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Accreditation fees

Initial assessment and re-accreditation against Lexcel International v5 and Lexcel England and Wales v6 includes an annual registration fee and assessment fee.

Annual registration fee

An annual practice registration fee is payable to the Law Society. Please do not make payment when submitting your application. On receipt of your application, the amount payable will be determined and an invoice will be sent to the individual applying for accreditation.

Annual assessment fee

An annual assessment fee is payable direct to the independent assessment body (PDF) you have selected. Assessment contracts and fees are managed between the practice and relevant assessment body. Terms and charges can vary so practices and in-house legal departments are advised to contact at least two assessment bodies. This could help to identify the best assessment body for the practice/in-house legal department and obtain a competitive price. Market rates per assessment day are estimated at between £600 to £800.

The following are included in the quotes from all assessment bodies:

  • preparation and planning of the assessment
  • the on-site assessment
  • assessment feedback and written report.

Additional charges are likely to be made in relation to travel expenses and additional assessor time required to complete rectification of non-compliances that may arise at the assessment.  

Lexcel International v5

Annual registration fee

An annual registration fee is payable to the Law Society. Please do not make payment when submitting your application. On receipt of your application, the amount payable will be determined and an invoice will be sent to the individual applying for accreditation.

Effective 1 November 2014, the annual registration fees for private practices and in-house legal departments are:

 Cost excl. VATVAT @ 20%Total incl. VAT
Private practice   
Sole practitioners£62£12.40£74.40
2 - 4 partners£181£36.20£217.20
5 - 7 partners£237£47.40£284.40
8 - 10 partners£309£61.80£370.80
11 - 15 partners£361£72.20 £433.20
16 - 25 partners£499£99.80£598.80
26 - 50 partners£598£119.60£717.60
51+ partners£891£178.20£1,069.20
Non-private practice   
1-5 fee earners£62£12.40£74.40
6-15 fee earners£181£36.20£217.20
16-40 fee earners£309£61.80£370.80
41-60 fee earners£418£83.60£501.60
61+ fee earners£536£107.20£643.20

Annual assessment fee

An annual assessment fee is payable direct to the independent assessment body (PDF) you have selected. Each assessment body has their own charging structure, based on set duration of assessment guidelines (PDF) that specify the time allocated to complete an assessment. Assessors are required to adhere to these guidelines. Charges are likely to be based on day rates.

Lexcel England and Wales v6

Annual registration fee

An annual practice registration fee is payable to the Law Society. Please do not make payment when submitting your application. On receipt of your application, the amount payable will be determined and an invoice will be sent to the individual applying for accreditation.

Annual registration fees for legal practices and in-house legal departments are:

Number of fee earners / legal advisorsCost excl. VATVAT @ 20%Total incl. VAT
1£78£15.60£93.60
2-15£225£45.00£270.00
16-40£320£64.00£384.00
41-85£499£99.80£598.80
86+£747£149.40£896.40

The definition of a fee earner includes both admitted and non-admitted fee earners, as well as trainees who undertake fee earning work. When calculating the applicable fee, part-time fee earners and those who manage/supervise a team and still undertake fee earning work, should be included.

Annual assessment fee

An annual assessment fee is payable direct to the independent assessment body (PDF) you have selected. Each assessment body has their own charging structure, based on set duration of assessment guidelines (PDF) that specify the time allocated to complete an assessment. Assessors are required to adhere to these guidelines. Charges are likely to be based on day rates.

Other fees

The following fee applies for certificate re-issue and appeals:

Other fees - Entity accreditations Total fee
(ex VAT)
VAT @ 20% Total
(inc VAT)
Certificate re-issue£10.00£2.00£12.00
Appeal against decision to refuse accreditation £258.00 £51.60 £309.60  

Contact us

If you have any queries about Lexcel, please contact the accreditation office:

Email: lexcel@lawsociety.org.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7320 5933

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