Greater Manchester CILEx Branch – September events

  • 24/08/2015






10 September 2015 at 6pm – Developing Resilience (CPD Event)



Mike Ode of Potential Unearthed will be providing CPD professionalism training on Developing Reliance. The training will last for approximately 1 hour and will commence at 6 pm and will take place at Weightmans LLP.

Mike is joint owner and Director of Potential Unearthed. Mike loves to talk; in fact rumour has it he can talk under water! Mike loves what he does and is passionate about training delivery – especially Public Speaking/Presentation Skills training, Management Development and One to One Coaching, which are among his specialties.


21 September 2015 at 6pm – Diversity in the Judiciary



Rebecca Howard will be coming to discuss diversity in the Judiciary. This event will be of interest to anyone who has aspirations of becoming a Judge in the future. Rebecca will be available to answer any questions. The event will commence at 6 pm and will take place at Weightmans LLP.

Rebecca is a Judge in the Manchester Employment Tribunal and hears cases arising from disputes in the workplace; unfair dismissals; contractual claims; discrimination and harassment. During the course of her career she has worked as a solicitor specialising in equality, discrimination and employment rights for various advice agencies, Trade Unions and Disability Rights Commission, becoming Head of Legal Services. She is a judicial mentor and was appointed a Diversity and Community Relations Judge in 2012.


24 September 2015 at 6 pm – Park Square Barristers – CPD Event

Park Square chambers will be providing their monthly CPD training. We are currently awaiting further details and the topic and speaker will be confirmed as soon as possible.


29 September 2015 at 6pm – Equity and Diversity Training








The Sophie Lancaster Foundation will be coming to provide information regarding equity and diversity.

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was formed following the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster.

Sophie was tragically murdered in 2007. Sophie, along with her boyfriend, Robert, was attacked by a number of males in their mid-teens while walking through Stubbylee Park. As a result of her severe head injuries she went into a coma never regained consciousness, and died thirteen days later. The police said the attack may have been linked to the couple wearing gothic fashion and being members of the goth subculture. Five teenage boys were later arrested and charged with murder.

The aims and objectives of the Charity are as follows:

  • To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
  • To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
  • To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures or Lifestyle and Dress

Sophie’s mother, Sylvia will be speaking to us about equity and diversity.

For further information regarding the Charity, please see the website


If you would like to attend any of these events, please email [email protected]


weightmans map

Directions to Weightmans LLP:

On foot from Manchester Piccadilly Station:

  • Come out of the main station entrance.
  • Go over the pedestrian footbridge which is straight ahead of you to the left of the road which leads away from the station.
  • As you walk over the footbridge you can see our offices in the building to your left.  The Weightmans sign is usually visible.
  • To get to the entrance turn left after the bridge and walk over the tram tracks to the doors straight ahead (Starbucks is to your right).