We have a number of firm and individual accreditations which make us uniquely qualified to help you. Find out what they mean and how they can benefit you.
APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
APIL is a not-for-profit organisation fighting for the rights of injured people. They have 3,200 members dedicated to protecting and enhancing access to justice, improving the services provided for victims of personal injury, and campaigning to change the law wherever appropriate.
ATT (The Association of Taxation Technicians)
ATT is a charity whose primary objective is to promote education and the study of tax administration and practice. They provide an appropriate qualification for individuals who undertake tax compliance work. Drawing on their members’ practical experience and knowledge, they contribute to consultations on the development of the UK tax system and seek to ensure that, for the general public, it is workable and as fair as possible.
ATT members are qualified by examination and practical experience. They commit to the highest standards of professional conduct and ensure that their tax knowledge is constantly kept up to date. Members may be found in private practice, commerce and industry, government and academia.
AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents)
AvMA support people affected by avoidable harm in healthcare, help them achieve justice and promote better patient safety for all.
BABICM (British Association of Brain Injury & Complex Case Management)
BABICM is the representative body providing a structure for the continued professional advancement of case management and promoting best practice to address and manage the needs of people with brain injury and people with other complex conditions.
BFA (British Franchise Association)
The BFA has been responsible for setting high-quality standards for UK franchising since 1977 and through this process, the industry has grown to provide fantastic opportunities to UK businesses and people eager to invest with franchise brands.
Brain Injury Group
The Brain Injury Group is a national network of dedicated brain injury lawyers and expert services that delivers a comprehensive package to support brain-injured clients and their families through their claim and beyond. This unique service combines the best brain injury legal experts with an extensive range of other specialist professionals, all of whom have a vital role to play in the rehabilitation and compensation of brain-injured clients.
Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government-backed scheme that helps to protect businesses against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.
EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising)
EWIF is built on our community of Ambassadors, including franchisors and franchise service suppliers, who offer free services to women seeking advice and guidance on entering the franchise industry.
Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services.
Investors in People
Investors in People was founded in 1991 as a government project to make work better.
ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation)
ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organisation bringing together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.
LawNet member firms are part of a nationwide network committed to rigorous quality standards and best practice. Recruitment of new member firms is by invitation and is very selective. Only firms that meet their stringent quality and service criteria are invited to join.
The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors in England and Wales.
Lexcel is The Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for client care, compliance and practice management.
Major Trauma Group
The Major Trauma Group’s overriding objectives are to secure, by providing exceptional legal advice, the resources to optimise clients’ health recovery through access to rehabilitation and support alongside maximising compensation and long term financial security. Ashtons Legal is a member of this national group of highly experienced solicitors who specialise in the area of major trauma and its consequences.
MASS (Motor Accident Solicitors Society)
MASS is a membership society of road traffic accident claims experts. MASS promotes the highest standards of legal services, bringing justice to the victims of road traffic accidents.
Resolution is a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. Founded in 1982, Resolution believes a non-confrontational approach to family law issues would produce better outcomes for separating families and their children.
SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly)
SFE is a specialist group of lawyers who are there to support and make a difference to older and vulnerable people. By vulnerable they mean people who may not be able-bodied and/or who may be mentality incapacitated i.e. they need help to make decisions, or they can’t make decisions for themselves.
Members of SFE must be fully qualified, regulated and insured Solicitors, Barristers or Chartered Legal Executives and they must spend at least 50% of their time working with older and vulnerable clients. Before they can join SFE, lawyers must complete their externally accredited qualification – the SFE Older Client Care in Practice Award (OCCP) which concentrates on non-legal skills or “soft skills” – much like a doctor’s bedside manner. Members have a thorough understanding of key illnesses and frailties of old age and vulnerability – hearing, sight, capacity, mobility and dementia, so that they are able to provide the best support to their clients, helping them to make their wishes understood.
SIA (Spinal Injuries Association)
SIA are the expert voice and leading source of information and advice for people with spinal cord injury and have been helping people for over 40 years.
STEP is a global professional body, comprising lawyers, accountants, trustees and other practitioners that help families plan for their futures. Their mission is to inspire confidence in families planning their assets across generations by setting and upholding high professional standards, informing public policy, promoting education, and connecting practitioners globally to share knowledge and best practice. Full STEP members, known as TEPs, are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience. All STEP members are expected to abide by the STEP Codes of Conduct, which set out the key ethical and professional standards a member should uphold.
To gain TEP status, members must either gain credits by completing the STEP Diploma or accredited qualifications via an exam route, complete the essay route or be a senior practitioner who holds a relevant professional qualification and has a minimum of ten years’ senior experience working at a leadership level in the industry, in practice or academia.
Affiliate STEP membership is for practitioners who have prior knowledge and experience but are not yet eligible to join as a Full Member of STEP. To gain affiliate status, members much demonstrate Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) credits through completing a prior qualification that has been formally assessed and certified by an educational institution e.g. University/University College, recognised education/training provider or professional body plus have prior learning gained through at least one year of relevant work experience. Alternatively, affiliate members can be enrolled on the essay route or have obtained the requisite credits via STEP courses.
Tech East is a not-for-profit organisation for East of England tech businesses who want to succeed on a global stage.
UKABIF (The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum)
UKABIF raises awareness of acquired brain injury in parliament and amongst policymakers. They provide information and links to other organisations so that people with brain injury, their carers and professionals have access to all the details they need. UKABIF also organises an accredited national conference each year.