What Another CILEx Qualification Says About Donoghue Solicitors


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By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor

We got some fantastic news yesterday.

My colleague and fellow lawyer Chloe Cuthbert received an email from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. It confirmed that she has been admitted as a Fellow of the Institute. In layman’s terms, Chloe Cuthbert is a now a qualified Chartered Legal Executive.

This is a wonderful piece of news for Chloe, her clients, and colleagues. It also reflects the wider aims of me and my team at Donoghue Solicitors. This is why.

Photo of Chloe Cuthbert, a Chartered Legal Executive at Donoghue Solicitors who achieved CILEx qualification at the firm.

Chloe Cuthbert became a Chartered Legal Executive at Donoghue Solicitors.

How Chloe Cuthbert Became a Chartered Legal Executive

Chloe joins Daniel Fitzsimmons, Jack Hudson, and Kemmi Alfa in qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive while working at Donoghue Solicitors.

To do so, like her colleagues, Miss Cuthbert had to undertake years of study and take exams. In Chloe’s case, these included earning an LLB (Hons) law degree at UCLAN.

Her work did not end there though. As well as years of academic study she also undertook extensive practical “on-the-job” training. This was done for a specific purpose. The training helped Chloe develop the necessary skills to handle complex legal issues at work. She proved this by submitting a detailed portfolio to CILEx’s expert assessors.

The portfolio was independently assessed and rigorously reviewed before approval. Only then could Chloe earn the coveted title “Chartered Legal Executive”.

All this means that Chloe, along with her fellow Chartered Legal Executives at Donoghue Solicitors, has proven herself to be a lawyer of the highest standard. She rightly deserves to be admitted as a Fellow. But, as my colleague Daniel Fitzsimmons noted, the work doesn’t stop when you qualify. There will be challenges ahead and I have every confidence in Chloe’s abilities.

Screenshot of Chloe Cuthbert's Chartered Legal Executive listing on the CILEx Authorised Practitioners Directory.

Screenshot of the CILEx Authorised Practitioner’s Directory showing that Chloe Cuthbert is a Chartered Legal Executive.

Why CILEx Qualification Matters

I am thrilled for Chloe personally and professionally. One of my priorities when I founded Donoghue Solicitors in 2010 was to help the next generation of lawyers. Some law firms pay lip service to staff training and development.

Not us.

Since setting up the firm I have helped many colleagues financially, professionally, and personally reach their goal of CILEx qualification, something which I am very proud to do. It is not a solo endeavour though. I encourage, and expect, my lawyers to help each other qualify by providing practical and moral support.

Focusing on legal qualifications does not just help me and my team. Our clients benefit too. One way this commitment to personal and professional development helps them is that we have a remarkably low staff turnover. We have all been working together for years (around twenty years in the case of Daniel Fitzsimmons and myself). As a result, our clients get access to decades of shared legal experience and a “brains trust” which, in my humble opinion, has grown to become one of the best teams of civil litigators in the country. (This view echoes points made by Daniel Fitzsimmons in his blog post: Are Chartered Legal Executives Second Class Lawyers?)

Finally, it says a lot about our focus on earning legal qualifications (such as CILEx qualification) that so many people have gone on to fulfil their dreams here. For me, Chloe Cuthbert, and her fellow Chartered Legal Executives at Donoghue Solicitors, there is no better place.

Contact Chloe Cuthbert, Chartered Legal Executive, for help with your legal issue here.