We have recently undertaken a review of the Law Society's Children Law Accreditation to ensure that the scheme continues to provide a robust means of recognising and identifying children law specialist, while keeping the representation of children as the focus of the scheme.
As a result of the review, there are a number of changes are being introduced to the application and accreditation process as of 1 January 2016:
We will continue to accept initial and re-accreditation applications under the old process until 31 January 2016. From 1 February 2016, all applications for Children Law Accreditation must be made under the new process, ensuring that the requirements for accreditation are met. The new documentation is available on our how to apply page.
The following pages outline the updated application, assessment and accreditation processes.
The Law Society's Children Law Accreditation covers all types of children law work.
Accredited members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of children law and the representation of children.
All accredited Children Law practitioners also agree to follow the Law Society Code of Practice for Children Law (PDF 50kb). The code outlines the standards of practice and conduct expected of accredited members throughout their accreditation.
The Children Law Accreditation provides a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing children in children law proceedings and is a means of identification for professionals, such as guardians, to identify suitably qualified practitioners when representation of a child is required.
The accreditation is designed for children law practitioners who are able to demonstrate awareness, knowledge and expertise in children law proceedings and the representation of children in such proceedings.
Only solicitors and chartered legal executives who are employed by a solicitor and hold the Rights of Audience Matrimonial Proceedings/Family Proceedings Certificate (or other appropriate advocacy qualification) awarded by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), may apply.
Although there is no minimum requirement for time spent in practice in this area of law before applying, applicants must ensure they have sufficient experience to clearly demonstrate their abilities.
To view all current members of the scheme, download a list of members. This list is updated each month.
Further information, such as languages, specialist areas of practice and court areas covered, is available here (Excel 212kb) . Please note, this information has been provided on a voluntary basis from accredited members and is not independently verified by the Law Society. The Law Society will not accept any legal liability pertaining to the accuracy of information displayed in the attached table.
Children Law Accreditation evidences specialist expertise in representing clients in Children Law proceedings and also provides the following benefits:
See the how to apply page for full details on how to apply.
If you need any further guidance or support, please contact the Accreditation Unit on:
Telephone: 0207 320 5797 (lines are open 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org