News and Events

News and Events

Upcoming Events

Exeter Legal Walk

Date: Thursday, 20 June 2019
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Starting at Exeter Law School, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4PY

PLEASE NOTE - The Exeter Legal Walk has been postponed from 13 June until 20 June, due to weather.

The Devon Branch shall be supporting the South West Legal Support Trust (SWLST), as in previous years, by participating in the Exeter Legal Walk.

This is to take place on 20 June at 5:30 pm. The meeting point and starting point will be Exeter Law School at the University of Exeter. Further details can be found here and here.

Please visit our sponsorship page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CILExDevonBranch.

If you would like to join our team and walk with us to help raise money for the SWLST, please email the Branch to confirm.

We shall send you a CILEx t-shirt which you can wear on the day.

Fingers crosses we will have good weather!

We look forward to seeing you there.


Chocolate Tasting Social

Date: Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Time: 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Venue: Hotel Chocolat, Princesshay, 7 East Gate, Exeter EX1 1GB
Tickets: £10

CILEx Devon Branch is delighted to invite you to our Chocolate Tasting Event, to be held and hosted by Hotel Chocolat in Exeter on 26 June, starting at 6:15 pm.

You will get the chance to sample a number of different chocolates from Hotel Chocolat's 'Best of the Best' Collection, as well as see how the chocolates are made. Ticjets cost just £10 per person, with the ticket price redeemable at the event in products.

There is a maximum of 20 spaces available at this event, so click here to book your place on Eventbrite before they run out!

We look forward to seeing you there!


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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News

Devon & Somerset Law Society Awards

The Devon & Somerset Law Society Awards #DASLS2019 took place on 4 April, 2019. It was fantastic that we had so many CILEx members nominated within the Chartered Legal Executive of the Year category.

May we take this opportunity to congratulate...

Branch Member, Ian Hunt of East Devon Law, Chartered Legal Executive of the Year WINNER and Elizabeth Duncan of Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP Highly Commended. Well done guys!

Congratulations to our Branch Chair Gemma Rowe of Ashfords Solicitors for being shortlisted as a finalist.

Congratulations to our Branch Member Susan Turner for being shortlisted as a finalist.

Congratulations to Carrie Liann of the Family Law Company for being shortlisted as a finalist.

Well done all - flying the flag for CILEx! You should be extremely proud!

Pic of Gemma Rowe and Susan Turner at the DASLS Awards


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

Q&A with Judge Elizabeth Johnson

As seen in the Spring Journal, to celebrate the launch of the new online Pre-Application Judicial Education (PAJE) programme and the appointment of two new CILEx Judges to the judiciary, the Devon Branch held a Q&A session with Judge Elizabeth Johnson on the application process. The event was held on 23 May at Ashfords in Exeter.

Elizabeth Johnson is the first female Chartered Legal Executive to be appointed to the judiciary. She was appointed as a Fee-Paid Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal in January 2019. Elizabeth has been assigned to the Social Entitlement Chamber.

Elizabeth went through the selection process, giving helpful tips and information on how to complete the applications within the time-limited deadlines.

Elizabeth's biggest tip (which was given to her by a Judge during her own application process) was that you must start to create a "brag list" now and keep a record of your experience that will match the five competency frameworks that must be met, relevant to the post you are applying for. You must also make sure that you have a further three to four additional competencies to hand, ready to rely upon when asked further competencies in the interview. Those competencies do not have to relate to tasks done at work, but can also relate to activities outside of work and experience in other roles, such as being a Scout Leader.

Elizabeth also explained that there is lots of helpful information about the process on the JAC website, as well as links to short questionnaires, such as Are you ready to be a Judge, which is a great starting point for anyone thinking of applying for a judicial role. She also recommended that the general feedback reports provided by the JAC online are read. Elizabeth's further tip was to make sure you take your time to ensure you are ready before you commence the application process, but there is no harm in having a few "test" runs first to build up confidence.

Feedback provided by those in attendance was very positive, and we are grateful for Elizabeth taking her time to talk to the Branch.


Exeter Pride

On 11 May 2019, members of the Branch proudly walked in the Exeter 2019 Pride Walk, showcasing the Branch and CILEx's support for the LGBT community.

Exeter Pride


North Devon Cocktail Making

On 8 May 2019, attendees from the North Devon area joined for a cocktail making evening at Bar 62 The Bank. A fantastic night was had by all and some great support for members of CILEx from North Devon. Watch out for the next event!

Cocktail Making in Devon


CPD Workshop: Know Your Worth

On Wednesday, 3 April 2019, the Branch held a CPD Workshop on Negotiation Technique Training - "Know Your Worth" at The Family Law Company in Exeter. This Workshop was kindly presented by Barry Wilding-Webb, Training Manager at Tozers in Exeter.

This informative and worthwhile workshop covered 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

Barry discussed negotiation skills and involved role play in the session, which was engaging and useful. Attendees were also provided with a useful handout of pre-interview preparation tips, questions you might ask during negotiation and the best approaches to aim for, for example the win-win approach.


Yoga Class

The Devon Branch is keen to promote well-being, and therefore held a Yoga Class on Friday, 15 March. The one hour class was hosted by Annelie Carver of Seventh Sense Healing and was held at St Luke's Church Rooms in Exeter.

This event enabled Branch Members to meet in a relaxing social environment and to wind down at the end of the busy working week.

Devon Yoga Pic

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.

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