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We Are the Conveyancing Lawyers In Melbourne to Speak to!

If you are looking at selling your home, buying a property or transferring your interest in a property, we are here to help.

As experts in conveyancing, our property law team is here to ensure that your property transaction is completed smoothly and effectively, and according to all local laws.

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What Is Conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring the ownership of a property from one person or entity to another. It involves a series of tasks and legal obligations that must be fulfilled in order to ensure a smooth and legally valid property transaction.

The Conveyancing Process

The conveyancing process in Victoria typically includes the following steps:

  1. The process starts with the pre-contract stage where the preparation and negotiation of the Contract of Sale is done, which outlines the terms and conditions of the property transaction. It also includes conducting property searches to gather information about the property, such as the title and plan, zoning, planning permissions, and any encumbrances or restrictions
  2. Next is the exchange of contracts, where the contract of sale is signed and exchanged between the buyer and seller, once the parties have agreed on the terms and conditions of the sale. At this point, the transaction becomes legally binding, and a deposit is often paid by the buyer
  3. After that comes the pre-settlement stage, where various tasks are carried out to prepare for the settlement, including calculating adjustments for council, water and other rates and taxes payable on the property, conducting final property inspections, coordinating with financial institutions if a mortgage is involved and arranging for payment of the balance of the purchase price
  4. Lastly comes the settlement, where the legal ownership of the property and title is transferred from the seller to the buyer. This step involves the payment of the purchase price, completion of all necessary documentation, and registration of the transfer of ownership with the relevant land registry authority.

What Does a Melbourne Conveyancer Do?

A conveyancing lawyer specialises in providing legal assistance and advice when settling property transactions.

Their role is to guide clients through the legal aspects of buying or selling property and ensure that the conveyancing process is completed smoothly and in accordance with the law.

A conveyancing lawyer’s role can range anywhere from reviewing the contract, preparing all the legal documents and assisting with settlement, to a wide range of related services that include giving legal advice, help with negotiating better terms, and managing the whole process from A to Z.

The Difference Between a Lawyer and a Conveyancer

While initially it may sound the same, there is actually a distinct difference between a Lawyer who undertakes conveyancing work (Conveyancing Lawyer) and a Licensed Conveyancer (Conveyancer).

Conveyancers hold a conveyancer’s licence authorising them to handle and advise on matters that are limited to conveyancing and property transfers. Although Conveyancers are not qualified to provide legal advice, assist with complex legal issues, assist with dispute resolution or represent you in court, typically they offer their services at lower rates and can settle all types of property transfers or refer you to a lawyer if any legal issues arise.

In contrast, a Conveyancing Lawyer must hold a law degree as the minimum educational qualification, must be admitted to practice law in court and can help you with many aspects of your property transaction that a conveyancer can not, such as:

  • Providing comprehensive legal advice on a range of issues that may arise during the conveyancing process including advice on contract terms, default, litigation and dispute resolution, potential risks, and other issues that may arise, or that can be identified early and avoided entirely
  • Complex transactions and issues that arise when it comes to off-the-plan purchases, subdivisions, related party transactions, commercial property transactions, and more
  • Broader legal issues that may impact the property transaction, such as family law, estate planning, tax implications, business law and lease issues and matters relating to deceased estates
  • Negotiation. Lawyers are trained to effectively negotiate on behalf of their clients, from negotiating contract terms to negotiations through the dispute resolution process
  • Lawyers can use their legal experience, training and negotiation skills to effectively navigate towards a resolution or to identify and avoid complex legal issues before they arise
  • A Conveyancing Lawyer can represent their client through all stages of a property matter to advise on and settle all possible scenarios

Do You Need to Use a Conveyancer for Melbourne Property Transactions?

While it is legally possible to handle your own conveyancing in Melbourne, it’s generally not recommended unless you have a thorough understanding of the law and the conveyancing process.

Conveyancing is typically a complex process, involving numerous legal documents, strict timelines, and important procedural steps, which, if not followed correctly, can lead to legal and financial repercussions.

It can also be very time-consuming, involving numerous tasks such as property searches, liaising with other parties, and ensuring all deadlines are met. Having a professional who is experienced in efficiently handling these tasks can save you a lot of time and stress, and ensure you don’t miss any crucial details.

There can also be significant financial risks involved in a property transaction. A small oversight or error could end up costing you a lot of money. An experienced conveyancer will help manage these risks.

While hiring a conveyancer or conveyancing lawyer does involve costs, many people find that the peace of mind, time saved, and potential risks mitigated are well worth it. An experienced conveyancing lawyer may even be able to save you money on the property transaction, making the cost well worth it.

