Conveyancing, from the law’s view, is the transfer of legal ownership title of any specific property from individual to another individual. A few years ago conveyancing was one of the easy jobs and mostly anyone could do it. DIY conveyancing was so common in that time. But day by day the legal complications of handling the ownership title to someone else have become tough. DIY conveyancing is now very rare and “doing it yourself” has become risky and time consuming. But there is a group of people known as solicitors or conveyancers has made the task quite easier again for the single inexperienced individual.
In England and Wales, licensed conveyancers are the experts in all aspects of property law. There are some other countries where conveyancers, licensed or not, can be found; such as New Zealand, Australia or South Africa. Licensed conveyancers are not only the helping hand to the individuals for selling or buying property they also play a role of enacting someone’s will after their death. Besides these, a licensed conveyancer takes the instruction from buyer or seller of a property, searches for the property’s details and legal authorities, consults the buyer or the seller regarding legal fees and stamp duties, drafts the contract of the property, pays the fees and costs on behalf of the buyer or seller.
All conveyancers practising out there must be registered from the “Council for the Licensed Conveyancers” or the CLC. If the conveyancer passes their tests and fulfils the requirements, only then he/she can be eligible to hold a license. At first they all start their career in an established conveyancing firm and after some time they become partners or establish their own conveyancing firms. There are a wide range of organisations where the licensed conveyancers may work, such as; firms that specialises in conveyancing for individuals, large landowning firms, real estate’s or local authorities that deal with conveyancing of properties. The council for licensed conveyancers is the regulatory body of all the licensed conveyancers and they are also the awarding body of the conveyancers’ qualification.
Many of us may get confused between solicitors and conveyancers. When it comes to conveyancing the solicitor and the conveyancer have to play the same role. But there are some basic differences that make them different by the definition. A solicitor is a form of property lawyers and has the knowledge of all aspects of the property law just like the licensed conveyancers. And the solicitors who are currently practising in England and Wales must be registered with the law society. They are regulated by the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA), whereas, the licensed conveyancers are registered and regulated by the Council for the Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). Mainly, CLC was established to minimise the monopoly of the solicitors in that time.
Solicitors have training in variety of fields regarding family law, litigator or criminal law. Once they have finished training they can choose any expertise area they want to work in. though this is an advantage for the solicitors to have different work experiences in different sectors of law, but they rarely get a hold of the advantage. On the other hand, the licensed conveyancers have a sole expertise in property law as they have the intense and focused knowledge in practising the conveyancing criteria and property transfer knowledge and studies. They may not have the depth of knowledge in the variety of laws but they have to undergone focused knowledge and studies regarding transaction of properties.
It is up to you as a customer to choose either solicitors or licensed conveyancer to move your property. In modern days, both solicitors and conveyancers offer you cheap and efficient conveyancing of your property.