Accredited Specialists in Immigration Law work across the full spectrum of immigration. This includes collaborating with other lawyers, and other law firms. In general, however, being an Accredited Specialist means that you have been recognised for your knowledge and ability.
That collaboration can be especially important in more complicated cases. Such cases may arise from within the legal profession, or in parallel professions, such as accounting and taxation.
How do I know that my lawyer is an Accredited Specialist?
You can identify an Accredited Specialist in two ways. The first is the seal from their Society of Law; in Richard’s case it’s the Queensland Law Society – which you can see below. It’s a spiral seal.
The second method is to check the letters that appear after the lawyer’s name. In the example below, you can see it as Acc.Spec (Immig.).
What are the benefits to my law firm of working with an Accredited Specialist in Immigration?
When you engage an Accredited Specialist in Immigration, you are guaranteed to be working with someone who has a high degree of experience and knowledge. It is invaluable in complex matters, which often require specialist input in order to get a good result.
What does an Accredited Specialist have above a regular immigration lawyer?
The Law Societies of Australia have a rigorous assessment program for all of their specialisations. Immigration is just one of them. to become an Accredited Specialist, it requires a lawyer to undergo specific testing and assessment. It also requires a practitioner to undertake continuous professional development and education.
Further, the status of Accredited Specialist must be renewed every three years, or the practitioner loses the right to the title.
The assessment program is comprehensive. It includes:
- a requirement that a lawyer has a minimum of 5 years’ full-time practice experience
- a requirement that a lawyer as a minimum of 3 years’ experience in his or her area of specialisation (in Richard’s case, immigration)
- extensive assessment testing, that incorporates communication, problem solving, advocacy and people skills, and assessment of their ability in their chosen area of specialisation
- a guarantee that only individuals can be accredited, not firms
- re-accreditation every 3 years.
The process of re-accreditation ensures that the specialist possesses current knowledge, has been recently assessed, and maintains high standards.
Isn’t an Accredited Specialist more expensive?
It is natural to assume that choosing an Accredited Specialist would be an expensive exercise. It’s no more expensive than engaging a non-accredited lawyer. Even if the Accredited Specialist were more expensive, it would pay itself in reducing time and problems.
It is far better to work with someone who gets it right the first time. The knowledge and experience that an Accredited Specialist has, means they get it right first go – which in the long term is a huge money saver.
There is nothing worse than paying for a service that only causes you more problems. That’s particularly the case with law, because it has the potential to affect your entire life.
Whether you are a lawyer or represent a law firm that needs assistance, or just need help with your individual immigration matter, you’re in the right place. Contact Richard now »