Sanctions

Sanctions

The following is a summary of the decisions that each Conduct Panel can make. There is more information about the conduct panels' powers on our Conduct Panels pages, and there is further information about our investigation process on our Conduct and Complaints page.

Professional Conduct Panel decisions

The PCP has the power to do the following:

  • Decide there is no case to answer and reject the complaint.
  • Decide there is a case to answer and either: 

i) refer the case to the Disciplinary Tribunal, or
ii) if you admit the misconduct, and it is appropriate to do so in the circumstances, with your consent the matter can be concluded by deciding to:

    • Impose conditions in relation to your future conduct, or if you are an individual, on your employment.
    • Require you to give undertakings in relation to your future conduct.
    • Reprimand and/or warn you. 

Disciplinary Tribunal decisions

The Disciplinary Tribunal has the power to:

  • Impose conditions in relation to your future conduct or, if you are an individual, on your employment.
  • Require you to give undertakings in relation to your future conduct.
  • Reprimand and/or warn you.
  • Exclude you from membership or authorisation. 

In addition you may be ordered to pay: 

  • A fine of up to £100,000 for CILEx members, or up to £50 million for CILEx Practitioners and Approved Managers.
  • The costs of the case.
You will have an opportunity to present mitigation and evidence of means to the Tribunal before it decides on sanction.

Appeals Panel decisions

The Appeals Panel has the power to:

  • Dismiss or allow the appeal.
  • Quash the decision.
  • Substitute the decision.
  • Make ancillary orders, including orders for costs and publication.

Details of what to include in an appeal notice and the time within which to lodge appeals can be found in the IDAR under Rule 34

Publication

All Conduct Panels' decisions are published, where a finding of misconduct is made against you. The decision is published on the CILEx Regulation website and in the Chartered Legal Executive Journal, in accordance with the CILEx Regulation Publication Policy. Decisions may be published in other publications and employers are informed, where appropriate. Further information can be found in Annex 3 of the IDAR Handbook.