April 9, 2014
Spencers Solicitors have been commended in the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Awards for 2013. The awards were presented at the CILEx annual graduation ceremony held on Monday 7 April 2014 at King's House, Bedford.
CILEx is a professional body representing over 20,000 Chartered Legal Executives in the UK. The Institute offer a unique route to becoming a qualified lawyer without the pre-requisite of a law degree. Those studying CILEx receive on the job training in Solicitors' offices whilst also attending classes in law and practice at accredited academic centres or via distance learning.
Spencers received the special mention after being nominated in this year's CILEx Employer of the Year Award.
Noel Inge Managing Director of CILEx Law School and sponsor of the award said:
"Given the very high standards set by employers, it is always difficult to pick a clear winner. This year has produced a crop of very strong entries, characterised by their progressive staff development policies which embrace the CILEx qualification amongst other forms of training.
The judges have been struck by how committed these employers are to providing opportunities for staff, many of them offering career pathways for school leavers and mature entrants to the professions irrespective of their initial qualifications. It is heartening to see these employers demonstrate their commitment to diversity and opportunity through their employment policies."
Kelly Pashley-Handford, Human Resource Manager at Spencers commented:
"As a firm we are committed to staff development and actively support staff to pursue the CILEx qualification route. We find that CILEx offers the most flexible route for obtaining a legal qualification and we benefit greatly from employing Chartered Legal Executives at all levels, from Paralegals to Board Members.
Spencers Solicitors has been an authorised CILEx examination centre since September 2009 and over a third of employees are Chartered Legal Executives or students of CILEx.