News and Events

News and Events

Upcoming Events

CPD Event: Talk from Lee Bowyer of Data Conveyancing Services

Date: Thursday, 4 July 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: Napthens Solicitors, Winckley Square, Preston PR1 3JD

For further information, or to confirm attendance, please email us.

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.

CPD Event: Talk on Vulnerability by Jim Ferran of JRC Training

Date: Thursday, 5 September 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: Napthens Solicitors, Winckley Square, Preston PR1 3JD

For further information, or to confirm attendance, please email us.

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 Event: Talk from Louise Levene of Finders International

Date: Thursday, 7 November 2019
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Venue: Napthens Solicitors, Winckley Square, Preston PR1 3JD

For further information, or to confirm attendance, please email us.

Media Release

Please see our latest media release here on the launch of the Lancashire Branch!

To view our media release and exciting news featured in the Lancashire Business View publication please click here.

Branch Awards

We are pleased to report that Lancashire Branch was nominated for New Branch of the Year. The award covered new branches opened in the last three years and, unfortunately, we did not win but apparently it was a tough decision for the Judges. Something to aim at for next year!

Past Events

CPD Event: Family Law and Civil Litigation

On 14 November 2018, the Branch held a CPD Event at Deans Court Chambers in Preston. The CPD Event involved talks by two Barristers, one on Family Law and the other on Civil Litigation. Both talks were an update on Case Management in the respective areas.

We are grateful to the very knowledgeable and friendly barristers, who have accommodated us and hosted us previously.

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CPD Event: Malcolm Rae, OBE and Ian Smith from State of Mind Sport

On 1 November, Lancashire CILEx Branch held a CPD event at Napthens Solicitors in Preston, to tie into World Mental Health Day. Malcolm Rae, OBE and former Rugby League referee Ian Smith of State of Mind Sport gave a powerful talk on Building Health Wellbeing and Resilience in the Workplace. The talk was extremely well-received; we would definitely recommend!

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CPD Event: Ann Charlton from LawCare

On 30 September, Lancashire CILEx Branch held a CPD event at Napthens Solicitors, our original sponsors, in Preston. Ann Charlton from LawCare gave a talk about mental health and well-being. She was very knowledgeable, very well received and very personable; we would definitely recommend her! The attendees were also delighted to receive a short talk from Ian Hunt, of East Devon Law.

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Work-Based Learning Event

On 25 July, Lancashire CILEx Branch provided its members with a free, specially arranged Work-Based Learning (WBL) event at our original sponsors, Napthens Solicitors in Preston.

Our very own Branch members Andrew Moore, Head of Legal Services at CEL Solicitors and Amy Kirk, Senior Fee Earner at Fletchers Solicitors, presented a specially arranged Work-Based Learning Event for our sellout audience.

This event served to help members to understand how to build a portfolio and included a video, along with experience sharing. Additionally, CILEx HR's Membership Manager, Louise Tyrrell, attended by phone to answer questions and provide further information.

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Branch Meeting and Talk from Patricia M. White

On Thursday, 5 July 2018 the Branch held a meeting at Napthens Solicitors. Due to his increasing work commitments, Ron Heywood is stepping down from his role as Media Officer and there is now an opportunity for a Branch Member to take up this post. This would be a great opportunity to hold a hands-on (but not too time-consuming) role in the Branch, including gaining / improving additional skills for your CV! Anyone who is interested in having a chat about this role should contact the Branch by email.

The Branch is delighted to welcome Amy Kirk to the Committee. The need for a Branch Events Officer was raised, as the number of events is growing as the Branch grows in size and the Branch requires someone to support these events. Amy put herself forward as the Events Officer and will be supported by the Chair and the wider Branch Committee.

The meeting included a talk from Patricia M. White (FCILEx), one of the first Chartered Legal Executives to set up her own law firm. Patricia attended from Yorkshire and gave a very interesting and informative talk, including her background, work history and how she came to be (and what it takes to be) a CILEx Litigator Advocate. Patricia engaged and enthused the audience and was encouraging, insightful, motivating, knowledgeable and friendly. We would definitely recommend!

Preston Legal Walk

On Monday, 4 June 2018 the Lancashire Branch participated in the Preston Legal Walk, a 10 km after work sponsored walk to raise funds for free legal advice charities in Preston and around the North West. This was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their work and help the vulnerable people they support.

The Branch is delighted to announce that we raised a total of £262.00 for the North West Legal Support Trust!

Branch Meeting and CPD Event - Fraud

CILEx Lancashire Branch held another of its bi-monthly meetings on Thursday, 3 May 2018 at Napthens Solicitors in Preston. With regards to the speaker, we were disappointed... disappointed that we did not know about Peter Taylor MIAATI earlier!

Peter gave a talk on fraud and business fraud and brought a dynamic, engaging and enthusiastic approach; if it hadn't been for the limited time we had this meeting could have lasted hours for us!

An engaging speaker and interactive workshop already has us looking at when we can have 'The Fraud Guy' return. His stories had us hooked, but we think the Branch only experienced the tip of the iceberg with regards to what Peter could teach us about fraud... speaking of icebergs, it got us wondering if the Titanic did really hit that iceberg or if there was an element of fraud (we've checked and it seems legitimate).

If anyone is considering booking Peter to give your business a talk (or even if you're not considering it)... book him.

You will not be disappointed! Thank you Fraud Guy!

Branch Meeting and CPD Event - Landlord & Tenant / Civil Litigation talk with 18 St John Street Chambers (

We held this event at Napthens Solicitors, our original sponsors, in Preston.

Our guest speakers were Mr Michael Wilkinson, Miss Victoria Empson and Mr Oliver Caplan from 18 St John Street Chambers, Manchester.

The interesting topics, engaging speakers and willingness of the attendees to learn and ask questions all contributed to this being a successful event.

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Branch Meeting and CPD Event - GDPR

With the Branch recognising that members cannot always travel to Preston for 6pm on a Thursday evening we resolved to adapt to our members' needs by #Branchingout.

Accordingly, our meeting on 15 March was held at Worthington Marcus & Co in Claughton on Brock. This included a visit from Brian Rogers of Riliance Group Limited who gave an excellent talk in respect of GDPR and the imminent changes in respect of Data. CILEx's new Branch Officer Chris Bjerregaard was also in attendance to see our branch in operation and to answer questions.

Annual General Meeting

Branch members attended the AGM on Thrsday, 1 February 2018 when President of CILEx Millicent Grant also visited our Branch. It was a successful evening with branch committee elections taking place. The current elected officers can be found on the 'Committee' tab.