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Legal executives could soon be granted powers to set up their own independent firms if proposals by the Legal Services Board super-regulator are adopted. Under the plans, which are expected to come into being next year, members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) would be able to practice independently in the areas of probate and conveyancing. Currently, CILEx members can conduct many reserved legal activities only under the supervision of an authorised person (as defined under the Legal Services Act 2007, often a solicitor), or satisfy one of the other exemptions.
What would be the benefit of having a firm run by CILEx practitioners?
The CILEx route to qualification ensures CILEx practitioners are specialist lawyers who are trained on the job. A consumer can be confident that a firm of CILEx practitioners is run by specialists in that area of law, and who are authorised particularly for that area, as opposed to a generalist legal firm where your case may be handled by someone unfamiliar with the field.
CILEx also has lengthy experience in providing specialist qualifications for legal practitioners at both honours degree and practitioner level.
In addition, consumers can have confidence in the system of regulation to which CILEx practitioners are subject, and that includes the full range of consumer protection arrang
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