Additionally, all registered lawyers and licensed conveyancers hold professional indemnity insurance.

Common Issues That Arise During the Conveyancing Process

During the conveyancing process, several common issues tend to arise that can complicate or delay the transaction, including:

  • Issues with the property’s title, such as undisclosed encumbrances, liens, or conflicting ownership claims, which can pose challenges during conveyancing.
  • Disputes related to property boundaries or survey discrepancies can arise, leading to disagreements between neighbours or uncertainties about the property’s size and boundaries.
  • Restrictions imposed by local planning authorities, such as zoning regulations, building permits, or planning overlays can affect property use and development. Buyers must ensure compliance with these restrictions, and any non-compliance issues must be addressed before proceeding.
  • Difficulties in obtaining finance or mortgage approval can cause delays in the conveyancing process. This includes challenges with loan applications, valuation issues, or changes in lending criteria.
  • Building and pest inspection reports can uncover issues like structural defects, termite infestations, or other building-related problems. These findings may require further negotiations between the buyer and seller, or in some cases, termination of the contract if the issues are significant.
  • Disagreements or disputes over contract terms, special conditions or amendments can arise between the buyer and seller. Resolving these issues may require negotiation, compromise, or in some cases, legal intervention.
  • Delays in settlement can occur due to various reasons, such as incomplete documentation, outstanding financial obligations, or unforeseen complications. These delays can disrupt timelines and cause frustration for both parties.
  • Failure to comply with legal requirements or regulations can pose problems during conveyancing. This includes issues such as failure to disclose important information, non-compliance with building codes, or non-payment of taxes or rates.
  • Failure to meet contractual obligations, such as providing required documents or making agreed-upon repairs, can lead to disputes and potential termination of the contract.

Dealing with these issues on your own, especially if you do not have extensive experience, can not only be extremely stressful but also costly if not handled correctly. This is where having a conveyancing lawyer on your side becomes well worth it.

What Makes Our Conveyancing Lawyers Your Best Choice?

When you engage us to manage your property conveyance, you are in safe hands. Our priority is to protect your interests, explain the process in plain English and keep you updated every step of the way.

We are here to ensure your experience with transferring the legal title of your property is stress free and seamless. But if there are bumps along the way, you can take comfort knowing that we are on your side, and by your side.

Our conveyancing lawyers have a deep understanding of property law, regulations, and the conveyancing process in Victoria. We have years of experience handling a wide range of property transactions and are familiar with all the potential challenges and their solutions.

We pay close attention to detail, ensuring that all documents are accurately prepared, reviewed, and submitted. We thoroughly analyse the Contract of Sale, property searches, and other legal documents to identify potential issues and protect your interests.

Effective communication is vital in conveyancing. Part of our process includes communicating clearly, promptly responding to all of your queries, and keeping you informed about the progress of the transaction. We explain legal terms and concepts in a way that our clients can easily understand.

We always prioritise your best interests and understand that every transaction is different. We take the time to understand your specific needs and circumstances, provide tailored advice, and work diligently to achieve your goals.

Our extensive experience allows us to anticipate any potential issues and takes proactive steps to address them. By conducting thorough due diligence, identifying risks and providing solutions we are able to mitigate or resolve problems that may arise during the transaction.

How Our Conveyancing Team Will Help You

Our team goes above and beyond the standard requirements of typical conveyancers, helping you will all aspects of the conveyancing process including:

  • Contract Preparation and Review: We assist in the preparation and review of the Contract of Sale, which includes terms and conditions of the property transaction. This ensures that the contract accurately reflects the intentions of the parties and provides you legal protection.
  • Property Searches and Due Diligence: We conduct various property searches to gather information about the property, such as titles and plans, planning permissions, zoning restrictions, easements, and any encumbrances or liabilities associated with the property. We then review these search results to identify any potential issues or risks and advise you accordingly.
  • Legal Advice: We provide legal advice throughout the whole process, including explaining complex legal terms and obligations, advise on legal rights and responsibilities, and answering any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Negotiations and Amendments: If there are negotiations or amendments required in the Contract of Sale, we represent your interests and assist in negotiating favourable terms. We will ensure that any changes made to the contract are legally valid and properly documented.
  • Financial and Mortgage Arrangements: We will liaise with financial institutions, mortgage lenders, and other relevant parties to facilitate the financial aspects of the transaction.
  • Settlement and Completion: Once we reach settlement, we will ensure that all necessary documents and payments are prepared, coordinate with the buyer’s or seller’s legal representatives, attend settlement on your behalf, and oversee the transfer of funds and legal ownership of the property.
  • Registration and Post-Completion Matters: After settlement, we will ensure all relevant authorities are notified of the change of ownership including the State Revenue Office, council and water authorities and any owners corporation associated with the property.
  • Legal Representation and Dispute Resolution: In the event of legal disputes or complications arising during or after the conveyancing process, we are here to provide legal representation and assist in resolving the issues through negotiation, mediation, or, if necessary, litigation.

