For each sector, The Better Hiring Institute advisory board appoint a sub-committee of up to ten organisations. The purpose of each sub-committee is to meet with others in your sector for an hour every 6-8 weeks with the aim to discuss how you could potentially standardise for your industry, challenges and issues that you face, and any key themes. This is with a view to harmonise and modernise hiring in the UK labour market. 

If you would like to become a sub-committee member and collaborate with industry and UK GOV specifically on matters that relate to your industry, get in touch.

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Who regulates the industry?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority sets standards (SRA) and the Suitability Test (2011) for those practising or involved in the ownership, management or compliance of a firm.

Solicitor

Approved regulators – The Law Society – independent professional Body for solicitors in England and wales.

Independent regulatory Body:

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Requirements for solicitors are set out in the Solicitors Act 1974.

Barrister’

Approved regulators(representative Body):

Bar Council

Independent regulatory Body:

Bar Standard Board (BSB) – sets the standards and is responsible for regulating all barristers. They set the standard of behaviour expected from them and can take actions where these standards are not being met.

Can check the Barrister status, using the Bar standard Board, by entering in the name. If the individual is registered, then they will appear on the barrister register.

Legal executive

Approved regulators (representative Body):

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)

Independent regulatory Body:

CILEx Regulation -   is the professional body for Chartered Legal Executives in England and Wales and an examination board providing Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals and legal secretaries.

Screening requirements for the industry

  • Identity check
  • Credit check
  • Criminal record check
  • Professional membership check
  • Occupational history check
  • Education checks
  • Employment checks
  • Personal references

Examples of roles and associated checks

Partner

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 6 years employment history
  • 5 years referencing
  • Standard criminal record check
  • Sanctions check
  • Relevant/Highest qualification
  • Credit check
  • Cifas fraud check (membership req.)
  • Directorship check
  • Social media check
  • Adverse media check

Paralegal

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 5 years employment history
  • 3 years referencing
  • Basic criminal record check
  • Relevant/Highest qualification
  • Cifas fraud check (membership req.)

Lawyer

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 6 years employment history
  • 5 years referencing
  • Standard criminal record check
  • Sanctions check
  • Relevant/Highest qualification
  • Credit check
  • Cifas fraud check (membership req.)
  • Professional qualifications (where applicable)

Case for change

The absence of an overriding organisation setting standards for hiring across the UK means that there is no singular driving force for change to modernise the labour market by eliminating waste, inefficiency, and poor productivity across all sectors and industries. We want to streamline and modernise hiring and promote safe recruitment across all sectors, including tackling various recruitment fraud, which has increased during COVID.

What happens if you don't get it right?

Join the subcommittee for your industry.
Get involved.
If you are interested, just let us know! Appoint a representative for your organisation and we will get in touch and facilitate arrangements. Simple as that.
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