Minster Law and mother of four win CILEx awards

Personal injury specialist Minster Law has won the employer of the year award at the 2013 Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) graduation ceremony.

CILEx also awarded three members with medals recognising their contribution to CILEx, including fee earner Ruth Hendry who was named student of the year.

Hendry, who works in conveyancing and probate, achieved the highest marks in her CILEx exams despite studying for them while caring for her four children. Her average mark was 86.5 per cent.

Hendry said: “I am very excited, honoured and relieved to have done so well. The most stressful part was studying at the same time as my children doing their A-levels and GCSEs, but I was determined to set a good example for them.”

Minster Law is currently paying for 37 of its employees to take their CILEx exams through its academy, established in 2011 to create staff with organic knowledge of CILEx standards. Judges spoke of how reliant upon CILEx members Minster Law’s business model is.

The CILEx President’s Medal was given to Brian Havercroft, a chartered legal executive for 23 years and Chair of the Civil Court Users association for the last five years.

Speakers at CILEx’s graduation ceremony this year focused on diversity in the legal profession (1 May 2013).