CILEx reveals finalists for National Awards 2019

CILEx reveals finalists for National Awards 2019

20 June 2019

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has unveiled finalists for its National Awards 2019, 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 5 September at Madame Tussauds in London, at an event hosted by well-known broadcaster, Claudia Winkleman.

CILEx Chief Executive Linda Ford, who was one of the judges for the awards, says: “The entries this year are of a very high standard, giving the judges a tough job to do deciding on who should make the shortlist. It’s encouraging to see the hard work and dedication our members put into providing clients with excellent service and the contributions they are making to the profession as a whole.”

CILEx President Phil Sherwood adds: “We are proud to support and represent a wealth of talented individuals and organisations. The awards are an excellent opportunity to acknowledge those who are leading the way, going the extra mile to deliver high quality, accessible legal services.”


The full list of finalists:

Chartered Legal Executive Apprentice of the Year

Aimee Haden (Bevan Brittan LLP)

Hannah Beddard (Wavelength Law Limited)


Paralegal Apprentice of the Year

Emmer Parsons (Pinsent Masons LLP)

Samantha Ross (Bevan Brittan LLP)


Learner of the Year

Erin Alcock (Leigh Day Limited)

Harriet Mearns-Thomas (Thompsons Solicitors LLP)

Jasmine Moxey Butler (Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP)

Louise Kilty (BakerLaw LLP)


Joyce Arram Award for Advancing the Legal Profession

Alexis Thomas (CJCH Solicitors Limited)

Donna Hart (The Family Law Company)

Ian Hunt (East Devon Law LLP)


Legal Expert

Bahar Ata (Duncan Lewis Solicitors Ltd)

Laura Thorpe (PM Law Limited)


Legal Expert – Property

Amanda Payne (Fishers Solicitors LLP)

Michelle Wilson (Porter Dodson LLP)

Legal Expert – Private Client

Kim Boylett (Baxter Harries Limited)

Melissa Hill (Thorneycroft Solicitors Limited)


Visionary Leadership

Caroline Packer (DMR Collation Limited)

Nicholas Williams (Lancashire County Council)


Diversity & Inclusion

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Lyons Davidson Limited


Innovation & People Development

Chadwick Lawrence LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Jackson Lees Group Ltd


Large Law Firm of the Year (100+ employees)

Lyons Davidson Limited

Rothera Sharp Solicitors Limited


Small Law Firm of the Year (1-99 employees)

BakerLaw LLP

AFG Law Limited


Mental Health & Wellbeing Initiative Award

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Foot Anstey LLP


Promoting Access to the Profession

The Family Law Company

Sills & Betteridge LLP


CILEx Branch of the Year

Devon Branch

Lancashire Branch


Our dedicated awards page is here:

To find out about sponsoring the CILEx National Awards 2019 please call Amanda Brewitt on 01234 845737 or email: [email protected]


For further information, please contact:

Kerry Jack, Black Letter Communications on 07525 756 599 or email:

[email protected]

Louise Eckersley, Black Letter Communications on 0203 567 1208  or email:

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Notes to Editors:

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is one of the three main professional bodies covering the legal profession in England and Wales. The 20,000-strong membership is made up of Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals and other legal professionals.

CILEx members are regulated through an independent body, CILEx Regulation. It is the only regulator covering paralegals.

CILEx provides training, with qualifications open to those holding GCSEs, A levels or a degree. Over 100,000 students have chosen CILEx over the last 25 years, with the majority studying whilst in full or part-time employment.

CILEx provides a non-graduate route to qualification as a lawyer, and those who complete the full CILEx qualification are known as Chartered Legal Executives. They can become partners in law firms, coroners, judges or advocates in open court.

The membership is diverse – 75% of members are women and 14% are from a BAME background.