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A 'Legal Executive' is typically a qualified lawyer specialising in particular areas of law. Fellows must have at least five years experience working under the supervision of a solicitor or senior legal executive. They have their own clients and are fee-earners in private practice whose work is charged directly to the client. To use the title of 'Legal Executive', a practitioner must be a Fellow of the :
Institute of Legal Executives.

The above link provides information on how both lawyers and non-lawyers can qualify through an approved ILEX pathway as either a Member or Fellow of ILEX.

Legal Executives can be involved in any area of law, but the most common areas of practise are conveyancing, family law, probate, civil litigation, and criminal litigation.

Legal Executives have a varied work profile, due to the wide range of specialisms, and can be involved in:

  • explaining legal matters to clients and providing advice
  • agreeing a course of legal action with a client
  • interviewing clients and witnesses
  • maintaining correspondence with clients and with third parties on behalf of clients
  • researching and presenting legal information
  • preparing legal documents for matrimonial work, probate, conveyancing, etc.
  • drafting contracts
  • issuing writs and tasking summonses
  • drawing up of wills
  • calculating inheritance tax
  • explaining the terms of wills to beneficiaries
  • working with other professionals in tasks involving other legal practices, banks, accountants and courts
  • conducting advocacy in lower courts
  • acting as commissioners for oaths for the swearing of legal documents
  • assist barristers and solicitors with presentation of cases in court
  • preparing accounts on behalf of a legal practice