Recently, CILEx Regulation launched its first-ever strategy for promoting fair access in the legal services market and laying out a series of specific, quantifiable goals for the years 2022-24.
There are around 20,000 Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals, and other legal professionals that belong to the professional association of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Chartered Legal Executives, other members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and law firms are all subject to CILEx Regulation. The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and the Law Society of Scotland (LSS) work together to ensure that the credentials of regulated members are appropriate for the work they do.
CILEx Regulation is committed to ensuring that all attorneys are treated properly, regardless of their background; 77% of those they regulate are women, 15% are non-white, and 43% did not go to university. This means that a key part of the plan is to make it easier for people who want to become attorneys, regardless of their background or unique set of characteristics, to get into the field and advance within it based on their merits. In addition, the plan aims to make legal services more readily available to everyone who needs them.
CILEx Regulation is organizing a round table conversation in March to examine how prejudices can limit talent and agree on strategies to achieve legal sector parity.
Announcing the new strategy, the Chair of CILEx Regulation, Jonathan Rees said, “We are delighted to be launching a new EDI strategy. Our focus is to improve access to legal services, identify and address the existing barriers faced by those we regulate, and find more ways to empower consumers when accessing legal services. The strategy focuses on areas where we as regulators can make a difference but we know we need to work in partnership if we are to effect lasting change. We cherish the diversity of those we regulate, so for us promoting EDI is not an optional extra but at the heart of what we do as an independent regulator dedicated to understanding and promoting the careers of chartered legal executives, and providing greater competition in the interest of the consumer.”