Help with using Find a Solicitor

Find a Solicitor is the Law Society's online directory of legal professionals in England and Wales regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Get help with how to use this service by checking out the frequently asked questions below.

Quick search allows you to search for a law firm or other regulated organisation by:

  • popular legal issues, and
  • postcode or geographic location

You can select the quick search using the left-hand tab.

Choose a legal issue from the list and add your location, either as a postcode, town, city or country.

You can use the ‘more options’ button to:

  • search by hearing loop, wheelchair access and British sign language
  • find solicitors that speak another language

Click 'search'.

Narrow your search

Once your search results are displayed, you can narrow the results by using the filters in the ‘refine results’ panel on the left-hand side of the screen.

You can refine your legal issue and choose to only show firms that hold a Law Society accreditation.

Find out more about our accreditations

You can also see disabled access and languages options underneath.

Pro search offers more criteria so you can  build a more specific search.

Click on the right-hand tab to see the pro search options. 

You can search for a specific person or organisation by:

  • Name
  • Location (postcode, town, city or country)
  • SRA ID and
  • Up to two areas of practice

    Click the ‘ More options’ button to search by:
  • Law Society accreditation (quality mark)
  • Hearing loop
  • Wheelchair access
  • British sign language
  • Firms and individuals who speak a specific language

If you are looking for a solicitor who works in-house, in a government department or local authority, make sure you tick  this option to include these individuals in your search.

 

The Law Society accreditations are voluntary schemes which award a quality mark to an organisation or an individual who meets the highest standards of expertise and client service in specific areas of law or practice management (how they run their business).

When you see one of our accreditation scheme logos, you'll know that the skills and knowledge of the organisation or individual have been rigorously and independently tested.

Members of our accreditations (quality marks) include Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)-regulated organisations and individuals and also include non-solicitors. For example, the Family Mediation accreditation is open to qualified mediators. As they are not providing a legal service, they are not regulated by the SRA. They are still, however, required to satisfy all entry criteria before being granted our  accreditation.

How to find an accredited firm or individual

  1. Using quick search
    Once your search results are displayed, refine your search (using the filters in the left-hand side of the screen) to show only organisations that hold an accreditation.
  2. Using pro search
    Use the ‘More options’ button to choose the name of the accreditation scheme(s) that you wish to include in your search.

Our accreditations 

Accreditation name Who is it awarded to?

Type of legal work accredited

Lexcel Practice Managment Standard Entire organisation Adoption of best practices in law firm management and care
Conveyancing Quality Scheme Part of an SRA-regulated organisation – conveyancing / residential property department Buying, selling and renting property
Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme Part of an SRA-regulated organisation wills and probate department Making a will or advising on inheritance after the death of a relative
Children Solicitor or Chartered Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (CFILEX) Issues concerning childcare and custody
Clinical Negligence Solicitor or CFILEX Claiming on behalf of individuals who have suffered injuries in the course of medical or dental treatment
Criminal Litigation Solicitor, barrister, solicitor with higher rights of audience or CFILEX Defending criminal charges
Family Solicitor or CFILEX Handling legal aspects of family problems
Family - Advanced Solicitor or CFILEX Handling more complex legal aspects of family problems
Immigration and Asylum Solicitor/non-qualified caseworker in an organisation regulated by the SRA or Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Visas and residency issues

Immigration and Asylum –Advanced

Solicitor/non-qualified caseworker in an organisation regulated by the SRA or Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) More complex immigration issues
Mediation Family Solicitor or non-solicitor Resolving family matters without going to court
Mediation   Civil and Commercial Solicitor or CFILEX Resolving business or personal disputes without going to court
Mental Health Individual solicitor, caseworker, barrister or trainee solicitor Handling issues arising from mental illness and incapacity
Personal injury Solicitor or CFILEX Claiming on behalf of victims (or their dependants) who have suffered personal or fatal injuries
Planning Solicitor or CFILEX All aspects of property planning for commercial and residential properties

Results are shown for the nearest 25 miles to your location, and there are up to 20 pages of results.

If there are not enough or too many results, you can search again by changing the location in the search box at the top of the page.

Organisations

If you’ve searched for an organisation using pro search, your search results will display firms that match your criteria.

Office results show:

  • an organisation’s accreditations (including Lexcel the legal practice quality mark)
  • whether an organisation holds any accreditations that are relevant to the areas of law for which you searched

Find out more about Law Society accreditations (quality marks)

An organisation’s profile shows:

• its contact details, including address

• disabled access facilities

• other

On the right-hand side of the screen, you can:

• see accreditations (quality marks) held by the organisation, or by someone at the organisation

• send the firm an enquiry, or

• add the firm to a shortlist to compare up to 20 organisations at a time

Click on the ‘Show’ dropdown arrows at the bottom of the page to see more information about the organisationsuch as:

• areas of law the firm practises

• people and office locations

• languages spoken

 

Organisations can personalise their profile by adding extra information, such as:

• summary about the firm

• full biography

• links to other information about the practice online, such as a LinkedIn page, Twitter account, or other blogs or websites

The profile page for a solicitor shows:

  • Their contact details
  • The areas of law they practise
  • Which languages they speak
  • The logos for any accreditations they hold

Individual solicitors can choose to personalise their profile by adding extra information, including:

  • Personal summary (tagline)
  • Full biography
  • Languages spoken
  • Links to social media profiles such as LinkedIn, Twitter or a blog or website

If you’re searching for a legal professional in England and Wales and need help using Find a Solicitor, contact us using our form.

Email findasolicitor@LawSociety.org.uk

Call +44 (0)20 7320 5650 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm)

If you need help updating your profile  information  on Find a Solicitor or wish to give other feedback about the website, contact us.

Email TheSupportCentre@lawsociety.org.uk

Call +44 (0)20 7320 5757 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm)

If you have not had to seek legal advice before, it can be hard to choose the right lawyer to help with your legal issue.

Read our guides to common legal issues that explain how a solicitor can help and the steps involved in getting advice.

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