Yesterday was a good day.
It was when my colleague Jack Hudson was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
Because Jack is a practising lawyer he is a “Chartered Legal Executive” and gets to use the letters FCILEx after his name.
This is fantastic news for Jack personally and professionally. It is the result of years of hard work and dedication. It is also important for our clients and their opponents in their civil claims.
Why Jack’s FCILEx qualification matters
Jack is now part of an exclusive club. He is a fully-qualified lawyer who is authorised and regulated by CILEx. (You can check this by searching for his name here.)
CILEx is one of only three regulatory branches of the legal profession. The other two are the
- Law Society, which regulates solicitors like me, and
- Bar Council, which regulates barristers.
CILEx regulates 20,000 legal professionals. It:
- offers an alternative route to legal practice
- helps people become lawyers without the time and expense of studying at university. Instead, CILEx members combine classroom studies, evening and weekend coursework, and on-the-job training.
Becoming a Chartered Legal Executive is not easy. Jack had to:
- work for years “on the job” as a Trainee Chartered Legal Executive
- dedicate long hours of study and show immense personal discipline.
- take, and pass, many exams
- prepare a work-based learning portfolio, showing how he put his learning into practice.
The portfolio is a big project. CILEx use it to verify that applicants meet 27 different learning outcomes.
Meeting the 27 criteria is not easy. But Jack works at Donoghue Solicitors, where our lawyers have significant responsibilities and challenging work. Jack only qualified after an assessor approved his portfolio.
All this toil means that Jack has proven his worth to:
- our clients
- their opponents and lawyers.
He deserves the title of “Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives”.
Fellow Chartered Legal Executives
Mr Hudson now joins his colleagues Daniel Fitzsimmons and Kemmi Alfa. (They are also Chartered Legal Executives and Fellows of CILEx.) All three offer expert, fully-qualified legal advice, and a commitment to the highest standards of client care.
This is not “lip service.” They have to swear an oath showing this. It says:
I promise to discharge diligently my duties and responsibilities as a Chartered Legal Executive. I will protect my independence as a lawyer, uphold the Rule of Law, and act at all times with integrity. I will justify the confidence and trust that is placed in me by my clients, the courts, the public and by my profession.
The oath means that when clients instruct Daniel, Kemmi, and Jack they can be confident that they have:
- the benefit of a qualified lawyer, who is
- acting in their best interests.
On a personal note, I am immensely proud of Jack, Daniel, and Kemmi. All three qualified as Legal Executives under my supervision. Developing the next generation of lawyers is a big financial and time commitment for me and my firm. But it is a task we undertake willingly. Seeing my colleagues fulfil their ambitions is hugely satisfying. And it means that our clients get representation from best-in-class lawyers. Well done Jack!