Applying for CQS
Achieving the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation involves the submission of an application form and subsequent assessment by the Law Society's technical panel. Completion of mandatory training is also required. CQS accreditation is awarded for a period of 12 months, with an annual re-accreditation process to ensure compliance.
How to apply
Step 1: Preparation and application
If you do not have Lexcel in place, your practice must ensure that you meet the required Core Practice Management Standards (PDF 75kb).
First and foremost the firm needs to appoint a senior responsible officer (SRO). Once appointed they need to read the scheme design as well as the CQS Protocol (PDF 96kb) and then complete the practice agreement and application form.
Please refer to the detailed guidance notes to help you complete the form:
Step 2: Assessment and award of accreditation
Your application will be validated and assessed by The Law Society. This process should take around eight weeks. If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal (PDF 433kb).
An annual membership fee is payable for the practice, together with an application fee for the SRO and each relevant person included in the application. See the application fees schedule (PDF).
Marketing guidance and support
Accredited firms receive a handbook that provides practical ideas and sample content for use in your own marketing programmes to raise awareness of CQS in your local market.
PR and online marketing will be the main methods the Law Society will promote CQS and increase general awareness amongst the public. Messages will focus on explaining what CQS is and how it can help consumers select a qualified residential conveyancing solicitor with confidence.
Help and support
Read frequently asked questions about the CQS application process.
If you have any additional questions or feedback, please contact the CQS team for guidance:
Phone: 020 7316 5550