What is a CILEx branch?
Local branches are groups of geographically local members who, with the support of CILEx aim to provide support to its members and to represent and raise the profile of CILEx in the local area. They are managed by a committee of volunteers comprising both practising Chartered Legal Executive lawyers and other members of CILEx.
CILEx Branches are not based in one specific location; meetings, training and social events offered by Branches are held throughout the local area, where venue availability and interest allow.
Branches are run voluntarily by CILEx members. Your regional branch is likely to run social and educational events, which offer a great way to network with like-minded legal professionals, and offer a friendly platform to share knowledge, experiences, raise your profile and grow your network.
There are many possibilities for Branches to hold events on specific subjects, which members may find useful for their CPD requirements. Many Branches seek to offer different events and training, so if you know anyone that could deliver some, get in touch with your local Branch and share the knowledge.
CILEx has a number of Industry Partners which are recognised service providers, offering products and services to CILEx members and other stakeholders. You can find details of these on the Branches Resource page. These industry partners are interested in the Branch network, and may be able to provide training or information to Branches.
Joining a Branch
Joining an active local branch of CILEx offers numerous ways of finding additional support and making contacts that can be of benefit to you for the rest of your career.
Branch Personnel Day
Being part of a Branch will offer the opportunity to attend Branch Personnel Day usually held each year either at CILEx’s Head Office, or at an alternative venue. Feedback from attendees at this event has been that it is a great way to meet people from other Branches, network with them, sharing best practice on how to create a successful branch. You will also get the opportunity to meet CILEx staff who you may deal with on a regular basis.
If you can't find a branch within your area or region within our regional branches list please do check our upcoming branches page as we often have new branches starting up. Also, if there isn’t an upcoming Branch in your area, why not speak with a few colleagues, or CILEx about setting up a Branch.
Graduation and Admission Ceremony
Being part of a Branch will also give you the opportunity to attend the annual CILEx Graduation and Admission Ceremony. It is a great opportunity to meet members in your local area, and for them to understand the human side of branches and get them involved.
Take a look at the last few years’ ceremonies here.
Comments from Branch members who attended the 2019 ceremonies included:
"I really enjoyed the day, and it was great to meet the members, the professional board, everyone from head office and people from other branches.”
“I found it really positive and it was great to speak to the members.”
CILEx Branches have been celebrated within the CILEx National Awards, with the Devon Branch winning Branch of the Year in the 2018, and the Lancashire Branch winning in 2019.
Find out further information about your local branch.