Lexcel

Lexcel logoLexcel 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.

Lexcel can help your practice or in-house legal department to:

  • effectively manage risk
  • attract new business and increase client retention
  • reduce client complaints and increase client satisfaction
  • comply with new practice rules and regulatory requirements
  • increase profitability and efficiency by using standardised processes
  • access lower insurance premiums and receive favourable treatment from insurers

Eligibility

All legal practices and departments are eligible to apply for Lexcel, regardless of size or the type of work carried out. This includes sole practitioners and local authority legal departments.

Lexcel England and Wales v6.1 is for practices and organisations operating in England and Wales. There are two versions designed for:

  • legal practices – partnerships, limited liability partnerships, sole practitioners, incorporated law firms and alternative business structures (ABSs) regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • in-house legal departments – including those in corporations, the public sector (including ABSs), law centres, not-for-profits and government organisations

Lexcel International v5.1 is for practices located in foreign jurisdictions or for branch offices overseas.

How to apply

To apply for accreditation, your practice will need to:

  • complete a self-assessment checklist for initial accreditation
  • submit the application form
  • be assessed by an independent body

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

The length of the assessment will depend on the number of:

  • practice areas
  • fee earners and support staff
  • other quality standards held – such as Investors in People or ISO 9001

Membership of the accreditation lasts for three years with an annual maintenance visit at the end of year one and year two.

Find out how to apply for Lexcel England and Wales v6.1

Find out how to apply for Lexcel International v5.1

Cost

You’ll need to pay an annual registration fee to be accredited.

We’ll send you an invoice for the registration fee when we receive your application.

The cost is calculated using the number of fee earners. This includes:

  • admitted and non-admitted fee earners
  • trainees who carry out fee-earning work
  • part-time fee earners
  • those who manage/supervise a team and carry out fee-earning work

If you’re a private practice applying for Lexcel International v5.1, the cost is calculated using the number of partners in your practice.

You’ll also need to pay an annual assessment fee directly to the independent assessment body you’ve chosen. Each assessment body has its own charging structure.

Lexcel England and Wales v6.1

Number of fee earners Registration fee Total (including VAT)
1 £78 £93.60
2 to 15 £225 £270.00
16 to 40 £320 £384.00
41 to 85 £499 £598.80
86+ £747 £896.40

Lexcel International v5.1

Type of practice Number of staff Registration fee Total (including VAT)
Private practice Sole practitioner £62 £74.40
2 to 4 partners £181 £217.20
5 to 7 partners £237 £284.40
8 to 10 partners £309 £370.80
11 to 15 partners £361 £433.20
16 to 25 partners £499 £598.80
26 to 50 partners £598 £717.60
51+ partners £891 £1,069.20
Non-private practice 1 to 5 fee earners £62 £74.40
6 to 15 fee earners £181 £217.20
16 to 40 fee earners £309 £370.80
41 to 60 fee earners £418 £501.60
61+ fee earners £536 £643.20

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

Promoting your accreditation

You can order a range of free materials such as logos, certificates and window stickers to use.

Get your Lexcel logo

Order promotional materials

Membership

Find a Lexcel member online or download a list of accredited practices (PDF 554 KB).

This database is updated monthly.

Contact us

Call: 020 7320 5933

Email: lexcel@lawsociety.org.uk

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

Publications

We’ve produced toolkits to help you achieve the required Lexcel Standard, which include ready-made templates which can be easily and quickly customised to meet your firm's needs.

Existing Lexcel publications have not yet been updated to reflect Lexcel v6.1.

The next toolkit to be updated for v6.1 will be the Lexcel Financial Management and Business Planning Toolkit.