Chartered legal executives are qualified lawyers, specialising in particular areas of law, with at least five years' experience working under the supervision of a solicitor. This can be either in a legal practice or the legal department of a private company, or local or national government.
They have their own client files and, as fee-earners in private practice, their work is charged directly to the client. This is an important difference between chartered legal executives and other legal support staff.
The most common specialism areas are:
- civil and criminal litigation;
- family law;
- corporate law;
- public law.