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MPs approve probate and conveyancing rights for legal executives

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has won the approval of the House of Commons to grant rights to conduct reserved probate and conveyancing work.

September 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

Government approves standards for legal apprenticeships

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has approved the standards for its new legal apprenticeships, allowing young people to qualify as solicitors, chartered legal executives, licensed conveyancers and paralegals through workplace-based training.

August 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

ICAEW wins power to licence probate ABSs

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has been given the green light by Parliament to regulate alternative business structures which provide probate services, with dozens of firms already showing an interest in taking advantage.

July 25th, 2014 | No Comments »

Ex-BSB director returns to the law with CILEx

Mandie Lavin, the former director of the Bar Standards Board, has returned to the legal scene after being appointed the new chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

July 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

Accountants able to handle probate work without solicitors from next month

Chartered accountants will be able to carry out reserved probate work themselves, without the need to instruct a solicitor, from next month, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has said.

July 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

Lack of parliamentary time set to delay independent practice rights for legal executives

There may be a delay in giving the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) the power to grant the rights to conduct reserved probate and conveyancing work, it has emerged.

July 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »

CILEx launches enquiry into paralegals

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives yesterday launched an enquiry into paralegals in an attempt to clarify their numbers, where they fit in the legal spectrum, and what training should be made available.

June 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Grayling tells LSB to work towards its own abolition

The Lord Chancellor has set the Legal Services Board the task of working towards its own abolition as part of a push to reduce the burden of regulation on the legal profession, he revealed yesterday.

June 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

Law Society loses control of SRA chair and board appointments

Control over the appointment of the next chairman of the Solicitors Regulation Authority was taken away from the Law Society yesterday after the Legal Services Board introduced new rules governing the process.

May 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

So farewell, David Edmonds

If regulators are not loved by those they regulate, then it is no surprise to find that the regulator of regulators is even less loved. And so I don’t imagine that beyond the offices of the Legal Services Board, many tears will be shed that David Edmonds’ second and final term of office is up today. There may, indeed, be some sighs of relief.

April 30th, 2014 | No Comments »