Our principles

The principles of The Signet Accreditation are:

  • Legal advice ought to be correct, relevant, comprehensible, proportionate and cost-effective.

  • Proficiency is defined in terms of a solicitor demonstrating a level of expertise across a number of elements of expertise.

  • Proficiency in legal services requires both experience and life long learning.

  • Recognition of proficiency in legal services should be based on assessment.

  • Technical proficiency in law and practice has to be matched by client-focussed, practical and business skills.

These aims and principles are carried throughout the scheme in the level of expertise required to pass the assessment and in the continuing professional development obligations for Signet Accredited lawyers.