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News and Events

Upcoming Events

CPD Workshop: Know Your Worth

Date: Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: The Family Law Company, Oriel House, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter EX1 1NP
Tickets: £5 (Branch Members) / £10 (Non-Branch Members)

Please support your CILEx Devon Branch at the Family Law Company in Exeter for the following CPD workshop training session:

Negotiation Technique Training - "Know Your Worth", presented by Barry Wilding-Webb, Training Manager at Tozers in Exeter.

This informative and worthwhile workshop will cover the following negotiation techniques:

  • Knowing your worth
  • What value you will add
  • Pay review
  • Confidence in negotiation techniques
  • Charge-out rates
  • Billing targets
  • New and greater responsibilities
  • Work-type supervision
  • Future development

Please click here to book your ticket on Eventbrite, or email us for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!


CILEx National Awards 2019

Date: Thursday, 5 September 2019
Time: TBC
Venue: Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR
Tickets: TBC

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.

We encourage CILEx members, supporters and stakeholders to nominate yourselves, your colleagues or employers and help us to recognise and celebrate your success and the contribution you make to promoting the profession...

  • Be recognised for your exceptional specialist technical knowledge and experience.
  • Receive formal recognition for the excellent work that you do from CILEx, your peers, employers and legal sector representatives.
  • Acknowledge and celebrate the professional development opportunities made available to you, and your colleagues, by your employer.
  • Stand out from peers & competitors and raise your professional profile.
  • Recognise and reward the hard work of colleagues, employers and peers who deliver excellent results for your clients, business and the public.
  • Raise awareness of your status as an exemplary employer and showcase how you have set benchmarks for others to aspire to.
  • Celebrate your contribution to widening access to justice, and to the legal profession.

... celebrate your achievements with CILEx

Nominations are now open.

Please click here to visit the CILEx National Awards 2019 website.


News

Family Law Specialists take Leading Role in Devon CILEx Branch

Gemma and Becka

A lawyer and legal secretary from The Family Law Company have taken major roles on the Committee of the Devon Branch of CILEx.

Senior Associate Gemma Sparks was voted in as Vice Chair, while Becka Coombes became Social Secretary, at the Devon CILEx Branch Annual General Meeting on 6 February.

Award-winning lawyer Gemma, who qualified in 2004, commented: "I feel I have a lot to give and volunteering is something I've always wanted to do. I am also keen to widen my professional network and take the next step in my career, promote CILEx and be an ambassador for The Family Law Company. I'm delighted with the opportunity to contribute at this level to the Devon Branch, which last year won Regional Branch of the Year at the CILEx National Awards."

A team leader at work, Gemma feels the skills learnt through an NVQ in Leadership she took in 2018 would stand her in good stead to be able to support the Chair, Gemma Rowe of Ashfords: "I felt supported by the Committee, who were all enthusiastic about having a new Member join the Branch," added Gemma.

As Social Secretary, The Family Law Company's Becka Coombes will be responsible for helping to organise events throughout the year, including an annual fundraiser, the Autumn Charity Ball.

Becka Coombes said: "I'm really pleased to be a part of the Committee and look forward to organising some great events in the year ahead."


DEVON BRANCH WINS AWARD

The Devon Branch is extremely delighted to announce that we have won the Regional Branch of the Year Award at the CILEx National Awards on 6 September 2018.

"As Chair of the Devon CILEx Branch and on behalf of all Committee Members, I would like to say a massive thank you to CILEx for voting us as the winner of this Award. This Award really means a lot and helps to demonstrate and underpin the fact that with good teamwork, you are really able to achieve a lot.

Our Committee Members all contribute to the success of the Branch, outside office hours, seeking to ensure that we are able to support and provide relevant events for our Branch Members.

We always strive to do something different and shall seek to continue doing so in the future."

Gemma Rowe - Branch Chair

The Branch also wishes to further congratulate Branch Member Ian Hunt of East Devon Law for winning the Private Client Legal Expert Award and Committee and Branch Member Sally Trevaskis of Wolferstans Solicitors for winning the Property Legal Expert Award.

