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Future-proof your

legal team

Future-proof your

legal team

The world of law is changing. Your clients increasingly need specialist lawyers – trained and experienced in the fields that relate to their specific challenges. That’s why CILEX has developed the new CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ), a progressive, practical framework of legal education and experience to meet the needs of law in the 21st century. With a focus on work-readiness and practical professional skills, CPQ is the ideal solution to upskill your team and develop legal professionals for the future of your business.

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Leading employers trust CILEX to develop their teams

Admiral Law, DAC Beachcroft, DWF, Fletchers, Government Legal Department, Irwin Mitchell, Keoghs, Kennedys, Plexus, Slater & Gordon
Admiral Law, DAC Beachcroft, DWF, Fletchers, Government Legal Department, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Keoghs, Kennedys, Plexus, Slater and Gordon.

Developing legal professionals for the future

Clients want advice from specialist lawyers – professionals who focus on their specific concerns every day and who know the relevant areas of law inside out. The CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ) begins by giving your people a wide-ranging understanding of the different areas of law. It then enables them to begin to specialise progressively and to develop deep expertise in the areas most relevant to their work and your business. So, when they complete CPQ, they are already specialists rather than newly qualified generalists still needing to specialise.

CPQ is built on an extensively researched competency framework that places a strong focus on practical experience and professional competence, ensuring that at each stage, professionals are putting their knowledge and skills to work and evidencing their progress. It also features a compulsory ethics and professional responsibility module that will give your staff an understanding of their regulatory responsibilities and the behaviours required of a legal professional.

 

Quote from Mark Gray, Professional Development Manager Foot Anstey. "CPQ is a pathway into law that increases the opportunities and diversity of our people. It offers a flexible way to qualify and many of our people study alongside existing roles to further their careers. The three stages of CPQ mean that there are now opportunities for people at every level within our business to obtain respected qualifications. CILEX is a key part of how we develop our future talent."

Building a fit-for-purpose workforce

CPQ is a three-stage, progressive training programme that takes learners from an initial introduction to law all the way to being practising specialist lawyers, qualified and able to operate in their chosen areas at the same level as solictors. CPQ has multiple entry points and allows learners to qualify at their own pace while gaining experience and professional qualifications along the way. So, whether you need support your team to gain their first legal qualifications or further invest in those who wish to take their career to a high level, CPQ can support your workforce-development needs.

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Quote from Admiral Law. "Our staff are keen to be developed – they want training and qualifications, especially those who came to us without any legal background. CILEX is a key part of our development and retention strategy. Its progressive approach to legal careers fits perfectly with our values and the way we see development."

Building a partnership that lasts

CILEX is redefining what it means to be a legal professional and creating new pathways into practice at every level of the profession – including specialising as a CILEX Lawyer. We work closely with employers to support your workforce development needs. Our programmes are constantly being updated and CPQ itself was designed after extensive consultation with employers and other stakeholders about the competencies required for each stage.

Working with us, you’ll be assigned a personal account manager who will help you to access the most appropriate programmes for your team – including bespoke and tailored options to suit your specific business needs.

We partner with a wide range of leading training providers around the country for the delivery of our programmes so you can choose your provider based on location and the delivery channel that’s best for your needs.

Over 20,000 Members. Over 1000 CILEX-qualified partners.
Established for over 50 years. Employed at 70% of top 200 law firms.

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Supporting your Environmental, Social and Governance initiatives

With growing pressure for firms to diversify their workforce and demonstrate inclusive hiring practices, partnering with CILEX makes sense from an ESG as well as a workforce-development perspective.

CILEX has a stated objective of breaking down the barriers that prevent people from non-traditional and diverse backgrounds from entering the legal professions. CPQ has no academic requirements for entry and does not require learners to secure a training contract or graduate placement to begin training. Neither does it require students to meet a pre-defined schedule – learners can take their qualifications as fast or as slowly as they like, enabling them to combine professional development with their work and life commitments. This flexible and progressive approach supports diversity and inclusion, enabling people from different backgrounds, including those with little previous exposure to legal careers, as well as ‘career changers’ and ‘returners’, to launch and develop rewarding careers in law.

Quote from Lorna Bailey, Head of Learning and Development, Fletchers. "We have always promoted and endorsed the CILEX route to qualification. It's a route I've taken myself while working, so I’m happy to advocate its quality and flexibility. The CILEX route fits with our values and promotes diversity and inclusion. We are looking forward to seeing the benefits the newly launched CPQ will bring."

The cost-effective platform to develop your team

Investing in your workforce in a vital but potentially costly part of being an employer so you need to know that your outlay on development is going to deliver value to your business. CPQ has been designed to be a staged qualification framework so that you can support your staff as far as you need them to go. That could mean developing more paralegals  or case handlers, or it could mean augmenting your practice with fully qualified CILEX Lawyers – experts trained in the areas of law most relevant to your work. Either way, CILEX's model is all about combining high-quality technical training with practical insight and on-the-job experience. Your teams will be implementing their learning in real time, delivering real value on the frontline to your clients and to your business.

See the table below for indicative costs for each stage of CPQ.

CILEX CPQ Fees

Please note, those opting for a Family Litigation, Criminal Litigation, or Dispute Resolution pathway will require an additional Advocacy course (£1,725 +VAT) on completion of the CPQ to obtain the title of CILEX Lawyer.

CPQ Prices: CPQ Foundation = £3,700. CPQ Advanced = £5,850. CPQ Professional = £2,950. Total = £12,500. Price for each stage includes CILEX Fee for resources and assessments, and Course Fee based on CILEX Law School. Other training providers are available and may have different pricing. Excludes annual membership which varies according to member level. Prices correct at 1 Jan 2020.
Quote from Faisal Ali, Medical Negligence, Irwin Mitchell. "CILEX was the most cost-effective option compared to qualifying through traditional routes, it also meant that I could work alongside studying which was the decider for going down this route.”

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