Conveyancing Explained Buying a Property

Conveyancing is a term used legally to describe the transfer of ownership, such as is required when buying a property, in England and Wales.

The term “conveyancing” is often first heard when wishing to buy a property when the estate agent asks for their conveyancing solicitors or conveyancers details.

Conveyancing Solicitors or specialist property lawyers known as Licensed Conveyancers carry out the majority of purchase conveyancing transaction in England and Wales.  Conveyancing Solicitors and Conveyancers act on behalf of individual clients, financial institutions and banks where mortgage finance is being used.

Conveyancing Process Explained - Purchase of a Property

Conveyancing is a legal and administrative procedure for buying a property. It is usually conducted by a conveyancing solicitor or conveyancer who acts on behalf of both the buyer and any mortgage lender that may be involved.

The seller of the property will usually be represented by their own conveyancing solicitors or conveyancers. It is not usually possible for a conveyancing solicitors firm or Licensed Conveyancing Company to act on behalf of both the buyer and the seller of the same property, although there are exceptions to this rule.

The conveyancing process for purchasing a property will normally begin with the conveyancing solicitors or conveyancers being instructed by the buyers following giving an acceptable conveyancing quote for costs. 

Conveyancing Purchase Process

The conveyancing process for buying a property is different from the conveyancing process for selling a property and involves different considerations.  In purchase transactions your conveyancing solicitors will act to protect your interest and investment in the purchase property.  To read more about the conveyancing process for a buying a property use our free Conveyancing Guide to Buying a property link designed to help the layman understand the stages of a conveyancing transaction:

If you require information about a different type of conveyancing transaction, (such as selling a property) click the relevant conveyancing guide link below:

Conveyancing Solicitors Explained

Your conveyancing solicitors will have various duties and requirements throughout the course of the conveyancing for your purchase.   These duties include dealing with the Legal Contract, Conveyancing Searches and Mortgage Instructions (where applicable).  To view an explanation of your conveyancing solicitors role in your property purchase transaction click the following relevant link:

For an explanation of conveyancing solicitors and conveyancers role in a different type of conveyancing transaction choose the appropriate link:

Conveyancing Quotes for Buying a Property

Our pages on purchase conveyancing fees and purchase conveyancing costs deal with the costs and fees that you may require to pay during the course of the conveyancing process when buying a property.  

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