A licensed conveyancer is trained solely to handle conveyancing and other property matters. Being specialist conveyancing property lawyer a Licensed Conveyancer would have to have undertaken the relevant educational courses and successfully passed the relevant examinations in conveyancing in order to qualify to be awarded a licence to practice as a Licensed Conveyancer by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).
The licence issued by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers permits the conveyancer to provide conveyancing services, which are defined in Section 11(3) of the Administration of Justice Act 1985, as 'the preparation of transfers, conveyances, contracts and other documents in connection with, and other services ancillary to, the disposition or acquisition of estates of interests in land'.
As a general rule there will be no restrictions on the types of conveyancing service the licence holder may provide. The conveyancer will therefore be permitted to deal with both domestic and commercial property conveyancing and with both registered and unregistered land.
A solicitor, on the other hand, is qualified to deal with a range of legal issues, not just conveyancing, but litigation, contracts, wills and so on. A Licensed Conveyancer offering conveyancing services to the public must carry professional indemnity insurance (to protect their clients in the event of errors or omissions) and contribute to the profession's compensation fund which protects clients in the event of any fraudulent or dishonest actions.
Clients can therefore be confident that, if they use a Licensed Conveyancer, their financial position is protected at all times. If any document (including documents unconnected with the transfer of a property) needs to be given under oath a Licensed Conveyancer can deal with this for you as they are all Commissioners for Oaths and are able to administer an oath or affirmation and take an affidavit or declaration.