From 1 April 2019, HM Courts and Tribunals Service is conducting a pilot to trial a new system for appointing an accredited legal representative.
Find out more about the pilot
This accreditation has been designed to prove your experience to prospective clients and their relatives in representing the needs of vulnerable clients. It has been developed in conjunction with, and approved by, the Court of Protection, pursuant to Rule 3A and Rule 6 of the Court of Protection Rules to provide accredited legal representatives (ALRs).
To view all current members of the scheme, download a list of members (PDF 121 KB). This list is updated each month.
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The accreditation is open to legal practitioners, including solicitors, barristers and fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, who offer advice on health and welfare matters under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. There is no minimum entry requirement for time spent practising in this area. You will be asked to demonstrate your experience working in this field over three years prior to application. If you have less experience you can still apply provided you can meet the required competences.
You can choose from two accredited statuses:
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To help clients confidently choose a practitioner with mental capacity expertise and the experience of working closely with vulnerable individuals and their family to understand and protect their best interests.
There are three steps:
1. Completion of a mandatory training course 2. Submission of an application form 3. Interview
Re-accreditation is required every three years.
The prerequisite two-day training course is provided by City University and must be completed prior to submitting your application. Training courses are delivered face-to-face and we accept a minimum of 10 and up to 16 people per session.
The following dates are available:
See more information about the course and how to book.
When we’ve received your application, we will notify you if any further information is required. You will then be invited to an interview before a panel of two assessors.
An hour before your scheduled interview time you will be provided with a case study scenario. It will concern issues around health and welfare matters and you will have to consider how best to represent and advise your client and deal with the issues of law, procedure and evidence. Your knowledge and experience will be tested via a series of competency-based questions on the scenario.
If you are applying as an ALR, the interview will contain a further assessment in which you will be expected to provide feedback on a mock client interview.
A fee is applicable for each application. See accreditaton fees for full details of costs.
To be kept up-to-date with news on the accreditation and the launch date, please email us.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org