The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (“the CLC”) was created by virtue of the 1985 Administration of Justice Act - as amended by the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 - as a regulatory organisation for the profession of Licensed Conveyancers. It has a statutory obligation is to ensure that the standards of competence and professional conduct amongst persons who practice as Licensed Conveyancers are sufficient to secure adequate protection for the public.
The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has fifteen members, made up of eight elected Licensed Conveyancers and seven nominated by other governmental and professional bodies.
The Council for Licensed Conveyancers fulfils its responsibilities by undertaking a range of activities, which are outlined as follows:
• Set educational and training standards for entry to the profession
• Issue licences to practice to those qualified to provide conveyancing services to clients
• Maintain a register of all Licensed Conveyancers
• Set standards to regulate the professional practice, conduct and discipline of Licensed
• Set standards to maintain adequate professional indemnity insurance and a compensation fund to protect the public
• Undertake forensic investigations and practice inspections to monitor the work and
conduct of Licensed Conveyancers and to determine whether they are meeting the
• Provide guidance and advice to Licensed Conveyancers to maintain compliance with the standards and those regulations relevant to our duty of consumer protection
• Investigate complaints against a Licensed Conveyancer and order redress for the client for poor service where appropriate
• Investigate allegations of misconduct against a Licensed Conveyancer and where appropriate take disciplinary proceedings before the Discipline and Appeals Committee
• Collaborate with key stakeholders in the conveyancing services market to monitor and shape the impact of proposed regulations on the conduct of Licensed Conveyancers in order to maintain adequate consumer protection