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Browse from the topics below or view the full A to Z list of questions.
- Alternative Business Structures
- Business Structures/Managing Firms
- Certifying and witnessing documents
- Codes of Conduct
- Data Protection
- ID1 and ID2 Forms
- Indemnity Insurance
- Industrial Action
- Instructing Counsel
- Job Titles
- Lasting Power of Attorney, Certificate Provider for
- Legal Aid – signing forms
- Legal Representative, Definition of
- Logo Usage
- McKenzie Friend
- Oaths, Administering of
- Practice Rights
- Reserved Legal Activities
- Rights of Audience
- Settlement Agreements
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A to Z list of questions
Business Structures/Managing Firms
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?
Certifying and witnessing documents
Can I certify copy
Can I witness a document?
Can I sign a document as a ‘Notary Public’?
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
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 Professional Privilege?
Can I take data of clients with me when I change firm?
See also: Data Protection
See also: Confidentiality
Lasting Power of Attorney, Certificate Provider for
Legal Aid – signing forms
Oaths, Administering of
Can I administer oaths?
When can I not administer oaths?
What precautions should I take when administering oaths or taking statutory declarations?
What is the usual method for swearing an oath/making an affidavit?
What is the alternative method for swearing an oath/making an affidavit?
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?
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 Member?
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 Fellow?
I am a Local Authority employee. What rights of audience are open to me?
I am not employed or supervised by Solicitors, what rights are open to me?
I work in-house, what rights are available to me?
What rights of audience are available to members in tribunals?
Can a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate join the Duty Rota Scheme?
Does a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate have rights of audience in court martial proceedings?
See also: Reserved Legal Activities
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 courses?
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 undertaking?
What are the consequences of giving an undertaking?
What are the consequences of not fulfilling an undertaking?
I am self-employed, can I give undertakings?
I work in-house, can I give undertakings on behalf of myemployer?