CILEx to begin authorising conveyancing and probate practitioners
Following parliamentary approval, ILEX Professional Standards (IPS), the regulator of members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), is to begin authorising probate and conveyancing specialists to practise independently. The system will go live on 3 November.
Applications for these practice rights are not restricted to CILEx members and are open to anyone who can demonstrate they are competent to practise in conveyancing or probate through proving knowledge, skills and experience. Individuals who are granted authorisation for the new practice rights will be able to call themselves CILEx Conveyancing Practitioners, or CILEx Probate Practitioners.
Alan Kershaw, chair of IPS, said:
“Many Chartered Legal Executives already carry out these types of work successfully for clients and, in their field, are as competent as a solicitor doing the same work. We are confident that many CILEx members will come forward to be authorised to practise in their own right. And on this occasion we are particularly excited that it is open to anyone to apply. Those already practising as a conveyancer, or providing probate services, can seek authorisation from us without having to be a Chartered Legal Executive. We have taken care, though, to set the bar at a level that gives full assurance of each practitioner’s competence; only those who can prove in-depth knowledge, with the full range of skills and pertinent experience, will be authorised.”
Further orders are to be made later this year to establish protection arrangements for consumers that will enable IPS to begin regulating businesses as well as individual practitioners.