A licensed conveyancer according to the CLC (Council of Licensed Conveyancers) is “a specialist property lawyer qualified in all aspects of property law in England and Wales. A licensed conveyancer is also a Commissioner of Oaths and an increasing number are also licensed to offer probate services.” They in simple terms deal with the legal side of a real estate transaction. It is important to note that while a real estate agent does the actual transaction by looking for a seller or a buyer for your property they are not responsible for the legalities. As a buyer or a seller, it is up to you to choose the best conveyancer to handle such matters for you. The legal side is what makes the transaction official and any mistake done in the process can be detrimental to the success of the project.
Also noteworthy is the fact that there are thousands of conveyancers in the UK, but not all of them are licensed conveyancers. A licensed conveyancer has to receive accreditation from the CLC (Council of Licensed Conveyancers). He/she will have gone through a series of rigorous examinations which they are expected to pass highly so as to qualify for a license to operate. Their actions are solely focused on property transaction.
Although they do a number of examinations, a licensed conveyancer is usually judged based on their experience in the field. For one to be fully accredited, for instance, you need to have worked at least one year in the field and another year under supervision.
Licensed Conveyancer and Solicitors
Due to their similarity in the services they provide many people find it hard and sometimes unnecessary to differentiate between a licensed conveyancer and solicitor. A solicitor is first a lawyer who studies and trains in a variety of fields; these include family law, litigation and so on. They explore these areas extensively and also go through a series of rigorous examinations. The main difference with a licensed conveyancer is that they can offer services on a variety of legal work while a conveyancer solely focusses on real estate transactions.
Solicitors are therefore best suited to deal with complicated cases that require one to have a knowledge of a myriad of legal concepts. The largest legal firms in the UK have solicitors who offer conveyancing services for their clients. However much the advantage, many people still prefer the services of a local conveyancer over a solicitor since as it has consistently proven, experience trumps textbook knowledge.