Second female Chartered Legal Executive judge named

26 April 2019

Second female Chartered Legal Executive judge named

Chloe Hubbert has become the second female Chartered Legal Executive to be appointed to the judiciary and the first to become a Deputy District Judge.

Chloe, a Chartered Legal Executive and associate at specialist family law firm, Selby Lowndes Solicitors in Oxfordshire, has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge (DDJ) on the Midlands Circuit. 

She is a family law specialist with over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of family law including divorce and financial matters, together with private law children cases.  She will continue her work at Selby Lowndes.

Chloe qualified with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in 2006 after training at the Oxford Law Group where she worked on mainly child-related cases and family law injunctions. She moved to her current role in 2015 where she works primarily on a broad range of financial remedy cases as well as some private law children work.

Chloe says, “I am very proud to have been appointed to the judiciary and to be one of the first Chartered Legal Executives to take up a DDJ position. It’s hard work but a great opportunity and I would encourage other CILEx lawyers to consider applying.

“Selby Lowndes has been hugely supportive of my application and appointment and are very much champions of the progression of Chartered Legal Executives, this year taking on the firm’s first Chartered Legal Executive Apprentice.”

Chloe’s appointment is the second of a CILEx judge this year and the second ever female CILEx judge, following the appointment of Elizabeth Johnson as Judge of the First-tier Tribunal in January. 

The appointments come at a time when CILEx is pushing 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 Philip Sherwood says: “I hope that Chloe’s appointment, and that of Elizabeth Johnson before her, inspire our members, 75% of whom are women, to consider a career in the judiciary.

“At a time when there is considerable under-representation of women and ethnic minorities in our justice system, I see CILEx members as part of the answer to ensuring the judiciary better reflects the society it serves.”

Once Chloe takes up her position there will be four Chartered Legal Executives sitting as judges altogether, as well as a number of solicitors who initially qualified as Chartered Legal Executives.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Kerry Jack, Black Letter Communications on 07525 756 599 or email:

kerry.jack@blacklettercommunications.co.uk

Louise Eckersley, Black Letter Communications on 0203 567 1208  or email:

louise.eckersley@blacklettercommunications.co.uk

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, 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.

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