The Personal Injury Accreditation covers all work undertaken by solicitors and suitably qualified fellows and members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), on behalf of victims and their dependants, who have suffered personal injuries or fatal injuries as a result of an alleged act of negligence or breach of statutory duty.
The accreditation covers all types of personal 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. Personal injury lawyers who are not scheme members will remain free to undertake personal injury work but will not be identified as specialists.
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, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of personal injury. You will need to have personally been conducting personal injury cases for claimants or defendants for at least three years prior to applying for the scheme.
To view all current members of the scheme, download a list of members (PDF 416 KB). This list is updated each month.
Members of the public can also search accredited members in their area by postcode through our Find a Solicitor website.
Ensure that clients, and/or their representatives, are easily able to identify legal practitioners with proven competency in personal injury law.
Evidence that you maintain relevant standards of competency and expertise in the field through re-accreditation.
Demonstrate conformity to a best practice quality mark that prospective clients can trust.
See the apply for personal injury page for full details on how to apply.
Applications will be accepted from solicitors and legal executives. Non-solicitor applicants must be employed by a practice regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
If you need any further guidance or support, please contact the Accreditation Unit on:
Telephone: 0207 320 5797 (lines are open 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday) Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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