Licensed conveyancer: job description
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.
- Solicitors' firms
- 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.
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.
- Verbal communication and telephone skills
- Teamwork skills
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Commitment and determination
- Research skills
- Attention to detail
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