"There is another model in the law that works excellently, and it’s right under our noses. It’s the CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) scheme. You can work your way up to becoming a legal executive and solicitor, which suits plenty of people..."
— Catrin Griffiths, The Lawyer
The role of a legal executive lawyer is so similar to that of a solicitor that the average client is unlikely to be able to distinguish between them. For example, legal executive lawyers will have their own clients (with full conduct of cases) and they can undertake representation in court.
Being a legal executive is an excellent career choice. Professional responsibilities increase with experience and fellows of CILEx (that is those who have completed Level 3 and 6 examinations or the Graduate Fast-Track and completed the requisite period of qualifying employment) are likely to become one of the main points of contact for clients seeking professional advice on legal matters.
There are opportunities for fellows of CILEx to:
- run their own departments
- manage other executives, administrative staff and junior solicitors
- become partners
- become district judges, deputy district judges and tribunal chairmen
- become specialist advocates
There are approximately 200 high-calibre legal employers who currently sponsor legal executive lawyers. The list of employers boasts firms such as CMS Cameron McKenna, Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, Irwin Mitchell and Thompsons.
Qualified legal executives can also continue their studies to qualify as solicitors, and the CILEx training route may be used as entry to the final stages of the qualification scheme for a solicitor.
For further information, please contact CILEx directly on +44 1234 8941 000 or view the CILEx website.