and local authorities.
    • Drafting contracts, leases, and transfer documents, ensuring they are signed by all relevant parties and exchanged on schedule.
    • Dealing with lease extensions, transfer of equity, mortgages, and re-mortgages.

    If you’re wondering ‘is Conveyancing a good job for me?’, these daily activities act as a good insight into exactly that.

  • How to Become a Conveyancer

    If you want to become a Conveyancer and you are not already a Qualified Solicitor, you must pass a set of exams set by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). Depending on your level of qualification and education, you may be exempt from certain course modules.

    The CLC also offers a Conveyancing Technician course, accepting school and college-leavers with no prior experience who aspire to a career in law. This course is equally valuable for those considering a career change.

    For Qualified Solicitors, becoming a Conveyancer can be as simple as applying for a license to practice, without the need to sit any exams. Your individual qualifications and experience will determine this, so check out the CLC website to learn more.

    As a minimum, you need to possess:

    • 4 A* - C grade GCSEs (including English).
    • Exceptional attention to detail.
    • The ability to work to tight deadlines under pressure.
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, and client-facing skills.
    • Problem-solving, research, and negotiation skills.
    • Mathematics and IT competency.

    With this type of profile, you are well positioned to become a Conveyancer.

  • Where Do Conveyancers Work?

    In general, Conveyancers work anywhere that deals with property transactions, including:

    • Law firms.
    • Government bodies.
    • Housing associations.
    • Property developers.
    • Banks and building societies.
    • Railways and airports.

  • The Typical Conveyancer Career Path

    For Conveyancers, the future holds many opportunities. Starting out as a CLC-licensed Conveyancing Technician, you will be able to work your way up the ranks to mid-level and eventually Senior Conveyancer roles. You will have the option to switch between practice and in-house roles, depending on your personal preference.

    There is also the option for talented individuals to go freelance, building their own practice or undertaking further study to become a fully Qualified Solicitor. This would give you the option to branch out into the wider sectors of Residential Property or Commercial Property law.

  • What Other Conveyancing Roles Exist?

    In the Conveyancing world, Conveyancers and Conveyancing Solicitors are just part of the team. Some other roles include:

    • Conveyancing Paralegal
    What is a Conveyancing Paralegal? Although not formally qualified, Conveyancing Paralegals can offer substantial administrative and legal support. In some cases, Conveyancing Paralegals will have responsibility for a personal caseload.
    • Conveyancing Secretary
    Legal Secretaries play a major role in most legal institutions, and the same is true for the Conveyancing field.
    What is a Conveyancing Secretary and what are typical Conveyancing Secretary duties? As with Conveyancing Paralegals, Secretaries are not formally qualified, but will have the skill and experience to offer administrative and organisational support in Conveyancing matters.
    • Conveyancing Fee Earner
    Conveyancing Fee Earner is a term you might have come across previously, but we often find people asking, ‘what is a Conveyancing Fee Earner?’ due to vague terminology present.
    In simple terms, a Conveyancing Fee Earner is any member of staff who directly generates income as a result of Conveyancing activities – that could mean anything from drafting documents to attending court.

    To get an idea of the opportunities currently available and to plan your next move, check out the range of Conveyancing jobs listed on TotallyLegal and set up a job alert so you can be the first to hear about new opportunities.