A Conveyancer is a property specialist that deals with all legal aspects of the law when buying, selling or re-mortgaging land or properties. A Conveyancer can also be a Solicitor, Licensed Conveyancer or a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives. Their day to day duties consist of taking instructions from their clients, drafting contracts, collating and checking supportive legal documentation, carrying out searches and liaising with mortgage lenders, estate agents and lawyers throughout the chain regarding property issues. Many conveyancing duties are now carried out online and the majority of law firms process their cases via computerised case management systems.
Licensed Conveyancers are trained and qualified in all aspects of property law and are regulated by The Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). The CLC has the overall responsibility for organising training and examinations for prospective students, issuing licences, organising regular compliance meetings and disciplines Licensed Conveyancers where necessary.
The Licensed Conveyancers role is similar to that of a qualified Solicitor dealing with a property transaction. Many students decide to specialise in property law and undertake the practical training and examinations provided by the CLC. Once the examination stage is successfully completed students can apply for a license, and after a further period of three years can apply for a full license which allows them to offer conveyancing services directly to members of the public and practise on their own or in a partnership.