Membership types

Eligibility criteria

Membership is open to all qualified lawyers who have established a set level of experience in advising on the legal issues which affect the older client ie solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives. 

  1. Fully qualified solicitors holding a valid and current practising certificate and regulated by the SRA
  2. Fully qualified barristers holding a valid and current practising certificate and regulated by the Bar Council
  3. Fully qualified Chartered Legal Executives holding a valid and current practising certificate regulated by CILEx
  4. Affiliate, Associate or Graduate member of CILEx who have studied specific CILEx units

NB: Chartered Legal Executives Affiliate, Associate or Graduate Members of CILEx are eligible to join as Associate members if they have completed the following units: (or equivalent)

    • CILEx Level 3 Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice
    • CILEx Level 3 Unit 8 Law of Wills and Succession
    • CILEx Level 3 Unit 15 The Practice of Law for the Elderly Client
    • CILEx Level 3 Unit 16 Client Care Skills
    • CILEx Level 3 Unit 17 Legal Research Skills

Chartered Legal Executives will need to remain at the Associate member level until they reach the criteria for Full Accredited Membership.

Only fellows of CILEx are eligible to upgrade their membership to Full Accredited Member. Please note that fellows will need one further year of post qualification relevant experience after achieving fellowship and before they are eligible to upgrade their membership.

Membership types

For new applicants, SFE has two types of membership: Associate membership and Full Accredited membership. 

The first step for all new applicants to SFE is to attain the Older Client Care in Practice Award. Once this has been passed, the applicant will be accepted into SFE at the Associate level.

Associate Members

Associate members must undertake relevant and sufficient ongoing training and education to be determined by the directors from time to time.  Will need to certify that they are spending at least 50% of their time working in the field of Elderly Client Law and will consent to random checks being undertaken to monitor compliance. The period of Associate Membership cannot exceed 3 years from the date of joining (with the exception of CILEx members see above).

Full Accredited Members  

In order to progress to Full Accredited Member, all Associates are required to pass the Older Client Law in Practice award. This should be done within 12 months of completion of the Older Client Care in Practice award. They will need to certify that they are spending  at least 50% of their time working in the field of Elderly Client Law and will consent to random checks being undertaken to monitor compliance and have at least three years' post qualification experience. They will then be eligible to upgrade to Full Accredited Member.