Committee members with branch award


Past Events

Social Event

On 1 March 2019, the Devon Branch held a social event at the Hyde Park Pub in Plymouth, in order to promote the Devon Branch and the amazing things that we achieve, as well as to attract new members.

A great time was had by everyone in attendance!


CPD Event: Unconscious Bias by Melanie Palethorpe from Michelmores

On 21 February 2019, the Branch held a CPD Event on Unconscious Bias at Michelmores in Exeter. Mel Palethorpe, who is a Michelmores LLP Learning and Talent Development Specialist, kindly provided the training session. It was a very interesting and interactive session, which focused on our behaviours and shining the light on our unconscious bias within the workplace and when conducting our roles.

We were all invited to discuss how we behave and our thought processes in many situations. We were encouraged to think about our decision processes, to mitigate bias as much as possible and to ensure objective and fair decision making in our working day.

All that attended were very interactive and found the session valuable.


Annual General Meeting

On 6 February the Branch held the Annual General Meeting. We are delighted to announce that the Committee posts for 2019 are as follows:

Chair: Gemma Rowe

Vice Chair: Gemma Sparks

Treasurer and Membership Secretary: Daisy Otton

Secretary: Caroline Lavis

Social Secretary: Becka Coombes

Social Media Officer, LGBT Officer and North Devon Representative: Edd Prosser

North Devon Representative: Sophie Rowcliffe

Plymouth Representative: Sally Trevaskis

Plymouth Representative: Samantha Loveridge

CPD Officer: Lucy Pillinger

CPD Officer for Michelmores: Tracy Perrett

DASLS Liaison: Sarah Summers

Committee Member: Emma Davies

Committee Member: Dominika Windak

Welcome to all new Committee Members and good luck for the year ahead!


CPD Event - Work/Life Balance: Finding Balance In Your Everyday

On 14 November 2018, the Branch held a 'Work/Life Balance: Finding Balance in Your Everyday' workshop, facilitated by Branch Committee Member Emma Davies. It was a great interactive workshop, enjoyed by 14 delegates, with colouring and cookies! We used a 24 hour/7 day grid to colourfully illustrate how we spend our time and identify pockets of time for the things we really want to do in life, that 'light us up'. We also looked at whether we over-commit, what would happen if we said 'no' more often, if we spent enough time on ourselves and whether we might feel guilty about doing that. We identified that, as a profession, a lot of us are guilty of over-committing, working through our lunch breaks, early starts, late finishes, etc and what impact that is having on us.

It was a fun workshop and the feedback definitely illustrated an appetite for further events of this nature, e.g. mindfulness in the workplace, wellness, overwhelm, mindset, juggling motherhood with a professional role and recognising stress. This is something that we will be discussing in the next Committee meeting.

Devon Work Life Balance 2


Autumn Charity Ball

The Devon CILEx Branch held its Autumn Charity Ball on Saturday, 27 October 2018 at Woodbury Park Hotel in Exeter.

We successfully raised a total of £450.00 by way of a raffle and a game of heads or tails, to be split equally between our two chosen charities: the CILEx Benevolent Fund and Dogs Helping Kids.

There was live entertainment from The Sound, a three course meal and wine on the table. 53 people were in attendance, making it a really enjoyable night to remember.

Our VIP guests were CILEx President Philip Sherwood, Deputy Vice President Craig Tickner, immediate past CILEx President Millicent Grant and Devon & Somerset Law Society President Stephen Mahoney.

The Devon Branch would like to thank our sponsors, Conveyancing Data Services, for sponsoring the wine on the table and both Conveyancing Data Services and Groundsure for providing sponsorship towards payment of the band.

