A message from the Chair

Thank you for your interest in the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) and our Non-Executive Director (NED) roles.

At CILEX, we have a different vision of what a lawyer is, and a different vision for the legal profession. It doesn’t take a certain type of person or the right background to be a great lawyer. And it definitely doesn’t take a degree. Instead, it takes the right kind of training.

CILEX is changing the rules and clearing the way for a new breed of legal professional. One that is different by design. We’re transforming the legal sector by broadening access, supporting social mobility and raising professional standards. Our goal is to build a diverse profession that better reflects the people and communities we serve, delivering high-quality, practical legal solutions efficiently and with a human touch.

We provide outstanding training, robust certification and continuing professional development to legal professionals at all levels, while driving greater diversity across the sector and advocating for our members.

Committed to transforming the delivery of legal services, we launched our new professional qualification framework (CPQ) in 2021 followed by new apprenticeship programmes in 2023, with a view to establishing our lawyers and paralegals as legal professionals with the skills and experience required to meet the needs of consumers.

Establishing qualification through CILEX as a credible alternative to the SQE route will be critical to our continued success, so emphasis in the coming years will be on raising awareness of the equivalence of CILEX lawyers to solicitors, establishing a structured career path, and creating a clear preference for our qualification, standards, products and services.

If you think you could add value to our Board then we want to hear from you. A number of our current NEDs will be reaching the end of their term in office over the course of 2024 and we are looking to bring a range of skills onto the board over the year. In particular, we will be looking for individuals with a strong background in Finance and Accounting, Education or Legal Professional Standards, or Legal Regulatory experience but we are also open to candidates who can add value in other ways and make a real and meaningful contribution to our onward journey. To learn more please contact our recruitment partners Rhiannon Smith and Jenny Adrian at [email protected] or [email protected]

Chris Bones, Chair

Professor Chris Bones

Young CILEX members

“It was an amazing journey with CILEX. You can divide your time with the study, with your family members, with your work life as well.”

CILEX member