The world of legal professions can be alluring to many. Similarly, business and commerce are fascinating to others. However, for those who enjoy both; conveyancing is the perfect career for them. Conveyancing involves legally transferring the title of a property from one owner to another. Conveyancers are basically property lawyers who deal with the paperwork, money and legal aspects involved in buying and selling property. It covers areas from both law and business and involves networking and meaning new people. If you are charismatic, confident and enjoy legal work, this may be the best career option for you.
How to become a conveyancer:
Conveyancers must pass an exam set by the CLC or Council for Licensed Conveyancers. Some training is also required. In order to qualify for this training you must have at least four GCSEs (A-C grades) including English or the equivalent qualifications. You can get courses for conveyancing at a number of different universities. Besides regular coursework and assignments you will have to undergo some practical training. At least 1200 hours are necessary if you want to get your license. This is the time where your technical skills and knowledge are learned at the same time as you develop these further within a working environment. However, if you are working for a licensed conveyancer, you may be able to get accepted without some of the qualifications under certain circumstances.
Those seeking employment must follow some regulations. For instance, they have to send practical training certificates to the Council every year from their date of registration and send them until all the CLC assignments and examinations are done. During each period of training the trainee will have to submit a statement to the Council, signed and attested by the supervisor giving a description of the training received. Once all the examinations have been successfully finished and practical training certificates have been submitted to the CLC, you can apply for your first license.
What do conveyancers do?
Conveyancing can be difficult, but interesting. They have to do a number of different jobs at work. They are expected to advise clients on the buying or selling process, conducting ‘searches’ and making inquiries from local offices about any plans that might affect the property in the future and drawing contracts for the transaction. Furthermore, you will also have to contact mortgage lenders, estate agents and others, pay taxes, create leases and transfer documents as well as keep records of payments and check that contracts are signed and exchanged. Conveyancers should also have certain skills that will make the job easier and more pleasant. Conveyancing requires excellent spoken and written communication skills. This is because they have to contact clients, other lawyers and other officials. Also, they have to explain complex legal jargon to their clients. Conveyancers also have to collect a large amount of data while paying great attention to the small and exact details and facts. Moreover they must be cool and level headed under pressure, good negotiating skills, excellent computer and math skills and have the ability to work with people from all backgrounds. They must also have the ability to give their clients the confidence that their property is in good hands. Although dealing with people can be difficult, it is a very fulfilling job as helping someone buy their dream home can be very enjoyable.
However, these skills aren’t just good for conveyancing. Conveyancers can move onto other careers. If they wish, they can become lawyers or paralegals later on. Conveyancers can also go onto become bankers, investors and traders. Many people also go into real estate as the skills required are very similar. Conveyancing can be a stepping stone for a better career. Others work for state authorities, housing associations and property developers. There are several ways you can have an exciting career thanks to your job as a conveyancer. So what are you waiting for? Become a conveyancer and start your dream job today.