What is Lexcel
Lexcel is recognised as the only accreditation scheme in the world that focuses on legal management for any size or type of practice.
Lexcel provides professionals in law firms and in-house legal departments with a flexible, supportive management framework to help develop greater operational efficiencies, manage risk effectively, reduce costs and promote profitability.
A supportive framework for legal practices. (Download Lexcel v5 Standard pdf)
Lexcel will help you to improve the management of key business areas throughout your practice. The Standard covers the following key management areas:
- Structures and policies
- Strategic plans
- Financial management
- Information management
- People management
- Risk management
- Client care
- File and case management
Lexcel is designed to be a driver of competitive advantage for your practice and is the Law Society's international practice management Standard. It is a scheme for any type of practice to certify the required Standards have been met following independent assessment.
The Lexcel Practice Management Standard currently at version 5 is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care Standards. In an increasingly competitive and diverse legal market, it is essential that your practice offers clients clear and distinctive assurance of quality. Attaining the Lexcel Standard can help you differentiate your firm’s services, reduce costs, improve profitability, and assist regulatory compliance.
Lexcel certification can also help with The Solicitors Code of Conduct - Outcomes Focused Regulation (OFR) as the Standard reflects many of the indicative behaviors required. (Download Lexcel v5 and overlaps with the Code pdf)
The Facts: When surveyed, by the Lexcel Office in April 2011, Lexcel accredited practices identified the top benefits of accreditation as:
Why Firms have Lexcel
A spokesperson for Brethertons LLP said “Our overall complaints have reduced by 68.2%. Our annual turnover has increased by 27.5%.
We are now able to deliver unrivalled customer service and Lexcel has had a large part to play in this. Members of staff are very proud of our accreditation and our Law Society Excellence Award.”
We were delighted to hear that our insurer was offering discounts of up to 15% for Lexcel – a saving of £22,000.”
Increasingly, prospective clients are asking what quality Standards we have. Lexcel means that our clients can be confident we have a comprehensive quality system which also provides us with a foundation for growth.”
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