Alec HancockConsultant Chartered Legal Executive
I am a Consultant Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx Laywer) and my area of specialisms are Personal Injury & Holiday Illness. I have over five years of experience in Personal Injury and many of these years I have acted for clients across England and Wales in various claims including acting for those who have sustained injury at work.
Most people know what a Solicitor or a Barrister is. Many people do not realise that they are both types of Lawyers (Solicitors usually act for clients in proceedings and Barristers represent clients at Court hearings). However, what most clients do not know is that there are at least eight types of Lawyers that are regulated:-
Chartered Legal Executives
Trade Mark/Patent Attorneys
All of these are Lawyers.
I am a Chartered Legal Executive. I am a lawyer who has qualified through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. I am regulated by CILEx Regulation (click here to find out more) where as Solicitors are regulated by the SRA and Barristers are regulated by the BSB. Many law firms have both Solicitors and Chartered Legal Executives. Some law firms are regulated and run by Chartered Legal Executives and can also qualify to be Judges.
I had to undertake the appropriate academic training and a minimum of three years qualifying employment before I qualified as a CILEx Lawyer.
This meant that when I qualified as a Lawyer I had already been acting for clients for several years (four years in total). I carried out the same work as other Lawyers ad tot he same standard.
I was also required to provide a extensive portfolio of my work over a two year period to demonstrate I was capable of being a qualified Lawyer. I knew of several trainees whose portfolio was rejected due to demonstrating an insufficient standard whereas my portfolio was accepted first time.
I am regularly up against Solicitors, Barristers and Chartered Legal Executives. Many people instruct firms and are allocated a paralegal or “case handler”.
I have the right of audience (right to appear in Court) to represent you in interim hearings (hearings heard in a Judge’s chambers) and I am not deterred by the fact that my opponents regularly instruct a Barrister to oppose me. Barristers spend most of their working life in Court so you can imagine that many Lawyers prefer not to go up against Barristers.
When you instruct me you know that:-
I am a qualified Lawyer
I have years of experience compared with newly qualified Solicitors (who will usually have two years of experience in four different areas of law before qualifying)
I regularly act for clients and I am regularly up against Barristers and Solicitors
You are probably wondering why you would instruct a Consultant Personal Injury Lawyer over a Personal Injury Firm who also offers No Win, No Fee? My clients appreciate me treating them like a person, not a number and a source of income;
“….I have just completed a number of months in pursuing a claim which has thankfully now come to a successful conclusion. During this process Mr Hancock has been consistently cordial and pleasant to interact with. On more than one occasion, I have felt that he has gone beyond the call of duty in giving his time to patiently explain legal jargon and concepts that I found to be impenetrable. It has made the process significantly smoother – having someone whom I felt to be on my side, guiding the process in a courteous, considerate and thoughtful way.
I would be glad to know that Mr Hancock will be recognised for his excellent interpersonal service skills in addition to the fact that the claim was ultimately concluded in my favour.”