23 April 2020
CILEx appoints Director of Business Development, Marketing and Innovation to spearhead growth
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has brought in new Director of Business Development, Marketing and Innovation Harvinder (Harvey) Sondh to identify and drive new areas of growth.
Harvey, formerly Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, will focus on growth across UK and international markets for both the professional and commercial areas of the organisation.
Sitting on CILEx’s Executive Board and heading up the teams responsible for business development, marketing and communications, he will be looking to expand the base of law firms, in-house legal departments and government bodies working with CILEx to open up career paths for their workforce. He will also be working to further increase awareness of the CILEx route into law amongst the wider public.
He brings over 20 years of experience gained in healthcare and commercial roles at corporate, membership and trade organisations.
Before joining the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, he held senior roles in business development and marketing in both the publishing and professional leadership functions of the organisation, leading the development of a digital platform for medicines information which is now a major source of revenue for the society.
CILEx CEO, Linda Ford says, “CILEx provides companies and law firms with the skills they need in an ever-changing and increasingly competitive market. Training and qualifying with us offers a raft of opportunities for our members who take advantage of our flexible approach to on the job learning.
“As we continue to challenge the system and promote the benefits of our alternative route into the law, Harvey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with professional bodies. His understanding of how to respond to the needs of members and develop opportunities for commercial growth will be invaluable.”
Commenting on his appointment, Harvey says, “It’s an exciting time to be joining CILEx. The organisation is going through a period of considerable change which will unlock new opportunities within the legal profession. CILEx has a compelling offer for its members and employers and I look forward to working with the team to build on this.
“I have been struck by CILEx’s leading role in promoting social mobility and diversity within the legal profession and I’m pleased to be joining an organisation that is making such a positive contribution to opening up the profession to aspiring lawyers from all backgrounds.”
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Notes to editors:
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is one of the three main professional bodies covering the legal profession in England and Wales. The 20,000-strong membership is made up of Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals and other legal professionals.
CILEx members are regulated through an independent body, CILEx Regulation. It is the only regulator covering paralegals.
CILEx provides career support and training, with qualifications open to those holding GCSEs, A levels or a degree. Over 100,000 students have chosen CILEx over the last 25 years, with the majority studying whilst in full or part-time employment.
CILEx offers the opportunity of a non-graduate route to qualification as a lawyer, although graduates are also welcomed and the Graduate Fast-track Diploma offers a more affordable and viable alternative to the LPC.
Those who complete the full CILEx qualification are known as Chartered Legal Executives. They can become partners in law firms, coroners, judges or advocates in open court.
CILEx is committed to supporting members to deliver accessible legal services to the public.
The membership is diverse – 73% of members are women and 11% are from a BAME background.