1) What is a Chartered Legal Executive?
A Chartered Legal Executive is the third kind of lawyer, with Solicitors and Barristers being the other two. You’ve probably not heard loads about them as it’s a relatively new position but thanks to a change in law and regulations, things are about to get a lot more interesting. Chartered Legal Executives now have greater opportunity and more power than ever before.
The pay is good too. You’re looking at a starting salary of £15,000 - £30,000, with experienced Chartered Legal Executives earning up to £55,000.
2) But what can they do?
As a fully qualified Chartered Legal Executive you can become a partner in a firm of solicitors and appear on the professional notepaper of the law firm that you work in. Alternatively you could be self-employed and provide legal services to solicitors and unregulated legal work to the public business.
Chartered Legal Executive lawyers are fee-earners. In private practice, your work would be charged directly to clients making a direct contribution to the income of a law firm.
These are the sort of things you’d be working on daily:
4) What can I specialise in?
Chartered Legal Executive lawyers most often specialise in the following areas of law:
5) What if I want to become a Solicitor?
Despite there no longer being many differences between the two, there’s nothing stopping you becoming a Solicitor a couple of years after becoming Fellows and you’re usually exempt from the training contract graduates must complete to qualify as solicitors as you’ll already have so much experience.
6) If you want to get into law, it’s a cheaper alternative
If you are thinking of becoming a Solicitor, do bear in mind that it is cheaper to become a Chartered Legal Executive because of the rising tuition fees. You may still require a legal degree to work at a top firm but, with there being little difference to a Solicitor's role, the Chartered Legal Executive route is a real option to many.