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Upcoming Events

CPD Event: Cyber Crime & Fraud and New Potential Pitfalls for Conveyancers

Date: 3 July 2019 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Wilkin Chapman Grimsby, Cartergate House, 26 Chantry Lane, Grimsby DN31 2LJ
Tickets: FREE (Branch Members) / £5.00 (Non-Branch Members)

Speaker 1 of 2: Tom Lyes, Key Relationship Manager from Lawyer Checker & Today's Conveyancer - Cyber Crime & Fraud

Tom will discuss the risks associated with the transmission of funds, email modification fraud and other relevant threats which cause concern for law firms.

Although the thrust of the discussion is around conveyancing, there is a very real in other departments where there is any transmission of funds; like the execution of a will, the award of compensation or claims, etc.

Tom's talk will also relate very closely to some of the new Core Practice Management Standards in CQS 2019.

At Lawyer Checker, our intelligence and data, combined with information and knowledge we have collected over many years, allows us to identify market weaknesses and failures in the legal sector. We create solutions and opportunities using technology, products and services that solve these issues by educating and protecting lawyers from fraud and cyber crime.

Speaker 2 of 2: Robert Kelly, Commercial Business Development Manager of Stewart Title - New Potential Pitfalls for Conveyancers

Robert, who before joining Stewart Title was a solicitor dealing with Residential and Commercial Property for over 25 years, will focus on three key topics.

1) Sometimes people aren't who they say they are

We will look at the dangers of fraudulent property sales for buyers, lenders and their solicitors. Topics include:

  • Why these frauds are increasing
  • The cases which have highlighted the problems for buyers and their lawyers
  • The new Law Society Code for Completion in force from May 2019

2) Sometimes Long Leases act like Short Leases

We will look at the problems caused by escalating ground rents in long leases. Topics include:

  • Problems caused by escalating ground rents
  • Housing Act 1988 s.8
  • Forfeiture under Ground 8 part 1 of Schedule 2
  • Future legislation?

3) Sometimes a Freehold isn't a Freehold anymore

We will look at situations when a rentcharge holder can use non-payment of historic ground rents to "hijack" a property. Topics include:

  • Roberts and others v Lawton and others (2016)
  • Estate Rentcharges and ground rents
  • S 121 Law of Property Act 1925
  • Enforcement powers in the case of arrears
  • Rentcharge leases

To reserve your seat, 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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Past Events

CPD Event: The Referrals Builder

On Wednesday, 22 May 2019 the Lincolnshire Branch held a CPD Event, in association with Mark Jarvis, the Referrals Builder, and kindly hosted by Wilkin Chapman in Grimsby. Mark works with business owners, partners, managers, leaders and teams so they can integrate and communicate more effectively to reach their goals, helping them to work smarter not harder. Using the strategies and tactics he has created, he helps businesses develop a referral marketing plan that brings a flow of targeted referral opportunities.

The feedback on the event was great, and the Branch is very grateful to Mark Jarvis for his expert presentation and to Wilkin Chapman for allowing us the use of their offices. We look forward to working with both parties again in future.

Lincolnshire Mark Jarvis Event

Annual General Meeting

On Tuesday, 9 April 2019, the Branch held its Annual General Meeting. We are pleased to announce the following appointments and reappointments:

Chair - Emma Van-der-Sluis, Ringrose Law

Vice Chair - Margaret Phillips, Wilkin Chapman (New Appointment - congratulations Margaret!)

Treasurer - Kirsty Crowson, Wilkin Chapman

Secretary - Ebony Vandecasteele, Wilkin Chapman

Student Liaison Officer - Robert Oliver, Wilkin Chapman

Committee Member - Kelly Flear, Wilkin Chapman

Committee Member - Jade Lawson, Sills & Betteridge

Committee Member - Tanesha Begum, Sills & Betteridge

Bethany Boothby and Steph Brumpton have both resigned from the Committee. On behalf of the Branch, we would like to thank them for their time and effort as members of the Committee.

The new Committee and other present Branch Members discussed the plans for the year ahead, and the future is looking great for the Lincolnshire Branch. We look forward to continuing to engage with and provide value to our members and the legal industry in general over the coming year.

