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How to choose the right solicitor or conveyancer

For most of us, buying a house is one of the biggest and most important decisions of our lives but it’s also one of the most confusing and stressful. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you choose the right legal expert to help guide you through this period.

What’s the difference between a solicitor and a conveyancer?

Both are fully regulated and insured professionals who will operate according to very similar practices when handling a property transaction.
The difference is that whilst conveyancers are specialists in property law, solicitors are qualified lawyers who offer full legal services over a range of sectors.

When to use a conveyancer

Most of the time a conveyancer is the best option for homebuyers. As they’re dealing exclusively with transactions like yours on a daily basis, they’re almost always cheaper to hire than solicitors who are engaged in all areas of the law.

Furthermore, as conveyancers – unlike solicitors – don’t have other complex cases with pressing deadlines, they’re less likely than solicitors to push your case to the bottom of the pile.

When to use a solicitor

That said; there are times when a solicitor is your best option. In cases where there’s a boundary dispute or the sellers are getting a divorce, a solicitor with extensive and wide-reaching knowledge of the law would be beneficial.

You are also recommended to not settle with your estate agent’s solicitor, as there’s a good chance your estate agent will refer you to the solicitor who will pay them the highest commission rather than the one that’s right for your case, potentially adding to your bill.

The best course of action is to shop around, making use of the price comparison services available online and getting direct quotes from legal experts. This way, you can ensure you get the professional that will make purchasing your dream home as easy and as stress-free as possible.


Do you need assistance in finding the perfect solicitor or conveyancer? We offer an around the clock solicitor selection tool to help you find the perfect solution, or if you need more advice, contact our expert team at 01489 584298.

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