Directory - Specifying Search Criteria
A number of facilities are available which
allow you to define search crtieria with the aim of making the
search "narrower" and thereby reduce the number of results returned
by the search. These are described in the sections below and
Entering of search text
Handling of special characters and
Surname, employer and location radio
Retired and non-practising
Surname A-Z index
The CLEAR button can be used at any time to
reset the search criteria. This removes any search text, resets the
Radio Buttons, Specialisation and Surname A-Z to the default
Go to the next section Performing the Search or return to the introduction.
Entering search text
If you are searching for Chartered
Legal Executives or CILEx Practitioners by surname, employer name
or location, enter the search text in the box provided. Use the
radio buttons to indicate whether to match this text against either
surname, employer, or location.
- The search term must be a minimum of 3
characters long eg "sm" is not accepted, "jon" is accepted.
- Case insensitive eg entering search term as
“Lewis” or “lEwIS” will produce the same results.
- All entries that contain the search term will
match eg a search term “smith” will match “Goldsmith” and
- Where multiple terms are
entered the entire string of text is used to match against the
database eg the search text "silver smi" will match entries for
"Silver Smith" or "Silver Smithson" but not "Silverman Smith"
Special characters and alternate spelling
in search text
If the surname, employer name or location
contain special characters eg "&",
"-" or ".", or could have
alternative spellings eg “O’Donnell” or "Finley-Brown" or “Grime
& Sleeper Solicitors” or “St. Austell”, consider
simplifying the search term entered eg “donnell”, "finley", “grime”
or “austell” to improve the likelihood of a match.
Radio Buttons (Surname, Employer, Location)
These buttons allow you to control
which data elements of the Directory you wish to search
against. The buttons are also used, with or without a
search term, to control the order in which the results are
(default match) - will match the search text against the
surname, and/or to present the results in order
of surname and then by initial(s) eg "Jones, DJ" will be presented
before "Jones, H"
Use Employer to
match against the name of Employer stored on the database, and/or
present the results in order of Employer name and then by
Surname/initial(s) ie all Legal Executive Lawyers or CILEx
Practitioners working for the same employer or entity should be
Use Location to
match against town and county address information stored on the
database, and/or to present the results in order of Location and
then by Surname/initial(s) ie all Legal Executive Lawyers or CILEx
Practitioners working in the same town/county should be listed
To narrow down your search you can also search for:
- CILEx Practitioners by the area of law in which CILEx Regulation has authorised them to practise
- Chartered Legal Executives who have told CILEx that they specialise in a particular area of law.
Use the drop-down list provided to select the area of Specialisation required. By default the service will include "All" specialisations.
The search results will be displayed in a sequence determined by the radio button setting above.
To narrow down your search you can also
search for Chartered Legal Executives and CILEx Practitioners who
have been granted specific Practising Rights and hold a current
Practising Certificate. By default the service will include
"All" practise rights.
The search results will be displayed
in a sequence determined by the radio button setting above
The practising rights are:
Advocacy is split into civil,
criminal and family proceedings. A person may be authorised in one
or more of these areas.
Litigation is also split into civil,
criminal and family proceedings and it is possible for a person to
be authorised in more than one of these areas. A person with
litigation rights will also hold advocacy rights. Litigation rights
allow a person to commence or respond to court proceedings on your
behalf. Advocacy rights allow a person to speak in court on your
A civil or family litigator may have
advocacy rights to speak in chambers (judge’s room) hearings only
or also in open court. A criminal proceedings litigator will hold
rights to speak in the courts. The search criteria allow you to
search for litigators with advocacy rights in chambers and open
Retired and non-practising Fellows
When a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer or CILEx Practitioner retires and we are notified of that retirement, that Practitioner’s details are removed from the Directory. The Directory only presents currently practising Chartered Legal Executives and CILEx Practitioners lawyers.
This can be used to browse the
Directory based on the first letter of the Surname or to narrow the
search to those Surname entries within the database eg by selecting
the letter "M" any search text entered or
specialisation selected will be matched against a
smaller subset of the database.
Use "All" (default
setting) to reset the A-Z index so search matches against all