We award firm accreditations to legal practices who meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in specific areas of law.
Look for our quality mark logos on legal practices’ websites, printed material or offices to check whether a solicitor or practice is accredited.
Lexcel – the legal practice quality mark
Lexcel is our legal practice quality mark for client care, compliance and practice management. It sets the standard for:
- client care
- risk management
- people management
- structure and strategy
- financial management
- information management
- file and case management
Your practice must have either Lexcel or the Specialist Quality Mark to hold a legal aid contract with the Legal Aid Agency.
Our Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) is the recognised quality mark for legal experts in buying or selling property. It’s trusted by some of the UK’s biggest lenders.
Tier 5 GAE Scheme
If your firm wants to bring workers into the UK on a temporary basis, for work experience, secondments or internship programmes, it will need to join the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) Scheme.
We're licensed by the government to administer the scheme for the legal sector.
Wills and inheritance
Our Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) is the recognised quality mark for legal experts in drafting wills and dealing with someone’s estate after they die.
WIQS can help to minimise your practice’s risk of claims and protect your brand’s reputation.
We also award individual accreditations to solicitors and legal professionals who meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in specific areas of law.