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 CPD 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 download the documents below for further information on the assessment programme.


Approved seminars and events

If you wish to submit a seminar for Committee approval please complete the Family Law Specialist Accreditation Request for Points form and send it with supporting documentation to

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

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