Achieving accreditation against the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) involves the submission of an application form and subsequent assessment by our assessment team. 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.
From 1 May 2019, we are introducing increased desk-based assessments and on-site visits for a small number of organisations each year. Once your practice is accredited, you may be selected for a desk-based assessment or on-site visit.
Find out more about CQS changes
How to applyStep 1: Read the core practice management standards, scheme rules and CQS protocol
In February 2019, we published new Core Practice Management Standards. Practices applying for accreditation before 1 May 2019 will be expected to meet the previous Standards: core practice management standards (PDF 80kb).
Practices applying for CQS from 1 May 2019 onwards will be expected to meet the new Standards: Core Practice Management Standards (PDF 366kb)
Appoint a senior responsible officer (SRO) who should read the scheme rules (PDF 224kb) and CQS protocol (101kb).Step 2: Complete the application form
Complete the application form (Word 434kb) and send it to us. Please refer to the detailed guidance notes (PDF 644kb) and guidance notes for recently formed practices to help you complete the form.Step 3: Select your payment method and return your application to us
An annual membership fee is payable, based on the number of partners. See the CQS fees page for full details.
Assessment and award of accreditation
Your application will be validated and assessed by the Law Society. This process takes around eight weeks. If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal.
Marketing guidance and support
PR and online marketing are the main methods by which we promote CQS and increase awareness of the accreditation amongst the public. Marketing messages focus on explaining the quality standard, and how it helps consumers to find and choose an accredited CQS practice with confidence. The CQS logo is also shown against every accredited practice on the Law Society's Find a Solicitor website.
Help and support
Read frequently asked questions about the CQS application process
If you have any additional questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact the accreditation office for guidance:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7316 5550