Basically, we offer a complete A-Z management service of the entire conveyancing process, ensuring a stress-free process for you no matter what comes up.

Our Conveyancing Services Include

Buying & Selling Property

Pre-Purchase Legal Advice

Property Transfers

Retail and Commercial Leases

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FAQ Regarding Conveyancing

A Contract of Sale and a Section 32 Statement are two key documents in the process of selling a property in Victoria. Both of them are required for the transaction to be legally completed.


Contract of Sale
This is a legally binding agreement between the seller and buyer of a property. It outlines all the terms and conditions of the sale including price, the deposit amount, the settlement date, any special conditions and what is included or excluded from the sale (like fixtures and fittings).


Once both parties sign this contract and the buyer pays the deposit, they are committed to the terms of the sale.


Section 32 Statement
Also known as a Vendor’s Statement, a Section 32 Statement is a document provided by the seller to the potential buyer, usually before the Contract of Sale is signed. Its name comes from Section 32 of the Sale of Land Act in Victoria, which requires sellers to provide certain information to prospective buyers. This information includes:

  • Details about the property’s title, including any encumbrances like mortgages or easements.
  • Any planning restrictions or zoning information.
  • Outgoings like council rates, water rates, land tax and body corporate fees (if applicable).
  • Any notices or orders issued by authorities affecting the property.
  • Information about services connected to the property.

The purpose of a Section 32 Statement is to provide transparency to the buyer and protect them from purchasing a property that has issues they were not aware of.


The Section 32 Statement is a legal requirement, and if the seller fails to provide an accurate Section 32, the buyer may have rights to withdraw from the contract before settlement.

The best time to engage a conveyancing lawyer is at the early stages of buying or selling a property.


Some key points when you should seriously consider hiring a conveyancing lawyer include:

  • Before signing any contract – this is specifically important for buyers
  • Before listing a property for sale in order to prepare the legal documentation and meet all legal obligations
  • Before bidding at an auction, have a lawyer review the documents. If you are the winning bidder, you are legally obligated to complete the purchase.
  • For all Off-the-Plan purchases
  • When dealing with complex transactions such as commercial property, strata properties or properties with encumbrances or caveats.

There are several key legal documents that must be prepared, exchanged and registered during the conveyancing process in Victoria, including:

  • Contract of Sale which outlines the terms and conditions agreed upon by the buyer and seller
  • Section 32 Statement (Vender’s Statement) which is prepared by the seller and provides important information about the property to the buyer
  • Transfer of Land Document which is prepared by the buyer’s lawyer and is used to legally transfer the property from the seller to the buyer. This document needs to be lodged with
  • Land Use Victoria for registration
  • Stamp Duty Forms, which are necessary for the buyer to pay stamp duty on the property
  • Notice of Acquisition, which is prepared by the buyer’s lawyer and notifies the local council and other authorities about the change of ownership
    Loan documents, including the Loan Agreement and
  • Mortgage Deed, which are required if the buyer is taking out a mortgage to purchase the property
  • Adjustment Statement, which is prepared by the buyer’s lawyer to adjust the rates and taxes on the property between the buyer and seller at the settlement date
  • Settlement Statement, which outlines the final figures that the buyer needs to pay on the day of settlement.

The conveyancing process in Melbourne typically takes around 60 to 90 days (2 to 3 months) from the date the contract is signed until settlement.


However, this can vary based on several factors including any special conditions in the Contract of Sale, the length of the settlement period agreed upon by the buyer and seller, the responsiveness of the parties involved, and whether any unforeseen complications arise.

If issues are discovered during property inspections, there are several potential courses of action that the buyer can take:

  • If significant problems are found, such as structural issues, pest infestation, or needed repairs, the buyer may be able to negotiate a lower price to account for the cost of addressing these problems.
  • The buyer can negotiate for the seller to repair significant issues before the sale proceeds.
  • If the contract includes a building and pest inspection clause, the buyer may be able to withdraw from the purchase if major issues are identified and they’re unwilling or unable to deal with them.
  • If the issues discovered are minor and the buyer is comfortable proceeding with the purchase, the transaction can move forward as originally planned.
  • If issues arise during the property inspections, these should be discussed with your conveyancing lawyer so that they can advise you on the best course of action in your particular situation.

