Event details

15 May 2020
7pm until late!
CDLS Annual Dinner 2020
The Exchange Hotel, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff
Discounted tickets for CDLS members. Non-members & associated industries very welcome!


Our Annual Dinner 2020 will return to the incredible 'Trading Floor' Ballroom at the Exchange Hotel. 

We will return to the stunning Exchange Hotel in Cardiff Bay for this year's dinner (the venue formerly known as the Coal Exchange Building). Our dinner will take place in the exquisitely renovated Coal Exchange trading floor - a room that's like no other in the capital city of Wales. 

We invite our members, those working in and with legal brands in and around Cardiff, affiliated industries and students to join us on Friday 15th May 2020 for a night filled with entertainment, heritage and celebration of our successful, sustainable, innovative and internationally regarded legal community. 

Our 2019 event was the largest we've ever hosted, and the largest the venue has ever hosted so we're releasing tickets early to avoid disappointment. As ever, our Sparkling Reception will be followed by a stunning three-course meal with wine, entertainment, a welcome from our President (Steve Roberts, Richard Nelson LLP) and the ability to mingle with colleagues old and current, your peers, the judiciary, representatives from the Law Society, the Law Gazette, CILEx, the Bar and other regional law societies. We will also announce the winners of the CDLS Legal Awards 2020!


CONFIRMED: Our Guest Speaker

We are delighted to announce that Will Millard, writer, BBC presenter, public speaker, and expedition leader, will jon us on the night. 

Born and brought up in the Fens, Will presents remote Anthropology and Adventure series for BBC Two, and series on Rivers, Urban Exploration, and History for BBC Wales. In 2016 he won the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Presenter and in 2019 his series ‘My Year with the Tribe’ won the Realscreen award for Travel and Exploration. His series have also received nominations for Best Series and Best Presenter in the Grierson, Broadcast, Bannf, Kendal, and the Televisual Bulldog Awards.

“Millard is a natural presenter…Even when faced with aggression from tribes people who have no idea who this sunburnt stranger is he wins them – and us – over with his warmth. This man is one to watch” – Radio Times

Timings & Dress Code

  • Start the night off at our sparkly drinks reception in the Ballroom, starting at 7pm. 
  • Call to dinner: 7:45pm
  • Carriages: 1am


CDLS Awards 2020

This year we are working with The Law Society of England & Wales to 'passport' over our CDLS award winners for 2020 to its exceptional 'Legal Excellence' awards programme. This means anyone who wins a CDLS award will be automatically entered into the relevant category of these national legal sector awards! NO other award event in Wales can offer this to our members and we strongly encourage you to enter. 

Our full Award categories for 2020 will be announced soon but will defintiely include:

- Junior Solicitor of the Year*

- Innovation of the Year*

- The Simon Mumford Award (a discretionary award from the CDLS Awards Committee for exceptional contribution to the Cardiff & District legal sector and community.)

Award Submission information and deadlines will be available from late January 2020 on the news page of the CDLS website.

* Award description TBC.






Interested in sponsoring this year's event? 

Please contact Emma Waddingham, Hon. Secretary (Marketing), who is currently preparing our sponsorship packages and programme advertising rates for the CDLS Annual Dinner 2020. 



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