07 September 2018
CILEx reveals winners of inaugural National Awards
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has unveiled the winners of its inaugural National Awards, celebrating the best and the brightest in the profession.
The nominees and winners demonstrated 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 also show their diversity – the winners reflect that 74% of members are women, and 14% are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.
At the ceremony at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, hosted by actress and comedian Sally Phillips, Fieldfisher partner Keith Barrett was given a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his outstanding service to both CILEx and the wider legal community.
A member of the CILEx Council for 11 years until 2017, Keith has built a reputation as a leading individual in the aviation sector, representing victims of aviation disasters, road crashes and accidents at work. He is well known too for his pro bono work, including representing victims of the 7/7 bombings in London and the Finsbury Park mosque attack.
He recently hit the headlines with a case which has led to calls for cycling laws to be brought into line with the Road Traffic Act, recognising causing death or serious injury by dangerous or careless cycling as an offence.
Other winners included Christine Bunting, a director of specialist Court of Protection firm Hyphen Law (Advancing the Legal Profession Award); Amanda Glover, managing partner of Surrey firm BakerLaw (Visionary Leadership Award); national law firm DAC Beachcroft (Innovation and People Development Award); and York-based Minster Law (Promoting Access to the Profession Award).
CILEx Chief Executive Linda Ford, who was one of the awards judges, says: “Our members make a major contribution to their clients, the profession and the rule of law and it is important to recognise their achievements.
“A notable change in the profession over recent years is that Chartered Legal Executives are increasingly coming out of the back office and into leadership positions within their firms and the wider profession. They are standing shoulder to shoulder with solicitor and barrister colleagues, showing the value of the CILEx route to qualification.”
The National Awards form part of the ‘CILEx is changing’ project, which aims to promote the value of both CILEx and its members. This also saw a major overhaul of the organisation’s governance earlier this summer.
The full list of winners:
Innovation & People Development Award
Visionary Leadership Award
Amanda Glover, Baker Law LLP
Promoting Access to the Profession Award
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Apprentice of the Year Award
Abigail Exelby, North Yorkshire County Council
Advancing the Legal Profession Award
Christine Bunting, Hyphen Law
Legal Expert Award
Philippa Morgan, Lyons Davidson Limited
Legal Expert – Property Award
Sally Trevaskis, Wolferstans
Legal Expert – Private Client Award
Ian Hunt, East Devon Law
Supporting Lifelong Learning Award
Sally Swift, Browne Jacobson LLP
Diversity & Inclusion Award
Trowers & Hamlins
CILEx Regional Branch of the Year
CILEx Lifetime Achievement Award
Keith Barrett, Fieldfisher
CILEx Award for Academic Achievement
CILEx Employee of the Year
Our dedicated awards page is here: http://bit.ly/CILExAwards2018
For further information, please contact:
Kerry Jack, Black Letter Communications on 020 3567 1208 or email:
Notes to Editors:
- The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional body for around 20,000 Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals and other legal professionals in England and Wales.
- Chartered Legal Executives can become partners in law firms, coroners, judges or advocates in open court.
- CILEx is the UK's largest professional body for paralegals, and the only membership body that independently regulates these legal practitioners.
- Over 100,000 students have chosen CILEx for their career in law during the last 25 years.
- CILEx qualifications are available at a variety of levels, from apprenticeships to graduate diplomas.
- CILEx is unique in being a non-graduate route to qualification as a lawyer, although graduates are welcomed and the Graduate Fast-track Diploma gives law graduates a more affordable and viable alternative to the LPC.
- Employers value CILEx qualifications - 67% of our students have their courses funded by their employer.
- 74% of CILEx members are women. 14% are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.
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