18 June 2018

Bar Standards Board to work with CILEx Law School on in-house training

11 December 2014

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to introduce new training in the English Legal System for its support staff. Many staff within the BSB already have legal qualifications, but the new training - to be delivered by CILEx Law School - will be offered to those in roles that do not specifically require existing legal qualifications.

Dr Vanessa Davies, Director General of the BSB, said: "It is important that all members of staff at the BSB have a good understanding of the sector, and the role played by the Bar in the administration of justice in England and Wales. This initiative will help us to deliver an even more consistent service to the public and the profession."

There will be between 10 and 20 learners beginning the programme in January 2015. They will study the CILEx Level 3 unit called "Introduction to Law and Practice" with a view to sitting the exam in June 2015. The training will be delivered by a combination of distance learning and in-house teaching.

Jenny Pelling, Business Director of CILEx Law School, said: "At CILEx Law School we require all of our Customer Service Team to undertake introductory training in law and legal practice, so I have seen at first hand the benefits of such an initiative. We look forward to working with the BSB on this project."

Diane Burleigh, Chief Executive of CILEx, commented: "We are pleased to work with the BSB on supporting their learning and development. The BSB and CILEx recognise it is important for all employees to be knowledgeable of the wider field they work in, and particularly for regulators to enable them to understand their regulated community even better. CILEx's education and training is used around the world by aspiring lawyers, paralegals, and in-house teams to develop their understanding of the legal system in England and Wales."

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About the Bar Standards Board
Our mission is to regulate the Bar so as to promote high standards of practice and safeguard clients and the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t.

Contact: For all BSB media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email press@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

About CILEx Law School
CILEx Law School is a leading distance learning law school, wholly owned by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). CILEx Law School has been delivering legal education for over 30 years and have spearheaded the introduction of apprenticeships in to the legal sector. CILEx Law School has over 3,000 students studying by flexible learning at any one time. These include law firm apprentices, paralegals, students aspiring to be solicitors and Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, along with legal support staff, local authority and central government employees and in-house legal staff employed in commercial organisations. CILEx Law School delivers bespoke training solutions to organisations looking for training for staff cohorts in specific areas of law and practice.

For more information contact Morag Hiskett, Marketing Manager, CILEx Law School, on 01234 844328 or email m.hiskett@cilexlawschool.ac.uk.