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The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives is the professional association which represents more than 20,000 trainee and practising Chartered Legal Executives. Our role is to enhance the position and standing of Chartered Legal Executive lawyers in the legal profession. For more than 50 years, we have been offering unparalleled access to a flexible career in law. We work closely with Government and the Ministry of Justice and are recognised in England and Wales as one of the three core approved regulators of the legal profession alongside barristers and solicitors.

Founded in 1892, the Institute of Legal Executives became a company limited by guarantee in 1963 with the support and co-operation of the Law Society. On 30 January 2012, we became incorporated by Royal Charter and are now known as the 'Chartered Institute of Legal Executives'. In 2013, we celebrated 50 years of legal careers.

Currently we have branches throughout England and Wales and many members overseas.

Our objectives:

  • To provide an organisation for persons who are registered or studying with the Institute who provide legal services and who are a resident in England and Wales or elsewhere
  • To provide for the education, training and development of skills for Fellows and persons who wish to become experts in the law or otherwise
  • To advance and protect the status and interests of Fellows and those persons referred to above
  • To promote professional unity, co-operation and mutual assistance amongst persons employed in the legal profession or engaged in legal work
  • To promote and secure professional standards of conduct amongst Fellows and those who are registered with the Institute, by publishing codes of conduct, guides to good practice and the protocol between the Institute and its regulatory body, ILEx Professional Standards, and regulating the membership through that body to ensure compliance with those standards
  • To give and award diplomas, certificates, prizes, scholarships, bursaries or other awards to those who show proficiency in the law.