Chartered legal executives are fee-earning qualified lawyers who undertake similar work to solicitors, specialising in a specific legal area such as conveyancing or litigation.
The main difference between a chartered legal executive and a solicitor is in the training, where chartered legal executives study at the same level as a solicitor, but study fewer subjects overall.
The type of work chartered legal executives do varies according to specialism, but typical duties include litigation, giving legal advice, researching and preparing cases, writing wills, property conveyancing, family matters, crimes, company and business law, being involved in actions in the High Court or County Courts, etc. Their day-to-day role is similar to that of a solicitor, and they are expected to keep up-to-date with changes and developments in the law.
Typical employers of chartered legal executives may be solicitors’ firms, local authorities, and legal departments of companies.