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Goodbye Fellows, hello Chartered Legal Executives

The Institute of Legal Executives was formally presented with its Royal Charter yesterday, transforming Fellows of the Institute into Chartered Legal Executives. The charter protects the title of ILEX members for the first time.

January 31st, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Queen grants ILEX historic Royal Charter

The Queen has granted the Institute of Legal Executives a Royal Charter, meaning that in future Fellows of ILEX will have a protected title – ‘chartered legal executive’. It will also change its name to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

October 13th, 2011 | 4 Comments »

Bar Council fails governance test again while Law Society goes to the wire

The Bar Council is once again not compliant with the rules on ensuring the independence of its regulatory arm, the Legal Services Board has decided – while the Law Society’s compliance remains unresolved. But the Bar Council has been given one more year to get its house in order.

September 26th, 2011 | No Comments »

CLC hits back at Lord Chief Justice and Law Society opposition to new rights

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has hit back at opposition from the Lord Chief Justice and the Law Society to its application to grant rights to conduct advocacy and litigation. The Legal Services Board is currently considering the CLC’s application, and as one of its statutory consultees, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge has expressed his total opposition.

August 5th, 2011 | No Comments »

ILEX is first to receive LSB clean bill of health on regulatory independence

The Institute of Legal Executives is the first approved regulator to receive a clean bill of health for its internal governance arrangements for 2011. The Legal Services Board is currently reviewing the regulatory independence certificates submitted by each approved regulator where there is also a linked representative body. There is no news yet on either the Law Society or Bar Council’s certificates.

July 22nd, 2011 | No Comments »

The Apprentice – lawyer style

It wasn’t that long ago that you didn’t need a degree to become a solicitor. There are plenty of very eminent solicitors around who joined a law firm after school and did the old five-year articles to qualify. In fact training to be a solicitor started off purely as an apprenticeship in the form of articles of clerkship, with no examinations.

June 24th, 2011 | No Comments »

LSB grants first application to extend reach of reserved legal activities

The Legal Services Board has for the first time granted an application to extend the reach of reserved legal activities, giving the Institute of Legal Executives the power to award the right to conduct litigation to associate prosecutors.

March 4th, 2011 | No Comments »

City firms and Law Society back latest initiative to improve social mobility in the law

Three magic circle law firms are among the first to back an online initiative aimed at helping underprivileged youngsters break into the professions. Allen & Overy, Slaughter and May and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have signed up to accessprofessions.com, a charity website which connects students aged between 13 and 21 with career-enhancing opportunities.

January 30th, 2011 | No Comments »

Professions united in opposition to “name and shame” complaints policy

The three main professional bodies have all set out their stalls against lawyers being “named and shamed” if found guilty by the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) of providing an inadequate service. The Bar Council has this week joined the Law Society and Institute of Legal Executives in criticising the idea.

January 14th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

LSB to take on £110,000 cost of supervising immigration advisers

The Legal Services Board is expected take over responsibility for overseeing the regulation of immigration advisers by the legal professional bodies from the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), starting in April 2011.

November 16th, 2010 | No Comments »