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Licensed conveyancer: job description

Licensed conveyancer: job description

Licensed conveyancers undertake the legal administration of domestic and commercial property sales, purchases and transfers in England and Wales.
Licensed conveyancing originated as a profession in 1987 following the Administration of Justice Act.

What does a licensed conveyancer do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Fully qualified lawyers, licensed conveyancers work solely within property law.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • giving legal advice
  • researching cases
  • writing and preparing legal and financial documents
  • handling probate and litigation tasks
  • monitoring sales progress
  • handling and preparing contracts and leases
  • liaising with solicitors and estate agents

The profession offers good opportunities for promotion, although salaries (particularly during training) are lower than in other legal areas.

Typical employers of licensed conveyancers

  • Solicitors' firms
  • Banks
  • Building societies
  • Property developers
  • Local authorities

The majority of licensed conveyancers work on a self-employed basis or for private practices. A large proportion of their work involves liaison with clients and organisations such as mortgage companies and estate agents.

Vacancies are advertised by specialist recruitment agencies, in national newspapers and relevant publications including the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive's Journal, The CLC Chronicle, The Lawyer and the Law Gazette.

Qualifications and training required

A degree in planning, surveying, law, management or business studies can be advantageous, as can relevant work experience gained in either a legal or a property setting. However, employers often prefer graduates and candidates with previous legal experience.

To become a fully qualified licensed conveyancer it is necessary to spend two years in practical training with a 'qualified employer', such as a solicitor, and pass the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) exams.

Key skills for licensed conveyancers

  • Verbal communication and telephone skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Commitment and determination
  • Research skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Independence

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