News and Events

News and Events

Upcoming Events

CPD Event - Landlord & Tenant

Date: TBC January 2019
Time: TBC
Location: TBC

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


Somerset CILEx look forward to seeing you at our forthcoming events!


Past Events

Christmas Supper

Date: Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Time: 7 pm for 7:30 pm
Location: Rose and Crown, Silver St, East Lambrook, South Petherton TA13 5HF

On Wednesday, 5 December, the Somerset Branch held a Christmas Supper event at the Rose and Crown in South Petherton. It was a fantastic night of quizzes, games and great food!

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Giving it All to the Cat's Home

The Somerset Branch of CILEx hosted a well-attended CPD event on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 entitled "Giving it All to the Cat's Home". As the title suggests, the presentation given by Peter Livingstone, a Director and Solicitor at Battens Solicitors Limited, focused on large bequeaths to charity and how they are litigated.

The presentation was very informative and looked at the issues such as the stages to consider when looking to challenge a Will, who and how the costs are paid when it comes to challenging or defending a claim, the evidence required by the challenging party and how negotiations are carried out between the parties.

Louise Levene of Finders International also provided a presentation on the services which it provides; in particular, how to realise overseas assets. I am sure that all those attending who have dealt with such matters in the past are fully aware of how time consuming and frustrating it can be to gather in overseas stock, shares and estate property. No doubt Louise and Finders International will be called upon next time it is necessary for private client lawyers to deal with overseas estates.

Somerset CILEx are extremely grateful to both Peter and Louise, who gave up their time to present to our members. A special thank you also to our sponsors Battens Solicitors Limited, for allowing us to use their premises for our event and for providing tea, coffee and biscuits.

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Annual General Meeting

Thank you to those that were able to attend the AGM on 12 February. We had good attendance including Millicent Grant (President) and Craig Tickner (Council and Bristol Branch Member). Thank you to Robert and Debbie for laying on the venue and catering.


The officers were re-elected as follows:

Chairman - Robert Coppard

Vice Chairman - Lynda Creek

Secretary - Gerald Creech

Treasurer - Robert Coppard

Communications Officer - Rachel Oaten


All committee members will continue to serve another year and we welcome back Gayle Defries to the Committee.

Please renew your membership to the Branch.  It costs £10 per annum and offers the following benefits:

  • CPD Events (at a discounted price)
  • Social Evenings and Events
  • Networking and meeting fellow CILEx members
  • Job Vacancies
  • Work Based Learning help and guidance
  • Mentoring and Cilex Course Guidance

 **Watch this space** for an exciting 2019 event for the Branch!

 Membership can be renewed by completing the Return Slip sent in the AGM papers, or by emailing somersetcilex@outlook.com. Funds can be given to Robert Coppard at Porter Dodson Yeovil or sent to Gerald Creech at Milford & Dormor Ilminster. Funds can also be sent directly to the branch Bank Account at Lloyds (details are on the Return Slip) but please email to advise the funds have been sent.

Please contact us with any membership queries.  Thank you for your continued support of the Somerset CILEx Branch. 


Curry and Quiz Evening

The branch recently hosted a 'Curry and Quiz' evening at Rajppor Curry House.  A fantastic night was has by all and we would like to thank Sally Lowe from Milford Dormor Solicitors in Ilminster for hosting the evening. 

The top three teams in the quiz were very close:-

  1. First place went to 'The Old Pooles' - Clare, Angela, Fiona and Rachel from Broomhead & Saul, Humphries Kirk and Kitson & Trotman.
  2. Second place went to 'The Consultants' - Gerald Creech and Robert Coppard from Milford Dormer and Porter Dodson.
  3. Third place went to 'Just the Two of Us' - Alison and David from Risdon Hosegood.

It was great to see some new faces from Porter Dodson too!  A few pictures from the evening are below.

CILEx Somerset Branch

Christmas Social Supper

Somerset CILEx Branch were very honoured to have Martin Callan in attendance at their Annual Christmas Supper. Amongst the guests were previous President David March (1992) and previous Somerset Chairmen Nick Hansford and Peter Watkin. A particularly enjoyable evening with a Special Retirement Presentation to Mr Nicholas J Hansford of Porter Dodson Solicitors in Yeovil. 

Nick joined Porter Dodson Solicitors as a trainee Legal Executive on 15th June 1970 with a starting salary of £5 per week. He enrolled for his Legal Executive course at the Taunton College and had competed all of his exams by the age of 21. In those days you could not qualify as a Fellow until you attained the age of 25, so he had a 4 year wait. 

Nick's career has spanned 46 years in the private client department and he joined the Somerset Branch as a student member in the summer of 1970.  He became a fellow in 1979 and was Somerset Branch Chairman from 1983 - 1985 and 1993 - 1994. 

A presentation of a Cilex engraved Cross Pen and a bottle of Champagne was made by President Martin Callan. Fond memories of Nick were shared with the branch by David March and Ray Edwards

Somerset Branch Supreme Court Visit

On the 14th October members of Somerset CILEx Branch visited the Supreme Court in London as one of their occasional educational visits, and enjoyed the official tour which gave access to some parts not normally open to the public; such as the glorious and well stocked library. 

The tour guide explained the previous history of the building which was built in 1913, in an art deco gothic style, and was the old Middlesex Guildhall - home of Middlesex County Council and quarter sessions courts. During the World War 2 it had been used for foreign military courts and in the 1980s, with the loss of Middlesex as a county, it became a Crown Court centre with 7 busy courts. Considerable work was needed to transformation the building from a criminal court centre into one that was functional and welcoming for the work that the Supreme Court would be doing.  It was clear that the architect had managed to retain some key features whilst incorporating a modern slant to some elements – in particular some striking legal maxims set in decorative glass and wooden panels.

The guide explained that the Supreme Court had come into being by Part 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 to address concerns about the need for a greater separation of powers between the legislative and judicial parts of the House of Lords.  It started work on 1 October 2009. and is the supreme court in all matters under English and Welsh law, Northern Ireland law and Scottish civil law. It is the court of last resort and the highest appellate court in the United Kingdom, although the High Court of Justiciary remains the court of last resort for criminal law in Scotland. The Supreme Court also has jurisdiction to resolve disputes relating to devolution in the United Kingdom and concerning the legal powers of the three devolved governments (in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) or laws made by the devolved legislatures.

The guide outlined the procedures used to bring these cases before the court, how the justices were appointed and outlined some famous cases to help illustrate the point being made.  

The tour also covered the work of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council who are also housed in this building and deal with appeals from many Commonwealth countries, as well as the United Kingdom’s overseas territories, crown dependencies, and military sovereign base areas.  When sitting it becomes a court of that country etc rather than a UK court.  It also hears very occasional appeals from a number of ancient and ecclesiastical courts.

The tour was both fascinating from a legal perspective but also from an architectural and artistic perspective and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the Branch members who attended.