Conveyancers are property lawyers who deal with the paperwork and finances needed to buy and sell property or land in England and Wales.
Salary range: £16,000 to £60,000
How to become a licensed conveyancer
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- training with a professional body
You could do a technician conveyancer higher apprenticeship and move onto a licensed conveyancer degree apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could start in a conveyancing office and work your way up by training to become a registered conveyancing technician.
- 6 months’ practical experience in a probate or conveyancing practice, in a legal firm or in an organisation offering probate services to the public
- to apply for registration with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers
You could then take the Level 6 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice to fully qualify.
You can take the following qualifications through the Council for Licensed Conveyancers:
- Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice Level 4
- Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice Level 6
You can start studying even if you’re not working in the legal profession. Each diploma takes around 18 to 24 months to complete, including practical experience.
You may be able to complete these more quickly if you already have a qualification like a:
- law degree
- Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
- Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) diploma
- you’ll need to apply to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers for a licence to work as a conveyancer
You can get more details about careers in conveyancing from the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- excellent written communication skills
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- knowledge of English language
- active listening skills
- analytical thinking skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- maths skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- have a credit check
- pass enhanced background checks
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
You could work in an office or at a client’s business.
Career path and progression
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.