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8. Property Conveyancing: Ensuring Smooth Transactions

Welcome to the SQE Property Law & Land Law blog! In this post, we will be discussing the essential aspects of property conveyancing and how to ensure smooth transactions. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or a solicitor, understanding the conveyancing process is crucial to avoid any unnecessary delays or complications.

What is Property Conveyancing?

Property conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer. It involves a series of administrative, financial, and legal steps to ensure that the transaction is valid and binding.

The conveyancing process typically includes the following stages:

  1. Property Search and Investigation
  2. Drafting and Reviewing Contracts
  3. Exchange of Contracts
  4. Completion and Settlement
  5. Registration of Title

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The Importance of Hiring a Solicitor

One of the most critical aspects of property conveyancing is hiring a skilled solicitor to guide you through the process. A solicitor with expertise in property law will ensure that all legal requirements are met, conduct necessary searches, review contracts, and protect your interests as a buyer or seller.

At SQE Property Law & Land Law, we offer highly qualified solicitors who specialize in property conveyancing. Our solicitors will handle all the legal aspects and provide you with expert advice to ensure a smooth and stress-free transaction. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Understanding the Property Search and Investigation

The property search and investigation stage is crucial for both buyers and sellers. As a buyer, you want to uncover any potential issues, such as planning restrictions, outstanding charges, or disputes. On the other hand, as a seller, you want to ensure that you have a clear title and resolve any outstanding matters before putting the property on the market.

During this stage, your solicitor will conduct a variety of searches, including local authority, environmental, drainage, and land registry searches. These searches aim to reveal any potential issues that may affect the property’s value or your legal rights as a buyer or seller.

It is essential to thoroughly review the search results and discuss any concerns with your solicitor. They will provide you with professional advice and guidance to mitigate any risks and ensure a successful transaction.

Drafting and Reviewing Contracts

Once the property search and investigation stage is complete, the next step is drafting and reviewing contracts. The contract is a legally binding agreement between the buyer and the seller, outlining the terms and conditions of the transaction.

It is crucial to have a well-drafted contract that protects your interests and clearly defines the obligations of both parties involved. Your solicitor will review and negotiate the contract on your behalf, ensuring that all necessary provisions are included and any potential risks are mitigated.

At SQE Property Law & Land Law, our expert solicitors will oversee the entire contract drafting and reviewing process. With their extensive knowledge of property law, they will ensure that your legal rights are protected and that the contract is fair and balanced.

Exchange of Contracts

The exchange of contracts is a significant milestone in the property conveyancing process. Once the contracts are signed by both the buyer and seller, they are then exchanged, and the transaction becomes legally binding.

At this stage, the buyer usually pays a deposit to the seller. If for any reason the buyer decides to withdraw from the transaction after the exchange of contracts, they may lose their deposit, and the seller can take legal action to enforce the contract.

It is crucial for both parties to understand their obligations and be fully committed to the transaction before exchanging contracts. Your solicitor will guide you through this process and ensure that all necessary paperwork is properly completed and exchanged.

Completion and Settlement

The completion stage is when the outstanding balance is paid, and legal ownership of the property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. This typically involves the buyer’s solicitor transferring the funds to the seller’s solicitor, who will then release the keys to the property.

Before the completion date, your solicitor will conduct a final check to ensure that all necessary payments have been made, and any outstanding issues have been resolved. They will also liaise with the seller’s solicitor and the mortgage lender to coordinate a smooth completion process.

Our expert solicitors at SQE Property Law & Land Law have years of experience in handling property completions. We will guide you through this final stage to ensure a hassle-free and successful transaction.

Registration of Title

After the completion, it is essential to register the new ownership of the property with the Land Registry. This process involves submitting the necessary documents and paying the required fees to update the records.

Your solicitor will handle the registration process on your behalf and ensure that the necessary documents are accurately prepared and submitted. Once the registration is complete, you will receive a title deed confirming your ownership of the property.


Property conveyancing can be a complex and time-consuming process, but with the right solicitor by your side, you can ensure a smooth and successful transaction. At SQE Property Law & Land Law, we offer expert advice and professional services to guide you through every step of the conveyancing process.

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