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Upcoming Events

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.

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

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.