Legal Executive

Average Salary: £28,000 - £33,000
Competition: LOW-MID
Years Experience: 5 years +

Job Summary

Legal Executives and Solicitors are like non-identical twins. Please, let me explain. Legal Executives are qualified lawyers who do similar work to Solicitors. However, Legal Executives specialise, provide advice and complete legal work in only one legal area. Whereas Solicitors have the knowledge and expertise to practice across several areas. Glad I cleared that up!


The most common areas lawyers specialise in are either Civil and Criminal Litigation, Conveyancing, Corporate Law, Family Law or Public Law. Job responsibilities do vary depending on the legal area chosen to kick ass in. But generally, you’ll usually find Legal Executives do the following:

  • Giving specialised advice to clients on the law and legal issues in relation to their cases
  • Researching through legislation and case law to support advice
  • Writing tailored legal documents, contracts, letters and wills
  • Issuing writs and tasking summonses
  • Preparing papers and acting on behalf of clients in court
  • Maintaining financial records making sure they are up-to-date
  • Keeping relevant in the field by being aware of changes and developments in law

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Legal Executive should:

  • Possess excellent communication skills being able to explain legal information in a clear manner
  • Have strong interpersonal skills whilst inspiring trust
  • Have good research skills and an attention to detail
  • Be organised and have the ability to prioritise effectively
  • Be professional, non-opinionated and respect confidentiality of clients

Entry Routes

Becoming a Legal Executive is open to all graduates and even non-graduates. Hallelujah! But you do need to complete the Chartered Institute Legal Executives (CILEx) professional qualification in law and complete a minimum of three years of legal experience. The qualifications are the following:

  • CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice
  • CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice

If you are a Law graduate you may be able to undertake a fast-track diploma, which would speed up the process of becoming a Legal Executive.

Job Progression

Trainee Legal Executive

Legal Executive

Legal Executive Advocate

Legal Director/Partner

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Rewarding – You get to help people in difficult situations
  • New People – It’s a career of which you have the chance to meet a lot of new people from different backgrounds
  • Opportunities – There’s opportunities to expand into other law professions, such as a Solicitor or even a Judge

The Bad

  • Perception – The career itself is often not highly looked upon by others
  • Strict Deadlines – There’s a lot of strict deadlines, which makes the job quite stressful
  • Administration – Not the most exciting part of the job, especially when there’s tons of it