Conveyancing: appeal against a decision about your licence

How to appeal to a tribunal against a decision on your licence to provide conveyancing services.

What you can appeal against

You must have a licence to provide conveyancing services, unless you belong to another legal professional body like the Law Society.

You can appeal to the tribunal if the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC):

  • refuses to give you a licence
  • suspends or revokes your licence
  • adds conditions to your licence
  • fines you for breaking the licensing rules

Your case will be dealt with by a tribunal in the General Regulatory Chamber.

The tribunal is independent of the government, and will listen to both sides before it reaches a decision.

Time limits for appealing

You have 28 days to appeal after the CLC send you its decision.

If you miss the time limit, you can ask for more time to appeal. The tribunal will decide if it can still take your case.

How to appeal

Use the notice of appeal form and guidance leaflet.

Clearly say why you want to appeal against the decision.

Include any supporting documents, like the CLC’s decision.

Send the form to or:

General Regulatory Chamber
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
PO Box 9300

Telephone: 0300 123 4504

Tribunal staff can explain how the process works, but they can’t give you legal advice.

What happens next

The tribunal will write to you about the next steps.

Find out more about General Regulatory Chamber hearings and decisions.

Legislation and rules

You have the right to appeal to the tribunal under The Legal Services Act 2007 (Appeals from Licensing Authority Decisions) (No 2) Order 2011.

You can find detailed rules on how your appeal will be handled in the General Regulatory Chamber procedure rules.

Published 18 November 2014