12. The Law Society Conveyancing Protocol.

The Law Society Conveyancing Protocol ('the Protocol') for residential conveyancing was published by the Law Society in April 20111. The Protocol represents the Law Society's preferred practice in residential conveyancing transactions and is compulsory for use by those solicitors who are accredited under the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme2. Its use is optional in other cases but since it represents preferred practice a solicitor who chooses not to follow the Protocol (in whole or in part) should consider whether sufficient reasons exist in the circumstances of the case to justify a departure from preferred practice.

Licensed conveyancers3 can use the