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We’re all lawyers. What’s in the name?

CILEx president David Edwards talks to John van der Luit-Drummond about ?growing the institute’s numbers amid a challenging legal marketplace

9 February 2016

‘We’ve got most of the things we want. We’re now equal lawyers,’ says David Edwards, the current president of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), when asked what further boundaries the governing body has still to bring down in the legal profession.

Edwards has worked for St Albans District Council in Hertfordshire for 28 years and is its principal chartered legal executive. Having initially worked as a civil litigator at a number of law firms in central London, he obtained his fellowship in 1983 while working for the London Borough of Barnet, before then gaining his CILEx diploma in planning law in 1986. 

Since 1992 he has dealt with prosecution proceedings in the magistrates’ and Crown Courts, in respect of town and country planning, fly tipping, street trading, benefit fraud, health and safety, and unlawful eviction, to name but a few. Edwards has also dealt with civil proceedings in respect of statutory nuisance, taxi licensing, and waste land notice appeals.

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