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Occupational Injury Accreditation

  • The Occupational Injury Accreditation is for solicitors and suitably qualified fellows and members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). It covers work undertaken on behalf of victims (and their dependants) who have suffered workplace or environmental injuries as a result of an alleged act of negligence or breach of statutory duty, or by those representing the defendants in these cases.

    The accreditation covers all types of occupational injury work, regardless of how this is funded. There is no distinction between cases funded by private means, trade unions or legal expenses insurance. The scheme is open to those who act exclusively for claimants or defendants, as well as those with a mixed practice.

    Practitioners who work in a supervisory capacity may apply to the scheme, provided they undertake some fee earning in their day-to-day work. Occupational injury lawyers who are not scheme members will remain free to undertake occupational injury work but will not be identified as specialists.

    Definition of occupational injury

    For the purpose of this accreditation, occupational injury covers sicknesses, diseases and injuries which have resulted from an exposure, over a period of time, to an environmental or workplace hazard. Typically, the claimant has suffered an impact to their health and well-being, which may be serious, and which may affect them physically, financially and/or psychologically. Examples of occupational injuries include noise-induced hearing loss, hand/arm vibration syndrome, mesothelioma and asbestos-related conditions, respiratory conditions, skin complaints, musculo-skeletal conditions, cancers and stress/bullying.

    An accredited practitioner may specialise in a number of these types of complaint or may focus on just one. The accreditation logo granted will show 'Accredited practitioner - Occupational Injury'.

    Who is accreditation for?

    The accreditation is for solicitors or CILEx members. CILEx applicants should have passed the institute's civil litigation and tort papers.

    Members will have shown that they have achieved the required level of competence and knowledge in this area of law as defined by the Society. They will need to have personally been conducting occupational injury cases for claimants or defendants for at least three years prior to applying for the scheme.

    Why apply for Occupational Injury Accreditation?

    To help clients and/or their representatives confidently choose a legal practitioner with proven competency in occupational injury law. Specialists have the experience of working closely with individuals who have received environmental and workplace injuries, to understand and protect their best interests.

    Achieving accredited status will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the particular sensitivities of injured clients and their families, and evidence the skills to correctly decide the required level of care.
    • Show your ability to understand the law of negligence and related damages. Show that you are able to choose the correct medical experts and can understand and interpret scientific diagnoses.
    • Demonstrate your skill in litigation and settlement and show you can apply knowledge, rules and procedures in a practical and sensitive manner.
    • Promote and support access to justice for vulnerable and severely injured clients
    • Offer reassurance to clients that you will represent their interests right first time to secure the best possible outcome.
    • Win more business and increase client satisfaction.
    • Benefit from the strength of the Law Society's brand with a specialist accreditation to support your marketing programmes and generate new enquiries.

    How to apply for accreditation

    See Applying for occupational injury accreditation.

    Applications will be accepted from solicitors and legal executives. Non-solicitor applicants must be employed by a practice regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

  • Further help or support

    If you need any further guidance or support, please contact the Accreditation Unit:

    Telephone: 0207 320 5797 (lines are open 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday)
    Email: accreditation@lawsociety.org.uk