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Lexcel

Lexcel is the Law Society’s practice management standard. It is a scheme for any type of practice to certify that certain standards have been met following independent assessment. The Lexcel practice management standard is only awarded to firms who meet the highest management and customer care standards. Lexcel accredited practices undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.

WIQS

We are delighted to be an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). This shows that we follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing wills and probate advice to consumers.

For more information please see http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/accreditation/wills-inheritance-quality/

Conveyancing Quality Scheme

Hine Solicitors has secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.

For more information on the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs

STEP

Johanna Jones (TEP) and Michelle Holm are both solicitors and full members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)  which is a unique professional body providing members with a local, national and international learning and business network focusing on the responsible stewardship of assets today and across the generations.

Obtaining the STEP qualification shows a knowledge and understanding of trusts and estates that will be converted into practical, applied competence. Full members of STEP are the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates and are recognised as the experts to whom others turn to for good quality advice.  They are required to undergo extensive on-going training to ensure their knowledge and expertise is kept up to date.

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

SFE members have experience and specialise in a wide range of legal issues affecting older and vulnerable people. At the same time they will take into account any difficulties, whether mental and or physical to enhance decision making. Members will provide home visits where necessary.

They will provide independent advice, which is in the older or vulnerable client’s best interests, respecting dignity and will understand the need for a holistic approach to problem solving. All advice is confidential.

Not just any lawyer can be a member of SFE. Our members must have spent a substantial amount of their time working for older and vulnerable clients and have to fulfil our own criteria for membership. They must also follow our own code of practice. This wealth of experience will hopefully put you at ease when resolving your legal issues.

Resolution

All our family solicitors are proud to be members of Resolution. Resolution, which was formally known as the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), is an organisation that believes in a constructive, non confrontational approach to family law matters. All Resolution members follow a code of practice that promotes an approach to family law that is sensitive, constructive, cost effective and most likely to result in an agreement. The code requires lawyers to deal with each other in a civilised way and to encourage their clients to put their differences aside and reach fair agreements.

Emma Roberts is a Resolution trained collaborative Lawyer and is a member of the South Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire (SBEB) POD.

Resolution Accredited Specialist

Emma Crabbe has been a Resolution accredited specialist since 2005. Accredited specialists are members of Resolution who have been practising lawyers for at least 5 years, spending the vast majority of their time practising family law and undertaking further training each year to update and continue the development of their professional skills. They must have shown a thorough general knowledge of child and family law, legislation affecting family finance and established standards of good practice. In addition accredited specialists have to have detailed knowledge and experience of 2 specialist areas. Emma’s specialisms are in complex financial and property matters and emergency procedures in financial and property matters.

Kate Jones became a Resolution accredited specialist in 2017. Kate’s specialisms are in complex financial remedies and private children law.

For more information about Resolution and its code of practice, please visit Resolution’s website
www.resolution.org.uk

Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative Family Law is a new approach setup by family lawyers to manage the divorce process in a dignified manner for all concerned. In the collaborative process, each person appoints their own lawyer but instead of conducting negotiations between you and your partner by letter or phone, you meet together to work things out face to face. There must be a commitment to avoid traditional court proceedings and instead seek an agreement through a series of round table meetings between the parties and their lawyers. The aim of collaborative law is to resolve family disputes without going to court.

Deborah Davies is a Resolution trained collaborative Lawyer and is a member of the South Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire (SBEB) POD.

The Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) Mark

The Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) Mark is awarded to individuals and organisations which can demonstrate that their services support parents to work together to resolve disputes (where it’s appropriate and safe to do so) and help them focus on the interest of their children. The Mark is recognition that services meet a set of standards developed by the sector and endorsed by Government. In order to be awarded the HSSF Mark, individuals and organisations must demonstrate that they:

Support collaboration between both parents
Help couples work together to resolve disputes (where it is appropriate and safe to do so)
Encourage parents to focus on the interests of their children.

Kate Jones was awarded the HSSF Mark on 13 February 2018.

The Family Law Accreditation Scheme

The Family Law Accreditation Scheme covers all aspects of family law including divorce, finances, private children law and domestic violence. Members will have shown to the satisfaction of the Law Society that they have a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in this area and this knowledge is reviewed by the Law Society regularly

Criminal Litigation Accredited

The Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme covers all types of criminal law work. Members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society and through external examination, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of criminal litigation.

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