Professional Services

The LI is committed to supporting and working with you at every stage of your career, from Student membership through to Chartered status and beyond. To ensure you get the most out of your membership we offer a range of tailored benefits and support.

Pension Service - with RIBA

RIBA has developed an auto enrolment pension scheme tailored for architects’ and Landscape architects practices.

Go to the  RIBA Pension website to find out more about the RIBA Pension service – in partnership with the LI.

Insurance Services

Professional Indemnity Insurance Service

McParland Finn is fully endorsed by the LI and has been the preferred providers of PII services to LI Members for over 10 years. McParland Finn offers a competitively priced Professional Indemnity scheme with broad policy cover specifically designed to protect LI Members against a wide range of professional liabilities, which may incur in the course of business, together with a range of added services including a collateral warranty vetting and legal helpline provided by independent solicitors.
Please visit the McParland Finn website for further detailed information and preferential rates available to LI Members.
Members are entitled to a free legal consultation or advice and a free insurance consultation.
Follow this link to access the document library, with more related information, provided by McParland Finn.

Legal Consultation (England and Wales)

Russell-Cooke LLP offer LI Registered Practices and individual Members (England and Wales only) a free no-obligation 20-minute legal consultation by phone on any employment or commercial issue including business models, fees, contracts, intellectual property and more. They can also offer advice and drafting of certain standard documents at a competitive fixed fee.


Guy Wilmot on 020 8394 6531 or

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Call +44 (0)20 8789 9111 or e-mail for advice on who to talk to.

You may need to do this if you can’t decide which department would deal with your case or if you have a complex problem spanning several different areas of the law. If you are an existing client of the firm you can also contact whoever you dealt with last.

Legal Consultation (Scotland)

DWF offer LI Registered Practices and individual Members in Scotland (or in relation to issues arising under Scots Law) a free no-obligation 20-minute telephone consultation on issues relating to property matters, leases/purchases/securities, business models, preparation of partnership agreements, employment, litigation, contracts and terms of business, health and safety and more.


Damien Bechelli (Healthcare, Technology and Renewable Energy)

Derek Ellery (Commercial and Partnership)

Ronnie Brown (Client Relations Partner (Scotland))

or telephone

0131 226 5541 (Edinburgh)

0141 228 8000 (Glasgow)


The Construction Industry Council (CIC) offers adjudication for contract disputes, including JCLI contracts. LI Members needing the services of an adjudicator can contact the CIC direct.

The Architects Benevolent Society

The Architects Benevolent Society is the only registered charity in the UK dedicated to helping architects, assistants, technologists, technicians, landscape architects – and their families – in times of need. The ABS help people of all ages who have experienced illness, accident, redundancy, unemployment, bereavement or other personal misfortune.

LI Members are able to apply for support which ranges from confidential advice to financial assistance.


Perennial are the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture when times get tough.

They provide free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. Click here to find out how Perennial could help you, email or call 0800 093 8510 today.

CSCS Cards

Although not a statutory requirement, many contractors and construction clients insist that people regularly working on their sites, particularly if not escorted, hold the appropriate CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) or LISS/CSCS (Landbased Industry Skills Scheme/CSCS) cards for the work they undertake. These cards provide proof that individuals working on commercial sites have the required training to enable safe and appropriate site behaviour. CSCS will be familiar to most.

LISS/CSCS is a more recent jointly-managed Scheme where industry is working with CSCS to develop a framework for skills development and progression in the Landbased sectors through a structured card scheme.

This scheme is administered through BALI and full details can be obtained from the BALI website this is now the preferred route for landscape professionals to obtain cards (although CMLI & FLI can still apply directly to CSCS if they prefer).

In brief:

  • Fellows (FLI) and Chartered (CMLI) Landscape professionals can apply for the White/Yellow Professionally Qualified Persons (PQP) card, allowing easier access to construction sites.
  • Licentiate members are able to apply for a Trainee PQP card whilst they are working towards their CMLI. Alternatively Graduates/Licentiate members could apply for the renewable White/Yellow Academically Qualified Persons (AQP) card if they hold a suitable Landscape and Horticultural related qualification.

If the qualification is not listed on the BALI website then they can contact BALI direct for approval; BALI has delegated authority from CSCS to determine course suitability.

If you find you need a new LISS/CSCS card, bear in mind you will need to:

  • be able to demonstrate your level of academic or professional achievement
  • book and have passed the CITB Managers and Professionals Health & Safety Environment Test
  • book and have passed the ROLO, Health Safety & Environmental Awareness Course – provide current employer contact details
  • submit a signed application form – pay fees of £19.50 for the test, ROLO (price available from the ROLO Training Provider) and £38.00 for the LISS/CSCS card.

For any further information about the full range of cards available please visit the BALI website. Please note that these schemes are nothing to do with the Landscape Institute, but the Institute will discuss systemic concerns affecting several members with BALI or CSCS if necessary.

The information above was checked with BALI’s Certification & Scheme Officer.