The opportunities to provide legal services to consumers continue to grow throughout the whole legal sector. In addition to working in a regulated firm, or as an in-house specialist, you could work on your own or in an unregulated firm. For example:

  • Locum
  • Consultant
  • Self-employed in own legal firm
  • Employed in legal firm (<10% ownership)
  • Other own unregulated firm (i.e. SWW, IPWW, IoP)

CILEx Regulation can regulate firms offering conveyancing, litigation (civil, criminal or family), immigration and/or probate. These can either be via 100% lawyer owned firms or sole practitioners, or via Alternative Business Structures (ABS), with non-lawyer ownership.

CILEx members can also provide non-reserved legal activities (i.e. not advocacy, litigation, conveyancing, immigration or probate) through their own unregulated firms. Whilst these firms cannot be authorised and regulated by CILEx Regulation, and so do not offer the same protections to the client, the individuals as CILEx members must still comply with the CILEx Code of Conduct.

We are keen to help members:

  • Understand how we regulate them
  • Understand what legal services they can provide
  • Engage with our supervision
  • Improve information provided to clients
  • Provide pathway to fully regulated firm


Next Step

If you are thinking about your firm becoming authorised by CILEx Regulation to provide reserved or regulated legal services, then please contact the Entity Authorisation and Supervision Team on 01234 845759 or