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.
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 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
- 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.
Thank you so much for today. You did an amazing job and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to represent me! I’m so happy that it went that way and that I’ve been granted the non molestation order. I can now relax a little bit and actually live my life without having the fear of my ex partner in the back of my mind. Thank you so much once again, I’ll always be grateful for you and your team at Sills & Betteridge. You all did an excellent job and handled my situation perfectly.
Thank you for the professional way that my divorce was handled; a very painful time which was eased by the ‘fuss-free’ approach from yourself and Leanne. Will certainly recommend.
I would personally not use any other solicitor – Andrew Durkan has been very professional and understanding in the completion of my will. Highly Recommended.
I am very happy. Thank you for all your help. I hope to be alright for the future now. Kind regards
I wanted to email to highlight how helpful and efficient Matthew Daurge has been during the purchase and sale of our property. This is this first time Mathew has acted on our behalf and he really has made the process run very smoothly and quickly. Because of this we will definitely be asking him to act on our behalf with our future projects.
Mathew presents as being extremely efficient and his communication skills have been excellent. He has always done what he has said he is going to do without us having to keep following this up. Mathew was always very good at keeping us updated and is very approachable. I have work with many solicitors both on a professional level and personal and I am yet to come across a solicitor that has been as helpful as Mathew.
Mathew is a credit to your company. So I just wanted to highlight his good practice and hope you will pass on this positive feedback as it is much deserved.
We remain most grateful for all your help and support in bringing this matter to a satisfactory conclusion. No one could have done more, and we think the outcome is not only a credit to your skills in this area of law, but also to the care and attention that you have taken on our behalf
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