Existing Regulated Firms or Individuals

Existing Regulated Firms/Individuals

As a solicitor can I have my firm regulated by CILEx Regulation?

Ans: You will be able to continue being regulated as a solicitor by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA) but work for or deliver services through a CILEx Regulation Authorised Entity. We authorise individuals and entities by specialist area of practice. The same would apply to solicitors seeking regulation of their entity by CILEx Regulation. We are allowing your status to be mapped across so you will not have to apply for the practice right with us, but you will need to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience in the area that you are seeking rights or regulation of your entity.

I am a solicitor. Will I have to complete a practice rights application form?

Ans: We are allowing your status to be mapped across so you will not have to apply for the practice right with us but you will need to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience in the area that you are seeking rights as an Approved Manager.

We currently have the name solicitors in our title, will we be able to keep this if regulated by CILEx Regulation?

Ans: We are currently in discussions with the SRA on the impact of CILEx Regulation authorising firms with the name solicitor in the title. We will advise as soon as a decision has been made on this.

We have a firm with 2 solicitors and 1 Fellow. Can we be regulated by CILEx Regulation?

Ans: Yes, you can be regulated by CILEx Regulation. We can regulate firms owned and operated by individuals who are defined as Authorised Persons under the Legal Services Act 2007. We are in discussions with the SRA on matters relating to the use of the word solicitor in a firm’s name where they are regulated by CILEx Regulation.

If I am a non-practising solicitor, do I need to submit a full application?

Ans: As a non-practising solicitor, you will have to submit a full application for the individual practice right, meeting any membership and status requirements as appropriate. The details of the requirements you need to meet are set out in the information for each practice right.

If I am a Fellow and a partner in a firm seeking authorisation, do I need to apply for a Practice Right?

Ans: We are only able to regulate firms owned and operated by individuals who are defined as Authorised Persons under the Legal Services Act 2007. As a Chartered Legal Executive and Fellow you are an Authorised Person. You would need to become an Approved Manager, but as long as there were appropriate authorised persons within the entity to deliver those reserved legal activities you wished to offer, you would not need to obtain a practice right.

I am a member of another organisation. If I become a regulated entity how will this be affected?

Ans: As a regulated entity, you will fall under the regulatory arrangements of CILEx Regulation as a regulator defined under the Legal Services Act 2007. You would be able to continue other membership but we would expect to see compliance with our Code of Conduct, rules and bye-laws.