Specifying Search Criteria

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 include;

Entering of search text

       Handling of special characters and alternative spellings

       Surname, employer and location radio buttons

Specialisation

       Practising Rights

       Retired and non-practising Fellows

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 setting.

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 “Smith”
  • 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"

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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.

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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 displayed.

By Surname (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 listed together.

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 together.

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Specialisation

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.

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Practising Rights

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
  • Litigation
  • Conveyancing
  • Immigration
  • Probate

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 behalf.

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 court.

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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.

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Surname A-Z

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 entries.

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