What is Online Conveyancing?

What is Online Conveyancing? This is a term used for solicitors or conveyancers who provide conveyancing services without the need to see their clients face to face.

For many clients looking to venture into this new arena, they can find themselves unsure of what to expect and can feel nervous about the 'bad press' some online conveyancers get; especially as they are receiving a service from a conveyancer they never get to see.

However for the 3 out of 5 clients who work with an online conveyancer, it appears their fears fade away with the hope of saving £100s from their conveyancing fees.

Call our online conveyancing specialists on 0333 344 3234

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Are online conveyancers actually solicitors?

The fear many people have with working with online conveyancers is that there conveyancing is going to be handled by someone who is untrained, that they work with a team of people and generally can't rely on the work that has been completed. Sadly this can be the case, especially if you work with some of the larger conveyancing warehouses.

You can, however, get to work with solicitors when you find them online. In fact we offer this service, however all of the work is completed by firms of solicitors and you get to work with one person and not a team. For other online conveyancing companies you need to make sure you ask if you'll be working with one person from start to finish.
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Top tip: When you are getting your quote for conveyancing online ask if the person handling your conveyancing has the training required to give you the advice and support you need. These are the qualifications you should look for:
  • Solicitor - Regulated by the SRA and registered with the Law Society
  • Licensed Conveyancer - Regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers
  • FILEX - A Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives
The person assigned to look after your conveyancing may have none of these qualifications but you can be sure that their work is overseen by someone who does. If this is the case you should ask who the qualified person is, what qualifications they have and how much involvement they will have with your conveyancing on a day to day basis.


Avoid Conveyancing Warehouses

Some conveyancing firms assemble teams of conveyancers, either physically in an office or through online connections, which they feed masses of conveyancing work to and this is sometimes referred to as a conveyancing warehouse. Often a number of conveyancers work on the same case which can lead to discontinuity, confusion, bad communication and not least, the client feeling that they are not receiving a proper service because no one person is accountable.

Another side to this is the sheer volume of cases which the conveyancers in the warehouse are often expected to run simultaneously. Ideally a conveyancer should only take on as many cases as they can personally look after comfortably so each client is taken care of properly. The dynamics of a warehouse work against this.

You should avoid conveyancing warehouses because you can end up feeling invisible, that no-one in the firm is accountable and sometimes because of the length of time it takes to get to completion compared to other solicitors.

Online Conveyancing or High Street Solicitor?

Which of these you decide to choose will greatly depend on where you look for their services. A high street solicitor is normally referred by the estate agent and with that comes a premium. The reason for the premium is that many solicitors pay estate agents for referring clients and with referrals as high as £300, you can see why the high street solicitor often carries a premium. Find out more by reading - Forced into using Estate Agent's Solicitors

Online Conveyancing Quotes

Online conveyancing quotes come with less of an estate agent premium and firms are fiercely battling with each other to win your business. In fact, if you type conveyancing solicitors into Google you'll find results ranging from £99 upwards. The challenge you'll find with these online conveyancing quotes is that they never stay at this low price. To find out more, read - Online Conveyancing Quotes - The Truth Behind the Low Fees

Online Conveyancing Recommendations

Solicitors like ours come with a number of recommendations. When reviewing which online conveyancer to choose make sure you check their recommendations on third party websites like Google Reviews, Yelp or Yellow Pages.

Always examine the worst review in the list first to see what happened as these can often give an insight into what the online conveyancer is going to be like.

We are a highly recommended conveyancing service and we only work with highly experienced solicitors.

For a free fixed fee quote call 0333 344 3234

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