CILEx reveals finalists for National Awards

CILEx reveals finalists for National Awards

3 July 2018

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has unveiled finalists for its inaugural National Awards, which celebrate the best and the brightest in the profession.

The nominees demonstrate the range of environments CILEx members work in, from large City law firms to thriving high street practices, and from local government to professional institutions.

They will be presented on 6 September at Underglobe, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, hosted by well-known actress and comedian Sally Phillips.

CILEx Chief Executive Linda Ford, who was one of the judges for the awards, says: “What was especially encouraging was the high standard of the entries, which made our job pleasingly difficult. They offered a reminder, if any were needed, of the contribution our members make to their clients, the profession and the rule of law.”

CILEx President Millicent Grant adds: “We are proud to support and represent a wealth of talented people and organisations and want to acknowledge those who are leading the way and whose work closely aligns to our mission, our vision and our values.

“The law is an ever-changing, forward-thinking sector and it is time for CILEx and its members to be loud and proud about the role we play in it. These awards will showcase what a vibrant part of the profession we represent.”

The National Awards form part of the ‘CILEx is Changing’ project, which also includes a major overhaul of the organisation’s governance to ensure it is fit for the future.

The full list of finalists:

Innovation & People Development Award
Lyons Davidson 
Minster Law

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Visionary Leadership Award
Amanda Glover, Baker Law LLP
Donna Hart, The Family Law Company

Sponsored by: 
April King Logo

Promoting Access to the Profession Award
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Taylor Wessing LLP

Apprentice of the Year Award
Abigail Exelby, North Yorkshire County Council 
Michelle Blackwell, Bevan Brittan LLP

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Advancing the Legal Profession Award
Christine Bunting, Hyphen Law 
Emma Davies, Royal College of Nursing 

Legal Expert Award

Bahar Ata, Duncan Lewis Solicitors Limited
Philippa Morgan, Lyons Davidson Limited
Rachel Thain, Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP

Sponsored by:
CILEx Regulation
Legal Expert – Property Award
Heather Keates, Pirie Palmann Limited
Sally Trevaskis, Wolferstans 

Sponsored by: 
Landmark Information

Legal Expert – Private Client Award
Ian Hunt, East Devon Law
Jennifer Wiss-Carline, April King

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Supporting Lifelong Learning Award
David Finch, Kingston College 
Lorna Baldry, Brightlink Learning
Sally Swift, Browne Jacobson LLP

Sponsored by: 
DAC Beachcroft

Diversity & Inclusion Award
April King
Gowling WLG (UK) Limited
Kingsley Napley LLP
Trowers & Hamlin 

Awarded by CILEx:

CILEx Regional Branch of the Year
Lancashire Branch
Devon Branch

Sponsored by:
Index Logo

CILEx Award for Academic Achievement

CILEx Employee of the Year
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Principal Sponsor:

“Hoopers are proud to be the principal sponsor of the CILEx National Awards Ceremony 2018. As a long term supporter of CILEx we commend them on their commitment to excellence within the legal profession”.


Our dedicated awards page is here:

To find out about sponsoring the CILEx National Awards 2018 please call Amanda Brewitt on +44 (0)1234 845737 or email: [email protected]