Local Lawyer Attends Prestigious Legal Ceremony


A lawyer working for Fraser Dawbarns Solicitors was one of only ten invited by the Institute of Legal Executives to attend the Opening of the Legal Year in London on 1st October.

Catherine Spencer (pictured right), a Legal Executive Advocate working at the firms Wisbech office, took part in a procession at Westminster Abbey as part of the special event, dressed in her official advocate’s robes for the day.

The procession was headed up by the Lord Chancellor Ken Clark, The Lord Chief Justice and Judges from the European Courts, the High Courts and Lord Justices of the Appeal Court. Thereafter Catherine attended a reception at the House of Lords which included a meeting with the Lord Chancellor.

After enjoying this unique experience Catherine said “It was an amazing day and simply an honour to be invited to attend such an historic ceremony. I would like to thank the Institute of Legal Executives for inviting me and recognising the work we do for the local community in Wisbech”

Catherine who is a member of the Family Department at Fraser Dawbarns is able to advise or represent clients in divorce, separation and children matters. If you would like to talk to Catherine about a family-related matter or any other legal issue do not hesitate to contact her on telephone number 01945 586638 or email catherinespencer@fraserdawbarns.com

Opening of the Legal Year

The legal year traditionally begins in October and is marked by a procession of judges arriving at Westminster Abbey from the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand for a religious service, followed by the Lord Chancellor’s ‘breakfast’ in the Great Hall in the Houses of Parliament.

Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX)

ILEX is the professional body representing around 22,000 qualified and trainee Legal Executives, and is recognised by the Ministry of Justice as one of the three core routes to becoming a qualified lawyer