The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) welcomed today’s report of the Legal Education and Training Review – but said it had already embraced many of the report’s recommendations.

In an initial response, Nick Hanning, CILEx president, said: ‘This is a valuable piece of work. I’m pleased to see the report gives mainstream recognition of CILEx’s approach over the last 50 years, and as we continue to lead the way with apprenticeships it is good to see these are highlighted.’

In a speech on Thursday Hanning is expected to claim that CILEx and its regulatory body ILEX Professional Standards have already embraced much of the outcomes based regulation the report calls for.

However he is likely to challenge the report for its ‘muddled approach’ to licensing paralegals, describing the proposed certification/licensing scheme as having ‘all the hallmarks of an expensive regime without the guaranteed quality assurance the public would expect’.