Outstanding CILEx lawyer receives Simon Mumford Memorial
25 April 2016
A Chartered Legal Executive lawyer from Wales was presented with
the Simon Mumford Memorial Award by Cardiff Law Society on Friday,
22 April at the annual Cardiff Law Society Dinner.
Frances Edwards, Partner at Caswell Jones, Caerphilly, and past
president (2014-15) of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
(CILEx), received the award in recognition of her outstanding
contribution to the Law and the legal profession within the Law
Society’s South Wales Constituency area.
On winning the award, Frances said: “I was taken completely by
surprise when it was announced that I had won the Simon Mumford
Memorial Award. To receive such an award from your peers is bound
to fill you with pride and honour but it was made more poignant as
the award was in memory of a friend and colleague who himself did
so much for the legal profession.”
Frances Edwards biography:
Frances left school aged 16 with 6 O-levels but never wanted to
go to university. Her first job was as a secretary in a solicitors’
office in Newport. Following a career break to raise her two
children; daughter Sian and son Alun, she returned to work. She
joined CILEx in 1992 and spent the next 6 years studying at home to
become a Chartered Legal Executive in 2000.
Frances has been employed by Caswell Jones, Caerphilly in the
Family Department since 1995 conducting a range of divorce,
financial and children matters. In recognition of her hard work and
dedication Frances was recently promoted to the position of Partner
in Caswell Jones. However her contribution to the legal profession
goes well beyond her role as Lawyer at Caswell Jones.
Frances is a committee member of the Legal Wales Foundation. The
Foundation provides a forum for the discussion and formulation of
views and proposals for action on issues affecting the
administration of justice, the teaching of law and the provision of
legal services as they affect Wales. The foundation also organises
the annual Legal Wales Conference. Frances is also a Trustee of the
Access to Justice Foundation.
Frances plays a vital role at CILEx both as a CILEx Council
member for the constituency of Wales and Chair of the CILEx Wales
Forum. She was one of the founder members of the CILEx South Wales
Branch when it was re-launched in 2004, becoming treasurer. She was
chair of the branch in 2005 and still remains actively
Finally, Frances has recently become a law tutor. Frances is
currently teaching Family Law and the Practice of Family to Level 3
CILEx students at Cardiff and Vale College.
Photograph L-R: Mike Edwards and Frances