Committee members at branch ball 2018

CILEx DVP Millie and DASLS President at CILEx ball 2018


Study Planning and Exam Technique Workshop

On 9 October 2018, the Devon Branch held a Study Planning and Exam Technique Workshop provided by Barry Wilding-Webb (Training Manager for Tozers LLP), at Ashfords Solicitors in Exeter, which covered the following:

  • Preparation
  • Study timetable
  • Food, sleep and nutrition
  • What to study
  • How to revise
  • RFQ
  • Short-term and long-term memory (fridge and freezer)

Everyone in attendance found this workshop hugely beneficial, and great feedback was received.


Work-Based Learning Practical Workshop

On 19 September 2018, the Devon Branch was proud to present the second of two Work-Based Learning Practical Workshops, delivered by Barry Wilding-Webb, Training Manager at Tozers. This workshop forms part of the Devon Branch's strategy of greater emphasis on students and providing training that is of benefit to them.


Probate CPD Event

On 18 September 2018, the Devon Branch held held a Probate Law CPD Event at the offices of Michelmores in Exeter. Caroline Alexander, Head of Probate at Michelmores, provided the training session. She provided a very detailed presentation, which covered the following:

  • Understanding the Will
  • Estate values and Inheritance Tax
  • Probate process
  • Complications with Estates
  • The importance of Estates accounts
  • Q&A

This also included particular tips of what to look out for and mistakes that are often made. Some of those who attended worked within Probate departments, and thus this was very useful. Caroline also provided example templates of how to present Estate accounts, which were very helpful.


CILEx and DASLS Rounders Match

The CILEx Devon Branch, Devon & Somerset Law Society and the Junior Lawyers Division playing a friendly game of rounders by the canal in Exeter.

CILEx Rounders 2018

Work-Based Learning Practical Workshop

On 16 July 2018, the Devon Branch was delighted to present the first of two Work-Based Learning Practical Workshops, delivered by Barry Wilding-Webb, Training Manager at Tozers. The first session was held at Michelmores Solicitors in Exeter. Barry provided a very helpful and comprehensive top tips list to assist with completing the outcomes set by CILEx when submitting WBL portfolios. All in attendance asked questions regarding their difficulties, which Barry was very helpful in assisting with, as well as showing us the CILEx website link for further guidance. Feedback from those that attended was great.


CPD Event - Do's & Don'ts for an Instructing Solicitor

On Wednesday, 27 June 2018, the Devon Branch held an event in conjunction with Barrister David Campbell of Magdalen Chambers, who shared top tips on how to get the best out of your Barrister. This included Do's and Don'ts as well as What and What Not to expect at Court, and how best to prepare your brief.


Beer and Curry Night

The Plymouth section of the Devon Branch held their inaugural social event at The Stannary Court, Ridgeway, Plympton on Thursday, 24 May. The "beer and curry" night was thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended and it was an opportunity to catch-up with colleagues and meet new faces who work in the area. After positive feedback, we are now planning our next social and hope that we can reach out to a wider audience of CILEx members in Plymouth.


Exeter Pride

On Saturday, 12 May 2018, CILEx Devon Branch Committee Members Lucy Pillinger of Kitsons LLP (Torquay) FCILEx and Edward Prosser of Toller Beattie (Barnstaple) marched in the 10th anniversary Exeter Pride event from Sidwell Street Gardens to Northernhay Gardens. Lucy and Ed were determined the attend to celebrate the ongoing work of CILEx and of equality and diversity within the legal profession.

Exeter Pride (2)


CPD Event: Conveyancing - "Understanding the Ground" by Terra Firma

On 10 May 2018, the Devon CILEx Branch were pleased to present a conveyancing CPD event in conjunction with Terra Firma. The event was hosted by Michelmores and included a buffet lunch for attendees. Terra Firma, a nationally established leader in delivering due diligence solutions, really helped the attendees to better understand the physical, financial and legal risks associated with the many and varied risks the ground poses.

Devon Terra Firma


Social Event

The Devon Branch held a social event on Thursday, 19 April at George's Meeting House, Exeter. There was a good turnout with everyone enjoying good food and conversation.


Training on Revision and Exam Technique

On 16 April the Devon CILEx Branch collaborated with Brightlink Learning to offer our members an online revision and exam technique tip share via video conferencing. The session was a great success and those who participated commented on how effective it was.


