Is a Conveyancer a Lawyer?

licensed conveyancer vs lawyer
Updated: June 27, 2023
First Published: June 4, 2022

A conveyancer is someone specifically trained and qualified to handle the transfer of real estate from one person to another. They give professional advice on title transfers and conduct legal work to ensure your purchase or sale runs smoothly.

Lawyers and licensed conveyancers are qualified to undertake conveyancing work.

Most people use a professional to represent them when they buy or sell property. You can do the conveyancing work yourself, but this is risky and may end up costing you more in the long run.


Is a licensed conveyancer a lawyer?
A licensed conveyancer is accredited to do property transfers. A lawyer is a legal professional who can do conveyancing and broader legal work.

Licensed conveyancer vs lawyer – who does what?

Both licensed conveyancers and lawyers can review legal documents, complete property transfer forms, and arrange settlement.

Although licensed conveyancers and lawyers are both qualified to do conveyancing work, there are important differences between the two.

What is a licensed conveyancer?

A licensed conveyancer is a specialist in property transfer matters. They are not lawyers; they are licensed or accredited to undertake conveyancing work.

The training to become a conveyancer typically involves a one year diploma course and an additional year of supervised training.

 Licensed conveyancers are limited in the amount of legal advice they can offer clients.

They can help with:

  • the paperwork involved in buying or selling a house
  • advising on property inspections and the conveyancing process
  • assisting in the transfer of a property from one party to another.

What is a lawyer?

A lawyer (also called a solicitor) is a legal professional who is qualified to deal with conveyancing and other legal matters.

In addition to the tasks a licensed conveyancer can provide, conveyancing lawyers are qualified to offer legal advice and take legal action in relation to your property.

Lawyers are professionals who have completed more than four years tertiary study to achieve their qualification, followed by an additional two years of supervised work. They have a broad and extensive knowledge of the law, not just in relation to property, but also other relevant areas like taxation and contracts.

Lawyers are generally able to deal with a broader range of complex conveyancing and property law matters.

To check whether a person is a registered lawyer in New South Wales, you can visit the Law Society website.

Should I use a licensed conveyancer or a lawyer?

People often assume a lawyer will charge more than a conveyancer. While sometimes true, that is not always the case.

We are qualified lawyers and Open House Conveyancing is a law firm – but our prices are better than most conveyancers!

Why? Because it is our mission to provide a premium conveyancing service at the lowest possible price. 

How do we do this? We have very experienced lawyers working with us and we utilise the latest technology to streamline our conveyancing processes. This means we get the job done quickly and efficiently. Saving you time and money! Ask us for a quote and see for yourself!

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