The Law Society offers specialist accreditation in the area of family law. The Accredited Family Law Specialist programme provides family law practitioners the opportunity to be formally recognised as having a high level of competency in their field. Accredited Specialists have the added benefit of being able to use the Family Accredited Specialist logo and branding on their marketing material to promote their high standing in the area.

To become an Accredited Family Law Specialist you must:

  • Be a member of the Law Society
  • Hold a current practising certificate
  • Have at least five years’ practice experience
  • Have had substantial involvement (at least 25%) in family law over the past three years
  • Possess three references in support of your application
  • Successfully complete the Accredited Family Law Specialist assessment programme

In order to continue to remain accredited, a practitioner shall meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current financial member of the Law Society
  • Hold a current practising certificate
  • Paying the prescribed annual fee as it falls due
  • Completing a minimum of 10 CLE points in approved accreditation activities each year
  • Participating in re-accreditation every three years

Family Law Accreditation Assessment Programme

The accreditation assessment programme allows Law Society members to become accredited specialists in the area of family law.

The programme is run every two years. Please note the Timetable for the 2021 Accreditation Assessment programme is as follows:

25 March 2021 (at 5.15pm) – Accreditation Assessment Information Session, Parts 1 & 2.

30 March 2021 (at 5.15pm) – Accreditation Assessment Information Session, Part 3.

30 April 2021 (at 4.00pm) – Applications requesting discretion (for those who do not meet eligibility criteria) or exemption from the Written Examination close.

14 May 2021 (at 4.00pm) – All other Applications close.

16 June 2021  – Part 1: Mock File released, due 7 July 2021.

14 August 2021 – Part 2: Written Examination

15 August 2021 – Part 3: Simulated Client Interview

Late October 2021 – Results sent to candidates.

It is recommended that prospective applicants consider the documents below particularly the Accredited Specialisation Application Guidelines 2021.


Approved seminars and events

Accreditation Activities approved by the committee for the claiming of Accreditation points are linked in the downloads section of this page.

If you wish to submit an event for the Accreditation Committee’s approval please complete the Family Law Request for Points form and send it with supporting documentation to Requests for points should be submitted 14 days prior to each monthly Accreditation Committee meeting.

If you have any further questions about the specialist accreditation programme please email

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