Specialist accreditation

Long gone are the days when your solicitor could afford safely to be a generalist like a GP. These days, law is getting so complex, and it changes so quickly, that you usually need to make sure you’re appointing a specialist. But how can you tell whether your solicitor really is an expert in their field or not? Usually the best way is to check on their membership of specialist panels.

Here at Bonallack and Bishop, we take training and specialist accreditation very seriously. We believe that we have the most comprehensive membership of specialist panels and organisations of any law firm in Salisbury.

Quite a number of our team are so specialist that they are appointed by clients well beyond the Salisbury area – nationwide and abroad.

We set out below the specialist panels and organisations which our team are members of. Bear in mind that there are 11,000 law firms in England and Wales, and around 100,000 practising solicitors – so when you see how few firms have membership of some of these panels, you can see how really specialist our team are;

Medical negligence /accident claims

Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel – the specialist medical negligence panel run by the law society. This is one of the hardest panels to get onto – there are only around 400 solicitors nationwide on the panel – out of around 100,000 qualified solicitors in England and Wales. Only four law firms in Wiltshire have members

Action against Medical Accidents panel run by AvMA – the national campaigning patient justice charity. Like the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, this panel is also limited only to really expert medical negligence lawyers. Only two other law firms in Wiltshire have AvMa members

AVMA Inquest Legal Services Panel – we are one of only 15 law firms nationwide on this highly specialist panel

Law Assist Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitor’s Panel – panel run by insurance company, the law assist

Legal Services Commission franchise for medical negligence claims — so if you are on a low income or benefits we are one of only around 120 law firms nationwide who are expert enough to bring your legally aided medical negligence claim

Spinal injuries Association [SIA]

Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel – the most important panel for accident compensation claim solicitors

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers – Senior Litigator. This shows the senior status with the country’s leading accident claim organisation

Divorce and family law

• Two of our divorce and family law team are jointly qualified family lawyers/mediators

• What’s more, 3 of our team are also fully trained and accredited Collaborative Lawyers – an alternative dispute resolution is an alternative to family mediation

Wills and probate

• The Society of Trust Estate Practitioners (STEP) – the leading worldwide organisation for specialist wills, trusts and probate solicitors


ALEP – the national organisation for specialist lease extension and enfranchisement solicitors. We are the only member law firm in Wiltshire

Conveyancing Quality Scheme run by the Law Society – the only real quality scheme for conveyancing solicitors

Professional Negligence

Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association – the nationwide Association for specialist professional negligence lawyers. We are one of only three member firms in Wiltshire

Military law

Forces Law – the only organisation for solicitors specialising in all aspects of military law. There are no other member law firms in Wiltshire or Dorset

Whatever sort of specialist Salisbury lawyer you are seeking, we can help?

Whether you are an individual or business, for a specialist Salisbury Law Firm, contact Bonallack and Bishop today;

• Email salisbury@bishopslaw.com or

• Call our team on SALISBURY (01722) 4223000 or

• Fill in our online enquiry form