The Solicitor

The solicitor or incensed conveyancer is the person who manages the progression of your conveyancing transactions from commencement' which is at the instruction stage; through to completion, which is the point at which legal title passes from the seller to the buyer.

It is not easy to become a solicitor. It takes many years of hard work and determination to qualify as a solicitor. In addition to having passed a degree, they have to find a firm who will offer them a trainee position and they have to undergo post graduate study and pass exams. It is very hard to get a trainee position in our times and there are always more graduates wanting training contracts than there are available training positions. Only the lucky and determined, and often brilliant get through this stage. You've also got to undergo 2-3 years of further study and pass Law Society examinations. Bearing in mind the likely debt burden a typical student will have after the initial 3-4 years of undergraduate studies shows the determination a qualified solicitor would have undergone in order to secure a training contract and subsequently qualify. Non-graduates can also qualify as a solicitor by following a different study and training path.

During the training path of a typical trainee solicitor it is likely that they would have chosen a particular area of law to specialise in. It is very rare these days to find solicitors or accountants who are sole practitioners and can purport to offer expert advice and assistance in more than a few fields of specialism. If you are an accountant you would likely know how to be good at accounts preparation and maybe auditing but it is not likely that you'd also be an expert in taxation, insolvency and corporate finance all a the same time as you have to keep up with current legislation and practises. Similarly, in law you'd have to specialise in just one, 2 or 3 aspects of the Law otherwise your brain and body would not be able to cope with such a task.

Solicitors heading conveyancing departments are very likely specialists in property law and conveyancing and would likely have received many years of training and experience of a wide range of commercial and residential cases.