What is Conveyancing?


Simply put, conveyancing is the process of transferring legal ownership of a property.

But the process of conveyancing is not as simple as it sounds as there is a lot of legal and administrative work that needs to be done as well as the logistics and practicalities of moving home to manage.

This is why you need a Conveyancer or Conveyancing Solicitor to guide you through the process and help simplify things for you.

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What Does a Conveyancer Do?

We are residential property experts who can advise you on the legal process of selling or buying a home. We take on the legal work for you and liaise with the lawyers acting for the buyer or seller of the property in question.

On a sale, we draw up the contract and help answer enquiries. On a purchase, we approve the contract, draft a transfer, check the title, obtain search results and deal with any mortgage lender you are using to help fund the purchase. After completion, we deal with the transfer of ownership at HM Land Registry.

In England and Wales, you need a conveyancer to sell or buy a home. Obviously, conveyancing will look different for each transaction depending on your property needs, but we can help with:

What’s the Difference between a Conveyancer and Conveyancing Solicitor?

Some conveyancers are legally qualified – they may be solicitors, licensed conveyancers or legal executives. Others are not legally qualified but are property experts because they specialise in residential conveyancing.

We have a large team of Conveyancers and Conveyancing Solicitors and when you come to Simpson Millar, you will be assigned a conveyancer who meets your needs. With years of collective experience, we can judge the level of expertise needed for your transaction so you can put your mind at ease that you are in capable hands.

Who Pays Conveyancing Fees?

You will pay the conveyancing fees for your property transaction. Your circumstances and the value and type of property concerned will influence what fees you’ll pay. Use our free online Fixed Fee Conveyancing Quote to find out exactly how much your home move will cost.

As the Open Lawyers, we are completely transparent with our fees so unless anything changes, the quote you get is what you’ll pay.

We offer Fixed Fees at a competitive price and a No Sale, No Fee guarantee, which means if your property transaction falls through we won’t charge you for the legal work we’ve done so far. Our Search Pledge also means if your property purchase falls through after you’ve already instructed property searches, your next set of searches will be completely free with us.

If you have more questions about any part of the conveyancing process, check out our bank of helpful conveyancing content or for advice tailored to you, contact our Conveyancing team below.

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