Former CILEx president appointed to the judiciary

21 May 2020

Former CILEx president appointed to the judiciary 

Nick Hanning

Nick Hanning, a former Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) president and council member has been appointed to the judiciary.

He has been appointed a Deputy District Judge and assigned to the South Eastern Circuit in addition to his current role as a Road User Charging Adjudicator which he began last year.

Nick, a Chartered Legal Executive, has practised in personal injury and employment law for over 30 years.  He is currently an independent consultant and specialises in work-related psychiatric injury claims.

He was a CILEx Council member for 10 years, currently sits on the CILEx Regulation Board and lectures on occupational health. He serves on the Civil Justice Council Working Party on Access to Justice for Those Without Means and on the Civil Justice Council. He is a member of the Litigant in Person Judicial Engagement Group, chairs the South West Legal Support Trust and is a Trustee of Advocate.

CILEx is actively encouraging members to apply to the judiciary and runs a Judicial Development Programme, aimed at providing members with information, support, training, mentoring and encouragement when preparing to make their application for a judicial appointment.

The organisation continues to campaign for Chartered Legal Executives to be allowed to apply to all levels of the judiciary, as they are currently unable to apply for posts higher than district judge.

CILEx President Matthew Foster says: “Nick’s appointment is testament to his considerable hard work, years of experience and extensive expertise in his field.

“Chartered Legal Executives have an important role to play in our justice system, bringing with them different experiences and perspectives compared to those who have taken the traditional routes into the law. I hope that Nick’s appointment inspires others to consider a career in the judiciary and that we continue to see more of our members appointed in the coming years.”

Nick Hanning says, “I am very proud to have been appointed to the judiciary and to be taking up a DDJ position. The competition is fierce but CILEx lawyers are just as capable of meeting the criteria as any other lawyers so I would encourage other CILEx lawyers to consider applying.”

Once Nick takes up his position there will be five Chartered Legal Executives sitting as judges altogether, as well as 11 solicitors or barristers who initially qualified as Chartered Legal Executives.


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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 – 75% of members are women and 11% are from a BAME background.