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Mixed response to LSB’s plan for regulatory overhaul, with Falconer calling for focus on unmet legal need instead

Reactions from key legal services industry bodies to the Legal Services Board’s blueprint for radical form of legal regulation have ranged from enthusiastic welcome to anger at its timing, while the politician who introduced the Legal Services Act 2007 said tackling unmet legal need was more of a priority.

September 14th, 2016 | No Comments »

CILEx urges end to discrimination against non-university qualified lawyers

The body representing chartered legal executives has called on the profession to end discrimination against lawyers who have qualified through non-university routes and open up the senior judiciary to those entered the law by alternative means.

August 15th, 2016 | No Comments »

Bar Council: use direct access barristers instead of paid McKenzie Friends

Litigants with limited funds should use direct access barristers to represent them in court rather than pay for McKenzie Friends, the Bar Council has argued. The Bar Council, along with the Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, supported the judiciary’s call for a ban on professional McKenzie Friends.

June 10th, 2016 | No Comments »

Plan to smooth paralegals’ path to CILEx qualification sparks “confusion” claim

A proposal by CILEx Regulation to make it easier for paralegals to become qualified legal executives has been fiercely rejected as likely to cause “confusion to employers and consumers” by the new voluntary paralegals regulator.

December 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

Eversheds debt recovery spin-off plans ABS expansion while Midlands start-up looks to US

A team of legal executives who were once a debt recovery arm of Eversheds, has launched an alternative business structure to bring litigation in-house under the supervision of its FILEx head of legal practice.

June 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Another barrier falls as Government Legal Service opens doors to chartered legal executives

The Government Legal Service has decided to open its lawyer job vacancies to fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives for the first time. The first job being advertised is a £53,196 position as lawyer at HM Revenue & Customs.

June 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB turns to CILEx to train non-legal staff

The Bar Standards Board has turned to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to provide training to members of staff without legal qualifications. Meanwhile, ILEX Professional Standards – CILEx’s regulatory arm – is on the hunt for a new chief executive.

December 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

IPS applies to raise fines limit for legal executives from £3,000 to £50m

ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) has applied to the Legal Services Board (LSB) to raise the maximum fines limit for chartered legal executives from the current £3,000 to a top level of £50m.

December 4th, 2014 | No Comments »

Parliament clears way for legal executive law firms

Chartered legal executives will be able to set up their own law firms in the New Year – a move that ILEX Professional Standards said would for the first time also give solicitors’ firms a choice of regulator, and that the government said would help consumers access legal services.

November 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Lord Chancellor should be “very senior lawyer”

The Lord Chancellor should be a “very senior lawyer”, Nicholas Lavender QC, chairman of the Bar Council, has said. Support for the role being held by a lawyer also came from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

October 17th, 2014 | 2 Comments »