A conveyancer handles the legal side of buying and selling your home – transferring the ownership of the property to you or your buyers. They’ll manage contracts, offer legal advice, carry out searches, deal with the Land Registry and transfer the funds to pay for your property.
The job involves handling lots of paperwork which needs to be completed accurately and on time, otherwise it can delay the sale or even result in it falling through.
You can use either a solicitor or a conveyancer to handle your conveyancing.
Solicitor vs Conveyancer
- Solicitors are fully-qualified lawyers and can offer full legal services
- Licensed conveyancers will have less formal training but specialise in property.
If your transaction is straightforward, you should be able to use whichever option you prefer, but there are some situations where a fully-qualified solicitor is necessary, for example if a lease extension is included as part of the purchase or if there are any boundary disputes.
Solicitors tend to be more expensive than conveyancers.