There are some distinct differences between a Conveyancer and a Solicitor and you can decide which option suits your circumstances best once you understand the differences.
Firstly, a Solicitor has studied and been trained in law and there is a requirement to complete certain areas of law which allows them to practice in an area of specialism or, practice in different areas of law, including litigation.
A Licenced Conveyancer is not a Solicitor, but nonetheless has received extensive training and development in conveyancing and is in fact solely focused on this particular area of law and is therefore a true specialist.
You may find that a Conveyancer is less expensive than a Solicitor, however many law firms offer fixed fee Conveyancing services and at Co-op Legal Services we offer a No Sale No Fee Guarantee with our nationwide conveyancing service, so it is worth shopping around to find the best conveyancing quote.
Be aware that the lowest price does not necessarily deliver the best service and if you are in a long chain or are working to a tight deadline it is worth asking questions about their ability to complete the conveyancing process for a fixed fee and on time.
All Solicitors are required to be members of the Law Society and in the same way, all Conveyancers must be members of the Council for Licenced Conveyancers. Both of these representative organisations offer protection to consumers, they offer a complaints service and the Law Society offer accreditation schemes to Solicitors to demonstrate their competence.
You should consider if you are going to use a high street Solicitor who offers a wide variety of legal services rather than a Solicitor or Conveyancer who specialises only in conveyancing. Conveyancing has a lot of paperwork and using a Solicitor or Conveyancer who completes this process on a daily basis should understand the challenges, issues and blockages that come up and be in a better position to combat these.
In short, there are some differences between Conveyancers and Solicitors but you should shop around to find either a Solicitor or Conveyancer who can provide you with the service you require at the price you want.