News and Events

News and Events

Upcoming Events

CPD Event - Evidence in Civil Fraud and s57 Update: Presented by James Hogg of Deans Court Chambers

Date: Monday, 16 September 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Clyde and Co, Royal Exchange Building, St Anne's Square, Manchester M2 7EF
Tickets: FREE

This is a CPD event and is free to anyone who would like to attend.

To attend, please book your ticket at Eventbrite here.

For security purposes, attendees MUST REGISTER for this training session.

James is a barrister at Deans Court Chambers and accepts instructions in all areas of civil law, with a particular emphasis on personal injury litigation involving allegations of dishonesty.

His personal injury work encompasses RTA claims, public and employers' liability actions (including industrial disease, stress at work and harassment cases), and occupiers' liability claims. James is regularly instructed on behalf of several national insurers in suspected fraudulent road traffic accidents (whether staged, phantom passenger or LVI), fraudulent employers and public liability claims, and in credit hire litigation. A growing area of his practice concerns fraud rings and costs recovery against solicitors, ATE providers and other non-parties.

James appears on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants, both on and off circuit. He is regularly instructed in Multi Track litigation and has experience of High Court work.

The Training is taking place at Clyde & Co Solicitors, Royal Exchange Building, St Anne's Square, Manchester M2 7EF. Please note that Clyde & Co's office entrance is to the left of the St Anne's Square main entrance steps to the Royal Exchange Theatre (opposite Fat Face).

Please note that this event is likely to be very popular and tickets are limited. If you have any questions, please contact the Branch at

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, to 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, 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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Professional & Vocational Law Training CILEx Lecturers

Did you have a lecturer or teacher when you were studying law who really made a positive difference to your studies? Would you like to do the same?

Is teaching something that might interest you? Classes are mainly in the evening and depending upon the level and subject you teach, they may throughout the year or for a portion of it. We are based locally in Chambers Business Centre, Hollinwood and we teach small groups in relaxed but professional surroundings.

I am looking for practitioners in various areas and would really like to have a chat with you if you are interested in exploring the possibility of teaching further. Experience of teaching or training would be useful but not essential.

In the first instance please email me at with your contact details including your specialist area(s).

I look forward to hearing from you.


Debbie Feenan

Past Events

Introduction to Mindfulness

On Thursday, 22 August 2019, the Branch held an Introduction to Mindfulness training event at DWF in Manchester. Thank you to Claire Morris, the founder of Wild Awake Mindfulness ( for providing Mindfulness training to the Branch.

Everyone really enjoyed the training and felt relaxed and calm.

The training provided excellent insight in to how to relax and different techniques to become more mindful. The training highlighted the stress we feel in our lives and how we can reduce this.

Greater Manchester Mindfulness 4

Summer Soiree

The Greater Manchester Branch would like to thank everyone who attended the Summer Soiree on 8 August 2019. There were both old and new faces in attendance. Everyone had a fabulous time. The Branch would like to send a huge thank you to Sacco Mann, who sponsored the drinks at the event.

Greater Manchester Summer Soiree (2)

CPD Event: Are You a Blue, Red or Green? Using Your Style to Communicate at All Levels

On 4 July 2019, the Branch held a CPD event at DWF in Manchester. Mike Ode from Potential Unearthed kindly ran this session to help us identify our own communication styles and show how to tweak our styles to get the best out of conversations at all levels.

Whilst Mike is a familiar face to our members, he is always very well received and attracts a good turn out. We always get great feedback on his events.

Mike is really informal but gets the message of the workshop out to all in a fun and simple way!

Greater Manchester Mike Ode

CPD Event: Dr Mark Friston - Avoiding Solicitor-Client Costs Disputes

Date: Thursday, 20 June 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Clyde & Co, Chancery Place, 50 Brown Street, Manchester M2 2JT
Tickets: FREE

On 20 June 2019, the Branch held a CPD event at Clyde & Co in Manchester. Dr Mark Friston, a barrister, member of the Costs Group, Deputy Master in the Senior Court Costs Office and a Deputy Costs Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal kindly gave a talk on Avoiding Solicitor-Client Costs Disputes.

