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News and Events

Upcoming Events

Annual Summer Ball

Date: Friday, 5 July 2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Venue: Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market Roundabout, Bristol BS1 3AD
Tickets: £40/45 (members/non) (pp)

The Bristol & Bath CILEx Branch are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for our Annual Summer Ball.

The Ball is being held at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre on Friday, 5 July 2019.

Pre-dinner drinks will be served on the outdoor terrace on the first floor at 6:30 pm. Dinner will be served in the Conservatory on the first floor at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a disco. Carriages at 1:00 am.

Dress code is black tie.

If you would like to attend, please email Charlotte Hale at with your name, address, contact number, party details and any dietary requirements. Payment must be made by Tuesday, 18 June at the latest.

Payment can be made by BACS or Cheque. Please make cheques payable to Ilex Bristol Branch and send to Charlotte Hale at DAC Beachcroft LLP, Portwall Place, Portwall Lane, Bristol BS1 9HS. Our bank details are set out below.

The hotel has reserved 10 deluxe double rooms for those attending the Ball at a rate of £95.00 per room per night. This is on a single occupancy basis, with breakfast included. If you would like to take up this offer, please let us know and we will provide you with a code to allow you to book.

We look forward to seeing you there!

To pay by BACS, our Branch account details are:
Barclays Bank plc Sort Code: 20-13-67 Account Number: 20074101

CILEx National Awards 2019

Date: Thursday, 5 September 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR

The CILEx National Awards were launched in 2018, the celebrate the exceptional talent, innovation and achievement of CILEx members, supporters and stakeholders.

We are delighted to announce that this year's host will be Claudia Winkleman, one of the best-known broadcasters in the UK, who regularly fronts the live television shows for both Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, as well as her regular hosting of Strictly Come Dancing.

The CILEx National Awards showcase and celebrate the excellent work, and achievements, of CILEx members, supporters and stakeholder partners.

These exclusive awards recognise individuals, organisations and teams that are providing exemplary service, advice and support to those seeking access to justice. Celebrating the innovative recruitment and professional development practice that are widening access to a career in the legal profession to a more diverse audience.

CILEx has been celebrating the achievements of its members, as well as their employers and partners for many years. We are proud to formally celebrate what we have always known: that we support and represent a wealth of talented people and organisations. We will be acknowledging those who are leading the way in an ever changing, forward thinking, professional legal services sector and whose work closely aligns to our mission, our vision and our values.

Tickets to this prestigious event, that provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the exceptional talent, innovation and achievement of CILEx members, supporters and stakeholders are now on sale.

Held at Madame Tussauds and hosted by Claudia Winkleman, this is set to be a night to remember - early booking is advisable!

The evening commences at 7:00 pm with a drinks reception and the opportunity to experience the Spirit of London ride, which provides an exciting journey through the capital's history. Dinner will be called at 8:00 pm, with speeches, the awards and entertainment to follow. The evening will draw to a close at Midnight. All-inclusive ticket price includes attendance at the CILEx National Awards, Spirit of London ride, three course meal, wine, beer and soft drinks.

All inclusive tickets are available at the cost of:

  • Individual tickets - £175 plus VAT*
  • Table of 10 - £1500 plus VAT

To secure your tickets today, please click here to visit the CILEx National Awards 2019 website.

All-inclusive ticket price includes attendance at the CILEx National Awards, Spirit of London ride, three course meal, wine, beer and soft drinks.

*If you are a CILEx member and find the ticket fees a barrier to attending the CILEx National Awards Ceremony, please contact, as concessionary rates may be available in certain circumstances. Please be advised that such concessions typically apply to members who are not supported by, or part of, an organisation, full-time students, members between jobs or who have fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities. Concessions are not available to businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies. Concession decisions will be made on a case by case basis and at the full discretion of CILEx. Any decisions made in regard to concession applications are final.

CILEx Graduation and Admission Ceremonies 2019

Date: Saturday, 12 October 2019
Venue: Grand Hall at the Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, Near Covent Garden, London WC2B 5DA

Join us for the most important event of the CILEx calendar, when we gather to celebrate not only the achievements of our Graduates, Fellows, Probate & Conveyancing Practitioners and Advocates of CILEx, but also the support that has been given by family and friends. This is an experience that is not to be missed. Click the link below to find out more about your big day.

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We are pleased to announce that at Branch Personnel Day 2017, the Bristol & Bath Branch were awarded Branch of the Year!

Sarah Goodridge, Chair of the Branch, has commented 'The Bristol, Bath & Surrounds Branch are delighted to receive this award. Like all Branches, we work hard to support our members and raise the profile of CILEx. Branches are an excellent way to keep in touch with other legal professionals within your area and provide a good support network. All the work carried out by the Committees who run the Branches is voluntary, and this award is great recognition of all the hard work carried out by the Committee to keep the Branch running. I would encourage anyone who has not joined their Branch to do so and, even better, get involved with the Committee.'

Past Events

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 at Toto's Wine Bar, Redcliff Street, Bristol. The Committee Members and other Branch members attended and had the chance to catch up with each other, talk about the upcoming year for the Branch and network. A great time was had by all!

Our Branch Facebook page is CILEx Bristol Bath and Surrounds Branch.  You can also follow us on Twitter @CILExBristol or you can email us.