In October Parliament gave the go ahead for ILEX Professional Standards (IPS), the regulator of members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), to begin authorising probate and conveyancing specialists to practise independently. The system went live in 3 November.
Individuals who are granted authorisation for the new practice rights will be able to call themselves CILEx Conveyancing Practitioners, or CILEx Probate Practitioners. This followed further rights that were opened to CILEx Fellows in September.
In September ILEX Professional Standards (IPS), opened applications for CILEx Fellows wishing to gain practice rights in immigration and litigation. Chartered Legal Executives will be able to seek authorisation to conduct litigation with associated advocacy rights in criminal, civil or family fields, or provide immigration services, without supervision by an authorised person such as a solicitor.
Unlike other lawyers, CILEx members do not get these rights automatically on qualifying, but must prove they have the knowledge, skills and experience to do the job.
The new rights are open to Fellows of CILEx, who once approved will be able to call themselves Chartered Legal Executive Litigators and Advocates, or Chartered Legal Executive Immigration Practitioners.