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What do our accreditations mean to you as a client?
As a firm we strive for the best in everything we do. We are committed to enhancing our knowledge and experience as well as attaining accreditations across many areas of law.
Lexcel is a quality mark awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet its management and customer care standards. Accredited firms 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. Generally fewer complaints and claims are made against Lexcel accredited firms.
Investors in People
Investors in People is a national quality standard which sets a level of good practice for improving an organisation's performance through its people.
Lawyers for your Business
We are recognised by the Law Society for our specialism in business law. We have been members of the Law Society's 'Lawyers for your Business' scheme since 2001. Lawyers For Your Business is a network of 1,000 solicitor firms in England and Wales offering specialist advice to small and medium-sized businesses and advice can be sought on a range of legal issues including finance, taxes, employment law, contracts, company structure and health & safety.
Conveyancing Quality Scheme
The Law Society’s “Conveyancing Quality Scheme” (CQS) provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices and our membership establishes the integrity of our conveyancing and cashiering staff, the firm's adherence to good practice management standards and adherence to prudent and efficient conveyancing procedures.
NFU Legal Panel Member
We are one of only two appointed legal firms on the National Farmers Union (NFU) Legal Panel for North East members.
Family Law Advanced - SRA accreditation
Only solicitors and legal executives who successfully complete the SRA's exacting accreditation process are permitted to join the scheme as advanced members. Advanced scheme members have successfully completed assessments in two of the following areas of family law; children law private, child abduction and wardship, cohabitation, violence in the home, limited means cases, advice in and conduct of ancillary relief proceedings and complex asset cases.
Children Panel - SRA accreditation
The Children Panel Accreditation Scheme is designed to connect people with practitioners experienced in representing children and other parties under the Children Act 1989. Approved scheme members can provide advice and representation for children in all family matters, for adults when their children are at risk or taken into care, and for local authorities in care proceedings.
Collaborative law helps ease the pain of family breakdown. Sometimes talking things through can seem the hardest challenge of all. Especially when relationships break down, hurt, bitterness and anger are often the strongest feelings. Almost always, the very best solutions are those which you work out for yourselves, together - in which everyone involved can share. At it's simplest, that's what collaborative law is all about - reaching solutions together to ease the pain of relationship breakdown and create the best chance of building a brighter future. Collaborative lawyers are absolutely committed to helping you find the best solutions by agreement, rather than through conflict. Collaborative lawyers are trained and skilled in helping people benefit from the collaborative approach to resolving family disputes.
Family Mediation – Accredited
Family Mediation is a service that helps couples or other family members deal with any or all of the questions relating to their separation or divorce in a thoughtful and co-operative way. The mediator is an impartial third party who helps the parties involved work through any or all of the issues relating to the separation or divorce.
Resolution members are family lawyers in England and Wales who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Resolution members encourage sensitive, cost-effective solutions that consider the needs of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of the children. Members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems.
Resolution specialists are members who have submitted themselves to a rigorous assessment to demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge, practical application of the law and best practice. Resolution specialists are proven experts in a range of areas of the law arising from family breakdown.
We are Resolution Mediation accredited.
Community Legal Services
Firms who have this logo are able to provide legal aid for those eligible, funded by the Community Legal Service. To be eligible to provide legal aid services and display the CLS logo, firms have to meet quality standards set by the Legal Services Commission, and be inspected periodically.
Solicitors for the Elderly
Sharon Richardson is a member of SFE and Belinda Poulter is an Associate Member of SFE. SFE is an association of lawyers who specialise in legal services for older people and their carers. Members of SFE have a wealth of experience within this key legal area and they are required to have spent a substantial amount of time working for elderly clients.
Access to Justice Foundation
We support the Access to Justice Foundation ‘It’s Not Just Peanuts’ campaign.
Armed Forces Covenant
We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant which demonstrates our support for the Armed Forces Community. By sending in our pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant we are now fully recognised as a business that promises to demonstrate our commitment to the Armed Forces Community and their families.
The Family Mediation Council
The Family Mediation Council (FMC) is dedicated to promoting best practice in family mediation. Our family mediators successfully met the FMC standards and hold the FMCA status which ensures that they offer high quality mediation services and follow the FMCA code of practice.