The talk with Dr Friston was not only a great opportunity for Branch Members to hear from one of the true experts in his field, but also opened up our audience to others who have not previously attended and therefore helped to raise the profile of the Branch.

A big thank you to Dr Friston for his time.

Greater Manchester Dr Friston

CPD Event: Work-based Learning Portfolio Training

On Thursday, 30 May 2019, the Branch held a sold-out WBL Portfolio Training event at Clyde & Co in Manchester, kindly presented by Alan Eyres. Alan is a CILEx Fellow and Branch Member.

In order to apply for Fellowship, in addition to providing evidence of your qualifying employment, you must demonstrate that you meet 8 competencies, which have been broken down into 27 learning outcomes. This process is known as the Work-based Learning ('WBL') portfolio.

Your completed application and portfolio of evidence will be reviewed to determine whether you have demonstrated the necessary level of experience over an adequate period of time.

Alan took us through the dos and don'ts of the process and provided an overview of what information needs to be included in your completed portfolio.

Many thanks to Alan for leading the training and to Clyde & Co for the use of their venue.

Greater Manchester WBL Training

CPD Event: Negotiation Workshop

On 25 April 2019, the Greater Manchester Branch held a training session on negotiation skills at DWF Solicitors in Manchester.

The Branch would like to thank Laura Nelson and Joseph Bairstow of Park Square Barristers for providing insightful and helpful training. The Branch would also like to thank DWF for hosting the event, as well as everyone who attended.

Greater Manchester PS Negotiations

Annual General Meeting

On 21 February, the Branch held its Annual General Meeting and is happy to announce the following appointments and reappointments:

Martine Delaney - Chair

Greater Manchester Martine

Martine is commencing her third year as Chair of the Branch.

Martine is a Chartered Legal Executive and Cost Drafts person. Martine works at Clyde and Co LLP in the Manchester office. Prior to this, Martine worked at Keoghs LLP.

Rachel Stevens - Vice Chair, Treasurer and Media Secretary

Greater Manchester Rachel Stevens

Rachel has been a member of the Branch since 2012. She is also a member of the CILEx Professional Board.

Rachel works in the Counter Fraud Team at Keoghs. Rachel has previously worked at Weightmans LLP and Stephensons Solicitors LLP.

Rachel is a keen runner and enjoys socialising with friends. Rachel is also a Trustee of the North West Legal Support Trust.

Hazel Needham - Secretary

Greater Manchester Hazel

Hazel works in the in-house legal department at Chess, a telecoms company, and has worked at Chess for the last two and a half years. Hazel is currently in the final stages of her CILEx Felllowship application.

Hazel is married with two sons and enjoys gardening and walking her dog, Archie.

Bop Pape - Membership Secretary

Bob Pape is the director and driving force behind Child Support Services. Bob has worked in the legal profession since 1983 and is a qualified Chartered Legal Executive. Bob has been contesting Child Support Agency assessments since the CSA's inception in 1993 and assisted numerous clients between 1993 and 1997 concerning CSA actions.

David Webb - Social Media Secretary

Greater Manchester David

David is an Associate of CILEx, is studying to be a Fellow and is here to promote CILEx.

David currently works as a Paralegal in the Private Capital team at DWF LLP.

David is a devout Man Utd fan and Wigan Warriors supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys socialising with friends and family and travelling.

Amunah Anthony - Committee Member

Greater Manchester Amunah

Amunah is currently a Graduate Member of CILEx and is applying to become a Fellow in 2019.

Amunah is practising Public Law in Human Rights and Immigration at Ashwood Solicitors Limited.

She is a proud member of the BAR Counsel, CILEx Manchester Branch and member of Greater Manchester Law Society.

Amunah's hobbies include outdoor cycling, going to the theatre and getting involved in community services.

