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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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Past Events

Summer Soiree

The Chester and North Wales CILEx Branch held a Summer Soiree at The Croes Howell in Rossett on Friday, 16 August 2019. This was an open event for legal professionals and their friends and family. The event was in aid of Nightingale House Hospice, sponsored by the College of Law and was brought by Chester and North Wales CILEx Branch, Cheshire and North Wales Law Society, Cheshire and North Wales Junior Lawyers and Wrexham and North Wales Young Business Professionals.

This event was a roaring success, with people keen to raise money for a well-deserved charity. The event was supported by CILEx's newly elected President, Mr. Matthew Foster and Victoria Hurdley, CILEx's Director of Operations also travelled up especially to support the evening. There were bottles of Champagne as prizes and despite the poor weather initially, it brightened up as the event progressed, which meant people were able to enjoy the warm summer evening outside on the patio.

There was an initial speech by the Chair of the Chester and North Wales CILEx Branch to welcome everyone, followed by a speech from a member of Nightingale House, who set out how important events like ours are in raising much needed funds to keep the Hospice going.

There was an opportunity to have photographs taken on the Photo Booth, which proved to be in great demand throughout the evening, with a constant flow of people queuing to have their photos taken with friends, family and work colleagues.

Although the food could not be cooked on the barbeque as hoped, it was nevertheless extremely delicious, with plenty of choices for everyone.

An evening of Music by Double Melody had everyone up on their feet dancing until late in the evening. The evening was a huge success, thanks to the support of all those who attended, the fantastic band and the wonderful staff at the Croes Howell.

Chester Summer Soiree


CPD Event: Cyber Crime and Fraud presented by Lawyer Checker

On Wednesday, 26 June 2019 the Branch held a CPD event on Cyber Crime and Fraud at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel in Chester. Tom Lyes, the Key Relationship Manager from Lawyer Checker and Today's Conveyancer kindly delivered the training, discussing the risks associated with the transmission of funds, email modification fraud and other relevant threats which cause concern for law firms. The talk related very closely to some of the new Core Practice Management Standards in CQS 2019.

At Lawyer Checker, our intelligence and data, combined with information and knowledge we have collected over many years, allow us to identify market weaknesses and failures in the legal sector. We create solutions and opportunities using technology, products and services that solve these issues by educating and protecting lawyers from fraud and cyber crime.


Annual General Meeting

The Chester & North Wales Branch held its Annual General Meeting at on 7 February 2019 at Rossett Hall in Wrexham. It was a successful event, with constructive discussions on the events for the year and ways to encourage engagement and participation of Branch Members. New Committee Members were also voted into office. We are happy to announce the following appointments and reappointments:

Chair: Melissa Bramwell

Secretary: Julie Ray

Treasurer: Sarah Kennedy

Membership Officer: Tracey Powell

Social Media Officer: Charlotte Anne Orson Frobisher

The Branch would like to thank our outgoing Chair Matthew Foster for all of the work that he has done for the Branch over the years. We wish him the best of luck as future President of CILEx!

Chester & NW AGM

Chocolate-Making Christmas Event

On Monday, 10 December, the Chester & North Wales Branch held a Christmas Chocolate-Making Event at Rossett Hall Hotel in Wrexham. The successful event gave members an opportunity to network and we received very positive feedback.

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GDPR is Coming - Seminar

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) seminar was held at the Rossett Hall Hotel in Wrexham. It was attended by 28 people of which 16 were CILEx Branch Members, The Seminar was presented by the Chair of the Chester & North Wales Branch, Matthew Foster, and received very positive feedback from those who attended. They reported that they found the seminar interesting and helpful in equipping them with the information they needed to ensure their firms are compliant with the GDPR, which take effect on 25 May 2018.

GDPR Seminar at Rossett Hall Hotel


AGM & Dinner

The Branch held its AGM on 15 February 2018 at Rossett Hall Hotel. It was great to catch up with some existing members and to welcome onto the Committee Abi Olaniyan as our new Branch Secretary. Sarah Kennedy has now also been appointed as our new Branch Treasurer.

After the AGM we had a lovely meal in Oscar's Restaurant and were joined by Branch Officer Chris Bjerregaard. It was great to meet Chris and we look forward to working with him to help promote the Branch.

Chester AGM


Chester & North Wales Law Society Dinner

On 23 February the CILEx Branch attended the Cheshire & North Wales Law Society Dinner at the Chester Racecourse. The evening was filled with good food, wine and company.

We were accompanied by guests Mrs and Mr Brayshaw and Counsel Rachel Watkin.

Mr Brayshaw qualified as a Legal Executive in 1971 and in the late 1970s Mr Brayshaw was the Chair of the Liverpool's subcommittee Branch covering Chester & North Wales. The Chester & North Wales Branch was formed in its own right with Mr Brayshaw's assistance. It was great to speak with Mr Brayshaw about how our Branch evolved.

Chester Law Society Dinner 2018


Charity Dinner 

On the 29th September the Branch held a Charity Dinner & Raffle in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospice and thanks to everyone’s generosity the huge sum of £500 was raised.

The Branch was pleased to welcome President Millicent Grant, CEO Linda Ford, Past President Fran Edwards and CILEx Regulation Officer Ian Chivers and we are thankful to them for making the journey up to be with us.

The evening was fantastic and our band Lady & The Tramps went down a storm with everyone hitting the dance floor.

A huge thank you to all our guests for making the evening so enjoyable and to our Sponsors Allington Hughes Law  and Linenhall Chambers