Specialist Accreditation Scheme
What is Specialist Accreditation?
The Law Society of NSW operates the Specialist Accreditation Scheme to help the general public identify solicitors who have demonstrated proficiency in a particular area of law.
What is an Accredited Specialist?
In the legal profession an Accredited Specialist is a practising solicitor who has demonstrated specialised competence in a particular area of law and has been conferred Specialist Accreditation by the Law Society under its Specialist Accreditation Scheme.
Why should I use an Accredited Specialist?
To become an Accredited Specialist a solicitor must have practised law full-time for at least five years and worked in their area of legal specialty for at least three years.
To gain status as an Accredited Specialist a solicitor must pass the Law Society’s rigorous assessments in communication, problem solving, client relations and, of course, their specialist area of law.
To maintain their status as an Accredited Specialist, a solicitor must annually renew a certificate to practise the law and membership of the Law Society, plus update his or her skills and knowledge at the specialist level.
How do I know if a solicitor is an Accredited Specialist?
Look out for the Specialist Accreditation logo, the words ‘Accredited Specialist’ or the abbreviation ‘Acc Spec (area of law)’ after a solicitor’s name on their letterhead or promotional material.
Check they have the status of ‘Accredited Specialist’ against their profile on the Find a lawyer listing.
Be sure that the Accredited Specialist is accredited in the area of law you need assistance in.
How can I find an Accredited Specialist?
Visit the Law Society Find a lawyer page. Narrow your search by specifying the area of law using the arrow in the Accredited Specialist field. You can search across the following areas:
Business & Personal Tax Law
Employment & Industrial Law
Government and Administration
Local Goverment and Planning
Planning & Environment Law
Wills & Estates Law
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