The Investigation Process
We aim to keep within the following timescales:
A complainant (if there is one), may withdraw their complaint at any time. If a complainant fails to engage with the investigation, a decision will be made as to whether we pursue the complaint against you in the absence of the original complainant.
There may be instances where we will recommend that the complaint is made to another organisation or regulator, such as the Financial Conduct Authority.
We will conduct a preliminary investigation and decide whether to:
As soon as we have conducted preliminary investigations into the allegation(s) and gathered any supporting evidence we will notify you of the investigation. It may, therefore, be a few weeks before you become aware of the investigation.
You will be given an opportunity to respond to this and to provide evidence where you are able to.
Your responses will be provided to the complainant (if there is one) so they may respond to any evidence you provide to refute their complaint.
At the conclusion of the investigation a report on the complaint is prepared by the Investigating Officer for submission to the PCP or DT along with all the evidence that has been gathered.
You and the complainant (where relevant) will be sent a copy of the report and you will both have 14 days within which to submit to us any written comments about the report.
Any comments received will be included as an addendum to the report but will not change the report itself.
The complaint against you will then be referred to the next hearing and we will inform you of the date.
You should be aware that during the investigation, if evidence of further misconduct is identified, we may pursue this as an additional allegation(s) to the current investigation.
You will be notified of the decision within 21 days of the matter being considered by the PCP or DT.
Where a finding of misconduct is made, the decision is published on the CILEx Regulation website and in the Chartered Legal Executive Journal.
Publications are made in accordance with the CILEx Regulation Publication Policy.
Decisions may be published in other publications and employers are informed, where appropriate.
The CILEx Regulation Publication Policy is an Annex to the Enforcement Handbook.