Application Process and Timescales

The following information relates to the application processes for the regulated titles of Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow), CILEX Practitioner and CILEX Advocate.  For information regarding the use of the title of CILEX Lawyer and what it means, CILEX members should Contact CILEX

Application queries

For CILEx Regulation (CRL) applications, the team often receive a significant amount of information to consider and assess to enable CRL to provide you with the authorisation that you seek. We will seek to do this as quickly as possible, but this may mean that the team is not available to answer direct calls on your application. However if you call 01234 845770 and leave a message, we will get back to you.

Where this is beneficial to the process, we will look to schedule calls with you at an agreed time.  Please note that the timescales detailed below are the maximum timescales and applications are usually completed within this time.

Process and applications to become a Chartered Legal Executive (CLE)

To become a Chartered Legal Executive (not CPQ route): Applicants can complete the Qualifying Experience (QE) application to ascertain if they meet the criteria of completing a minimum of 2,300 hours of qualifying experience. Find out more below.

Links to applications and further guidance on becoming a CLE Become a Chartered Legal Executive (Legacy route) – CILEx Regulation

Qualifying Experience

Work based learning

Chartered Legal Executives working in civil, criminal or family proceedings can apply for extended rights of audience to become a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate, see Advocacy section below.

Become a Practitioner or Advocate – Application Process

Portfolio Route

University of Law route



Next Steps

Queries about applications can be sent to the same inboxes as where the application is sent (please see below).

Please note: Due to the volumes of applications being assessed, we ask you please not to request updates on your application unless they fall outside the stated timescales. We will look to progress your application as soon as we can.

Application email addresses:


Application costs

Current costs for applications can be found here: Application and Annual Practising Fees – CILEx Regulation

Practice rights portfolio applications include the costs of the initial practising certificate.

Every January, as long as the CILEX CPD requirements have been maintained, an annual renewal fee will also be charged in order to obtain the annual practising certificate.