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LEGAL EXECUTIVES GLITZ AND GLAMOUR AT THE BALL, DEVON HOTEL, EXETER

PUBLISHED: 17:54 14 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:49 20 February 2013

Emma Strudwick of Rundlewalker (Treasuer), Caroline Lavis of Michelmores (Public Relations Officer), Alison Starkey of Michelmores (Vice Chair), Mark Stokes of Hooper & Wollen (Chairman), Donna Hart of Hartnell Chanot & Partners (Secretary), Wendy Coombe of Michelmores (Committee Member) and Samantha James of Trinity Advocates (Committee Member)

Emma Strudwick of Rundlewalker (Treasuer), Caroline Lavis of Michelmores (Public Relations Officer), Alison Starkey of Michelmores (Vice Chair), Mark Stokes of Hooper & Wollen (Chairman), Donna Hart of Hartnell Chanot & Partners (Secretary), Wendy Coombe of Michelmores (Committee Member) and Samantha James of Trinity Advocates (Committee Member)

Having launched in November 2009, the Devon branch of the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) held its first black tie social event at the Devon Hotel in Exeter on Saturday 11th September.

Having launched in November 2009, the Devon branch of the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) held its first black tie social event at the Devon Hotel in Exeter on Saturday 11th September. Their Autumn Ball was attended by 82 people including members of the branch and guests from ILEX head office and the local legal community, including 14 firms of solicitors and 2 barristers' chambers.


Branch Chair, Mark Stokes, began his welcome speech by reviewing a successful year for the branch in providing both social and educational events for an increasing membership. He went on to refer to the current economic climate and to the fact that the local branch has a responsibility to members to support them during these difficult times and to ensure that their views are represented at national level.


The new President of ILEX, David McGrady, impressed the audience at the outset his speech with his grasp of current popular music culture and went on to explain that his message is one of optimism. He confirmed his view that ILEX has a history of diversity and is well placed to continue to provide quality legal training for lawyers into the future. He gave examples of Fellows of the Institute who have achieved Partnership in legal firms and to the recent news that a Fellow has been awarded a judicial appointment. These achievements are important firmly to place Legal Executives at the forefront of the legal profession with our solicitor and bar counsel colleagues.


The evening continued with a buffet and enjoyable entertainment by live band "Nick Coles Man on Fire". A raffle was drawn to raise funds for the ILEX Benevolent Fund and a local Childline project and a total of 400 was raised. This was followed by an auction of an evening cruise on the river Dart on the boat 'Fairmile' which was kindly donated by Greenway Ferry Torquay and this raised a further 600 for the charities.


The branch looks forward to increasing its membership in the forthcoming year and to holding further successful social and educational events. New members are always welcome and should contact Donna Hart of Hartnell Chanot & Partners

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