Drafting & Writing Workshop

The Greater Manchester Branch would like to thank John Trimbos of Trimbos Training. On Thursday, 7 June 2018, John delivered an expert drafting and writing workshop.

John Trimbos is an experienced trainer specialising in interpersonal and management training. Trimbos Training run courses to develop essential business skills: writing and drafting skills, presentation and negotiation.

John studied Law at St. John's College, Oxford qualified as a solicitor in 1988. After practising law for many years, he developed new skills as an in-house training manager. He discovered business skills training was his passion and founded Trimbos Training in 2006.

John, a solicitor, combines his business experience and his skills as a trainer to create interactive, practical and memorable business courses, both nationally and internationally.

Preston Legal Walk

Rachel Stevens, the Vice Chair and Media Secretary at the Greater Manchester Branch, was a lead walker at the Preston Legal Walk on Monday, 4 June 2018.

The walk was a scenic 10 km, starting at the Preston Combined Court Centre, walking along the river Ribble, past the marina and ending at the University of Central Lancashire. A number of the Lancashire CILEx Branch also took part.

The Manchester Legal Walk is due to take place on Thursday, 11 October 2018. If you would like to join the CILEx team, please email us.

Greater Manchester Preston Legal Walk 2018

Training by Laura Richards - Criminal Behavioural Analyst

On Wednesday, 30 May 2018, the Greater Manchester Branch was proud to present training by Criminal Behavioural Analyst Laura Richards.

Laura is a renowned international expert on domestic violence, stalking, sexual violence and risk assessment. After a decade of analysing violent crime at New Scotland Yard, Laura became the violence adviser to the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).

Laura is the Founder of Paladin, the world's first National Stalking Advocacy Service. Paladin was set up following the highly successful All Party Parliamentary Stalking Law Reform Campaign spearheaded by Laura, which led to stalking becoming a criminal offence in 2012. More recently, Laura spearheaded the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign to criminalise coercive control. Laura helped draft the new law and the statutory guidance and developed and delivered the first training on the new law in the UK.

Laura was head of the Violent Crime and Intelligence Analysis Unit in the Metropolitan Police Service and continues to advise the NPCC, the College of Policing, the Home Office and police services across the UK on public protection.

Laura developed the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour Based Violence (DASH 2009-2016) Risk Identification, Assessment and Management Model on behalf of NPCC and in partnership with Safer Lives.

To visit Laura's website, please click here.

Greater Manchester Laura Richards

CPD Event - The White Book Supplementary Index

On Thursday, 24 May 2018, Peter Wilson and Naomi McLoughlin of Park Square Barristers kindly provided a civil litigation update on the supplementary index to the White Book (2018 edition).

As a barrister at Park Square Chambers, Peter works exclusively defending suspicious or fraudulent personal injury claims arising out of actual or alleged road traffic accidents. He is often involved at each stage of the claims process, from pre-action advice and conference work through to trial advocacy. His workload of late has been focused predominantly on trial work and his preparation involves very detailed analysis of the evidence in order to prepare to the highest standard.

Peter frequently lectures to solicitors and insurers on developments within his practise area. He is also an advocacy trainer for the 'North Eastern Circuit Practitioners Programme'. Peter's abilities in his practise area have been recognised in both 'The Legal 500' and 'Chambers & Partners' for many years.

Update on GDPR

On 26 April at Jury's Inn in Manchester, the Greater Manchester CILEx Branch held an event around the hottest topic at the moment, GDPR. We would like to thank Scott Evans of SSB Compliance, who provided a valuable update on this issue.

Scott is a regulation and compliance expert with over 20 years' experience in the sector.

Scott is a risk and regulatory consultant. He has worked at some of the leading law firms in Northern England and his in-depth knowledge of 'real life' issues facing law firms today equips him to give sound advice and offer guidance through today's regulatory framework.

Scott and his colleagues at SSB Compliance provide a host of consultancy support on compliance and regulatory issues, such as risk and compliance assessments, professional ethics, money laundering and COLP / COFA monitoring.

