What is the difference between a Chartered Legal Executive and a Solicitor?
It is thought that many believe that all lawyers are Solicitors, however this is not the case. Lawyers include Chartered Legal Executives, but what is the difference between these legal roles?
The difference between a Chartered Legal Executive and a Solicitor
A Chartered Legal Executive is a qualified lawyer who specialises in a particular area of law, and has trained to the same standard as a Solicitor in that area, whereas solicitors have expertise in many areas of the law.
Solicitors undertake the Legal Practice Course which includes multiple legal subjects, whereas, a Chartered Legal Exec. will normally study one legal subject at an advanced level – leading to the area in which they specialise in but also study other core legal areas.
What can a Chartered Legal Executive do?
Fully qualified and experienced Chartered Legal Executive lawyers are able to undertake much of the work that solicitors do. For example, they will have their own clients (with full conduct of cases) and they can undertake representation in court where appropriate. Due to changes in legislation, they can now become Judges, Coroners, Advocates and Partners in law firms.
Chartered Legal Executive lawyers must adhere to a code of conduct and are required to continue training throughout their careers in order to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in the law.
What is the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives?
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association for 20,000 Chartered Legal Exec. lawyers, paralegals and other legal practitioners in England and Wales.
Here at Osborne Morris & Morgan, we have two Chartered Legal Executives, two Associate Members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a student member of staff working towards qualification. Click here to view our team.
Find out more about Chartered Legal Executives here.