CILEx wins MemCom social mobility award

CILEx wins MemCom social mobility award

20 May 2016

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) scooped the award for ‘Best Social mobility initiative by a professional body’ in the 2016 MemCom Membership Awards held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London on 19 May.

The MemCom Awards recognise excellence in membership organisation communications. The social mobility initiative category was introduced this year to recognise the changing work of professional bodies. The award was judged by Nicholas Miller, Director, The Bridge Group (an independent, not for profit, policy association promoting social mobility) and Suzanne Maskrey, Deputy Chief Executive, Brightside (a charity that helps young people access the education and career pathways they might not have believed were available to them).

The judging panel in its citation for the award said “CILEx is the only route into the legal profession which is truly open to all whatever their background. Going further in this area, their new CILEx Tech Level 3 Diploma in Law and Legal Skills launching this year is designed specifically for 16–18 year olds, it will enable young people to choose to study practical legal skills and knowledge and gain valuable work experience that will allow them to embark on a fulfilling career in law. The judges were impressed with CILEx’s work in this area including publishing member stats on background and diversity.”

On winning the award Mandie Lavin, CILEx chief executive officer, said “It was a huge honour to be nominated for this award and we are delighted to have won, particularly given the strong competition. In accepting this award, CILEx remains committed to actively promoting social mobility and diversity within the law.” The award was received by Martin Callan, CILEx vice-president and Vicki Hurdley, CILEx director of sales and development.