Legal Associate membership is awarded in recognition of achievement and demonstrable competence in planning law. The status of Legal Associate of the RTPI, denoted by the post-nominals LARTPI, is an important milestone and a mark of professional recognition. It shows clients and other professionals that you have both experience of, and expertise in, planning law.
Membership from £12.92 a month*
- Gain recognition for your specialist expertise in planning law from the largest planning institute in Europe.
- Use the post-nominals LARTPI and logo to showcase your knowledge and expertise.
- Access networks and discounted events.
- Access RTPI member benefits and services.
To be eligible to submit your Legal Associate membership application:
- You must be a qualified legal practitioner (solicitor, advocate or barrister, or Chartered Legal Executive). You will be required to demonstrate proof of this.
- You must have experience specialising in planning law which was gained within the last 5 years leading up to the application, while a qualified legal practitioner. To demonstrate this you need at least:
- 720 hours per year for 3 years; or
- 432 hours per year for 5 years (more applicable to candidates working part time).
What is the Legal Associate application?
Candidates must prepare a 4,250 word written submission ( /-10%) demonstrating their experience and how they have developed their competence. There are three parts to the submission:
- Practical Experience Statement
- Professional Competence Statement
- Professional Development Plan
Download the main guidance from our Resource Centre.
There is a £90 assessment fee payable at the time of application. If you are required to resubmit, there is an additional charge of £20 per section (maximum 3 sections). Fees can be paid online or by cheque and are non-refundable.
The RTPI assesses legal practitioners' expertise in planning law but does not regulate them: this responsibility remains with the relevant professional body (e.g. for solicitors in England and Wales, this is the Solicitors Regulation Authority).
*Based on UK/ROI pro rata 2020 subscription rate.