- Combine interests in both law and property for this role
- Option to take further training to become a solicitor
- Requires accuracy and attention to detail, and the ability to deal with people from all backgrounds
As a licensed conveyancer, you'll combine law and property knowledge to buy and sell property in England and Wales.
- 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
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.
For this role, you'll need excellent verbal and written communication skills, legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations, knowledge of English language, active listening and analytical thinking skills, thoroughness and attention to detail, maths skills, and basic computer knowledge.
To work as a licensed conveyancer you must pass the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) exams.
You could do a technician conveyancer higher apprenticeship and move onto a licensed conveyancer degree apprenticeship.
You can also start in a conveyancing office and work your way up your training to become a registered conveyancing technician. You'll need 6 months' practical experience in a probate or conveyancing practice, in a legal firm or in an organisation offering probate services to the public.
You can take qualifications through the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, and start studying even if you're not working in the legal profession. These can be completed more quickly if you already have a qualification such as a law degree, Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) diploma.
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.