The ILFM offers exemptions to students who have studied relevant  qualifications prior to starting the ILFM's  qualifications. This means that you may not have to take all of the exams at the ILFM Diploma or Associate Level. We want you to start your studies at the right level.*

You can check your Exemptions below, and contact us for further information:

The exemption fee is £90 (per exemption).  You will be issued with an Exemption Certificate.

Qualifications considered for exemption (From 16th January 2016, policy cannot be back dated):

1) ILFM Diploma D1: Bookkeeping for Legal Finance Professionals Certificate:

  • ACCA F3 and above (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  • AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Level 2 and above.
  • ICAS (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland)
  • Some relevant university degrees in Accounting or Finance

NB. There are no exemptions for the Diploma Level D2: Legal Finance Compliance & Accounts Rules Certificate 

2) ILFM Associate – A1: Accounting for Legal Finance Professionals Certificate and A2: Financial Management Certificate

  • ACCA F7 and above
  • CIMA
  • AAT Level 4
  • ICAS
  • Some relevant university degrees in Accounting or Finance

NB. There are no exemptions for Associate Level A3: Legal Practice Management Certificate or Associate A4: Tax for Legal Finance Professionals.

* Contact the ILFM Office for full details, terms and conditions.

Exemptions we have gained with other qualification providers that recognise your ILFM Qualifications and may exempt you from certain levels or exams.

Diploma Level 

The ILFM Certificate in Bookkeeping for Legal Finance Professionals (Diploma level)  = one unit exemption from AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping and/or AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma. Unit exempt from is ‘Advanced Bookkeeping’.

Associate Level

ILFM Certificate in Accounting & Financial Management (Associate Level) = one unit exemption from AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping and/or AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma. Unit they would be exempt from is ‘Advanced Bookkeeping’.

Also the following AAT unit exemptions from Level 4 Professional Diploma:

‘Financial Statements of Limited Companies’ & ‘External Auditing’

Further information about the AAT qualifications and the syllabus can be found on the AAT’s website.   https://www.aat.org.uk/find-a-course

Description: Must have completed the Diploma plus all three additional exams to become an Associate Member: Accounting, Financial Management and Legal Practice Management


Subject nameSubject levelModule(s) required for Exemption
BA1 Fundamentals of Business EconomicsCertificate BACore
BA2 Fundamentals of Management AccountingCertificate BACore
BA3 Fundamentals of Financial AccountingCertificate BACore
BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business LawCertificate BACore

Details of the exemptions awarded to the ILFM can be found at: https://www.cimaglobal.com/Starting-CIMA/Starting-CIMA/Exemptions/Exemption-Search/Institute-of-Legal-Finance--Management-ILFM-12315/?qualification=1-N9V08X

Richard Hill, a past ILFM Chair continued onto CIMA after completing the ILFM Diploma and Associate levels.

ILFM members who gained the Diploma, Associate Accounting and Financial Management qualifications between January 2014 through to December 2018 will be eligible for the following exemptions:

ACCA QualificationsILFM Qualifications eligible for exemption
F2 - Management Accountingrequires the ILFM Accounting and Financial Management to be completed between January 2014 to December 2018
F3 – Financial Accountingrequires the ILFM Diploma, Accounting and Financial Management to be completed between the period of January 2014 to December 2018


As part of the accreditation process the ILFM syllabus has been mapped to the ACCA syllabus to ensure there is approximately 80% comparable syllabus coverage and comparable examination methods.

Further information about the ACCA qualifications and the syllabus can be found at ACCA’s website www.accaglobal.com

Other Accounting bodies

The ILFM are currently working with other accounting bodies to obtain accreditation for exemptions from other qualifications.