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Understand CLC's Practical Experience Requirements for Licensed Conveyancers

What are CLC's Practical Experience Requirements?

Embarking on a career as a Licensed Conveyancer is a journey that demands a blend of academic knowledge and practical expertise.

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has established stringent practical experience requirements to ensure that aspiring conveyancers are well-prepared for the multifaceted nature of property law.

This article delves into the comprehensive practical experience necessary to qualify as a Licensed Conveyancer, detailing the diverse scenarios and skills that candidates must master.

Key Aspects of CLC's Practical Experience Requirements: 

Duration and Nature of Experience:

To qualify as a Licensed Conveyancer, candidates must complete a minimum of 1200 hours of practical experience obtained over a 24-month period.

This experience can be gained while you are studying.

The experience must be gained under the supervision of an Authorised Person in an Approved Work Environment.

The experience should be completed within the 36-month period immediately preceeding your appliciation to CLC for your first licence. 

Approved Work Environments:

CLC recognises practical experience gained in various settings. The setting must: 

  • be regulated by a statutory regulator (such as the CLC, SRA, CILEx) in England and Wales
  • be licensed to provide conveyancing services to the public in England and Wales
  • have a registered main office in England and Wales

Alternatively, the setting must be a Government body, Local Authority, Utility Company or national charity (where supervision is carried out by an Authorised Person in their capacity as in-house legal counsel). 

Supervision - Authorised Person:

Your practical experience must be supervised by an Authorised Person. This could include a Licensed Conveyancer, a solicitor or a CILEx Lawyer (Conveyancing Practitioner and Fellow).

Your supervisor must: 

  • be licensed by a regulatory body in England and Wales to offer conveyancing services directly to the public
  • hold a current and valid licence, free of conditions
  • be employed in an Approved Work Environment (see above)
  • not  be the subject of any regulatory or disciplinary investigations, allegations, proceedings or subjected to a disciplinary sanction during the period of supervision

Practical Experience - The Detail

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has established stringent practical experience requirements to ensure that aspiring conveyancers are well-prepared for the multifaceted nature of property law.

Comprehensive Experience: Acting for Both Buyers and Sellers
A fundamental aspect of the CLC's requirements is that candidates gain experience representing both buyers and sellers. This dual exposure is crucial as it equips future conveyancers with a balanced understanding of the transaction process from both perspectives. Candidates must handle tasks such as taking instructions, drafting contracts, raising enquiries, and checking mortgage offers. Mastery in these areas is essential to navigate the complexities of property transactions smoothly.

Contract Management and Completion
Another critical area of practical experience is managing the exchange of contracts. This involves ensuring all necessary conditions are met, advising clients accurately, and handling the procedural aspects efficiently. Additionally, candidates must be proficient in advising on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) implications and overseeing the registration of property, both of which are vital in concluding property transactions successfully.

Varied Property Types and Ownership Structures
The CLC mandates that practical experience should encompass a wide array of property types and ownership structures. Candidates must demonstrate competence in dealing with both freehold and leasehold properties, understanding the nuances of each. Experience with registered and unregistered land is also essential, given the differing legal considerations involved. Moreover, candidates must handle sales of tenanted properties, new properties, and sales of part, each presenting unique challenges. This breadth of experience ensures that candidates can address the diverse needs of their future clients, irrespective of the property type or transaction specifics.

Advisory Roles: Joint Ownership, Planning, and Land Law
A licensed conveyancer must also be adept at providing sound legal advice on various issues related to property ownership and land law. This includes advising on joint ownership arrangements, which often involve intricate legal implications. Understanding planning matters is equally crucial, as conveyancers must guide clients through the complexities of land use and development regulations.

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How to Fulfil the Practical Experience Requirements: 

Enroll in CLC Conveyancing Diploma: 

Begin by completing ou accredited CLC Level 6 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice.

This Diploma provide foundational knowledge and prepares you for practical application in the field.

Secure a Relevant Position:

Seek employment or internships in conveyancing firms or legal departments where practical experience opportunities align with CLC's requirements.

Actively participate in transactional processes to gain hands-on experience under supervision.


Maintain detailed records of your practical experience, including specific tasks performed, duration of involvement, and outcomes achieved.

These records are crucial when applying for CLC registration as a Licensed Conveyancer.

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Practical experience, continuous learning, and ethical practice will pave the way for a rewarding career in property law.

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