LSB recommends Lord Chancellor to give CILEx lawyers further
independent practice rights
10 December 2013
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today announced its approval
of ILEX Professional Standards’ (IPS) applications to enable it to
authorise members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
(CILEx) to practise independently in Probate and Conveyancing,
paving the way for CILEx members to practise independently in all
areas of law.
The decision now goes to the Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling,
and for subsequent parliamentary approval, anticipated during the
course of 2014.
If approved, members authorised by IPS will be able to practise
independently in their chosen specialism, benefitting thousands of
law firms and consumers.
IPS Chair Alan Kershaw said: “This is a special day for IPS and
CILEx. We have cleared a significant hurdle and now we hope the
Lord Chancellor and Parliament will move swiftly to approve these
changes, opening the way for CILEx members to run their own
businesses. CILEx members are specialists who are trained on the
job and regulated to a robust standard. They have already been
doing this work for years. IPS’ regulation will continue to develop
in line with these changes in a risk-based and outcomes-focused
manner, promoting the interests of consumers.”
CILEx President Stephen Gowland welcomed the announcement: “The
LSB’s recommendation brings us closer to cutting the red tape that
prevents CILEx members from serving the public to the utmost of
their abilities. Allowing our experienced lawyers to practise
independently in their area of specialism will stimulate the
consumer legal services industry, create a more innovative market,
and better meet consumer needs.”
Stephen Gowland added: “In order to set up my own firm I had to
dual qualify as a solicitor, despite being qualified already
through CILEx. When approved, these changes will help create new
businesses, offering good value for consumers and serving
The decision announced today specifically relates to Probate and
Conveyancing practice rights, and will allow IPS to regulate
entities operating in these areas. Consequent decisions on rule
changes for Litigation and Immigration services are expected
Currently, CILEx members are able to conduct many reserved legal
activities only under the ‘supervision’ of an authorised person,
most commonly a solicitor.
If approved by the Lord Chancellor and Parliament, IPS will be
ready to approve applications for authorisation for both
individuals and entities in early 2015.
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
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