LSB approves full range of practice rights for CILEx
20 December 2013
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved another set of
applications from ILEX Professional Standards (IPS), this time to
regulate Chartered Legal Executives exercising litigation and
related rights of audience independently, as well as new rules for
regulating immigration advisers. This follows last week’s approval
for IPS to regulate independent probate and conveyancing practice
The suite of applications was submitted by IPS in March 2013 on
behalf of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
Their approval recognises the parity between CILEx members and
other legal professionals, as well as IPS’s capability to regulate
CILEx CEO Diane Burleigh OBE said: “This is further recognition
of the professionalism and standing of CILEx members, and of IPS’s
rigorous and outcomes-focused approach to regulation. It is a major
step for consumer choice, for parity between the professions, and
for increasing career opportunities in law. The decision is a very
fitting climax for our 50th anniversary year.”
The ability for individual Chartered Legal Executives already
working in a regulated entity to conduct litigation, exercise
rights of audience and provide immigration services without
supervision requires no further approval, and IPS expects to begin
accepting applications from CILEx Fellows in the Summer of 2014.
This will benefit thousands of law firms who currently have
unnecessary bureaucracies in place to sign-off on the work of
experienced Chartered Legal Executives, including those working as
fee-earners and partners.
IPS will be able to start authorising legal practices offering
litigation and immigration services when Parliament has granted
powers to set up a compensation fund and to intervene in practices.
The LSB has confirmed it will approve IPS’s rules for establishing
a compensation fund once Parliament has awarded the relevant
Ian Watson, IPS CEO added: “We will be supporting the Ministry
of Justice in preparing the necessary orders. In the meantime we
are preparing to accept applications from Fellows for litigation,
advocacy and immigration rights from Summer 2014 and applications
from entities from early 2015 following Parliamentary
Currently, CILEx members are able to conduct many reserved legal
activities only under the ‘supervision’ of an authorised person,
most commonly a solicitor.
Stephen Gowland, CILEx President, added: "I and many other
Chartered Legal Executives have been practising in these areas for
years, but in order to do so independently we had to either be
working for a solicitor, or become one. This welcome decision
acknowledges that we are lawyers, and should be recognised as
IPS will apply in due course for CILEx to be able to license
alternative business structures managed or owned by non-lawyers.
That application, like the present one, will need to be approved by