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The Q3000 is the entry level risk and practice management standard for solicitors’ firms. It is most suitable for firms of 2 - 10 solicitors or for sole practitioners with previous accreditation or with risk management procedures in place.

The Q3000 Standard provides assurance to clients that their firm complies with best practice standards. Firms with the Q3000 accreditation have been independently audited and rank among the highest quality law firms in Ireland.


There are three modules to this standard:

  • Client Management
  • File Management
  • Regulatory and Claims Management

The following risk management areas are contained in these modules:

  • Undertakings
  • Critical Dates
  • File Review procedures
  • Complaints procedures
  • File Opening procedures
  • File Maintenance procedures
  • Conflict checking procedures
  • Anti-money laundering procedures
  • Engagement procedures
  • Terms and conditions of business
  • S.68 compliance
  • Financial procedures
  • File Closing procedures
  • Wills and Deeds Registers
  • Claims and Regulatory history register


The Q3000