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A to Z list of questions
Alternative Business Structures
What is an ABS?
How would a firm become an ABS with the CLC or SRA?
See also: Business
What are the different types of business structures?
What is a Legal Disciplinary Practice (LDP)?
What has happened to LDPs post 6 October 2011?
What is a “manager”?
What is a "Recognised Body”?
How would a firm become a recognised body with the CLC?
How would a firm become a recognised body with the SRA?
What is a Certificate of Good Standing?
How will I be regulated in a Recognised Body or ABS?
Complaints about the Recognised Body or ABS
What disciplinary powers does the SRA have against Chartered Legal
Executives in a Recognised Body or ABS?
Will I need to take out Indemnity Insurance?
Can I certify copy
Can I witness a document?
Can I sign a document as a ‘Notary
Can I certify a copy of a Power of
Attorney, Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) or LPA?
Can I sign a
Certificate of Title?
Can I countersign apassport application?
Codes of conduct
Am I bound by other codes of
What is my duty in relation to confidentiality?
Are there any exceptions to the rule of confidentiality?
What is the difference between confidentiality and Legal
Can I take data of clients with me when I change firm?
See also: Data
If a third-party to a case makes a Subject Access Request under the
Data Protection Act, what should I do?
See also: Confidentiality
What hourly rate can I charge to clients?
What is the ‘Guideline Hourly Rate’?
What are the different grades of fee earners?
Which Grade in the GHRs may be appropriate for CILEX members?
ID1 and ID2 Forms
Can a Chartered Legal Executive sign ID1 or ID2 Forms?
Am I required to have indemnity insurance?
Can a Chartered Legal Executive engage in industrial
Can I instruct a Barrister?
What can my job title be?
Will my job title change if I obtain new
Lasting Power of Attorney, Certificate
Can I act as a Certificate Provider for a Lasting Power of Attorney
Legal Aid - signing forms
As a member of CILEX, can I sign Legal Aid forms?
Representative, Definition of
As a member, am I a “Legal Representative” under the Civil
Procedure Rules (“CPR”)?
Can I sign a statement of truth under the CPR?
Can a member use the CILEX logo?
Can a member use the CILEX Regulation logo?
Can I act as a McKenzieFriend?
What is a Notary?
Can a Chartered Legal Executive apply to become a Notary?
Oaths, Administering of
Can I administer oaths?
When can I not administer oaths?
What precautions should I take when administering oaths or taking
What is the usual method for swearing an oath/making an
What is the alternative method for swearing an oath/making an
How should the Attestation Clause be completed?
What is the fee payable?
Do I keep the fee?
Can I administer an oath for a minor?
What additional practice rights are available?
How do I record or change my area of specialism with CILEX?
Reserved Legal Activities
Is CILEX an Approved Regulator under the Legal Services Act
What Reserved Legal Activities am I authorised to carry on as a
What Reserved Legal Activities am
I not authorised to carry on as a Member?
What are the penalties for carrying out a Reserved Legal Activity
when not authorised?
Are there any exemptions or exceptions to the prohibition oncarrying out Reserved Legal Activities?
What are regulated activities?
What can I do as a self-employed member without obtaining furtherpractice rights?
What can I do as a locum or consultant?
Rights of Audience
What rights of audience do I have as a member of CILEX?
Are there further rights open to me once I become a
I am a Local Authority employee. What rights of audience are open
I am not employed or supervised by Solicitors, what rights are open
I work in-house, what rights are available to me?
What rights of audience are available to members in
Can a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate join the Duty Rota
Does a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate have rights of audience
in court martial proceedings?
See also: Reserved Legal Activities
Can a Chartered Legal
Executive sign settlement agreements?
Can I manage a branch office of a solicitors firm or head a
department within the firm?
Is there a requirement to undertake the practice management
Do I need to undertake training for the Solicitors AccountsRules?
Can I give undertakings on behalf of my firm?
Can I refuse a request from my client to give an
What are the consequences of giving an undertaking?
What are the consequences of not fulfilling an
I am self-employed, can I give undertakings?
I work in-house, can I give undertakings on behalf of myemployer?