Accreditations

Legal Aid Agency Specialist Quality Mark

The Legal Aid Agency is responsible for the public funding of certain ares of law in England and Wales. Firms that deliver legal aid must hold either the Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) or Lexcel. The SQM is a quality assurance standard for legal providers that:

  • supply complex legal help
  • offer a full range of legal services, including representation in court (where necessary and permitted) by formally trained professionals

The firm also holds the Family Mediation Quality Mark. 

Lexcel

The firm has held the Law Society’s Lexcel practice management standard since 2002. Lexcel is the Law Society’s international practice management standard. The Lexcel practice management standard is only awarded to solicitor practices which meet the highest management and customer care standards. Lexcel accredited practices undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.

Law Society Accreditations

Many solicitors concentrate their work in one or two areas of law and some solicitors are accredited by the Law Society in their area of specialisation. Law Society accredited specialists have expert skills, knowledge and experience that are tested and certified against the highest standards. The firm has Law Society accredited specialists in the following areas:-

  • Children Law
  • Family Law
  • Family Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Litigation

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been fighting for the rights of injured people for over 25 years. A not-for-profit campaign organisation, APIL’s 3,800 member lawyers (mainly solicitors, barristers and legal executives) are dedicated to changing the law, protecting and enhancing access to justice, and improving the services provided for victims of personal injury. The head of the personal injury department is a Fellow of APIL and several members of his team are Accredited Members.

Resolution

Resolution is an organisation which believes in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. The firm has several solicitors who have gained specialist accreditation in the following areas:-

  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Children Law (disputes between parents and relatives)
  • Complex financial and property matters
  • International Child Abduction
  • Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

STEP is an organisation which sets out key ethical and professional standards its member should uphold in the field of Estate Planning. Full members of STEP are the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates.

The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

ACTAPS is an organisation for lawyers specialising in contentious trust and probate work.

The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

We are a member of the CQS, which means that we meet the high standards the Law Society sets to ensure that we give clients a professional and quality conveyancing service.

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  • ‘Thank you very much for seeing us through the trying process of buying and selling property; only made much easier by your guidance.’

    Mr and Mrs Watt
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  • Hello Mr Baker and Matthew

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    Keep up the good work, thank you again.

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  • I wanted to say a huge thanks to Wendy for the help and assistance she and her colleagues have given me over the past few years, on a personal and professional level.
    Wendy is at the top of her game and has a wealth of experience which can only be gained through proven work experience. The legal advice you get is second to none.
    I have used Wendy’s services for the buy out of my previous business partner, a commercial bad debt and the conveyancing of a property sale and purchase. Throughout all of my dealings with Wendy, she has been professional and treated my cases with the upmost priority and has always had my best interests at heart.
    Thanks again Wendy for all of your help and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services.

    S Stewart
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    I would also like to thank Alison as well for making me feel relaxed on the day should i have had to go into court. I would have gone in with 100% confidence and that could have made all the difference on the day. In the end it wasn’t necessary and we got the result. For me it was never about the money, it was about the effect it was going to have on my future life and career, so the result is a good one.
    I would not hesitate for a second in recommending Sills & Betteridge

    L.P
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