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Why we work with the SLC

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Kate is a board member of the Property Codes Compliance Board which ensures organisations such as the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) and search companies adhere to a Code of Practice and provide a good service when moving. The administrators of this service also look after the SLC, which was how Kate was introduced to them.

People think it’s only solicitors who can carry out legal work to buy and sell a property, but that is not the case; specialist property lawyers called conveyancers can do as good a job, too. The difference is that they focus purely on property matters, not things like divorce or litigation.

As such we work closely with SLC to promote good practice when choosing a legal company to buy and sell a property who will offer a great service and a fair price.

Ania Nourish - Account Executive

What do they do?

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) is the professional body that represents the licensed conveyancing profession.

Licensed conveyancers are specialist property lawyers regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which is a statutory body. It is independent of but maintains good relations with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) and is governed by an elected board of Directors.

As specialist property lawyers, licensed conveyancers do not get distracted by other aspects of the law which means their attention is solely focused on the clients they serve, who are buying and selling homes. The role of the SLC is to promote the profession, both to the public as the preferred choice of lawyer for buying and selling property and to aspiring lawyers who would like to work in conveyancing.

The Society welcomes all property lawyers into membership including Licensed Conveyancers, Probate Practitioners, Solicitors and Legal Executives.

In 2013, the SLC decided to open up its membership to Solicitors and Legal Executives who can join as Associates and enjoy all the benefits of membership that are detailed in this brochure.

From the beginning

The profession of licensed conveyancer was created under the Administration of Justice Act 1985, at which time both the CLC and the SLC were formed. Since that time, licensed conveyancers have grown in stature and market share such that many solicitor firms have decided to convert their conveyancing operation to licensed conveyancer status, regulated by the CLC.

How much does it cost?

It’s free to find a licensed conveyancer through their service; just enter your postcode in the Find Your Nearest Conveyancer search box on the home page.

Membership of the SLC as a licensed conveyancer costs from £160 per year. All prices can be found here.

Conveyancing cost page.

Top three tips

  1. Licensed conveyancers are property lawyers who specialise in the legal aspects of buying and selling property in England and Wales and they deal only with conveyancing rather than other aspects of law. You are likely to get a more focused service from a specialist property lawyer.
  2. Licensed Conveyancers will ask you what communication method you prefer, and if you want to have a face-to-face service. They will give you a detailed, but clear, estimate of the cost you will pay for the service.
  3. If your conveyancers are members of the Society of Licensed Conveyancers, they can provide you with more than 18 Client Guides which are set out in a clear and consumer friendly format. They explain the different stages of buying and selling property and cover important topics like: leasehold properties, joint ownership, boundaries, title insurance, property searches, survey guides, Japanese knotweed and many more.

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