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Licensed Conveyancer Apprenticeship

Licensed Conveyancer Apprenticeship

Licenced conveyancers are property law specialists who work for clients buying or selling property in England and Wales.

As a qualified, professional property lawyer, you will practise property law and represent clients in England and Wales who buy or sell houses, flats, commercial property, or land. You will be in charge of all legal concerns, administration, money, and questions arising throughout a property transaction.

The position includes processing and agreeing on mortgage and lease contracts, arranging transfers, and handling other papers sellers must sign when purchasing a property. You will also advise consumers on the technical content of the papers as well as their financial implications. In some instances, you may act on behalf of either the seller, the purchaser, or both.

Responsibilities

Throughout your apprenticeship, you may help:

  • advise clients on the property buying and selling process
  • research who legally owns land and property
  • conduct searches with local authorities for things that might affect a sale
  • draft sale contracts
  • talk to mortgage lenders, estate agents and solicitors
  • check financial records
  • prepare leases and transfer documents
  • keep buyers and sellers up to date with progress of a sale
  • make sure property taxes are paid
  • maintain accurate records
  • deal with exchange of contracts to complete a sale.

Salary

  • Starting salaries for apprentices or newly qualified conveyancers are typically between £19,000 to £24,000, though are sometimes lower.
  • After qualification and with around three years’ experience, your salary may range from £25,000 to £50,000.
  • In senior management posts, you can expect to earn between £35,000 and £55,000, with the potential to earn £65,000 or more as a partner or owner of a conveyancing firm.

Working hours

Working hours are typically 36 to 40 hours per week, possibly with some extra hours. Some companies are open in the evening or at weekends.

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client’s business.

Qualifications

Qualifications you can achieve as an apprentice licenced conveyancer include:

  • Level 6 Licensed ConveyancerEntry requirements for this level include 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship. This qualification will take 18 months to complete.

Skills

On a licenced conveyancer apprenticeship, you’ll learn:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of English language
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently.

Employers

The vast majority of first licence holders work in law firms, but it’s also possible to work in a variety of other organisations, including:

  • airports
  • banks
  • building societies
  • civil service departments
  • housing associations
  • local authorities – in corporate services, planning or legal departments
  • property development companies
  • railways.

Professional development

Obtaining your CLC certification and your first practice licence is the first step toward becoming a licenced conveyancer. After that, you may start building on your previous experience.

You may get further training to deal with probate, the legal process after someone dies.

With certified working experience, you may apply for the manager licence, which permits you to work for yourself or create partnerships, either from home or in a clinic.

Continuous professional growth is required of licenced conveyancers (CPD). First-time licensees must complete at least six hours of CPD each year, while management licensees must complete at least twelve hours. Manager licence holders must also have professional indemnity insurance and contribute to the CLC compensation fund.

Career prospects

Depending on the company’s size, you may uncover opportunities for promotion or need to change jobs.

You might rise to supervisory responsibilities as a first-license conveyancer, overseeing a property team of legal and administrative staff.

With a management licence, you may set up on your own.

Updated on December 29, 2022

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