How To Choose A Conveyancing Solicitor

If you are buying or selling your property, you may be wondering how to choose a conveyancing solicitor. It is important that you find a genuine property law expert to make sure that your investment is sound and to give your transaction the best chance of completing successfully and without avoidable delay.

If you are thinking of moving house and you would like to ask about our conveyancing services, please feel free to ring us for a FREE initial chat on 01482 300 200, email us at or fill in our contact form and we will call you back promptly.

Choosing the best property lawyer from the many on offer can be daunting. We take a look at how to choose a good conveyancing solicitor.

Are they approved by major mortgage lenders?

If there is a mortgage involved in your transaction, your solicitor will also act for the mortgage lender. This means that they must be on the lender’s panel of approved solicitors. If they are not on the panel, they will not be able to deal with the mortgage. If they need to apply for approval, this can be a lengthy process, likely to cause delays. If the lender has to have separate representation, this will involve an additional cost. You should check before you instruct a solicitor for conveyancing that they are approved by all major mortgage lenders.

At Lockings, we are approved by all major mortgage lenders, meaning we can act for both them and you in your transaction.

Will your solicitor communicate effectively throughout?

One of the most complained about issues in conveyancing is a lack of proper communication. If you are buying or selling, you will want to be kept updated and to know as soon as something needs your attention. You will also want your solicitor to be available as needed to answer your questions.

It is crucial to have a solicitor who will respond promptly to enquiries from the other party in your transaction so that delays can be avoided.

At Lockings, we always make sure we support and guide our clients throughout the whole conveyancing process. We deal with enquiries as soon as they arise and make ourselves available to advise you as to progress and answer any questions you may have.

Are all of the conveyancing costs clear from the outset?

You should be made aware of all of the costs at the outset, including all of the additional expenses that will be necessary, such as search fees and Land Registry fees. You should be wary of any law firm that does not clearly set out all of the costs before they start work.

For a breakdown of the likely costs for your transaction, get in touch with us for a free no-obligation quote or download our free guide to conveyancing fees.

You are also advised to check what you will be required to pay if your transaction falls through. At Lockings, we provide a no-sale, no-fee guarantee, meaning that if your sale does not go ahead for whatever reason, you will not be charged for our time in working on your file.

Do they have real conveyancing and property law expertise?

If a difficulty should arise on your sale or purchase, it will be important to have a lawyer with genuine expertise dealing with the matter. At Lockings Solicitors, our conveyancing team have many years of experience in representing clients in a wide range of transactions. We are familiar with the problems that could arise and know how to resolve matters quickly and efficiently, to avoid delays arising.

Do you need a local solicitor for conveyancing?

It is not essential to instruct a local solicitor for conveyancing, but if you would like to be able to visit the office to go through paperwork and sign documents, you may want to find a branch that is convenient for you. We have offices in Hull, Beverley and York and deal with conveyancing in East Yorkshire and beyond.

We have in-depth local knowledge of our area, as well as strong connections with other local solicitors, local estate agents and local authority offices. This means we are able to discuss any matters that arise and deal with them quickly and effectively. We are also aware of many local issues that could have implications for your transaction, meaning we can advise you thoroughly of the situation and take action to protect your interests where necessary.

What track record do they have?

Finding out what other people think of a conveyancing service can give you an idea of whether they will be the right lawyers for you. At Lockings Solicitors, we regularly receive recommendations from clients who are pleased with the service they have received and who pass our name on to their friends and relatives.

To see what our clients have said about us, to include value for money, level of service provided and where we are placed by the independent review site Review Solicitors locally and nationally, see our .

You can also check out our the Google reviews for each of our offices below

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Do they offer the option of an online portal?

The option of dealing with some of the process via an online portal can be helpful. It gives you the flexibility of being able to check on progress when you want to and receive notifications as soon as input is required from you.

We are always happy to deal with clients in the way that suits them best. This could be by telephone, email and letter or via our online portal. For many people with busy lives, the online portal is preferable. This means they can manage their transaction in the time they have available and communicate effectively with us as needed.

Are they accredited by the Law Society?

The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme is awarded to law firms that provide consistently high standards, give quality residential conveyancing advice and use processes that minimise risk.

By choosing a practice that holds this accreditation, you can be sure that you will be represented by a conveyancing expert who will provide excellent service as well as having the depth of legal knowledge to give your transaction the best chance of success.

At Lockings Solicitors, we hold the Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation and we are committed to maintaining the quality of service for which we are known.

Choosing a conveyancing solicitor

Finding the right conveyancing solicitor can make the difference between a successful transaction and one that is slow, problematic or, in the worst case scenario, falls through, leaving you to start the whole process again.

At Lockings Solicitors, we are genuine conveyancing experts who always work proactively to give every sale and purchase the best chance of success. We respond promptly to communication and use our depth of expertise to anticipate and manage any issues that arise effectively and without avoidable delay.

If you would like to instruct one of our East Yorkshire conveyancing solicitors, ring us for a FREE initial chat on 01482 300 200, email us at or fill in our contact form and one of our team will call you back promptly. We have offices in


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