Guidance for those working in conveyancing

27 March 2020   

Guidance for those working in conveyancing

Representatives from professional and membership bodies involved in the conveyancing process met with the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) yesterday. They recognise the stress that people planning to move house must be facing at this time. The industry stands ready to work with consumers to rearrange move dates playing its part in meeting the public health challenge.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) were amongst the attendees, represented by Conveyancing Adviser, Heather Keates (Director at Pirie Palmann Property Lawyers), to represent the views of conveyancing members.

Following the meeting MHCLG published new guidance urging parties involved in the house moving process to adapt and be flexible. Conveyancers are being asked to continue to support the sales process as far as possible and should make sure their clients are aware of the difficulties of completing transactions. The full guidance can be found here.


For further information, please contact:

Kerry Jack, Black Letter Communications on 07525 756 599 or email:

Louise Eckersley, Black Letter Communications on 0203 567 1208  or email:

Notes to editors:

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is one of the three main professional bodies covering the legal profession in England and Wales. The 20,000-strong membership is made up of Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals and other legal professionals.

CILEx members are regulated through an independent body, CILEx Regulation. It is the only regulator covering paralegals.

CILEx provides career support and training, with qualifications open to those holding GCSEs, A levels or a degree. Over 100,000 students have chosen CILEx over the last 25 years, with the majority studying whilst in full or part-time employment.

CILEx offers the opportunity of a non-graduate route to qualification as a lawyer, although graduates are also welcomed and the Graduate Fast-track Diploma offers a more affordable and viable alternative to the LPC.

Those who complete the full CILEx qualification are known as Chartered Legal Executives. They can become partners in law firms, coroners, judges or advocates in open court.

CILEx is committed to supporting members to deliver accessible legal services to the public.

The membership is diverse – 75% of members are women and 11% are from a BAME background.