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The Best Conveyancing Lawyers in Canberra

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Conveyancing lawyers Canberra

Buying or selling a property can be a stressful and complex process. The last thing you need is to have your sale or purchase delayed because of problems with the legal paperwork.

Unfortunately, real estate law is also one of the more complex legal disciplines. So, when you’re dealing with a real estate transaction, not just any lawyer will do. You need someone whose legal expertise can handle the thorniest of property law issues.

That’s where conveyancing lawyers – lawyers who specialise in real estate law – come in. A skilled conveyancing lawyer will look after your best interests and help you clear the path to ownership or sale.

What makes a great conveyancing lawyer?

If you’re not a legal expert, it can be difficult to know what to look for when choosing a conveyancing lawyer.

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

  • Effective communication. When reviewing reader comments for this article, one thing was clear: communication is key. Conveyancing lawyers who focused on communication and kept clients in the loop received consistently high praise. The best lawyers (in the eyes of readers) didn’t mind answering multiple questions and responded to calls promptly.
  • Positive testimonials. Take a look at reviews and testimonials, keeping an eye out for specifics. Did the lawyer update the client regularly about new developments? Did he or she keep the process running smoothly? Did he or she inform the client about all the steps involved in completing the transaction? Were the fees reasonable?
  • Experience and qualifications. Find out about the types of property transactions the lawyer has worked on in the past. Helping a first home buyer purchase an off the plan apartment requires very different expertise to assisting developers with bulk land purchases. Look for a lawyer whose experience aligns with your needs.
  • Organisation skills. Conveyancing lawyers need to be highly organised to meet deadlines and manage complex conveyancing tasks – including last minute changes. If something doesn’t go to plan, a conveyancing lawyer who knows the status of all documents and their location can often save the day.

Remember also that your mortgage broker, lender or financial advisor may have recommendations. With years of experience  conducting real estate and investment transactions, these professionals deal with conveyancing lawyers on a daily basis.

The best conveyancing lawyers in Canberra according to our readers

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended personal injury lawyers according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Baker Deane & Nutt

Baker Deane & Nutt

Baker Deane & Nutt has specialised in conveyancing law for more than 150 years. Minimising risk in real estate transactions isn’t just a job for its team members – it’s their mission. Special areas of interest include home purchases and sales in the ACT and NSW, subdivisions, property developments, advice on mortgage and loan documents and property transfers.

Baker Deane & Nutt has offices in Canberra and Queanbeyan for added convenience.

Here’s what Google reviewer Barbara said about her experience with Baker Deane & Nutt: “Ida was brilliant with our two conveyances. Went above and beyond when our bank moved too slowly. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend again!” 

Similarly, reviewer Samantha described working with Baker Deane & Nutt as “prompt, professional and thorough”.

Level 1, 1 Farrell Place
Canberra City ACT 2601
Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers

Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers

When it comes to navigating the daunting process of buying and selling property, Meyer Vandenberg’s conveyancing specialists have the experience to make the process as seamless as possible.

In fact, Meyer Vandenberg’s pre-merger firms (Meyer Clapham and Vandenberg Reid, which merged in 2005) were best known for their professional conveyancing services. Property law continues to be one of Meyer Vandenberg’s key focus areas today.

With a range of specialists on staff, Meyer Vandenberg is equipped to assist property purchases at any level. If you’re just starting out and would like to buy your first home, it can help you take the right steps toward securing a place of your own. If you’re a seasoned investor, Meyer Vandenberg can help you organise your portfolio and manage the paperwork.

Meyer Vandenberg also maintains strong links with major governing bodies and associations in the property sector. These ties keep them up-to-date with market and legal changes.

Level 2, 121 Marcus Clarke Street
Canberra City ACT 2601
Bradley Allen Love Lawyers

Bradley Allen Love Lawyers

If you appreciate clear, honest communication and a stress-free conveyancing experience, Bradley Allen Love Lawyers (also known as BAL Lawyers) is ready to help. Its team has earned high praise for providing prompt and effective solutions to both residential and commercial conveyancing clients.

BAL Lawyers offers advice on loan and mortgage documents, provides contract advice for building new homes and can draw up or review sales contracts to put your mind at ease while buying your home. Other specialty areas include off the plan purchases, retirement village purchases, title transfers and providing guarantor advice.

Reviewers Neroli and Simon said they would recommend BAL Lawyers for conveyancing in Canberra. “We have now purchased two homes with Bradley Allen Love Lawyers and will do so again if the opportunity arises. The team were very professional, communicative and prompt. Our meetings never seemed rushed. The process and costs were clearly explained and the fees were very reasonable. The team were always happy to answer any question and were very happy to go into as much details as we wanted,” they wrote.

9th Floor, Canberra House, 40 Marcus Clarke Street
Canberra City ACT 2601

Velocity Conveyancing

Velocity Conveyancing offers fixed-price conveyancing services, with offices all over Canberra and in Queanbeyan. It bills its conveyancing services as affordable and easy, and even offers incentives like $0 upfront to make it easier for clients to list their properties for sale.

Reviewer Laura praised Velocity Conveyancing’s professionalism. “I found them to be highly attentive to detail, responsive to emails and both clear and timely in their communication. The price was more competitive than others in the ACT too.” 

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best conveyancing lawyers in Canberra.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra conveyancing lawyers. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?


