Paralegal Enquiry launched
27 June 2014
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) launched its
enquiry into the future of paralegals last night at an event held
at DWF’s offices in London.
The Paralegal Enquiry, which will begin with a number of
targeted focus groups this autumn, will answer whether paralegals
can meet the market needs of the future.
In his speech at the event Stephen Gowland, CILEx president
said: "The ambition of the Enquiry is to enable CILEx to deliver
knowledge, skills and professionalism in a way that doesn’t date, a
way that can meet the fast changing requirements of a sector
increasingly technology-led, yet still knowledge and skills-led and
people focussed, and in a way that will be appropriate for every
type of legal business, that businesses and individuals will have
He continued: "CILEx uniquely offers qualifications, regulation
and progression through membership. I'd like to say to employers:
you have a responsibility to your paralegal workforce to give
opportunity and progression."
Speaking at the event, ILEX Professional Standard’s chair Alan
Kershaw said: "There does need to be clarity about the roles
professionals perform and the competence of each professional to do
the work they claim to be able to do."
Alan added: "The ‘shaking out of roles’ is a natural progression
in the market and the world is changing quite rapidly. We want to
raise the status of paralegals."
Diane Burleigh OBE, CILEx’s chief executive said: "The onus is
on businesses to make employees feel valued. The structure of the
profession is changing; students and young people need to know what
their choices will be."
Attendees at the launch event included education providers, law
firms, legal regulators, professional bodies, Skills for Law,
Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Office.
The Paralegal Enquiry is anticipated to deliver a holistic view
of the future market context (regulated and unregulated) for legal
services delivery from 2020. CILEx will commission research which
will be scoped and defined through a series of focus groups and
roundtable discussions and will consider the characteristics of the
legal workforce and employer attitudes towards the use of
paralegals in future. Photo: Stephen Gowland, CILEx President
Anyone interested in taking part in the Paralegal Enquiry can
register their interest by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To watch Stephen Gowland's speech in full, click the
Photo: Stephen Gowland, CILEx President