The ILFM Examinations

Examinations are held twice a year, in Spring and Autumn, normally in London, Manchester & Cardiff. 

As this may not be convenient for everyone, it should be noted that it is also possible for candidates to arrange to sit the examination at a local college/school (or other suitable venue), contact the ILFM office for further details.

To register for the next exam - please use the links below to the relevant event pages, please contact the office if you have any problems making your booking or if you are unsure whether the fee applies.  

ALL students, whatever package you are on, need to register for the exam before the closing date.  You also need to be a fully paid member in order to sit the exam. 

Next Examination date:  9th November 2020 - Bookings are now closed

Please note that we are moving this exam sitting to smaller local venues

  • ILFM Diploma Paper D1: Bookkeeping for Legal Finance Professionals Exam £90
  • ILFM Diploma Paper OLD D2:  Legal Professionals and the Accounts Rules Exam £90 
  • ILFM Diploma Paper NEW D2 : Legal Finance Compliance & Accounts Rules Exam £90 
  • ILFM Associate Exams - A1, A2, A3 & A4: £90 per paper

The exam fee will apply to re-sits and those on the old bronze package, otherwise it is included in the original fee paid.

Note: Exam must be booked by: 21st September 2020 - applications received after this date will not be accepted. 

The last planned exam sitting for the original 2nd Diploma - Legal Professionals & the Accounts Rules course, will be November 2020, a re-sit opportunity will be available (details to be confirmed).  If you would like to arrange a transfer to the new course based on the new rules, please contact us.

This does not apply to the new D2 course (Legal Finance Compliance & Accounts Rules) - the first exam for the new course will be in November 2020.

9th November exam - if you had already registered for May then you DO NOT need to re-register for Nov 

We have been working on options to try and make the exams as safe and as accessible as possible, for you, given the current on-going circumstances.  The examination centres we are now using are as follows:
Birmingham- Pitman Training Birmingham, Suite 16B Mclaren Building, Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LR
Cambridge- Pitman Training Cambridge, 2nd Floor St Andrews House, 59 St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3BZ
Cardiff- Pitman Training Cardiff, 2nd Floor, 1-7 Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1BS
City EC2- Pitman Training City EC2, Salisbury House, London Wall, EC2M 5QQ
Leeds- Pitman Training Leeds, Leeds Media Centre, 21 Saville Mount, Leeds, LS7 3HZ
Maidstone- The Master's House, College Road, Maidstone ME15 6YF
Manchester- Pitman Training Manchester, 2nd Floor, Richmond House, Bloom Street, Manchester, M1 3HZ. Limited availability
Newcastle- Pitman Training Newcastle, 2nd Floor, 10-13 Saville Row, Newcastle NE1 8JE
Nottingham- Pitman Training Nottingham, Suite 50-51 Westminster Building, Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 6LG
Southampton- Pitman Training Southampton, The Gallery, 1st Floor, 31 Eastgate Street, Southampton SO14 3HB
Watford- Pitman Training Watford, Meridien House, 69-71 Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1DS


The timings of the exams are to be confirmed (depending on numbers) and could be morning or afternoon at the moment.

Please be advised..
  • The centres are unseen so the ILFM cannot guarantee the facilities - however we have found Pitman to be of a good standard when we have used them. Social distancing measures should apply.
  • There are other Pitman Training Centres available, but you would need to book those yourself and cover the appropriate fees - normal local venue rule apply.
  • The timings are still in negotiation and subject to change.
  • Candidates must arrange local venues themselves, the local venue guidelines are attached at the bottom of this page.  Please contact for further information.

All candidates (All Inclusive, Gold, Silver and Barry Hilton Scholarship etc) must still register for the exam.  All registered candidates will receive confirmation of their registration after the cut off date along with their candidate number.

Any requests for additional examination facilities or arrangements for reasons of a disability will be considered, you should apply in writing to ASAP and by 21st September 2020 at the latest.

Each application will be considered on an individual basis, your application should include details of the disability, your requirements and supporting medical evidence. Applications should be made in addition to the exam enrolment booking and should be sent no later than the enrolment deadline for the exam sitting you wish to apply for. The ILFM will make every endeavour to accommodate your needs.

Unlike many organisations, admission to the higher grades of membership is by ILFM Qualification only. To this end, the ILFM has its own structured examination scheme. Because of the varied ages and backgrounds of those joining the ILFM, there are no formal requirements for embarking on the following examination route:

The Diploma, Paper One - Bookkeeping for Legal Finance Professionals & Paper Two - Legal Professionals and Accounts Rules/Legal Finance Compliance & Accounts Rules - These are 3-hour examinations and are intended to test the immediate working knowledge of the office environment.

The Associate, (three mandatory parts) For Diploma Members only - This is designed to test career students on a deeper understanding of the many legal and accounting topics they will meet in working life.  Each Associate certificate is a 3-hour examination.

The Fellowship, (by thesis and presentation) - This is the ILFM's highest qualification.  Further information can be found by selecting the Fellowship link from links listed on the left of this page.

ILFM Examination passes are graded as:
Pass 50%+
Merit 75%+
Distinction 90%+

To ensure standards are always the highest, the ILFM Examination Board includes an external examiner from the College of Law.

The Fellowship is graded as a pass with 50%+, a merit with 65%+ and a distinction is 80%+.

Future exam dates:
Monday, 9 Nov 2020
Monday, 10 May 2021
Monday, 8 November 2021