Greater Manchester GDPR Training

Congratulations to Hazel

Our very own Branch Secretary, Hazel Needham, took part in a sky dive to raise money for Kidneys for Life.

The aims and objectives of Kidneys for Life are:

to provide funding of research into kidney disease, transplantation, dialysis and related disease affecting the kidneys;

direct patient amenities for renal and transplant patients, which is not usually funded;

support of education and ongoing training of renal multi-disciplinary teams and patients;

support of conferences and workshops, both in the UK and overseas;

purchase of medical equipment for the benefit of renal and transplant patients.

If you would like to sponsor Hazel, please click here.

Greater Manchester Hazel Sky Dive

Mediation Training

The Greater Manchester Branch would like to thank DDJ Peter Causton and Mediator Ed Johnson for providing training on the Manchester County Court Pilot Scheme for Mediation on Thursday, 22 March 2018.

Peter is an independent commercial and civil mediator and author of PI Briefs book on ADR for personal injury lawyers. He is on the editorial board of the Jackson ADR Handbook, a Board Member of the Civil Mediation Council and a member of the Civil Justice Council Costs Committee.

Ed Johnson is an accredited civil and commercial mediator with over 20 years' experience of handling a plethora of commercial and personal disputes. He heads up Northwest Mediation and is currently involved in the Pilot Scheme.

If anyone would like further information regarding the scheme, please contact DDJ Peter Causton here.

Greater Manchester Mediation Training

Portfolio Training

The Greater Manchester Branch would like to thank CILEx member Alan Eyers for providing training on Work-Based Learning and preparing your portfolio on Thursday, 22 February 2018. The training was really well attended.

Due to the success of the training, we are hoping to hold another training session at a later date. If you would be interested in attending, please email us.

Greater Manchester Portfolio Training

Mindfulness and Productivity

The Greater Manchester Branch would like to thank Bethan Jepsom of High Flying Women and Laura Bamber of the Vibrancy Hub who provided excellent training on 'Mindfulness for Productivity' on Thursday, 15 February 2018.

Everyone really enjoyed the training and we all feel more mindful as a result.

High Flying Women aims to bring women together to break down barriers. Taking advantage of networks, knowledge and experience, they provide solutions to problems which are tailored to individual circumstances. High Flying Women gives women a judgement-free space to be totally open and honest about what is holding them back. If you would like to discover more about High Flying Women, please visit their website.

For further information on Laura Bamber and the Vibrancy Hub please visit her website.

Greater Manchester Mindfulness Training

Great Legal Bake

We would like to thank everyone who bought a cake to support the Great Legal Bake.

The Branch would like to thank Hazel Needham and Rachel Stevens for baking some wonderful cakes.

The Branch made over £50 for the North West Legal Support Trust.

Greater Manchester Legal Bake

CV Writing Event

The Greater Manchester Branch held a CV writing event at the Friends meeting house in Manchester.

Nadine Walker from the recruitment agency SaccoMann provided the training and a great time was had by all!

CILEx Greater Manchester CV Writing Event

Greater Manchester CILEx Branch AGM

The Greater Manchester CILEx branch AGM took place on 11 January 2018.

Martine Delaney has been named as Chair of the Branch for the second year running. The following appointments have also been made:-

Chair - Martine Delaney
Vice-Chair - Rachel Stevens
Secretary - Hazel Needham
Treasurer - Saadia Ali
Membership Secretary - Bob Pape
Media Secretary (Social Media) - Lianne McNally
Media Secretary (Non Social Media) - Rachel Stevens
General Committee Member - Amunah Anthony

Thank You!

The Branch would like to thank everyone who attended our Christmas party this year. The special guest was CILEx president, Millicent Grant. A fantastic night was had by everyone who attended.
CILEx Manchester BranchWe would also like to thank Employment Judge Rebecca Howard for coming to talk to the branch about Diversity in the Judiciary.
CILEx Manchester Branch

If you would like to join the branch or would like further information, please contact us via email.