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Accreditations and Professional Memberships

In running your business the stakes are high and your corporate law advisors need to understand your ambitions and aspirations. At every stage of your business’s life cycle, there are complicated decisions that need to be made, so your legal team should be right there with you with solid, commercial and timely advice. Your corporate team is focussed on solutions. Helping our clients succeed is at the heart of the way we work. Working with our team means you get the balance of technical skill and commercial focus.

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Paris Smith LLP is proud to hold the following accreditations. We explain what each one means below.

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What is Lexcel?

This is the Law Society’s practice management quality mark and is very similar to the commercial quality mark ISO9000. Lexcel  has been written specifically for the legal profession and it’s clients and allows any type and size of legal practice to undergo a rigorous independent assessment every year to certify that it meets all the Law Society’s required standards of excellence.

How does it help our clients?

Lexcel is only awarded by the Law Society to firms that meet the highest management and customer care standards. This means that Paris Smith LLP has in place an excellent framework to ensure that it is well managed and that the highest standards of client care are maintained, therefore ensuring a quality service is received by our clients with the minimum risk of dissatisfaction and complaints.

In short, achievement of the Lexcel standard gives peace of mind and reassurance because it is evidence of a well managed practice that is committed to providing a quality service.

Cyber Essentials

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme that helps businesses such as ours to protect against cyber crime threats. This accreditation shows that our systems have stood up to the rigorous checks required to achieve Cyber Essentials. By displaying the accreditation logo on our website and headed paper we can deter cyber criminals and show the outside world that we are serious about combating cyber crime.

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Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

What is the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)?

CQS is a Law Society scheme that provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. Membership establishes a level of credibility for firms with stakeholders (regulators, lenders, insurers and consumers) based upon:

  • the integrity of the senior responsible officer and other key conveyancing staff
  • the firm’s adherence to good practice management standards
  • adherence to prudent and efficient conveyancing procedures through the scheme protocol

The Scheme creates a trusted community which will deter fraud and year on year will drive up standards.

For more information, visit the Law Society’s website page about the Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP)

What is Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP)?

ALEP is a not-for-profit association that brings together barristers, enfranchisement intermediaries, managing agents, solicitors and surveyors working in the residential leasehold sector. ALEP promotes best practice by vetting members to ensure they have significant expertise in leasehold enfranchisement. Membership of ALEP acts as a bade of assurance so that flat owners and freeholders can be confident that they are employing professionals with the right level of experience in handling potentially complex transactions.

For further information about ALEP, telephone 0845 2252277 or visit the ALEP website.