The Solicitors’ Practice Rules were revised in 2011 and now requires all firms to prove they are managing the practice correctly. Lexcel and SQM accreditation goes some way to satisfying the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements.






How will my practice benefit?
Achieving Lexcel means you will be recognised for offering excellent 
client service. This in turn will benefit you in a number of ways:

  • Increased profitability
  • Better risk management
  • Improved management efficiency
  • Enhance client care
  • Fewer mistakes
  • Support with compliance
  • More impactful marketing
  • Lexcel has been approved by the LAA as an acceptable alternative to SQM
  • A standard that is recognised by the SRA as a robust practice management tool.

How does Lexcel work?

Lexcel assessment is a simple and transparent process that is:

  • independently assessed
  • available to any size or type of practice including in-house, local government, sole practitioners and international practices
  • flexible – only specifying standards, not procedures
  • valid for three years with annual monitoring visits
  • can be combined with other quality standards.


If you hold a legal aid contract with the LAA you must hold the SQM or Lexcel Quality Standard. Illuminations Legal Services can offer consultancy support to prepare you for your SQM audit. If you hold the SQM and are interested in Lexcel, we can also assist you, in making the conversion from SQM to Lexcel.