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Specialist Accred - Lawyers
Law Society of South Australia
Please see below for list of accredited specialists
What is an Accredited Specialist?
An Accredited Specialist is a lawyer recognised as having expertise in a particular area of law.
Law Society of South Australia (LSSA) Accredited Specialists:
have at least five years full-time practice experience and at least three years practice experience in their area of specialisation;
maintain a high degree of professional development in their area of specialisation, which involves the continual development of their skills;
pass a comprehensive assessment process testing technical knowledge, writing and practical advocacy skills; and
apply for re-accreditation every three years, ensuring the highest standards are maintained.
How can I tell if a lawyer is an Accredited Specialist?
Only practitioners who complete an LSSA Accredited Specialist course of assessment can call themselves an Accredited Specialist. You can easily recognise any lawyer who displays the Accredited Specialist logo and certificate of accreditation.
Why use an Accredited Specialist?
When a client chooses a lawyer who is an Accredited Specialist they:
can expect experience and expertise in a particular area of law;
can expect a high standard of professionalism;
are choosing a lawyer who is recognised as having an enhanced level of skill and a commitment to achieving higher levels of expertise through ongoing professional development.
Accredited Specialists raising the standard
Accredited Specialists are required to maintain a high level of education involvement in their areas of specialty by:
ensuring that the speciality remains a substantial part of their practice;
maintaining a higher level of continuing professional development than other lawyers; and
continually striving to improve the standing of their firm.
How to find an Accredited Specialist?
A list of all Law Society of South Australia Accredited Specialists is available in the table at the bottom of this page.
How do I become an Accredited Specialist?
In June 2005 the Council of the Law Society of South Australia resolved to enter into an agreement with the Law Institute of Victoria to enable members of the Law Society of South Australia to undertake the program to become accredited specialists. Due to jurisdictional differences the specialist areas of law available to Law Society of South Australia members is restricted to areas of practice specified by the Council of the Law Society.
Specialist Accreditation is an assessment based selection process which identifies and acknowledges lawyers who have a high level of technical skill, but more importantly, are able to demonstrate the practical application of those skills via an assessment program. Depending on the specialist area, assessment will often involve a combination of written and oral submissions, mock or simulated interviews and written examinations. Where possible assessment will take place in South Australia however travel to Victoria is likely to be required for mock or simulated interview type assessments.
Application Guidelines are published for each area of accreditation on offer. These guidelines detail the types of assessment and when they will be run, as well as the core areas of knowledge for which you will need to display a working knowledge to successfully complete the assessment process.
Where relevant, South Australian representatives will be sourced to be involved in the planning and marking of assessments, however it is not uncommon for the Application Guidelines and assessments to include references or questions that will require a variation in the response according to the jurisdiction within which you work. These should be obvious and South Australian applicants respond according to the South Australian jurisdiction.
The Specialisation scheme is administered by the Specialisation Board, a committee of the Law Institute of Victoria Council. The Law Society of South Australia Education Section and the LIV Specialisation Department handle the daily operations.
For further information, please read the Specialisation Scheme Rules available by
Areas of Accreditation
To apply to become an Accredited Specialist, please refer to the relevant Application Guidelines and Forms below:
Download 2017 Application Form
Family Law (Offered in 2018)
The Specialisation assessment program will focus on technical knowledge and practical skills. As part of the assessment candidates are provided with a mock file and requested to prepare advice for a client in the form of a letter and appropriate court documents.
In addition, Candidates sit a written exam and are also expected to conduct a videotaped simulated interview with a person acting in the role of a client. This enables examiners to assess interaction between the two parties.
Family Law Guidelines
Immigration Law (Offered in 2018)
Candidates are examined on their ability to take instructions, provide initial advice, research and investigate, and develop and implement an action plan. Candidates are required to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a written examination and take-home assignment. A simulated interview provides practitioners with the opportunity to display their interview and communication techniques.
Guidelines will be available shortly
Tax Law (Offered in 2016)
To be successful, candidates must display a high level of competence, skill and legal knowledge of Tax law. Candidates should demonstrate their ability in responding to questions with sound practical and commercial advice in an efficient and clear manner.
Candidates are required complete a written exam, a take home assignment, plus a presentation to peers.
Candidates who have completed a Masters of Tax within the past five years may be exempt from completing the written exam component of the examination process.
Tax Law Guidelines
Mutual Recognition - Have your accreditation recognised in another State
The Law Societies in each jurisdiction have worked together to develop a framework for a national mutual recognition policy that enables practitioners to have their accreditation gained in one State recognised in another state in certain circumstances.
Gaining mutual recognition may enable specialists who work in more than one State to maximise the opportunity to promote the services they offer.
If you have moved inter-State with your firm, or are currently required to service clients in more than one State, you may be eligible to have your accreditation recognised both here in SA and in other States in which you are practising.
The Specialist Accreditation Mutual Recognition Policy has been designed to cater for legal practitioners who:
practise in a location close to a border and who are likely to draw clients from both States,
practise in two or more States and who deal with clients from those States, and
relocate their practice to a State different to that of their original accreditation.
Please read the full policy on Mutual Recognition by
To apply for Mutual Recognition in South Australia please download the application form by
For further information, please contact the Law Society Education Section on 08 8229 0222 or email
Law Society of South Australia Accredited Specialists
Area of Specialty
Miss Alicia Furman
David Burrell & Co
Miss Lauren De Vries Van Leeuwen
Miss Selina Nikoloudakis
Mr Christopher Swan
Swan Family Lawyers
Mr Ian Charman
Mr Peter Heuzenroeder
Mr Ryan Thomas
Mr Samuel Burrell
David Burrell & Co
Mr Stuart Barr
Mr Vinh Duong
Vinh Duong & Associates Pty Ltd
Mrs Jane Miller
Mrs Wendy Barry
Tindall Gask Bentley
Ms Alison James
Alison Margaret James
Ms Dimitra Tolis
Tolis & Co Lawyers
Ms Jane Fox
Ms Julie Redman
Ms Rose Cocchiaro
Resolve Divorce Lawyers