Do I need a solicitor and a conveyancer?
No; you should have one or the other, depending on your situation. Remember that a conveyancer is a property law expert. A solicitor may call themselves a conveyancer if they have previously studied property law. However, not all conveyancers are solicitors. A solicitor is a legal professional that has a greater knowledge of the law and can guide you through transactions that require attendance in an Australian court.
Therefore, a full-time conveyancer is likely to be more efficient in performing conveyancing duties. However, should you need to complete a transaction that requires court attendance, a solicitor is a must.
Another big difference is the cost. Due to the variety of services that a solicitor may provide, they usually charge by the hour which ends up being more costly than a conveyancer. This is because conveyancers usually charge a fixed fee.