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What to look for in a conveyancing lawyer

by Iain Mason

Published on 20th February 2023

Buying or selling a home is a major undertaking, so it’s important to ensure you deal with trusted, experienced lawyers to handle the conveyancing.

However, it can be hard to know where to start in the search for a professional adviser. Here are the Optimum conveyancing team’s top tips on what to look out for:


It is important to ensure that the lawyer you use is experienced in the area of conveyancing law. Look for one who has been in practice for a number of years and has a strong track record of successful conveyancing transactions.

You could do this by asking how long they have been in their profession and for some information about their qualifications.


Check to see that the lawyer is up to date with all the latest conveyancing legislation and has a good understanding of the various types of conveyancing transactions. You might ask for examples of successful conveyancing transactions that were more challenging than an average sale or purchase.


Ask for references from previous clients to get an idea of the lawyer’s reputation. You could also look at feedback they have received on review sites, or testimonials on their own website.


Make sure that the lawyer is willing to keep you updated on the progress of your transaction and is available to answer any questions you may have. Conveyancing is complicated and sometimes lengthy, and keeping in regular contact is essential to drive the process along.


While not essential, it can be a good idea to engage the services of a lawyer who is located close to where you are buying or selling. This not only makes access their services easier, it can also be indicative of how well they know the local housing marketing, local estates agents and the local authorities who will be providing searches.

At Optimum, our solicitor-led conveyancing team helps people buying and selling homes throughout Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, where we are based. To talk to us email Karen Gleed or Tara Screen

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