The cooling-off period is a specific amount of time after a contract of sale is signed during which the buyer can cancel (or ‘rescind’) the contract. In Victoria, the cooling-off period for a residential property contract is three business days, which starts the day the buyer signs the contract.


If the buyer decides to cancel the contract during the cooling-off period, they must provide written notice to the seller or their agent, and they are entitled to a refund of the purchase price, but the seller can keep $100 or 0.2% of the purchase price, whichever is greater.


Property transactions not subject to a cooling-off period in Victoria including commercial properties, sales by auction and sales made within three clear business days before or after a public auction.

The cooling-off period is designed to protect the buyer, allowing them some time to consider the purchase and seek professional advice if they haven’t done so before signing the contract. If the buyer has any doubts or second thoughts about the transaction, this period provides an opportunity to cancel the contract without significant penalties.

Yes, you can change your conveyancer during the process in Melbourne.

Keep in mind that changing your conveyancer partway through a transaction can be a complicated process, and it could potentially create delays. It’s essential to ensure that the reason for making the change outweighs the potential complications.

If you need to change your conveyancer, the process is typically as follows:

  • Formally inform your current conveyancer in writing that you are terminating their services and the date from which this is applicable
  • Settle any fees owed for the work they have completed up to this point. You may need to negotiate this with them.
  • Engage your new conveyancer and sign a new client agreement with them. It is a good idea to explain the situation and why you changed conveyancers so they can address any concerns or issues.
  • Transfer all documents and files from your old to your new conveyancer or lawyer.
  • Inform all other parties involved in the transaction (such as the real estate agent, the other party’s conveyancer or lawyer, and your lender) about the change.

Testimonials From Our Clients

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Nick Ciancio (Home)
Nick Ciancio (Home)
I would highly recommend Sandro and the team at Campus Lawyers for your conveyancing needs. Their correspondence was clear and concise, as well as quick responses on any questions raised. They guided us through every step of the way, of our home purchase, making the process to settlement seamless. Thank you
M Mocko
M Mocko
Third time experience with Cindy and the team at Campus Lawyers and every time their service was excellent. Both Cindy and Sandro are very approachable, professional, and always take time to reply to phone calls and emails. I would highly recommend them for any conveyancing needs!
Sean Langelier
Sean Langelier
First class, extremely attentive and friendly. Highly recommend!
Louie G-bags
Louie G-bags
Sandro and Cindy were absolutely amazing. They took my calls and answered emails promptly, which made the sale process a much more reassuring one! Highly recommend.
David Hodgson
David Hodgson
I used Sandro and Cindy for legal and conveyancing services on my first home , they were fantastic always available to answer questions or clarify things, they made the whole process much more relaxed and seamless , i would definitely use Campus legal again
Zara Tam
Zara Tam
I recently utilized the services of Campus Lawyers & Associates for a property settlement. From the outset, Sandro displayed exceptional responsiveness to my initial online inquiry. He provided a transparent cost estimate, breaking down the services in detail and guiding me through the steps involved. Once we confirmed the scope of work and proceeded with the property, Cindy demonstrated thoroughness in guiding us through all the COS documents, patiently interpreting clauses to ensure our complete understanding. The entire process was smooth, with both Sandro and Cindy keeping us informed every step of the way. Following the settlement, Sandro provided a comprehensive summary letter detailing all costs and legal expenses, along with sharing eCT for our records. Their professionalism and expertise were instrumental in facilitating a smooth property settlement process. Thank you so much for the professional legal guidance and support.
Craig King
Craig King
My wife and I would highly recommend the Campus team as they are so efficient and precise. With the purchase and sale of our properties we were in very good hands they dealt with every aspect. Sandro was always contactable and informative he kept us in the loop with every document and transaction. We cant thank them enough and we would happily recommend them . Thank you Cathy and Craig.
Maurice Fakhri
Maurice Fakhri
We have dealt with a few different conveyors/solicitors in the past when purchasing/selling property and never have we experienced such professionalism & friendly service, advice & such thorough work as with Campus Lawyers & Associates. Can honestly say we’ll never use anyone else. Cindy & Sandro would have to be the most sweetest & honest of humans still around. Having these guys taking care of our legalities has been a blessing.. Thank you Cindy & Sandro!!
Morgan Madden
Morgan Madden
Very helpful lawyers. My go to for anything property or estate related. Highly recommend.
Sharon Erbacher
Sharon Erbacher
We used Campus Lawyers for a conveyance recently and were impressed by their efficiency and professionalism. They have well-developed processes to guide clients through each step of the conveyancing process, and were always quick to respond if we had additional questions. We will certainly be using them again for future property transactions.

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