CPD Event: Conveyancing - "Understanding the Ground" by Terra Firma

The Devon CILEx Branch were pleased to present a conveyancing CPD event in conjunction with Terra Firma. The event was hosted by Toller Beattie and included a buffet lunch for attendees. Terra Firma, a nationally established leader in delivering due diligence solutions, really helped the attendees to better understand the physical, financial and legal risks associated with the many and varied risks the ground poses.


Annual General Meeting

The Devon CILEx Branch held its AGM on 7 February 2018 at Magdalen Chambers in Exeter. This was followed by a social at Cosy Club in Exeter with the first drink being on the branch.

Emma Davies stepped down as Chair after three years in the role.

There was a big change in the Officer roles this year with committee members keen to take on a role in a different capacity. Gemma Rowe was voted as Chair and Susan Turner as Vice Chair.

Daisy Otton was voted as Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Caroline Lavis as Secretary and Helen Parsons as Social Secretary.

There were also 7 other Officer roles up for nomination which were all filled. With a 14 strong committee for 2018, we are sure a very exciting year lies ahead!

Gemma as New Chair

DEVON BRANCH WINS AWARD

The Devon Branch is extremely delighted to announce that we have won the Regional Branch of the Year Award at the CILEx National Awards on 6 September 2018.

"As Chair of the Devon CILEx Branch and on behalf of all Committee Members, I would like to say a massive thank you to CILEx for voting us as the winner of this Award. This Award really means a lot and helps to demonstrate and underpin the fact that with good teamwork, you are really able to achieve a lot.

Our Committee Members all contribute to the success of the Branch, outside office hours, seeking to ensure that we are able to support and provide relevant events for our Branch Members.

We always strive to do something different and shall seek to continue doing so in the future."

Gemma Rowe - Branch Chair

The Branch also wishes to further congratulate Branch Member Ian Hunt of East Devon Law for winning the Private Client Legal Expert Award and Committee and Branch Member Sally Trevaskis of Wolferstans Solicitors for winning the Property Legal Expert Award.

Committee members with branch award

DEVON BRANCH WINS AWARD

The Devon Branch is extremely delighted to announce that we have won the Regional Branch of the Year Award at the CILEx National Awards on 6 September 2018.

"As Chair of the Devon CILEx Branch and on behalf of all Committee Members, I would like to say a massive thank you to CILEx for voting us as the winner of this Award. This Award really means a lot and helps to demonstrate and underpin the fact that with good teamwork, you are really able to achieve a lot.

Our Committee Members all contribute to the success of the Branch, outside office hours, seeking to ensure that we are able to support and provide relevant events for our Branch Members.

We always strive to do something different and shall seek to continue doing so in the future."

Gemma Rowe - Branch Chair

The Branch also wishes to further congratulate Branch Member Ian Hunt of East Devon Law for winning the Private Client Legal Expert Award and Committee and Branch Member Sally Trevaskis of Wolferstans Solicitors for winning the Property Legal Expert Award.

Committee members with branch award

DEVON BRANCH WINS AWARD

The Devon Branch is extremely delighted to announce that we have won the Regional Branch of the Year Award at the CILEx National Awards on 6 September 2018.

"As Chair of the Devon CILEx Branch and on behalf of all Committee Members, I would like to say a massive thank you to CILEx for voting us as the winner of this Award. This Award really means a lot and helps to demonstrate and underpin the fact that with good teamwork, you are really able to achieve a lot.

Our Committee Members all contribute to the success of the Branch, outside office hours, seeking to ensure that we are able to support and provide relevant events for our Branch Members.

We always strive to do something different and shall seek to continue doing so in the future."

Gemma Rowe - Branch Chair

The Branch also wishes to further congratulate Branch Member Ian Hunt of East Devon Law for winning the Private Client Legal Expert Award and Committee and Branch Member Sally Trevaskis of Wolferstans Solicitors for winning the Property Legal Expert Award.

Committee members with branch award