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Our Accreditations

Investors in People

Investors in People aims to improve organisational performance through better planning, implementation and evaluation of learning and development programmes. Organisations apply to be assessed against ten key best practice indicators which form part of the Investors in People Standard. If the external assessors can find sufficient evidence of policy and practices in line with each indicator, the organisation is awarded 'recognition' of its Investors in People status.

The Law Society

Smith Partnership have a number of solicitors who are accredited by the Law Society as specialists in their chosen fields. These are; Family Law, Family Law Advanced, Personal Injury and Children Law.

The Law Society operates accreditation schemes in order to:
  • promote high standards in legal service provision
  • ensure that consumers are easily able to identify legal practitioners with proven competency in given areas of law
  • help consumers to make informed choices
  • offer solicitors and firms use of a recognisable brand
  • provide information for courts, statutory bodies and other professionals
  • ensure that scheme members maintain relevant standards of competency and expertise, by means of periodic reselection, re-accreditation and re-authorisation

Membership of Law Society accreditation schemes is voluntary. The expertise of scheme members in a given area of law has been verified, and their accomplishment is recognised by the Law Society.


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 solicitors 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.


The cornerstone of membership of Resolution is adherence to the Code of Practice, which sets out the principles of a non-confrontational approach to family law matters. The principles of the code are widely recognised and have been adopted by the Law Society as recommended good practice for all family lawyers.

Resolution was formerly know as the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA)

Sight Support Derbyshire

Approved Provider status is achieved by training our staff in how to provide quality services to people with a visual impairment. The training consists of the following:

  • Eye conditions and the impact of sight loss
  • Meeting, greeting and supporting someone with a visual impairment
  • Assisting and guiding a person with sight loss
  • How to recognise someone with a visual impairment
  • Practical demonstration highlighting the effects of sight loss
  • Key information about sight loss relating directly to attendees on individual courses.
  • Personal experiences of those living with sight loss.

Sight Support Derbyshire are very happy to recommend the services of Smith Partnership to anyone with a visual impairment.