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Local government legal team wins prestigious award

L-R: Stephen Gowland, CILEx President, Jenny Caprio and Anne Davies from Buckinghamshire County Council Legal Team and Noel Inge, Managing Director of CILEx Law School, the award’s sponsor.

L-R: Stephen Gowland, CILEx President, Jenny Caprio and Anne Davies from Buckinghamshire County Council Legal Team and Noel Inge, Managing Director of CILEx Law School, the award’s sponsor.

Buckinghamshire County Council’s in-house Legal Services team received the prestigious Employer of the Year Award from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) at its annual graduation ceremony on Monday, 7 April at King’s House, Bedford.

The Council’s legal department has a team of 53 qualified lawyers including Chartered Legal Executives, solicitors and barristers. They also employ a number of training legal staff including six who are currently following CILEx’s vocational route to qualifying as a lawyer.

As an employer, Buckinghamshire County Council assists employees with study fees and also allows them time away from the office for exams. Its aim is to ‘value and empower its employees’ and offer equality of opportunity irrespective of position or professional qualification.

The team offers regular work experience opportunities for school and university students and it also gives career insights to those considering a career change.

Anne Davies, Buckinghamshire County Council’s head of legal services, said: “We’re really proud to have won the CILEx Employer of the Year Award – a tremendous morale-boost for the team, and recognition of the Council’s commitment to investing in our people.”

Diane Burleigh OBE, CILEx chief executive said: “We were impressed by their commitment to learning and development and by the equality of opportunity that exists; offering responsibility and advancement regardless of an employee’s professional title.”

Diane continued: “This has to be the way forward; the best legal teams need the best people. Buckinghamshire County Council nurtures talent wherever it is to be found, and provides a supportive yet dynamic culture that clearly makes it a great place to work.”

The award was sponsored by CILEx Law School. Managing director Noel Inge said: “Buckinghamshire County Council clearly recognises the value of the Chartered Legal Executive training route in creating lawyers of the highest calibre. The quality of work handled by Chartered Legal Executives at Buckinghamshire County Council, and the support and development opportunities offered to enable them to achieve their potential, are clear indications that Buckinghamshire County Council is a worthy winner of the Employer of the Year Award.”

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