CPD Property Breakfast Seminar

On Wednesday, 21 November 2018, the Branch held a CPD Breakfast Seminar at the International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Hill, Lincoln. The seminar included a breakfast, free tour of the venue and two CPD sessions. The first was a Fraud Round-Up, presented by Lawyer Checker's Tom Lyes, that provided a comprehensive and valuable insight into cyber-crime, employee fraud and property fraud. The second session focused on Anti-Money Laundering, presented by Landmark Regional Manager Tony Rollason, and provided insight into recent updates including the Fourth Money Laundering Directive, PEP's and private searches. We would like to thank our sponsors, Index Property Information, for their kind support at this event.

The event was very well attended, with delegates from across the entire county of Lincolnshire. We look forward to our future work with our sponsors and partners to continue to put on events that offer real value to our Members and the legal community.

Lincolnshire Property Event

Christmas Social

On Friday, 16 November 2018 the Branch held their first Christmas Social at the Slug & Lettuce in Lincoln. It was great to catch up with friends, meet new ones and ring in the Holiday season together!

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CPD Event - LawCare presents Why is Resilience and Wellbeing Important for You? (Lincoln)

On 13 November, the Lincolnshire Branch was proud to invite Ann Charlton from LawCare to give a presentation on mental health, resilience and wellbeing.

The feedback from this event was fantastic; everyone agreed that Ann was very engaging and gave everyone a lot to think about.

In addition, we also had a bake sale for our chosen charities!

Lincolnshire LawCare

CPD Event - The Secret to a Successful Career

On Thursday, 5 July 2018, the Branch held a CPD event on building business relationships. The Branch would like to thank Susan Ritchie for delivering an excellent CPD session on networking and business impact and for giving the Branch some really helpful tips on making those first steps into networking and developing connections. Thank you also to Wilkin Chapman for providing the venue and refreshments.

Susan Ritchie is a writer, leadership coach and trainer specialising in leadership presence and personal impact. She is the author of Strategies for Being Brilliant: 21 Ways to be Happy, Confident & Successful and Strategies for Being Visible: 14 Profile-Raising Ideas for Emerging Female Leaders. She provides CPD Standards Office Accredited training and works across all sectors, both here in the UK and oversees. Recent clients have included the BBC, Lincolnshire Co-op, Tower Hamlets Homes and The Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Quiz Night

Our very first Quiz Night was held at the Wig and Mitre, Steep Hill, Lincoln on 24 May. This event was attended by our Committee, Branch members, potential members and colleagues. 39 people attended, including nine teams from Sills and Betteridge, Wilkin Chapman, Andrew and Co, Helier Benn and Diane Genders.

The crown was taken by the 'Sizzling Wombats' from Andrew and Co. Winners of the coveted wooden spoon in last place were 'We Couldn't Think of Anything Funny' from Wilkin Chapman.

Winners of the special prize for best team name were 'We Thought this was Speed Dating' from Wilkin Chapman.

There was also a raffle for our nominated charities, the CILEx Pro Bono Fund and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, which raised £44.

Lincolnshire Quiz

Quiz master Jane keeping everyone in order with her gavel!

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Branch Launch

The Lincolnshire CILEx Branch launch event was held at the beautiful Collection and Usher Gallery in Lincoln on 20 April.

The event was attended by our Committee, potential members, employers, sponsors from the local area and even the CILEx President. It was a fantastic evening and a great start to the long-awaited Lincolnshire Branch. The Committee have worked tirelessly to ensure the launch was a success and a number of people signed up to the Branch at the launch after hearing of the events we have planned for the coming year.

A raffle was held for our nominated charities, the CILEx Pro Bono Fund and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, raising £96!

As a branch, we aim to bring together all types of CILEx members from experienced fellows to students about to embark on their legal career. The Lincolnshire branch encourages members to share their knowledge, understanding and experience and to raise the profile of CILEx lawyers within the county. In order to do this, we have planned an exciting calendar of events over the next year which includes something for all, from CPD events and training sessions and to quiz nights and wine tasting.

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