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
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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
|Accreditation name||Who is it awarded to?||
Type of legal work accredited
|Lexcel Practice Management 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.
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
An organisation’s profile shows:
- its contact details, including address
- disabled access facilities
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 organisation such 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
- areas of law they practise
- which languages they speak
- 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 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.
Find out more about using a solicitor, including common questions such as paying for legal advice and complaining about a solicitor.