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What Is Accredited Family Law Specialist?

Both Patricia and Cheryl are Accredited Family Law Specialists. This means that they have applied to the Queensland Law Society for accreditation. To be eligible for accreditation in Family Law a Solicitor must:

  • Be a member of the Queensland Law Society.
  • Hold a current Practising Certificate.
  • Have been engaged in full-time legal work for at least five (5) years following their date of admission to practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate substantial involvement in Family Law over the past three (3) years.

The Solicitor applying to become an Accredited Family Law Specialist must then take the following steps:-

  • Provide a resume of work (only in certain cases).
  • Nominate three (3) referees who can attest to their competence and involvement in the area of family law.
  • Successfully complete a prescribed assessment program. There are three (3) parts to the assessment program being:
    • A mock file and portfolio of documents;
    • A written examination;
    • A simulated client interview.

To gain accreditation candidates must achieve a pass result in all three (3) parts of the assessment program.

Both Patricia and Cheryl became Accredited Family Law Specialists in 1999.



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