Our accreditation scheme recognises solicitors who demonstrate excellence in their chosen areas of expertise. It is a hallmark of excellence that peers and clients can trust.

Benefits of accreditation
  • Progress your career faster
  • Increase your profile within the industry
  • Create potential for additional revenue streams through external referrals


Areas of specialism

There are over 30 different areas of specialism 

Becoming an accredited specialist

Find out what you need to do to become an accredited specialist.

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Discover how achieving accreditation could benefit your career, your organisation, and your clients.


"Clients want and deserve specialist advice when going through one of the most life changing of events such as a relationship breakdown, separation and divorce. Family Law is a rich, sometimes complicated, speciality deploying good legal knowledge as well as excellent people skills. It’s also an area that’s hard work.

When setting up the North East’s first specialist family law practice, accreditation as specialists in family and child law helped Patience and Buchan stand out from the crowd. Since then, it’s remained an important part of our business – encouraging our solicitors to pursue accreditation as part of their career development and providing clients with specialist advice in family and child law and offering family mediation.

The Law Society’s accreditation system rightly recognises those lawyers who are proven experts in their field of accreditation whether that’s family law, child law or family mediation."

Lorna Buchan, Patience & Buchan

"My practice often involves instruction in high value financial provision on divorce claims. Sophisticated clients are used to instructing specialist professionals in other disciplines. Increasingly such clients are attracted to Law Society accredited specialists when choosing their solicitor.

To achieve accreditation, solicitors have to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience in family law. They require experience at Sheriff Court and Court of Session level but should also be able to demonstrate a good track record of resolving cases extra-judicially. Many accredited specialists are qualified in Collaborative law or as family law arbitrators. Accreditation by the Law Society as a family law mediator can also be important.

I would highly recommend a career as a specialist family lawyer. There is no typical day in the office. The work in this area is varied, challenging, thought-provoking and rewarding."

Shaun George, Brodies LLP