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The Best Conveyancing Lawyers in Canberra

By Emily Morris - 1 September 2017 16

Conveyancing lawyers Canberra

This has been updated for September 2017

When you buy a home or other property, the last thing you need is a tangle of legal paperwork gone wrong. Yet real estate law is one of the more complex fields in the legal field. That’s why not just any lawyer will do when you’re dealing with a real estate transaction. You need someone whose expertise can untangle even the most complicated property law challenges. Conveyancing lawyers, who specialise in real estate law, can look after your best interests and help you clear the path to ownership.

Since you’re not a legal expert yourself, you need to know what to look for in your legal team so you can choose the best one. Here are some tips on finding the best lawyer for your real estate purchase.

How to Find Qualified Real Estate Lawyers

  • Ask friends and colleagues for recommendations: Don’t just get a name and a business card. Ask about specifics. Did the lawyer update them regularly on new developments? Could he or she keep the process running smoothly? Did she or he inform them about all the steps they needed to take to complete the transaction? Were the fees reasonable?
  • Ask your mortgage broker, lender or financial adviser: With years of experience in conducting real estate and investment transactions, these professionals deal with conveyancing lawyers on a day to day basis and can advise you about which one might best meet your needs.
  • Look over potential candidates’ credentials: After you’ve gotten recommendations, research the candidates’ qualifications carefully. Choose a short list from the best of the bunch.
  • Interview each of the final candidates: Since you’ll need to work together on the transaction, make sure that the lawyer has a work style that suits your own.

The Best Conveyancing Lawyers in Canberra According to Our Readers

We’ve read through your comments, and have come up with a short list of three conveyancing law firms that come up to the high standards you demand.

Meyer Vandenberg Canberra

The team of specialists at Meyer Vandenberg Canberra have years of experience in conveyancing. They can help you navigate the daunting – but extremely important – process of buying and selling units, houses, and land.

Meyer Vandenberg’s pre-merger firms were, in fact, best known for their professional conveyancing services. This means property law is very much a part of their firm’s identity. Their friendly team can help you through every stage of the property purchasing or selling procedure – from initial planning, all the way to the final settlement.

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, they can help you take the correct steps toward securing a place of your own. If you’re a seasoned investor, Meyer Vandenberg can help you organise your portfolio and overcome the often complex and convoluted paperwork.

What’s more, Meyer Vandenberg 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.
Whether you’re an individual, couple, landlord, tenant, or investor buying or selling a single-family home, residential complex, or commercial premises, Meyer Vandenberg has the skills and knowledge to ensure the journey runs smoothly from start to finish.

Chamberlains Law Firm

One of the concerns many customers brought up was having a lawyer that knew all the ins and outs of the complex conveyancing code. One customer put it this way, “A lot can go wrong.” To find legal help that is both “thorough” regarding real estate statutes and has “rates that [are] reasonable” is a challenge for many people in Canberra and surrounds. Here’s a law firm who understands that challenge:

Chamberlains Law Firm has years of extensive experience in ACT law that helps them straighten out all the twists and turns that come with a property conveyancing transaction, whether it’s a commercial or residential property. Their award-winning service and keeping customers in the loop on every transaction makes buying a property a hassle-free one—a process that saves their clients’ money over the course of the transaction. To arrange a consultation, call them on (02) 6215 9100, or email them at chamberlains@chamberlains.com.au.

Baker, Deane, and Nutt

For more than 150 years, Baker, Deane, and Nutt has specialised in conveyancing law. To give their clients peace of mind by minimising risk in real estate transactions is not only their job—it’s their mission. Special areas of interest for this firm include: home purchases and sales in both the ACT and NSW, subdivisions, property developments, advice on mortgage and loan documents, and property transfers.

Customers praise them for conducting a “very smooth transaction.” Other lesser qualified lawyers—not on our list, thankfully— according to one of the comments, were “clueless.” About Baker, Deane, and Nutt, one customer concluded, “Short story: use them; they’re good.” Located conveniently in both Canberra and Queanbeyan, you can call them on (02) 6230 1999 for their Canberra office, or on (02) 6299 3999 for their Queanbeyan one. Email them at canb@bdn.com.au (Canberra) or at qbyn@bdn.com.au (Queanbeyan).

Bradley Allen Love Lawyers

One of the common threads among our readers’ comments was the lawyers’ focus on communication. Lawyers who keep their customers in the know earned their praises. One customer mentioned that what’s important was a lawyer who “didn’t mind answering hundreds of questions” and who responded to calls promptly.

With their wide-ranging experience in both commercial and residential conveyancing, the team of experts at Bradley Allen Love earn their clients’ praise for their “prompt, effective solutions to…complexities.” You can count on a Bradley Allen Love conveyance lawyer for answers to all your questions, as well as for prompt service. For more information about BAL’s team of experienced conveyance lawyers, call them on (02) 6274 0999 or reach them on email at reception@ballawyers.com.au.

What Legal Team Will You Choose for Your Real Estate Deals?

To help you search for the best real estate legal team in Canberra, we’ve updated this article, thanks to the helpful feedback from you, our readers. Tell us about your experience with your real estate lawyer. Comment below and tell us who you would recommend the next time you buy or sell a property.

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16 Responses to
The Best Conveyancing Lawyers in Canberra
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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