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News and Events

Upcoming Events

CPD Event: Cyber Crime and Fraud presented by Lawyer Checker

Date: Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Wrexham Road, Pulford, Chester CH4 9DG
Tickets: FREE (CILEx Members) / £10 (Other Legal Professionals)

Tom Lyes, Key Relationship Manager from Lawyer Checker and Today's Conveyancer, will talk about the threat of Cyber Crime and Fraud. Tom will discuss the risks associated with the transmission of funds, email modification fraud and other relevant threats which cause concern for law firms. Although the thrust of the discussion is around conveyancing, there is a very real risk in other departments where there is any transmission of funds; like the execution of a Will, the award of compensation or claims, etc.

Tom's talk will also relate 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.

To book a place, please complete the booking form, or email us for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Summer Soiree

Date: Friday, 16 August 2019
Time: 7:30 pm - Midnight
Venue: The Croes Howell, Straight Mile, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0NY
Tickets: £20

The Chester & North Wales CILEx Branch is delighted to announce the next big charity event, the Summer Soiree, which will be attended by the then President, Matthew Foster. This is an open event for legal professionals and their family and friends. This event is a collaborative effort with Cheshire & North Wales Junior Lawyers, Cheshire & North Wales Law Society and Wrexham & North Wales Young Business Professionals and will be in aid of Nightingale House.

Join us for an evening of live music by Double Melody, BBQ, drinks and a charity raffle!

For more information, please see the event flyer.

To book tickets, please complete the booking form and email us.


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 events@cilex.org.uk, 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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Past Events

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