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frida20 8:39 pm 26 Aug 15

Hi there,
I need some advice. So and my husband are thinking to settle in googong it will be our first home. So I wander how everyone manage the loan repayment while constructing. Also we are looking for a good solicitor to act on our behalf and who will be here.

jaydenbraim 5:21 pm 27 Jan 15

It was good year, though the next will be even better 🙂 Please See http://www.enactconveyancingsydney.com.au

zllauh 12:04 pm 04 Jun 14

Hi Jacqui,

How did you go ?

Jacqui_Anderson 11:01 pm 20 Aug 12

Thank you all so much for your recommendations! I really appreciate all your help and will keep you posted 🙂

HenryBG 11:38 am 20 Aug 12

dtc said :

HenryBG said :

Use a Solicitor in Queanbeyan. You may then stand a chance of getting one who knows what s/he is doing and does it at a fair price..

Yes, its well known that people are unable to be competent at two things at once, like understanding ACT conveyancing law AND understanding NSW conveyancing law.

Correct. Although the Queanbeyan firms I mentioned will do a perfectly good job of an ACT conveyance as well.

dtc 10:04 am 20 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

Use a Solicitor in Queanbeyan. You may then stand a chance of getting one who knows what s/he is doing and does it at a fair price..

Yes, its well known that people are unable to be competent at two things at once, like understanding ACT conveyancing law AND understanding NSW conveyancing law.

pandaman 11:57 pm 19 Aug 12

I have had a good experience with Baker, Deane and Nutt. Very smooth transaction. Short story, use them, they’re good. If you wanna know why, keep reading.

By the time I was ready for my second purchase, they’d put their prices up and I decided to shop around and ended up using another queanbeyan based firm. (I’m not going to name names, because slagging off at lawyers, even incompetent ones, is unlikely to end well for me) They were significantly cheaper than Baker, Deane and Nutt, but the solictor I dealt with was so totally clueless that she gave me the contract of sale with a reccomendation to sign immediately, and failed to notice that it included a clause stating that the house had no development approval, certificate of occupancy or any local government documentation whatsoever. At best, that would mean the house was uninsurable, at worst it could mean that the council could have the place knocked down should it suit them at some point.

Conclusion: Baker Deane and Nutt = good in my experience. Another firm based within 500m of them in Queanbeyan = not so good. Take care.

LSWCHP 9:21 pm 19 Aug 12

I did a couple of NSW transactions using Elrington Boardman Allport in Queanbeyan, and they were very good.

Pork Hunt 6:34 pm 19 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

Use a Solicitor in Queanbeyan. You may then stand a chance of getting one who knows what s/he is doing and does it at a fair price.

Elringtons has been around for a while, as have Baker Deane and Nutt.
I’ve dealt with both over the years and I have no unpleasant recollections of either.

ACT conveyancing is essentially an exercise in form-filling and box-ticking, so ACT solicitors just have very junior clerks doing it as there is very little to do and almost no risk of anything going wrong (until somebody finally decides to sue somebody on acount of the captive Sellers’ building reports…very tempted to do so myself last time I bought a house in the ACT, usual dodgy builders; report in the contract representing failure to disclose if not an actual attempt to deceive.)

In NSW a lot can go wrong. There are a lot of unconnected State Govt authorities to do searches at – EPA, Electricity, water, roads to name just a few. Use a NSW solicitor.

What he said.

HenryBG 7:09 am 19 Aug 12

Use a Solicitor in Queanbeyan. You may then stand a chance of getting one who knows what s/he is doing and does it at a fair price.

Elringtons has been around for a while, as have Baker Deane and Nutt.
I’ve dealt with both over the years and I have no unpleasant recollections of either.

ACT conveyancing is essentially an exercise in form-filling and box-ticking, so ACT solicitors just have very junior clerks doing it as there is very little to do and almost no risk of anything going wrong (until somebody finally decides to sue somebody on acount of the captive Sellers’ building reports…very tempted to do so myself last time I bought a house in the ACT, usual dodgy builders; report in the contract representing failure to disclose if not an actual attempt to deceive.)

In NSW a lot can go wrong. There are a lot of unconnected State Govt authorities to do searches at – EPA, Electricity, water, roads to name just a few. Use a NSW solicitor.

Holden Caulfield 10:07 pm 18 Aug 12

Mark Tigwell from Tetlow Tigwell Watch: http://www.ttwlaw.com.au/

Doesn’t take any s*** from developer/builder types and was excellent for us as first home buyers 13-odd years ago. Have used him a couple of times since for good results too.

cranky 8:54 pm 18 Aug 12

Just Law at Erindale could be worth a shot. The Principal hails from Bungendore, so should certainly be all over NSW conveyancing.

Sandman 7:39 pm 18 Aug 12

Clinton Jones at Priority Legal. He’s based in Watson but does NSW as well and pretty much specialises in conveyancing. We’ve used him a couple of times now and he’s prompt and thorough and rates were very reasonable. He works from a home office so you’re not paying for an inner city premises or new BMW tax write-off .

Rangi 5:55 pm 18 Aug 12

The good ones probably won’t be able to help you because they are 6 foot under.

mistertim 5:33 pm 18 Aug 12

Can heartily recommend Jane Lally at O’Connor Harris in Civic – or Ruth Harris there as well.

HHR 2:23 pm 18 Aug 12

Hi Jacqui,
When my partner and I moved from the ACT to Yass a few years ago and bought out first property we used Elizabeth Pullé at Endeavour Legal. http://www.endeavourlegal.com.au/ She was great: lots of communication, didn’t mind answering hundreds of questions, called back when she said she would – fantastic.
Good luck with the purchase!

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