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Both solicitors (who are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) and licensed conveyancers (who are regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers) are fully regulated and insured to handle property transactions and they will have almost identical conveyancing practices.
The main difference is likely to be price, conveyancers specialise in property and solicitors are qualified lawyers trained in many aspects of law, so be a better choice if you are wanting to do other legal work as part of the transaction for example a will or trust.
If there is a more complex situation then some clients choose solicitors so they can get legal assistance beyond the property transaction, however in most cases, a conveyancer will be able to handle even the most complex property from start to finish.
Conveyancing is simply the transfer of ownership one party to another. It ensures checks that establish if the transaction is legal and, for the buyer, that there are no hidden issues with the property. As a buyer this ensures you are buying the property that you think you are!
Mortgage lenders will only deal with certain conveyancers and solicitors – those on their ‘panel’. If the conveyancer you have chosen is not on the panel then you may have to pay for the bank’s representation fees which varies from bank to bank.
Difficult question to answer, here is some things to consider. There is no practical reason why you would need to.Using your estate agents choice won't help in terms of avoiding any delays, to get better service or for better communication. Make sure you ask your estate agent if they get a commission on the recommendation and if so, how much it is. Not all agents take a commission. Some smaller agents may not be interested in earning referral fees, preferring to recommend a conveyancer who they know will offer a great, smooth service. But by asking you will know it you are paying extra, get quotes to compare costs. Some include stamp duty costs, if they don't you can easily use a Stamp Duty Calculator.
If you are buying or selling a property then you should not feel obliged to use your estate agent’s preferred conveyancer / solicitor to ensure that you secure your property.
01 Oct 2018
City Gate House
11 St Margaret's Way
EHL Conveyancing Limited is registered in England and Wales with company number 11074606 having its registered office at City Gate House, St Margaret’s Way, Leicester, LE1 3EA. EHL Conveyancing Limited is regulated by the CLC under practice number 3464.
Work is directed to firms according to Lender Panel status. All panel firms are regulated by either the CLC or SRA and will contract with you directly. EHL Conveyancing Limited is under licence from EHL Group Limited.
Opening Hours Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.