Video transcript – CILEx: Chartered Institute of Legal Executives route for training legal staff

Title: CILEx: Chartered Institute of Legal Executives route for training legal staff

Duration: 5 minutes 52 seconds

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Setting: An CILEx logo appears before a backing track starts playing and then shows an office scene.

Narrator: “Established in 1963, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives or CILEx (formerly known as ILEX) is recognised by the Ministry of Justice as one of the three main routes to becoming a qualified Lawyer. Our Legal Executive Lawyers are found in key roles across a variety of employers. From in-house teams in the public sector to large blue-chip corporations and major city law firms.

Whether you need your staff to be qualified paralegals or lawyers, we can offer qualifications that are designed to train and retain expert legal staff at all levels.”

Nick Hanning: “As an employer, I find the CILEx qualification to be essential. The beauty of it is, that if they’ve passed an CILEx exam, I know that it means that they know what they are doing. They know their job, they know the relevant law and that for me as an employer is everything.”

Jenny Pelling: “The CILEx route suits all types of employers from private practice to the public sector.”

Eddie Ryan: “I think the reason we started to employ Legal Execs and were infact keen on training Legal Execs is that the skill set perfectly matches our requirements.”

Jenny Pelling: “Employers use CILEx to train their staff in a variety of ways. They use small parts of it for new staff that they want to develop on just one area of law or practice. They use it for support staff with law degrees. Somebody coming to CILEx with a law degree is asked to take CILEx’s Graduate Fast-track Diploma and that covers 2 practice subjects such as civil litigation or probate practice and client care skills.”

Kate Sutherland: “The Law graduate who has also got the fast track diploma on their CV stands a very, very good chance and perhaps has a competitive edge which means to an employer that they can hit the ground running.”

Jenny Pelling: “Employers also use it for people joining them with no previous legal qualifications and they study with us, subjects that are equivalent of A Level standard at level 3 and then they go on to level 6 which is honours degree standard.”

Diane Burleigh: “We have students who come straight from college or straight from school who have got a job at a legal firm. We have people with no qualifications, we have people with law degrees. There’s no one fit, it suits people who do not want to go through the traditional route or who cannot go to University.

Round table discussion: “I think in my working career, every boss I’ve ever had has said to me that CILEx graduates are far better employees than a law graduate.”

Diane Burleigh: “What I see when I talk to employers around the country by training their staff through CILEx that they reap the reward of having increased loyalty in their member of staff.”

Beverley Treggit: “I’m Beverley Treggit, HR Manager for Park Woodfine Heald Mellows LLP. We began employing legal executives because it was an ideal opportunity to train our own staff in house. The benefits of employing Legal Executives are that they study whilst they are working so they pick up practical office based skills, legal knowledge and they are able to move into fee earning much more quickly.”

Jenny Pelling: “By Investing in your staff, you are showing them that you believe in them and that you want them to develop and the employee in return has a great sense of loyalty to that employer and works terribly hard to be an effective and efficient fee earner.”

David McGrady: “Legal Executive bring to the profession, their experience and their specialist knowledge but because they come from all walks of life, I think they have a greater affinity with the community and they understand the people within it and I think that gives them the ability to discharge their jobs in a much more humane and understanding way.”

Alan Kershaw: “CILEx professional standards are the regulatory arm of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Our job is to make sure that anyone coming into membership of CILEx is properly trained and qualified; that they can practive law competently and behave ethically; and if something does go badly wrong, we can deal with a complaint firmly and fairly. IPS exists to show the public that members are regulated independently and in the public interest rather than in the interests of the profession itself.”

Jenny Pelling: “The benefits to employers of using CILEx to train their staff is that it allows them to unlock the potential of their paralegals and their support staff. They can then generate income for their firm if it’s a private practice or become more efficient if it’s in the public sector. And really that’s the beauty of it is that it releases that potential of those staff and enabling those staff to contribute more. The other benefit to employers is that the qualification is and that means that employers can cherry pick the practice area of law that is directly relevant to that member of staff.”

Kate Sutherland: “We often find that employers contribute to student costs because they realise how important the Legal Executive is to them, not only can they carry out administrative functions, but really very importantly, they can bring in a stream of revenue in capacity of fee earner.”

Eddie Ryan: “We actually have a number of fully qualified Legal Execs who are currently overseeing the work of a full legal team, that includes qualified solicitors as well and they have a capacity to oversee the work of various qualified solicitors.”

Jenny Pelling: “There is now very little difference between Solicitors and Legal Executives. They are able to become partners in firms, they have now been appointed as judges. We really are standing shoulder to shoulder in the legal profession.”

End of film: 5 minutes 52 seconds