CILEx Regulation launches new equality, diversity and inclusion strategy

updated on 11 February 2022

CILEx Regulation is “delighted” to have launched its first-ever equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy earlier this week, which aims to promote fair access for all in the legal services market and implement measurable targets for the next two years.

The strategy’s main goal is to ensure that access and progression for aspiring lawyers is based on merit, while also improving access to legal services.

CILEx Regulation is the regulator that oversees the education, qualification and practice standard of the legal professionals it regulates. It also works with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) to make sure that qualifications are of the right level and appropriate to the work that regulated members do.

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A round-table discussion is due to be held in March to consider the ways that prejudices can restrict talent and set out actions with the aim of achieving equality across the legal sector.

Chair of CILEx Regulation Jonathan Rees said: “Our focus is to improve access to legal services, identify and address the existing barriers faced by those we regulate and find more ways to empower consumers when accessing legal services. The strategy focuses on areas where we as regulator can make a difference but we know we need to work in partnership if we are to effect lasting change. We cherish the diversity of those we regulate, so for us promoting EDI is not an optional extra but at the heart of what we do as an independent regulator dedicated to understanding and promoting the careers of chartered legal executives, and providing greater competition in the interest of the consumer.”