About licensed conveyancing
If you want to buy or sell a house, you need to legally transfer the ownership of the property. This process of ownership transfer is called conveyancing. There is nothing in UK law that says that you cannot carry out your own conveyancing, but for speed and convenience most people choose to use the services of a lawyer who offers licensed conveyancing services.
Specialist licensed conveyancing services can only be offered to you by a qualified lawyer in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1985. The Council for Licensed Conveyancing (CLC) regulates any licensed conveyancing services you want to use. You can find the CLC at:
16 Glebe Road
Telephone: 00808 129 5758
Using licensed conveyancing services can be advantageous, as the lawyers in your area will have a good working relationship with the organisations they will need to contact to perform searches about your property. Don’t underestimate this local knowledge, as it can save you weeks on your conveyancing. You should be able to easily locate a licensed conveyancing service in your town. If you are having problems, the CLC hold a directory of their members you could use.
In most cases the licensed conveyancing services you use will be of a high standard. But if you do need to make a complaint, you should contact the Legal Services Ombudsman as they investigate all complaints made about lawyers in England and Wales. You can find the Legal Services Ombudsman at:
Telephone:0808 129 5758
Buying and selling property can be a complex area of the law that only qualified and licensed conveyancing lawyers should handle. The charges that a licensed conveyancing lawyer will charge you are a small price to pay with the time you will save, not to mention the stress you can avoid by not doing your own conveyancing. To ensure your purchase or sale goes smoothly, always use qualified lawyers.
If you would like to obtain legal advice about conveyancing, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist property law / conveyancing solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local property law / conveyancing solicitors please call us on 0808 129 5758 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 13/02/2013