Benefit of using a CLC regulated conveyancing firm or one with CQS?

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When buying and selling a house or a flat, look at a few things, as not all firms are the same. 

Firstly, look for reviews on Google and Trustpilot. 

Secondly, speak to the conveyancing firm. Find out their record of success as 39.8% of sales and purchases collapse. 

Thirdly, how long does that conveyancing firm take to exchange and complete? The average is five (5) months. Some firms investing in innovative technology are helping conveyancers and solicitors cut down those delays by months, thereby cutting down fall-through rates. For example, AVRillo uses a mixture of cutting-edge tech and specialist conveyancers to cut average completion from 5 months to 2 to 3 months and increase the average success rate from 60.02% to 95%. 

Fourthly, choose a specialist conveyancer who is either regulated by the CLC or accredited by the CQS. You can’t have both.  

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Benefit of a using a CLC regulated conveyancing specialist firm or one whose conveyancing department is regulated by the CQS?

Both CLC or CQS show the consumer that the legal firm specialises in conveyancing. You can’t be accredited by both, it’s either one of the other.

A CLC firm (regulated by the Council of Licenced Conveyancers) has their whole legal practice specialising exclusivity on conveyancing. On the other hand, a CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) accredited firm does other fields of law, e.g., it can carry out other areas of, such as litigation to matrimonial to criminal or the tens of other different areas of law, including conveyancing. 

At AVRillo we have chosen to be regulated by the CLC because of our exclusive focus of our 100 staff all focus on conveyancing matters, day in day out. As such we preferred the specialised regulatory body of the Council of Licensed Conveyancers to look after us and our conveyancing clients’ needs.

The benefit of being regulated either by the CLC or an accredited by the CQS, is that these conveyancers are more likely to be recognised by lenders to allow them to work for clients as they prefer specialists.

Both a CLC or CQS conveyancing firm specialise in an area of law that has the highest number of negligence of any other area of law. You should also ask about the negligence rate of the conveyancer firm you choose. They should know that not every firm has a high negligence record. AVRillo LLP, for example, has one of the lowest negligence rates in the UK and one of the highest move rates in the UK.

As conveyancing specialists, conveyancers in these firms are less likely to have legal complaints about conveyancing law and practice. That’s because both need to be audited to ensure their training is kept up to date. As to a CLC firm, as they deal exclusively in conveyancing services, they will exclusivity take continuing development skill course, throughout the year on conveyancing fields.

So, a CLC firm will spend their yearly Continuing Professional Development budget on pretty much legal skill relating to conveyancing or associated areas. Whereas in comparison a firm with CQS only with more likely share that CPD training budget between conveyancers and other departments dealing with different areas of law other than exclusively in conveyancing.

Customer Review:

AVRillo are very professional and up to date with their communication, from the date they are instructed a file on their portal is ready where all the progress of Sale / Purchase can be checked. They write regular letters and explain the facts and actions time to time which makes life easy for someone new in the process. They do not give specific advice on any cases or searches but otherwise for general conveyancing this is a very professional and systematically working company.” – MJ, a satisfied AVRillo client.

Save thousands with our 95% success rate
compared to a 39.8%* failure rate elsewhere.

* according to OnTheMarket data (OTM is one of the top 3 UK property portals alongside Rightmove and Zoopla)

What about looking at the body that regulates that conveyancing firm?

As a Licenced Conveyancing legal firm is already regulated by the rules and guide of their own specialist conveyancing regulatory body, the Council of Licenced Conveyancers, they are not required to follow the CQS protocol. However, Solicitor practices, who are not allowed to be regulated by the CLC but only by the Law Society, can only apply for CQS accreditation. If they get it then must comply with it. Both CLC and CQS help conveyancers specialise in residential property sales or property purchases, such as freehold, leasehold properties, ranging from first time buyers to residential buy-to-let conveyancing transactions.

AVRillo LLP was regulated by the SRA as a form of solicitors when it was formed in 1998, until it chose to convert to being regulated by the specialist conveyancing regulatory body, known as the CLC. It employs both conveyancers regulated by the CLC and solicitors regulated by the SRA as individuals. The entire firm is regulated by the CLC.

The Council for Licenced Conveyancers (CLC) and the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) are distinct entities within the UK’s legal framework, each with its own set of standards and regulations for conveyancing professionals. The CLC handbook regulates the standards required of its conveyancing lawyers: CLC. Handbook: https://www.clc-uk.org/handbook/the-handbook/ and


The CLC is a regulatory body that oversees specialist lawyers dealing exclusively with conveyancing. These firms are known as licenced conveyancers in England and Wales. The CLC sets out specific regulations and standards that its members must adhere to, including professional conduct, client care, and technical competence in conveyancing matters.

On the other hand, the CQS is a scheme established by the Law Society of England and Wales for solicitor firms regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). These firms are not required to deal exclusively with conveyancing and often engage in other areas of law, ranging from commercial and criminal work to medical negligence, insurance, probate, matrimonial, litigation, and countless other areas. For solicitor firms that carry out conveyancing, the Law Society has set up the CQS protocol.

Each body, the CLC and the CQS protocol from the Law Society, has its own compliance requirements. While there may be overlaps in the principles of good practice, the specific protocols and procedures are tailored to the different types of legal professionals they regulate. Licenced conveyancers regulated by the CLC are not required to follow the CQS protocol, as the CQS is specifically aimed at solicitors’ practices. Both help their conveyancers specialise in residential property sales or property purchases, both freehold and leasehold properties, and residential buy-to-let conveyancing transactions.

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What is the Conveyancing Protocol?

The Conveyancing Protocol, outlined by The Law Society, is a guideline for solicitors and conveyancers in the sale and purchase of residential properties, applicable to both freehold and leasehold transactions, excluding new builds. The CLC regulates its conveyancing lawyers: The CLC handbook regulates the standards required of its conveyancing lawyers: CLC Handbook: https://www.clc-uk.org/handbook/the-handbook/.

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