What is a Conveyancing Technician?
As a conveyancing technician you will work under the direct supervision of a Licensed Conveyancer, a Solicitor or a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. You will specialise in property law and will support the fee earning activities of your supervisor working on behalf of clients buying or selling property (houses, flats, business premises or land) in England and Wales. You'll assist with all legal matters, administration, finance and queries involved in a property transaction.
As a conveyancing technician, you'll need to:
- maintain and build good professional working relationships with clients, external institutions and organisations
- use a computerised case management system
- Issue Sale Contract Packs
- Prepare Draft Completion Statements and arrange completions
- Undertake relevant searches and prepare Search reports
- Draft contracts
- Prepare Mortgage Reports
- Liaise with clients and third parties
- Request Redemption statements
- Adhere to and promote compliance with legislation applicable to the profession and to any relevant quality standards
As a conveyancing technician, you will:
- Be able to work accurately and clearly explain technical matters to non-technical users in both written and verbal forms
- Have excellent communication skills and telephone manner
- Have a client focused approach to service delivery
- Be self-motivated and able to work under pressure to strict deadlines/timescales
- Have an attention to detail
- Be highly organised
- Have good numeracy
- Typical starting salaries for conveyancing technicians can range from £16,000 to £24,000.
- After qualification and with around three years' experience, your salary may range from £25,000 to £40,000.
These figures are only a guide as salaries will vary considerably according to status, region and type of employer.
Large legal firms may offer considerable benefits such as health insurance, contributory pension schemes and generous holiday entitlement.
Working hours are typically 37.5 hours per week. Some companies are open in the evening or at weekends.
Part-time work and job sharing are both possible.
Although this area of work is open to all, a Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice may increase your chances.
To become a registered conveyancing technician in England and Wales, you must pass the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) qualification, which is usually taken while working. This involves:
- registering as a student with the CLC
- completing 6 months hours of practical training, working under the supervision of a qualified employer such as a solicitor or fully-qualified conveyancer
- passing the Level 4 CLC examinations, which can be studied part time or via distance learning.
Full details of the modules involved can be found on our Programme Page for the Level 4 Diploma.
The vast majority of conveyancing technicians work in law firms, but it's also possible to work in a variety of other organisations, including:
- building societies
- civil service departments
- housing associations
- local authorities - in corporate services, planning or legal departments
- property development companies