The Benefits of CILEx - Larry Shaw Talk

05 Oct 2016

oday LSBM was visited by Larry Shaw, a Chartered Legal Executive in Personal Injury and Travel Law at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London, to explain the value of a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) qualification to our students.

Larry has almost four decades of experience successfully pursuing personal injury claims. These have included cases concerning employers' liability, occupiers’ liability and public liability. He also deals with high-value claims, those concerning serious injury to the head or spine and cases involving industrial disease, claims concerning deafness, as well as stress and travel litigation expertise.

So, with such a successful career, as well as sitting on the CILEx Council he was in a great place to explain to LSBM law students how practicing Chartered Legal Executives influence the profession and can forge a dynamic legal career.

Larry explained that there are three routes available to progress your legal career:

- The Bar Route - Become a Barrister
- The LPC Route - Become a Solicitor
- The CILEx Route - Become a Chartered Legal Executive (and also have the option down the line to become a Solicitor)

In the past, the first two of these would be considered the 'traditional' routes.

The legal landscape however, is now changing, and the opportunities that are available for those who qualify via the Chartered Legal Executives (CILEx) route are ever-expanding and compare favourably with the other two.

Larry pointed out the following Great Benefits of Qualifying through the CILEx Route:

  • Advocacy Rights - Civil/Criminal and Family (with additional training) (See this PDF
  • Eligibility for judicial appointments (so the ability to reach the legal heights with your career) (See here for more details
  • The ability to practice in the 10,482 law firms in England and Wales (2016 figures)
  • The potential to become a partner in a law firm (there are currently approximately 260 partners of law firms who are Chartered Legal Executives)
  • Great opportunities for Self-Employment by setting up your own litigation, immigration, conveyancing or probate business (Approximately 14% of all workers in the legal sector are self-employed) (More info here
  • Wider career prospects in Central and Local Government, Commercial and Financial Companies, as well as Alternative Business Structures (notably in the personal injury law sector which has 20% of the ABS market share). (Learn more about Alternative Business Structures and CILEx here)
  • The potential to save on the (considerable) costs of pursuing the LPC route, with its hefty fees of £15,000 a year plus living expenses in London, and around £12,000 plus living expenses outside the capital, being the norm. 
  • Avoiding having to do a 'Training Contract' (if you can find one!) in order to qualify as a Solicitor (top grade A-levels and a minimum of a 2.1 in your Law Degree are the usual 'basic' demands, even before most law firms will interview you.)
  • A simpler study structure. With the CILEx route you study two from this list: (you need a qualifying law degree first)

    Civil Litigation
    Criminal Litigation
    The Practice of Employment Law
    The Practice of Family Law
    Probate Practice
    The Practice of Company and Partnership Law

    (At least one unit must be linked to your law degree)

    Plus, the CILEx Level 6 Client Care Unit.

    And then you will receive a CILEx Graduate Fast-Track Diploma. (Learn more here
  • Save time in comparison to an LPC. Each Legal Practice unit takes approximately 190 hours. The Client Care Unit for CILEx (by way of comparison) takes approximately 75-100 hours.
  • The second stage of becoming qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive demands three years of qualified employment (paralegal work), 2 years of consecutive qualifying work prior to the application, and a year at the graduate membership level to demonstrate eight core competencies that CILEx demands. This sounds complicated, but in practice means that you can simply get most paralegal jobs, and be paid while you are qualifying (rather than having to send off a ton of begging letters to law firms to try to get a training contract!)
  • Finally, if you want to qualify as a solicitor, then as a Chartered Legal Executive you can claim automatic exemption from the need to have a training contract, while still studying the LPC over two-years part-time while carrying on working. (Of all the benefits of CILEx, this is potentially the biggest, as it puts your future firmly back in your OWN HANDS, rather than desperately trying to get a training contract before your LPC 'expires' after five years without being able to find one).

The Good News about the LSBM LLB and CILEx...

The good news is that we are now just one of a handful of providers in England and Wales to have been granted Institutional Exemptions for Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) qualifications.

Our graduates who complete required modules in their final year will be exempt from two CILEx qualifications: the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice; and the CILEx Graduate Fast Track Diploma. 

Students who complete our Civil Litigation and Client Care module, plus one of four other practice-based modules, are eligible for admission as a Graduate Member of CILEx. This opportunity will save our graduates one year of additional study. With CILEx Graduate Member status, our students will also be able to use the designatory letters GCILEx.

London School of Business and Management graduates with CILEx Graduate Member status could immediately work in a law firm in roles such as a Trainee CILEx Lawyer, Paralegal or Legal Clerk. After completing three years of qualifying employment in a law firm, they will be admitted as a Fellow of CILEx and a Chartered Legal Executive. Fellows can represent clients in court if they qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate. They can also dual qualify as a Solicitor, without having to complete a two-year training contract.

This accreditation from CILEx is just one more of the ways we are enhancing our students’ learning opportunities and their graduate employment prospects. 

You can find out more about our LLB (Hons) Law courses here. (We offer 2, 3 and 4-year options)


Thanks to Larry... And more resources

We would like to say a big thank-you to Larry for giving up his time today to come and talk to LSBM students about the CILEx opportunity.

You can learn more about the work that he does at his profile page on Slater and Gordon here.

For students who are seeking more practical legal experience to assist their CVs, two good websites to check out that Larry recommended are:


He also suggested that volunteering for Citizens Advice Bureau could give you valuable experience and help with any job applications.

You can find the CAB volunteering page here:


You can also find the main CILEx website here:

As well as our CILEx page here.


Stuart Brown
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