News and Events

News and Events

Upcoming Events

Pop-Up Meet and Greet

Date: Thursday, 13 June 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: The Practitioner, 76-78 Fore Street, Hertford SG14 1BY

The Branch is delighted to announce the first of many innovative pop-up events to be held throughout Hertfordshire, inviting local CILEx members to meet the Hertfordshire Branch, discover more and get involved in the opportunities available through the Branch. Join like-minded practitioners to find out more about social and CPD events to be held throughout 2019.

To confirm attendance, or for more information, please email us.

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, 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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CPD Sessions

University of Hertfordshire are offering CPD sessions on topics covering the compulsory ‘professional element’ required in the annual CPD scheme. Topics on offer:

  • Refreshing your knowledge and understanding of professional ethics, including the Code of Conduct
  • Improving knowledge of primary business in which your clients work (business awareness)
  • Developing an understanding of the issues which may affect your clients (social awareness)
  • Developing your client communication skills 
  • Improving your skills dealing with challenging clients
  • Refreshing your knowledge and understanding of diversity issues
  • Improving your time management skills.

If you are interested in any of the sessions above please email us the topic of interest, plus any preference when you would like these lectures to take place. The branch committee is prepared in principle to use some of the branch funds to defray the cost of putting these lectures on.

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Past Events

Christmas Social

On 5 December 2018, the Branch held the Christmas Social at the Prae Wood Arms in St Albans. We were joined by CILEx Honorary Vice President Keith Barrett, and everyone had a great catch-up and got in the Christmas spirit.

Branch AGM

On 31 January the Hertfordshire Branch held its Annual General Meeting at the University of Hertfordshire. The evening began with a speech by Branch Chair Roger Ralph who talked about the affiliation with the University of Hertfordshire and how well this pilot project is running, as well as providing a recap of all Branch events and activities in 2017. Committee members were elected and re-elected, with Roger Ralph returning as Chair, David Edwards returning as Vice Chair, Andrew Dunkley returning as Branch Treasurer, Anthea Powell returning as Branch Secretary and Nina Roby elected as Social Secretary.

CILEx President Millicent Grant was in attendance and gave a speech about how CILEx was progressing as an organisation. CILEx CEO Linda Ford was also in attendance and gave an excellent speech about the CILEx is Changing campaign, the new Board structure and the new brand identity, amongst other things.

After the event a buffet dinner and drinks were provided and people networked and enjoyed themselves.

Careers Fair - Reach Free School

Roger Ralph and Nina Roby from the Hertfordshire Branch attended a careers fair at the Reach Free School as part of the 'Inspire the Future' programme. The stand proved very popular, with 49 expressions of interest. Overall it was a very successful event. We were thanked by the school for our participation in the event and were invited back next year!

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St Albans Legal Walk

The branch members took part in the St Albans Legal Walk. We topped the league ! We were the smallest team but raised the most money...a fantastic £522.50!