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Solicitor for Conveyancing

Conveyancing Solicitors from the CMS panel

Whether you are buying or selling a property or even remortgaging you will need a qualified legal firm to act for you, but how do you choose who looks after the legal side of things?

Clearly it needs to be handled by a professional – but do you choose a Solicitor or a Licensed Conveyancer. When it comes to conveyancing the two are very similar. In fact, the main difference lies in the regulatory bodies – all solicitors practising in England and Wales must be registered with the Law Society and are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Licensed Conveyancers, on the other hand, are also regulated, but by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).

Property Solicitors for conveyancing


Solicitors will have been trained in a variety of legal fields, ranging from criminal law through to family law or commercial law. Once they have finished training they can then choose to specialise in a particular area or continue covering a range of areas, like many high street lawyers. Whilst this can be an advantage when it comes to legal work related to conveyancing (i.e. wills or probate) it can also mean that the fees are higher, the conveyancing process is handled in a more traditional manner and your case may take longer to complete as the solicitor may have to juggle your move with other aspects of his practice.

Licensed Conveyancers

Licensed Conveyancers, on the other hand, are specialists in property law and this is the sole focus of their work. Although they may not have the same breadth of legal training as a solicitor the Licensed Conveyancer will have undergone a series of rigorous examinations in order to obtain their qualification. Some modern, specialist conveyancing practices, whether Solicitors or Licensed Conveyancers, will be able to offer a number of features to help ensure a smooth move. Things like online case tracking, email and text updates can all help speed up the conveyancing process and make it more efficient.

CMS can offer quotes from both Law Society Solicitors and Licensed Conveyancers otherwise known as Property Lawyers.


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