First cohort of CILEx Practitioners recognised at CILEx Regulation launch

First cohort of CILEx Practitioners recognised at CILEx Regulation launch

First cohort of CILEx Practitioners recognised at CILEx Regulation launch

27 March 2015

Alan KershawAt last night’s launch of CILEx Regulation, the new name for the regulator of Chartered Legal Executives, CILEx members, CILEx practitioners and entities, the first recipients of new practice rights were presented with their certificates.

Scott Morris, Dr Ruth Hendry and Dr Frantz Iwu have all been awarded independent practice rights after applying for authorisation from CILEx Regulation. The certificates were presented by CILEx Regulation chair Alan Kershaw at an event held at the headquarters of insurance brokers Marsh.

Alan Kershaw, chair of CILEx Regulation said; “These developments create the new environment where anyone wishing to start out on a legal career can now do that, from professional cradle to grave, through the CILEx route. They can do so knowing that the end point could be not fellowship in itself, not the opportunity to progress to another title altogether, but the right to practise the law, in any area where they can show competence, not as someone’s employee but in their own name, and, if they wish, in the name of their own business.”

Practice Rights Award WinnersScott Morris said: “I feel very privileged to be the first CILEx member to receive these new practice rights. I’m grateful for the opportunities the CILEx route has offered me, and as I work towards partnership in my firm and Fellowship of the institute, I want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way.”

Dr Ruth Hendry said: “Qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive, and achieving these new practice rights, was a hard slog – but it’s all worth it when you get the approval from CILEx Regulation. I’d encourage anyone thinking of applying to go for it.”

Dr Frantz Iwu said: “The opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive and run my own practice providing immigration services is tremendous. It is a challenge to meet the high standards CILEx Regulation expect, but being authorised by them for immigration practice means my clients can place trust in the quality of my work.”

Baroness Dianne HayterThe event was opened by Jane Barker, chair of Marsh Ltd, and heard from Baroness Dianne Hayter, who supported CILEx Regulation in securing these new practice rights. Baroness Hayter said; “I want to compliment CILEx Regulation on the efforts it has made to increase opportunities for CILEx members. It’s chair Alan Kershaw, and CEO Ian Watson, both deserve enormous credit for their work, and for changing the face of legal services in this country.”

CILEx Regulation’s new website has been launched: www.cilexregulation.org.uk 
CILEx Regulation can also be followed on Twitter via: @CILExRegulation

ENDS

Photographs:
Practice rights recipients Dr Ruth Hendry, Scott Morris, and Dr Frantz Iwu.
Baroness Dianne Hayter
Alan Kershaw, CILEx Regulation chair

Notes to Editors:

  • Scott Morris was the very first CILEx member to gain the new practice rights. Scott has obtained practice rights in conveyancing. He is a Graduate member of CILEx and now also a CILEx Conveyancing Practitioner. Scott works at Langley Wellington LLP solicitors and is in the process of becoming a partner at the firm. His firm strongly supported his application for conveyancing practice rights. 
  • Dr Ruth Hendry has obtained practice rights in probate. She is a Chartered Legal Executive and now a CILEx Probate Practitioner.  She is a former recipient of the CILEx Student of the Year Award. Ruth has also been granted conveyancing practice rights, meaning she is the first CILEx member to obtain dual practice rights. Ruth practises at Hugh Anton-Stephens Notary Public. 
  • Dr Frantz Iwu is a Chartered Legal Executive and qualified as a CILEx Immigration Practitioner. Frantz is the first immigration advisor to qualify under the new scheme.  He runs his own immigration practice, the Immigration Advisory Unit.
  • CILEx Regulation regulates members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and entities. It oversees the education, qualification and practice standards of Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, CILEx members and CILEx Practitioners, and ensures they maintain proper standards of professional and personal conduct. 
  • CILEx Regulation embodies the principle that legal professional bodies like CILEx should separate their regulatory and leadership functions so that clients and the public can have confidence in their legal advisors.
  • CILEx Regulation works with CILEx to ensure CILEx qualifications are at the right level and are appropriate to the work CILEx members carry out. CILEx Regulation also aims to ensure members are fully aware of their obligations to clients, colleagues, the courts and the public. When necessary, CILEx Regulation deals with complaints against CILEx members.
  • The website www.cilexregulation.org.uk was launched on 26 March 2015. 
  • CILEx is the professional association representing over 20,000 Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals and legal professionals.
  • 74% of the Chartered Institute’s members are women and 32% of CILEx’s new students are from a BAME background.
  • 82% of CILEx members do not have a parent who attended university, and only 2% of members have a parent who is a lawyer.
  • Press enquirers should contact Richard Doughty on 01234 845710 or e-mail: rdoughty@cilex.org.uk