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About CILEx Fellows

About CILEx Fellows

When members have successfully completed a period of qualifying employment, they may apply to become a Fellow of CILEx, a qualified lawyer. They will be eligible to use the title Chartered Legal Executive lawyer and the designatory letters FCILEx. Fellows are required to undertake CPD activities leading to a minimum of 9 CPD entries, with at least 1 entry in professionalism. Annual subscription fees of £355 (reviewed annually) are payable.

To be admitted as a Fellow candidates need to have:

  • completed the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice qualifications (or been exempted from them, or hold equivalent qualifications);
  • completed a minimum of three years’ employment experience in legal work (minimum 20 hours/week),
  • 2 Years must be consecutive qualifying employment immediately preceding the application and 1 year must be in the Graduate grade of membership immediately preceding the application


There are a wide range of specialist activities which Fellows of CILEx are trained to undertake, for example:

Contentious Matters

Embracing civil, criminal and matrimonial litigation, on behalf of his/her principal,

A Fellow will:

  • Attend and have a right of audience in chambers before judges, masters, registrars and district judges of the High Court and before circuit judges and district judges of the county courts.
  • Have the right to address the court on:
  • An unopposed application for an adjournment or an application for judgment by consent
  • Represent an appellant before a Legal Aid Area Committee on the hearing of an appeal against a decision affecting an applicant's right to receive Legal Aid
  • Interview and obtain reports from expert witnesses
  • Prepare pleadings, summonses and affidavits during the course of legal proceedings
  • Instruct counsel and collate relevant documents, evidence and information in actions proceeding to trial, in proceedings before tribunals, in arbitrations and at public inquiries
  • Make observations on the facts, on the law and on procedure to enable the litigant's case to be put before the court or tribunal.


A Fellow will:

  • Give advice and draft documents on the sale or purchase of land, including contracts, conveyances, leases and charges
  • Advise on questions of title, easements, charges, boundaries, drainage rights and rights of way
  • Co-operate with other professional experts, including chartered surveyors and chartered architects.

Trusts, Probate & Administration of Estates

A Fellow will:

  • Prepare wills and other instruments creating trusts
  • Be experienced in obtaining grants of probate and of representation
  • Have knowledge of the procedures of the Probate Registries when administering Estates.

Company & Commercial Law

A Fellow will:

  • Advise on the incorporation and management of companies
  • Draft the memorandum and articles of association
  • Advise directors, secretaries and others about the duties of management and control and on the law relating to the formation and management of partnerships, and on bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Appear in court in small claims cases.

Local Government & Public Administration

A Fellow will:

  • Have knowledge of the functions of public authorities
  • Have knowledge of the law relating to housing, education, planning, public health, welfare and administrative law
  • Have special rights to appear in magistrates and county courts on behalf of his employer.

It is not essential to be a Fellow to be allowed to carry out all of these functions, but employers must ensure staff are competent to carry out the work given to them.