What Does the Conveyancing Process Involve?


If you’re looking to buy or sell a property, you may have heard the term conveyancing mentioned. The process, which plays a vital role in transferring property ownership, involves a series of important legal and administrative steps. Hook & Partners are experienced conveyancing solicitors in Essex, with our team able to provide expert advice and support throughout the entire conveyancing process. Read on to find out what the conveyancing process involves.

An initial consultation

The conveyancing process begins with an initial consultation, during which we’ll discuss your specific requirements. We’ll take the time to understand your circumstances and explain the conveyancing process in detail, answering any questions you may have along the way. This consultation is essential for ensuring we have an in-depth understanding of your needs, allowing us to tailor our services to your unique situation.

Legal checks and searches

Once you’ve instructed us to act on your behalf, we’ll conduct a number of legal checks and searches to identify any potential issues with the property. We investigate a variety of factors, including local planning proposals, water supply and sewage, flood risks, environmental concerns and more. These checks and searches are crucial for uncovering any hidden problems or restrictions that could affect your ownership or use of the property.

Contract review

A key part of the conveyancing process involves reviewing the contract of sale. Our solicitors will carefully examine the contract to ensure that it accurately reflects the agreed terms, helping to protect your interests. We’ll examine every single detail, including the sale price, property description and fixtures and fittings. If any amendments need to be made, we’ll take care of this, liaising with the relevant parties on your behalf to negotiate any necessary changes.

Exchanging contracts

Once both parties are ready to proceed, contracts can be exchanged. This stage is a significant part of the conveyancing process since it makes the agreement legally binding for both the buyer and seller. Upon exchanging contracts, the buyer normally pays a deposit, which is typically around 10% of the property’s purchase price. Once contracts have been exchanged, neither party can pull out of the sale without facing severe financial penalties.


A completion date will be agreed upon, with this date marking the end of the conveyancing process and is when the property will officially change hands. Our solicitors will oversee the transfer of funds, making sure all necessary payments are made, including stamp duty and any outstanding fees. We’ll also take care of registering the property transfer with the relevant authorities. If you’re ready to enlist the services of our experienced Essex conveyancing solicitors, get in touch today. You can reach us by calling 01268 692 255 or 01702 436 453 or by sending us a message via the contact form on our website.