How To Choose Your Conveyancing Solicitor

One of the most nerve wrecking parts of buying or selling a house is conveyancing. There are a few descriptions of the word, and wikipedia says that conveyancing refers to the legal process through which property ownership is transferred. This legal process can be handled by a solicitor or a conveyancing lawyer. It is always advisable to hire the services of a qualified and experienced professional to handle the conveyancing process.

Conveyancing solicitors are hired to perform a few vital tasks. Firstly, they conduct thorough searches on the property to reveal true ownership and financial liabilities associated with the property. Such searches also show any future plans on the property, its liability and proximity to amenities.

Solicitors should also advice the buyer or seller on the normal costs of selling or buying a house. Such costs may include taxes, stamp duty and liability of repair to adjoining property. They also check the purchase contracts and ensure that all issues with mortgage lenders are solved. They also handle agent fee and tax payments. If buying property, they help register it with Land Registry in accordance to the Law Society regulations.

Since conveyancing solicitors handle the most sensitive part of the selling and buying process, it is extremely important to pick a reliable professional. If this is the first time to buy or sell property, you may find the following tips very helpful.

Factors To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Conveyancing Solicitor

Referrals and Recommendations

If you are new to conveyancing solicitors, the first step is to look for recommendations from family and friends. Those who have been through the process are in a position to advice you on which companies offer the best service. They will also tell you of their experiences with the solicitors, and other sellers and buyers. You can also check out the Council of Licensed Conveyancers website for a list of accredited solicitors.


There is a wide selection of solicitors who charge varyingly depending on the services offered and experience. Some solicitors offer fixed price services while others charge a percentage of the property value. All solicitors charge for extra services such as handling paperwork, taxes, and postage costs. The average conveyancing fees range from £500 to £1700, depending on the complexity and amount of work required. It is advisable to get a few quotes from different conveyancing solicitors.

Quality of service

Solicitors who offer the best services are usually very busy since their businesses give them endless referrals. However, while busy solicitors maybe an indication of high quality services, avoid hiring overworked professionals. This is because they might not be in a position to give you undivided attention, which may result into costly mistakes.  Choose a solicitor who will take you through all the necessities of the process.


It is advisable to hire the services of a solicitor who is well versed with local laws. This is because it is common to get properties with difficult leasehold agreements. A knowledgeable solicitor will handle such issues professionally, which makes the process easier and faster.

There are numerous online conveyancing companies whose services you can hire. It is more convenient to handle most of the dealings via email and telephone. However, you can choose a solicitor in your vicinity for ease of access in case you need face to face talks. You can also deliver the required documents in person to avoid wasting time sending them via post.


How convenient is the solicitor? Most conveyancing companies these days give an online platform whereby clients can track their transactions. Online conveyancing is gaining popularity with clients since it makes it easy to track their transactions real time. Some solicitors give their clients regular updates on the transactions through text messages and emails.

There are endless factors to consider when looking for a solicitor. This only serves as a rough guide. If you are looking for a solicitor online, you will be able to see the reviews that previous clients leave. The reviews are a good guide to the kind of services to expect from a solicitor as you will see the reality of being a client. Be careful to look at the fine print of the agreement with the conveyance. Make sure you understand the terms, and if you don’t, let the solicitor explain everything.

It is advisable to get several quotes from different solicitors, as well as ask about the different charges involved. While most clients may prefer fixed fee services, it is advisable to do your research and pick what works best for you. Consider the referrals and recommendations given by friends and family, but choose the solicitor you feel will deliver what you want.








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