Christine Bunting, Director at Hyphen Law, the specialist Court of Protection firm based in Swindon, has been awarded a prestigious award for ‘advancing the legal profession’ from The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
The event, CILEx’s inaugural National Awards, took place at the stunning Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London last week on the 6 September.
It was attended by legal professionals from across the UK spanning large city law firms to high street practices and local government and professional institutions, who all came together to celebrate the best and the brightest in the legal sector and recognise the significant achievements of CILEx members.
Christine, who has dedicated over 30 years to helping vulnerable clients – many of them children and young adults with severe brain injuries and neurological conditions - impressed the judges with her commitment to promoting access to the legal profession and inspiring future generations of legal practitioners.
She has a long history of mentoring law students, trainee solicitors and paralegals keen to develop careers in Court of Protection law. And she is passionate about sharing her specialist knowledge and learning with others so that they have the insight and information to help them support some of the most vulnerable members of society.
Christine is a proud volunteer for CILEx’s ‘Inspiring the Future’ service which connects the teaching profession with the legal sector. She visits schools to provide inspiration to young people about careers in law and the different routes available to achieving a highly rewarding legal career.
She is also recognised as an expert in her field and is a published author for legal journals and charities on Court of Protection issues, regularly lecturing at national seminars and conferences.
In addition, Christine is a keen supporter of several charities and has an important role raising the profile of Cerebra, which helps to support children and young people with serious neurological conditions. In fact, she has even overcome her fear of heights several times to sky dive and wing walk to raise funds for the charity.
Speaking about her award Christine said: “It is an absolute honour and privilege to be officially recognised for helping to advance the legal profession. I am passionate about reaching out to young people who may be interested in developing a legal career but are unclear or unsure about the best route for them to take.
“You don’t necessarily need to take the traditional route and qualify as a solicitor or a barrister to embark on a successful legal career. I started at a Bristol law firm with no legal qualifications and worked my way up the ladder using the CILEx route, learning on the job and qualifying as a lawyer without accruing any debt. CILEX continues to go from strength to strength and I am proud to be part of its community.
“I am grateful to CILEx for the opportunities it has given me to have a career in a field that I love because it gives me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. My aim is to continue to set an example for young people and to encourage them to have the self belief, confidence and motivation to make that next step towards embarking on a rewarding and fulfilling career in law.”