Practising Law in England and Wales

There are 3 distinct professionals practising within the legal sector.

These are Barristers, Solicitors and Legal Executives.

Barristers in England and Wales are represented by The Bar Council. It promotes the Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services, fair access to justice for all, the highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and the development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

Solicitors are members of the Law Society. It promotes England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice, and the vital role legal services play in our economy, works internationally to open up markets for members, defends human rights at home and abroad and supports members with career opportunities, providing networking events and development training.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (Cilex) is the professional association for 20,000 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, paralegals and other legal practitioners in England and Wales. Cilex provides for the education, training and development of skills for members, advances and protects the status and interests of members, promotes professional unity, co-operation and mutual assistance and secures professional standards of conduct by publishing code of conduct, guides to good practice and the protocol between the Institute and its regulatory body, CILEx Regulation, and regulating the membership through that body to ensure compliance with those standards