The Branch is extremely delighted to announce that we have some very talented members within our midst.

Sally Fitzherbert

Sally Fitzherbert is a Chartered Legal Executive at Hopkins Law, who has won the Family Law Chartered Legal Executive of the Year Award. Sally has been a member of the Branch, and also a Committee Member, for many years and was the Branch Chair from 2011 to 2014. Sally is a key member of the Committee and we are all extremely proud of her.

Cardiff Branch Sally Fitzherbert

Lorna Baldry

Founder and Owner of Brightlink Learning, who was a finalist at the recent CILEx National Awards Ceremony on 6 September, 2018. Lorna was voted the runner-up for the Supporting Lifelong Learning Award. Lorna is an asset to the Branch, and well done on her achievement.

Past Events

Branch Christmas Social

On Saturday, 15 December 2018, the Branch held its Christmas Social to celebrate the end of another wonderful year. The event was held at 33 Plas Windsor in Cardiff and a great time was had by all!

Exam Tip Share Video Conference

On Thursday, 6 December 2018, the Branch held an Exam Tip Share Video Conference. This was facilitated by Branch Committee Member and former CILEx Chief Examiner Lorna Baldry of Brightlink Learning. Lorna has a wealth of experience, having taught at and managed several CILEx accredited centres, and the webinar conversation covered revision, recall and examination technique.

Annual Dinner 2018

The Cardiff & South East Wales branch celebrated its 14th year by holding its annual dinner at the St David's Hotel, Cardiff on Saturday 24 March. Over 100 guests attended the dinner and were greeted with a sparkling drinks reception.

Alexis Thomas, Branch Chair and Head of Legal at Penguin Legal in Cardiff opened the evening with a welcoming speech to all the attendees. Alexis was joined by the CILEx President Millicent grant, the CEO Linda Ford and members of CILEx Council and Head Office. Local CILEx members, Solicitors and Judges, together with members of major law firms, colleges, recruitment agencies and others from the legal sector were also amongst the guests.

Before introducing CILEx President Millicent Grant, Alexis addressed the guests and spoke of the Branch and its success and the plans for the coming year. Millicent then went on to speak about the future plans for CILEx in her year as President.

An awards ceremony also took place to recognise some of the students within the Branch for their hard work and commitment to their studies. They were presented with their awards by the CILEx President and the awards sponsor Stephen Averill from Phoenix Legal Services.

The award winners were:

Cardiff College Online Level 2 Student of the Year
Martin Crowley

Cardiff College Online Level 6 Student of the Year
Katy Evans from Admiral

Cardiff & Vale College Level 3 Student of the Year
Marysia Gayle from Admiral Law

Cardiff & Vale College Level 6 Student of the Year
Stacey McGrinder from NewLaw Solicitors

CILEx Law School Level 3 Student of the Year
Steve Robson from BBC Cymru

CILEx Law School Level 6 Student of the Year
Zak Sutton from DAC Beachcroft

Coleg Gwent Level 3 Student of the Year
Bernadette Hampson

Coleg Gwent Level 6 Student of the Year
William Jones

The Branch would like to thank Phoenix Legal Services for their continued support and appreciate their generous donation.

The Branch also chose to support 2 Make A Wish Charity. Sarah Morgan-Davies from the Charity spoke to the guests about the Charity and the wonderful work they do. An amazing £666.13 was raised on the night and thank you to everyone for the generous contributions, which will certainly help towards funding the wonderful work they do.

Once the evening's formalities were finished, the guests could enjoy their fabulous four course meal and the evening's events. Many people had fun in the Photo booth which was kindly sponsored again by Yolk Recruitment whilst a large number of people took to the dance floor and danced until the early hours. The guests did get the chance to rest their weary feet at midnight when they were served bacon butties, kindly sponsored by Brightlink Learning, which were a huge success.

The Branch would like to thank everyone who attended the dinner and special thanks again to the sponsors, as without your ongoing support these events would not be possible. The Branch looks forward to working with all its members and sponsors again this year and thanks everyone for their ongoing support.

If you would like to become a member of the Branch then please email Alexis Thomas, Branch Chair, on

WBL workshop at CAVC

A Workbased Learning Workshop on behalf of CILEx was delivered at the Cardiff and Vale College on Thursday 9 February.

The workshop was open to anyone who was interested in learning more about the Workbased Learning application for Fellowship and the event was well attended with 31 delegates, including current and prospective CILEx members.

Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony 

The Cardiff and South East Wales branch held their annual dinner on Saturday, 20 February at St Davids Hotel, Cardiff.

134 guests attended and these included CILEx members, Colleges, major law firms, Barristers, Judges, Solicitors, CILEx Council, North Wales Police Commissioner, Recruitment Agencies, Law Societies, members of the local Junior Lawyer Division, Students, CILEx Centres, other Branch Chair.

The evening was a great success and included recognising local students during an award ceremony. The dinner took place in a fantastic setting and included a magician, drinks reception, 4 course meal, wine on tables, tribute artist, disco, a sweet cart and even midnight bacon butties. 

The branch were very lucky to have the support from local businesses who support the branch. Emma Waddingham sponsored the drinks reception, Yolk Recruitment sponsored the midnight bacon butties (which are always a huge success), Brightlink Learning sponsored a third of the student tickets ensuring the students did not miss the opportunity to attend and Civitas Law gave us a very generous donation to award the students with a cash prize and certificates. We would like to say a massive thank you to all our sponsors for their help and contributions throughout the year.     

CILEx branch Chair and CILEx president    CILEx Cardiff branch annual dinner

If you have any questions about joining our branch, please do not hesitate to contact Alexis Thomas or the branch.