CILEx to partner with LawCare to recognise mental health initiatives

15 March 2019

CILEx to partner with LawCare to recognise mental health initiatives

The Chartered 

Institute of Legal Executives 

(CILEx) has introduced a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative award category into this year’s CILEx National Awards, in partnership with legal sector mental health charity, LawCare.

The award will recognise those organisations that demonstrate enhanced staff satisfaction, improved operational performance and/or the embedding of mental health and wellbeing into organisational values and culture.

CILEx Chief Executive Linda Ford says: “We are proud to support and represent a wealth of talented people and organisations and want to acknowledge those who are leading the way in taking measures to improve and maintain the mental health and wellbeing of their staff.”

Elizabeth Rimmer Chief Executive of LawCare said: “We are delighted that CILEx is the first legal professional body to launch a mental health and wellbeing award and we would like to encourage all firms who have developed initiatives in this area to nominate themselves. Sharing best practice in mental health and wellbeing in the legal sector helps create more mentally healthy workplaces, making the legal profession a happier and healthier place to work.”

CILEx launched the first CILEx National Awards last year to celebrate the brightest and the best in the profession, recognising both CILEx members and employers and other stakeholders who support them.

This year the awards will be presented on 5 September at Madame Tussauds in London, hosted by TV personality Claudia Winkleman.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 5 April 2019.

The full list of awards

CILEx Apprentice ​of the Year
CILEx Learner of the Year 
Joyce Arram Memorial Award for Advancing the Legal Profession
CILEx Legal Expert Award
CILEx Legal Expert Award - Property
CILEx Legal Expert Award – Private Client
CILEx Supporting Lifelong Learning Award
CILEx Visionary Leadership Award

CILEx Law Firm of the Year Award (Micro/Small/Medium/Large)
CILEx Promoting Access to the Profession​ Award
CILEx Diversity & Inclusion​ Award
CILEx Innovation & People Development Award
CILEx Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative Award  

CILEx Employee of the Year
CILEx Regional Branch​ of the Year Award
CILEx Lifetime Achievement ​Award

The entry criteria can be found on the dedicated awards page:

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


For further information, please contact:

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

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

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, although graduates are also welcomed and the Graduate Fast-track Diploma offers a more affordable and viable alternative to the LPC.

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.