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    Please note that the Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme will be moving to a process whereby we accept applications all year and not isolated to rounds. This will happen with immediate effect.

    Once an application is received and processed by the department, an acknowledgment email will be sent to the applicant. Shortly thereafter an email will be sent with the case studies which are then required to be completed. The applicant will then be informed that they have a two-week period after receiving the email in which to complete both case studies and case reports and submit them to the department.

    Please note that extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

    What is the Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme?

    The Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme covers specialist areas of family law work.

    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 selected, specialist areas of family law. Members will have demonstrated those skills in two or more areas, comprising:

    • children law private
    • child abduction and wardship
    • cohabitation
    • violence in the home
    • advice in and conduct of ancillary relief
    • international issues
    • complex asset cases

    Further details can be found in our Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme Guidance (PDF 100kb).

    Who's a member?

    To view all current members of our Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme download a list of members (PDF 669kb), this list is updated each month. Members of the public can also search accredited members in their area by postcode through our Find a Solicitor website.

    How do I apply?

    The general scheme application criteria and guidance (PDF 125kb) is applicable to all Law Society accreditation schemes and should be read before starting the application process.

    In order to complete the application process for the Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme, please follow the steps below:

    1. Read the Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme Guidance (PDF 95kb)
    2. Download and complete: Section 1 - individual and organisation details (Word 216kb)
    3. Download and complete the appropriate Section 2 form:
    4. Check the Law Society Accreditation Scheme fee schedule (PDF 71kb) for fee information.
    5. Print, sign and post forms with the appropriate fee to the address below.

    You may find the guidance on completing case report and case studies (PDF 84kb) useful in completing your application.

    Completed forms should be sent to:

    Law Society Operations Admin
    The Law Society
    113 Chancery lane
    London
    WC2A 1PL

    DX 56 London Chancery Lane

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  • Further help or support

    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: accreditation@
    lawsociety.org.uk