Become a member of ACAL

To join ACAL please select the appropriate membership level/type from the choices below.

Membership is open to any person. However in the case of multiple members from one solicitors’ firm or other organisation, voting rights (in relation to any meeting of the members of ACAL) shall be restricted to five members only. The training is no longer be included in the membership fee.

In order to comply with the solicitor’s code of conduct, and in particular because of the availability of public funding in this area of work, all members must be able to offer to and advise clients upon the availability of public funding to victims of abuse subject to qualification with the appropriate means criteria.

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NB. Some of these questions are aimed at Personal Injury solicitors. If any of the questions do not apply to you, please leave them blank or answer them as well as you can. Other questions (where marked with an asterisk *) are for other professions (“Expert/Professional Members”)

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ACAL Membership

To join ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers) please click on the membership application tab to the left. Membership of the panel/ACAL begins on the 1st March and ends on the 28th February. The Executive Committee will give consideration to allowing a person membership a reduction of the fee or an extension of membership if they apply in the middle of the year.

There are the following different types of membership – full details appear in the following table:

Type of Member Fee Benefits
Student Member £40.00 Restricted areas of Web site, Free workshops (2 per year one in North , one in South of England), Newsletter
Non-Practising Member (eg Experts) £85.00 Restricted areas of Web site, Free workshops (2 per year one in North , one in South of England), Newsletter
Sole Practitioners, Counsel, or other legal non-solicitor Member £85.00 As above – workshops carry 3 CPD hours + Database of Homes, Expert’s Register
Practitioners from Firms with 5 partners or less £100.00 As above – workshop carries 3 CPD hours + Database of Homes, Expert’s Register
Other Solicitor Member £150.00 As above – workshop carries 3 CPD hours + Database of Homes, Expert’s Register
Panel Member £500.00 Please check the ‘Solicitor’s Referral Scheme’ tab to the left

Membership is open to any person. However in the case of multiple members from one solicitors’ firm or other organisation, voting rights (in relation to any meeting of the members of ACAL) shall be restricted to five members only.

The training is no longer be included in the membership fee.

In order to comply with the solicitor’s code of conduct, and in particular because of the availability of public funding in this area of work, all members must be able to offer to and advise clients upon the availability of public funding to victims of abuse subject to qualification with the appropriate means criteria.

Solicitor’s Referral Scheme (ACAL Panel)

The “Solicitor’s List or Panel” is not part of the membership, but rather a method of selecting solicitors for client referrals. It is an effective method of “signposting” clients to solicitors who have been trained in the specialism of child abuse compensation cases.

To join the list one must satisfy certain criteria (for more details see the preamble to the application form and our training page), pay a separate fee and complete regular training. Fill in an application form online or print a form off below The fee is £500 per year per person. It is the ACAL panel, which will runs similarly to the A.V.M.A. panel.

Our Panel Criteria for Assessors and Procedure can be read in Microsoft Word format, by following the links.

Membership of the panel/ACAL begins on the 1st March and ends on the 28th February. The Executive Committee will give consideration to allowing a person membership a reduction of the fee or an extension of membership if they apply in the middle of the year

We have devised an application form, which can be filled in online.

  1. The ACAL Executive Committee has formed a sub committee to consider the admission of all new applicants to the Solicitors’ Referral Scheme together with those existing members who wish to renew their membership of the Scheme.
    1. The sub committee shall be composed of the President, the Vice President and the Treasurer who shall be advised/supplied with the relevant papers by the Co-ordinator at the time when each applicant applies to join the Referral Scheme or renews his/her membership of the Referral Scheme.
    2. The sub committee shall briefly discuss each new application/renewal by email, telephone or at a meeting.
    3. The decision to admit a solicitor shall be at the sole discretion of the sub-committee who shall if they refuse the application, give written reasons for their decision to the unsuccessful applicant. There is no appeal against their decision but it is open to any applicant to re-apply in the following year.
  2. Members are encouraged to attend Part 1 and Part 2 Introduction to Child Abuse within the first three years of their membership and thereafter in each succeeding year the Practitioners Workshop.
  3. ACAL courses do attract CPD points
  4. The courses can be run in house if required
  5. Course modules can be adapted to meet individual client needs.
  6. Panel members will be reassessed every 5 years for consideration of renewal of their panel membership. Notice will taken of experience in the requisite area of the law together with training attended. Practical experience of taking cases to a successful conclusion will be taken account of.
  7. Unique to ACAL courses is the emphasis placed on enhancing client care, raising professional confidence, reducing costs, self care, and improving case handling.
  8. See above public funding criteria.

For details of courses we provide click here. If you want to book any of them email us