Conveyancing Quality Scheme

Conveyancing Quality Scheme logoOur Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) is a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices.

CQS can help to minimise your practice’s risk of claims and protect your brand’s reputation. By joining the scheme, you’ll show that you:

  • have the expertise to deliver quality residential conveyancing advice
  • use standardised processes to recognise and reduce risks
  • educate clients about what to expect when paying for conveyancing advice

The accreditation also gives you greater access to lenders, and demonstrates that your firm can provide residential conveyancing advice of the level expected by:

  • clients
  • lenders
  • the wider residential conveyancing community

Eligibility

CQS is designed for practices that:

  • offer residential conveyancing
  • are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Your practice must be able to demonstrate compliance with the Conveyancing Protocol. You may need to amend existing policies or draft new ones to meet the requirements.

How to apply

To apply for accreditation, your practice will need to:

  • appoint a senior responsible officer (SRO)
  • submit an application form

The accreditation process takes around six to eight weeks. It can take longer if we receive high volumes of applications or if you do not give us all the information we need.

Find out how to apply

Training

All relevant persons must complete mandatory training within six months from the date that your practice receives confirmation of accreditation.

Find out more about mandatory training

Re-accreditation

Membership of the accreditation lasts for 12 months.

You can apply to be re-accredited at least six weeks before your accreditation expires.

The re-accreditation process follows a three-year assessment cycle.

Find out more about re-accreditation

Cost

You’ll need to pay an application fee and a membership fee to be accredited.

You must not pay when you submit your application. We’ll send you an invoice when we receive your application.

Application Number of partners Application fee Membership fee Total (including VAT)
Initial Sole practitioner £170 £227 £476.40
Re-accreditation Sole practitioner £238
£285.50
Initial 2 to 4 £283 £340 £747.60
Re-accreditation 2 to 4 £357
£428.40
Initial 5 to 10 £397 £453 £1,020.00
Re-accreditation 5 to 10 £476
£571.20
Initial 11 to 20 £510 £567 £1,292.40
Re-accreditation 11 to 20 £595
£714.00
Initial 21 to 50 £623 £680 £1,563.60
Re-accreditation 21 to 50 £714
£856.80
Initial 50+ £1,076 £1,133 £2,650.80
Re-accreditation 50+  £1,190
£1,428.00

 

 Other fees  Cost  Total (including VAT)
 Certificate re-issue £10 £12
Appeal against decision to refuse accreditation £258 £309.60

Promoting your accreditation

We have a range of free materials such as logos, certificates and window stickers for you to use.

Get your Conveyancing Quality Scheme logo

Order promotional materials

Membership

Find a Conveyancing Quality Scheme member

This database is updated regularly.

Contact us

Call: 020 7316 5550

Email: cqs@lawsociety.org.uk

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

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