29 Sep, 2011

Shoosmiths becomes largest law firm to secure Law Society’s CQS status


Top 50 law firm Shoosmiths has become the largest law firm in England and Wales so far to secure the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) – the mark of excellence for the home buying process.


Shoosmiths, which has 98 partners and offices in Northampton, London, Birmingham, Southampton, Manchester, Basingstoke, Nottingham, Reading and Milton Keynes, underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process.


The firm’s accreditation brings the total number of CQS firms up to 653, with more than 1000 law firm branches around England & Wales now holding the CQS status.  


Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson (pictured) said: “Shoosmiths’ accreditation illustrates that CQS is an initiative that is suitable for firms of all sizes. It is a testament to the CQS initiative itself and the firms, from sole practitioners to the larger, national firms that have achieved CQS status, that it is accessible to all types of legal practices.


“Firms, like Shoosmiths, which have gone through the CQS application and assessment process, have gained the quality mark in recognition of the high standards they have met in residential conveyancing. CQS is the benchmark for the conveyancing sector. Shoosmiths’ commitment to securing CQS is further acknowledgement of the high standards the scheme embodies.”


David Parton, Partner at Shoosmiths, said: “We are delighted to have secured CQS accreditation. It is recognition that our Access Legal from Shoosmiths’ consumer services meet the benchmark for conveyancing set by the Law Society and enables our current and future residential conveyancing clients to identify the excellent service level we provide at what is often a stressful time for many people.”


“Shoosmiths’ clients receive a reliable, efficient service which is at the heart of the our firm’s ethos and the CQS standard.”


CQS requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. 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.

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