Licensed Conveyancer

Job Description:

Conveyancers are property lawyers who deal with the legal and financial sides of buying and selling property and land.

Job Category:
Real Estate

What you will do:

As a conveyancer, you’ll:

  • advise clients on the property buying and selling process
  • research who legally owns land and property
  • conduct searches with local authorities for things that might affect a sale
  • draft sale contracts
  • talk to mortgage lenders, estate agents and solicitors
  • check financial records
  • prepare leases and transfer documents
  • keep buyers and sellers up to date with progress of a sale
  • make sure property taxes are paid
  • maintain accurate records
  • deal with exchange of contracts to complete a sale


You’ll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of English language
  • maths skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • organisational skills
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Entry Requirements:

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, then move on to a licensed conveyancer degree apprenticeship.

You could start in a conveyancing office and work your way up by 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 to apply for registration with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers

You could then take the  Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice to qualify as a professional conveyancer (Level 6 in the UK).

Other Routes
You can take the following qualifications through the Council for Licensed Conveyancers:

  • Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice (Level 4 in the UK)
  • Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice (Level 6 in the UK)

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 legal qualification, for example:

  • law degree
  • legal practice course
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Diploma

Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll need to:

  • have a credit check
  • pass enhanced background checks

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work in an office or at a client’s business.

Career Path & 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.