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The Law Society Ranks Hodgkinsons as ‘Double Gold Standard’ in Recent Lexcel Audit

In October 2023, Hodgkinsons Solicitors were once again awarded the Lexcel ‘Legal Practice Quality Mark’ accreditation by the Law Society for excellence in legal practice. In our most recent blog below, we explain in detail the purpose of the accreditation and what it means for our Company!

The Law Society Ranks Hodgkinsons as ‘Double Gold Standard’ in Recent Lexcel Audit

The Lexcel accreditation is a ‘legal practice quality mark’ that is assessed on the basis of Client care, compliance, and practice organisation and is awarded to firms who guarantee quality management and provide a top-rated service for Clients.

The Lexcel quality mark allows those firms that meet the highest standards of Client service and expertise to be awarded and recognised, with only 17% of firms, as of August 2023, receiving the certification.

In order to achieve the accreditation, Hodgkinsons Solicitors were required to undergo an annual Lexcel audit, involving a comprehensive assessment by an experienced legal assessor. This assessment involved carrying out various reviews, including reviewing numerous policies, files, risk assessments, and reports, as well as conducting employee interviews.

The Lexcel accreditation is not only a benchmark for firms to keep track of their practice development, but is also an invaluable tool for Clients when choosing who they would like to be represented by. Research shows that Clients who choose firms under the Lexcel accredited scheme will experience more timely responses to correspondence, more accurate cost estimates, and more detailed explanations of how charges are calculated.

In conclusion of the recent audit, we are delighted to share that Hodgkinsons Solicitors continue to be a member of the certified Law Society scheme and have successfully gained re-accreditation to Lexcel. After assessing our policies, practices, and procedures, we have been advised that Hodgkinsons’ “double gold standard” places the firm in the top 2% of all those audited under the scheme. Re-accreditation not only demonstrates the high level of service we provide but is also a reflection of the hard work and dedication put in by our employees, including both Lawyers and support staff.

Our Compliance Team are dedicated to identifying, reviewing, and updating our policies and procedures to guarantee that we meet the highest standards expected by Lexcel and we will continue to do so to ensure that we are always successful in achieving an outstanding audit result. We have strong and consistent procedures in place which are constantly being adapted and improved to ensure we provide a top-quality service. The Lexcel accreditation is a verification that when you choose Hodgkinsons, you can be confident that your matter is being handled in a professional and safe manner.

Marie Leary, HR Manager & Assistant Director commented: “We are delighted to achieve the well-respected accreditation once again from the Law Society. Our Compliance Team are always looking for ways to improve the way in which Hodgkinsons operates in order to provide only the highest standards for our Clients, and this is clearly reflected by the gleaming results of our recent audit”

At Hodgkinsons Solicitors our Lawyers can assist with a comprehensive range of legal services from Family Law and Wills & Probate to Conveyancing. If you require legal advice, our expert Lawyers can act for Clients based in Skegness, rural Lincolnshire and the East Midlands to include Louth, Boston, Lincoln, and Grimsby. To get in touch call Hodgkinsons Solicitors, Skegness, on 01754 897150 or submit a contact form and a member of the relevant Team will contact you.