Applying to be Regulated

Applying to be Regulated

Authorisation by CILEx Regulation means that law firms now have a choice of regulator. You have the opportunity through your own business to deliver the following reserved and regulated legal services:

As a regulator of firms (which we call entities), we continue to maintain the strengths of specialism in particular areas of law that our members and clients value and we authorise entities according to the specialist areas of law they provide.

You should be aware that all reserved and regulated legal services must be delivered through a regulated legal practice.

We can currently regulate practices that are owned and managed by qualified lawyers only. So if you own your business with a non-lawyer and wish to be regulated, you will need to consider how you can meet these requirements.

How do I apply?

Details of how to apply are set out in our Entity Handbook and we have also provided guidance on how a typical application might proceed. Please click on the chart below to find out more.

Our Code of Conduct sets out nine Principles which all those regulated by CILEx Regulation must comply with and we will assess your application for regulation of your legal practice against those Principles. We take a risk based approach to regulation and our assessment will look at the risks your legal practice may pose to the delivery of each Principle. 


Details of the fees that are applicable are available on the Fees page.

Regulation of your entity

Once authorised, entities will need to comply with the CILEx Accounts Rules and our other Rules and Regulations. All authorised entities are subject to supervision. 

Find out more about Entity Regulation

For new and existing regulated entities contact the CILEx Regulation Entity Authorisation and Supervision Team:
Phone: +44 (0)1234 845770

Regulating Legal Practices

Find out the benefits of being regulated by us.

> Download more information about Legal Practice Regulation

Authorised Entity Application Form

Use this form to apply for entity authorisation and regulation.

> Download the Entity Application Form

Authorised Entity Handbook

The handbook takes you through the application process for an organisation or sole practitioner that wishes to be authorised and regulated by us to provide reserved legal activities.

> Download the Authorised Entity Handbook