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Conveyancing advisor

Licensed conveyancer

Conveyancing advisors are property lawyers who transfer ownership of property from one owner to another (for either businesses or individuals). They are responsible for ensuring titles to the property are transferred from seller to purchaser and advise on any legal issues with the property.

Average salary*

£17000

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£40000

Typical hours per week

38 - 40

How to become a conveyancing advisor

There are several routes to becoming a conveyancing advisor. You can gain the qualifications you need by

completing a training course, an apprenticeship, or working your way towards the role.

You should explore these routes to become a conveyancing advisor to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

College/training provider 

You can become a conveyancing advisor by completing a professional qualification through the Council for Licensed Conveyancers(CLC) such as Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice or a Level 6 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice.

You can study even if you’re not working in the legal profession. Each diploma takes around 18 to 24 months to complete, including practical experience. 

If you have an existing degree in another subject such as law, a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) diploma, you may be able to complete your qualification more quickly. 

Apprenticeship

You could do a technician conveyancer higher apprenticeship and move onto a licensed conveyancer degree apprenticeship.

You’ll need:

  • 2 - 3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths (intermediate apprenticeship)
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths (higher apprenticeship). 

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

> Find an apprenticeship near you

> Guide to apprenticeships

Work

You could apply for a job in a conveyancing office and work your way up by training to become a registered conveyancing advisor. 

You’ll need 6 months’ practical experience in a probate or conveyancing practice, in a legal firm or in an organisation offering probate services to the public to apply for registration with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. You could then take the Level 6 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice to fully qualify.

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a conveyancer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.

> Find out more about work experience

Skills 

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a conveyancing advisor include:

  • Knowledge of building and construction
  • Be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • Customer service skills
  • Able to use your initiative
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Maths knowledge and analytical thinking skills
  • Legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • Able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What does a conveyancing advisor do?

As a conveyancing advisor you will be responsible for providing advise and information about properties to prospective buyers. You will manage all aspecrs of this including client relationship management, documentation updating, or dealing with finances.

The job role of a conveyancing advisor includes the following duties: 

  • Advising clients on buying and selling properties
  • Researching information and sharing this with others
  • Checking and confirming ownership details through searches and other means
  • Maintaining detailed records, both paper documents and on a computer-based system
  • Keeping the client up-to-date by phone, email, mail and face-to-face meetings
  • Liaising with other professionals including lenders and other legal teams
  • Preparing necessary contract documents
  • Dealing with financial aspects of the sale or purchase
  • Finalising exchange of contracts
  • Confirming who legally owns the property and the land it’s on.

How much could you earn as a conveyancing advisor?

The expected salary for a conveyancing advisor varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained conveyancing advisors can earn £17,000 - £25,000
  • Trained conveyancing advisors with some experience can earn £25,000 - £40,000*
  • Self-employed conveyancing advisors set their own pay rates.

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


Jobs

Check out the latest coveyancing advisor vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.

Career path and progression

As a conveyancing advisor, you could do additional training to become a legal advisor and be employed by large companies to provide counsel in legal matters. 

You could set up a private practice or work as a self-employed consultant and set your own salary.

Progression Opportunities

Explore the progression opportunities below

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