INSPIRING is a licensed assessment body for Lexcel, as granted by the Law Society. Lexcel is a quality standard that was designed specifically for the legal sector. It helps to ensure better client care and improves client retention and profitability.
Before coming forward for an assessment, your firm needs to have evidence that it has been Lexcel compliant for at least 3 months. During the first Lexcel assessment, your Lexcel assessor will not look back further than 3 months, however for subsequent visits the assessor will consider the last 12 months worth of evidence.
INSPIRING would recommend completing the Lexcel Self Assessment Checklist to judge where you are against the standard and where work is still required – click on the links below to download the relevant checklist for your practice:
HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR LEXCEL ASSESSMENT
Once you think you are ready for your Lexcel assessment, contact INSPIRING so that we can allocate an assessor and agree a date with you.
You must also submit an application form to the Lexcel office at the Law Society at least 8 weeks prior to the date of your visit, as there are checks the Lexcel office need to do, such as verifying solicitor status, before giving the go ahead for an assessment.
How much will the assessment cost?
The cost and duration of your assessment will be worked out based on the number of fee earners and support staff you have in your firm. Details of how these are broken down can be found in the Lexcel Duration Assessment Guidelines
There is also an annual practice registration fee payable to the Law Society when your Lexcel application form is submitted. The annual registration fee is divided into eight bands for private practice, based on the total number of Partners in the firm. The fee is divided into five bands for non private departments, based on the number of fee earners. Full details of the current charges can be found on the Law Society website
Here is a list of links to additional information which you may find useful when preparing for your Lexcel assessment:
Lexcel Standard v6.1 – Legal Practices
Lexcel Standard v6.1 – In-house
If you would like to book an assessment with INSPIRING or would like to discuss Lexcel and the service INSPIRING can provide, contact us today on 0800 612 3098, email: Lexcel@inspiring.uk.com or complete the contact form on the left.
Our Lexcel assessors are highly qualified and experienced and our costs are extremely competitive. Complete the contact form the left to request a quote for your Lexcel assessment or next Annual Maintenance Visit.