Solicitors often have both planning and property development skills and are involved in option agreements, the planning process and the subsequent site acquisition.
Legal managers deal with the development process from the time of site acquisition. They are responsible for the production of the developer’s pack, which contains the developer’s contract, title deed transfer, planning consents and legal information necessary to complete house sales to customers. Generally, legal managers need a formal legal qualification, either as a solicitor, licensed conveyancer or member of the Institute of Legal Executives.
Conveyancing staff are employed to deal with the legal plot sale procedure and the acquisition and disposal of any associated part exchange properties. Many conveyancing staff are licensed conveyancers or members of the Institute of Legal Executives. Many companies provide in-house training for conveyancers and often no formal qualifications are required as close supervision is provided.