INTRODUCTION

Each year we calculate the likely costs of regulation for the following practising year and consult with those individuals and entities which pay the practising fee.

We consult with affected regulated individuals where there is a proposal to increase the fee payable and we consult periodically with regulated individuals where there is no proposed increase in the fee payable.

For the 2021 practising certificate fee the proposal is to hold all practising fees at their current rates. We are consulting with the following practitioners:

- The practising certificate fee paid by Fellows/Chartered Legal Executives

- The practising certificate fee paid by Chartered Legal Executive Advocates

- The practising certificate fee paid by CILEx Practitioners

- The practising certificate fee paid by CILEx Entities

We are seeking your views on the proposed regulatory fees for the 2021 practising year, as they affect you.

In addition for this year, owing to the exceptional circumstances which we have faced in the wake of Covid-19, CILEx Regulation is seeking additional information in relation to any changes to circumstances that you have faced in 2020 and which may also impact on you in 2021.
FELLOWS/CHARTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVES

It is proposed that the fee for the 2021 practising year will remain at £364.

The practising certificate fee paid by Fellows/Chartered Legal Executives covers 3 elements:

- The direct cost of regulation (i.e. the operating costs CILEx Regulation)

- Permitted purposes, which can be included to cover costs incurred by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to cover activities such as law reform, education etc.

- The levy paid to the Legal Services Board (LSB) to cover the costs of the LSB and the Legal Ombudsman as well as a levy to OPBAS[1].

These 3 elements combined of £2,600,417 make up the total practising certificate fee, which is defined in section 51 Legal Services Act 2007. The breakdown of how the PCF will be apportioned in 2021 is set out below:

[1] Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision

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The proposal is to hold the PCF for Fellows at £364 for the 5th year. A breakdown of the PCF allocation between CILEx, CILEx Regulation and the levies for 2020 and 2021 is set out below for comparison:

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This breaks down as follows:

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This compares with the breakdown of the PCF over the last 4 years as follows:

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The proposal for the 2021 practising certificate fee for Fellows/Chartered Legal Executives is to HOLD the fee at £364.

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* Q1. Do you agree that the 2021 practising certificate fee should be held at £364?

Additional questions in relation to COVID-19:

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* Q2. Have you been affected by the coronavirus outbreak?

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* Q3. If yes, how have you been impacted (please tick all that apply)?

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* Q4. Do you envisage that the impact of the coronavirus outbreak will continue to impact you into 2021?

Thank you for your time

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