20 July 2020
First Chartered Legal Executive appointed to Legal Services Board
The Lord Chancellor has today announced the appointment of Stephen Gowland as a new non-lay member of the Legal Services Board (LSB). Stephen is the first Chartered Legal Executive to be appointed to the LSB.
Professor Chris Bones, Chair of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) said:
“It’s important that the LSB has direct access to the perspective of Chartered Legal Executives, one of the three main branches of the profession, so Stephen’s appointment is a significant landmark for both the LSB and CILEx. It was about time the LSB looked beyond solicitors and barristers.
“On a personal level, the appointment reflects Stephen’s significant experience in the field of professional services regulation. Stephen has long been an advocate of the CILEx route into the law and at a time when diversity is so high on the agenda, his voice will add a valuable perspective.”
Stephen began his career as an apprentice and qualified as a CILEx lawyer whilst working full time. He sat on the CILEx board for 10 years as well as serving as CILEx President.
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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 – 72% of members are women and 12% are from a BAME background.