Specialist Accreditation Scheme
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.
Solicitors who fulfill the requirements of the Scheme are entitled to use, after their name, the words ‘accredited specialist’ in the nominated area of practice.
They also receive a certificate and gain exclusive use of a Specialist Accreditation logo (see above) which they can display on promotional material.
Before gaining accreditation, under the requirements of the Scheme, a solicitor must have:
- practised full-time for at least five years
- worked in their area of speciality for at least three years, and
- passed rigorous assessments in communication, problem solving, client relations and, of course, the law.
A solicitor who is an Accredited Specialist must also renew their accreditation each year.
How to identify an Accredited Specialist
When you see the Law Society's Specialist Accreditation logo, you know you're on track to find the right lawyer for you.
Be sure that the specialist is accredited in the area of law you need assistance in. The Scheme offers accreditation in the following areas:
- Children's Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Criminal Law
- Business Law
- Dispute Resolution
- Employment and Industrial Law
- Family Law
- Government and Administrative Law
- Immigration Law
- Local Government and Planning Law
- Personal Injury Law
- Property Law
- Taxation Law (Personal and Business)
- Wills and Estates Law
How to find an Accredited Specialist
To find an Accredited Specialist in your area go to the Advanced Find a Lawyer search page of this website. Click on the arrow in the Accredited Specialist field and select one of the areas listed.
- Solicitor Referral Service
- Law Society of NSW
- 170 Phillip Street
- Sydney NSW 2000
- DX 362 Sydney
- T: (02) 9926 0300, or
- 1800 422 713 (outside Sydney)
- E: firstname.lastname@example.org