Higher Apprenticeship in Conveyancing (Wales)

Framework status: Current (latest) issue

Framework details

Framework ID: FR04093
Issue number: 2
Issued: 15 June 2017

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Skills for Justice (Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services)

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Purpose

The employers involved in the development of this framework consider Apprenticeships are vital to the way they work as there is currently a lack of conveyancers in the market, which has led to companies needing to "grow their own" talented conveyancers from various backgrounds, most often not law graduates. This has been successful, but the Apprenticeship will promote the profession to a wider and younger audience and provides the opportunity to become a registered Conveyancing Technician or a Licensed Conveyancer, using a mixture of academic learning and practical training, which is not currently widely available to the industry.

Conveyancing is a legal service and forms part of the Financial and Professional Services Economic Renewal Programme priorities for Wales and are a key growth sector. Licenced Conveyancers and other property lawyers operate in the private sector, and firms range from multi-national commercial and corporate law firms to regional medium-sized law firms, to high-street micro-businesses. There are more than 7,500 law firms operating in Wales. In addition, conveyancing services are provided through in-house teams employed throughout industry. Conveyancing services are provided throughout the public sector, primarily by in-house teams.

From Economic.Stats.Wales Updated: Dec 2016. Real Estate Activities contribute 12.7% of Welsh GVA (excluding construction which contributes 6% GVA). This compares favourably to its GVA contribution in England - 13%, 10% Scotland and 8.3% in Northern Ireland. Demonstrating the importance and vibrancy of Welsh property related industries.

The CLC (www.clc-uk.org) is the specialist property regulator for England and Wales. Around 5% of legal practices regulated by the CLC are based in Wales and have a combined turnover in 2015/6 of £25million. Residential conveyancing is by far the greatest part of work for all practices, ranging from 73.9% to more than 97.9%, increasing in line with company turnover. CLC Legal Practices with cross border interests commonly use their Welsh offices to carry out onshore conveyancing transactions across England as well as Wales. Large national CLC Practices situated near the English/Welsh borders routinely recruit staff from Wales to work in their border offices. The total number of conveyancing transactions in Wales in 2015 was 784,725 (Land Registry data).

The Skills for Justice 2010 Sector Skills Assessment highlights the key issues affecting the legal services sector:

• Recession has impacted on the sector in a number of ways. Many law firms reduced the number of qualified individuals and when the market returned to pre-recession levels it quickly became apparent that the conveyancing sector has a severe skills shortage of qualified individuals. This has driven employers of licenced conveyancers and property lawyers to recruit staff from beyond Wales.

• Part 5 of the Legal Services Act 2007 introduces Alternative Business Structures (ABS). An ABS is a relatively new form of business structure where external investment in the business can be made from non-lawyers in professional management or ownership roles. ABS structures offer much greater flexibility in the way Lawyers practise. The CLC licences ABS’s.

These Higher Level Apprenticeships will also contribute to meeting the skills priorities for Wales by:

• providing flexible access to a high quality level 4 and 6 skills programme, which offers a real alternative to A Levels as an entry to the conveyancing sector for those who prefer this style of learning and achievement
• creating new technical jobs as entry points with employers who historically have only employed a graduate workforce
• incorporating skills to improve the general literacy, numeracy and ICT competence in Wales
• using technical and competence qualifications, valued by employers, to increase productivity
• developing apprentices' employability skills, making them more attractive to all employers, whichever career they choose
• providing a career pathway into jobs and training at technician level and higher, to provide the skills which the economy needs to grow
• building on the existing quality learning provision for the justice sector in Wales

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