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Legal Associate

Why become a Legal Associate?

Legal Associate membership is awarded in recognition of the applicant's 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 the holder has both experience of and expertise in planning law.

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).


Legal Associates have access to RTPI member benefits and services.

Successful candidates are able to use the post-nominals LARTPI to denote their status.

How to become a Legal Associate


To be eligible to become a Legal Associate candidates must:

  • be a qualified legal practitioner (solicitor, advocate or barrister, or Chartered Legal Executive);
  • be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient experience in planning law, as opposed to other types of law, to apply for this specialist membership class.

Full details of the eligibility criteria are in the guidance.

Revised membership guidance - coming soon

The RTPI is launching revised membership guidance in June 2019, which will become applicable to new candidates applying from January 2020. Those submitting their application in 2019 will not be affected. Eligibility and experience requirements will not be changing. Find out more.

Guidance and resources

IMPORTANT: Due to EU regulations which came into force in May 2018, the Data Protection Statement on the above forms MUST be completed or your application cannot be processed. If a corroborator has sent you a letter or email they MUST copy the Data Protection Statement into their letter / email.


There is a £90 administration fee to process your initial application. If you are required to resubmit, there is an additional charge of £20 per section (maximum 3 sections). There is also an annual subscription fee. Fees can be paid online or via cheque.

Submission dates

Dates for Legal Associate applications are on the submission dates page.

Appeal Procedure

Candidates applying for Legal Associate membership, who have resubmitted their application at least once, have the right to appeal against the outcome of their assessment. An appeal must be submitted in accordance with the Membership Appeal Procedure.