Former CILEx president named as member of the CJC

Former CILEx president named as member of the CJC

04 February 2019

Nick Hanning, a former president of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has been appointed to the Civil Justice Council (CJC).

David Gauke, the Secretary of State for Justice made the announcement at the end of January, confirming Nick’s appointment, along with four other new members for a period of three years effective from 1 January 2019.

The CJC provides advice to the Secretary of State, the Judiciary and Civil Procedure Rule Committee on the effectiveness of aspects of the justice system, and makes recommendations to test, review or conduct research into specific areas.

Nick was CILEx’s 49th president in 2012. He qualified as a CILEx Fellow in 1990 and was a CILEx Council Member for 10 years. He is currently an independent consultant specialising in work-related psychiatric injury claims with Anthony Gold and Dutton Gregory, also providing external consultancy through DG Legal. He is a regular lecturer in areas of law affecting cccupational health through the At Work Partnership.

Nick formerly chaired the CILEx Pro Bono Trust, currently chairs the South West Legal Support Trust and is a Trustee of Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit). He is also a member of the CJC Working Party on Access to Justice for Litigants in Person and the Litigant in Person Judicial Engagement Group and served on the Bach Commission on Access to Justice.

Speaking of his appointment, Nick says: “Civil justice is facing massive changes which will have a fundamental impact on access to justice, so the work of the Civil Justice Council has never been more important. I am greatly looking forward to contributing to that work.”

Other new members appointed with Nick are:

Andrew Higgins – Academic CJC member

Andrew Higgins is an Associate Professor of Civil Procedure at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Mansfield College. He is currently the General Editor of Civil Justice Quarterly.

Elisabeth Davies – Consumer Advice CJC member

Elisabeth Davies is the Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Quality Committee of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and is also Chair of the Assurance and Appointments Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Martin Barnes – Lay Advice CJC member

Martin Barnes is Chief Executive of LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group), a charity that works to promote, support and facilitate pro bono legal services that extend access to the law for individuals and communities in need and the organisations that support them.

Rhodri William QC – Welsh Interests CJC member

Rhodri Williams QC is a barrister specialising in EU law, local government law and public and administrative law from Chambers in Cardiff and London.


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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 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 provides a non-graduate route to qualification as a lawyer, and 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.

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.

The membership is diverse – 75% of members are women and 14% are from a BAME background.