At the CITMA Paralegal Conference, we are bringing you a full day of high-value learning opportunities with a programme developed to match your interests.

This is your chance to nurture and grow skills and competencies specific to your career as a paralegal.

Benefits at a glance

  • Learn about a variety of paralegal-specific subjects from some of our industry’s most inspiring speakers
  • Take part in hands-on sessions to boost your skill sets
  • Gain five hours of CPD to support your development goals
  • Make new connections within the paralegal community

The speakers joining us on the day represent a wealth of experience from the paralegal profession and beyond, enabling them to share highly relevant insight with you.

Alongside developing your professional skills and knowledge, the conference will also see you invest in your network.

Following more formal daytime sessions, meet with peers and continue discussions at our drinks reception.

This conference supports skill set 2: Managing your workload, skill set 5: Self-awareness and development, skill set 7: Understand trade marks, skill set 8: Trade marks – filing and formalities, skill set 10: Seniority, conversion, recordals and records and skill set 13: IP business support from the CITMA Paralegal competency framework

The venue

Last year’s inaugural paralegal conference was a sold out event. This year, we have upgraded to a bigger space in order to accommodate more delegates.

We will enjoy BMA House in Bloomsbury, which will offer a first-class learning environment easily reachable from across London and beyond.

For the 2024 Paralegal Conference, we are offering you a private venue to focus fully on your learning and development.



Registration and networking 




Sarah Cantrill, D Young & Co 


Welcome – Kelly Saliger, CITMA President 

CITMA President 


Case law update  

Our speaker will cover some of the cases which impact the everyday practice of a paralegal 

Michael Tennant, Tennant IP 


Online enforcement

Our speaker will discuss the infringement of intellectual property rights online and the importance of online enforcement followed by some practical tips, best practices, and a few real-life examples.

Evelina Skrudyte, Appleyard Lees


Tea and coffee break 



Project management and data migration 

Understand the key tenets of project management and due diligence, data migration best 
practice and auditing.

Samantha Crellin, WebTMS  


Owning your career development 

Hear from three paralegals of different career stages who have taken their career development into their own hands.

  • Gail Nicol, Lincoln IP 
  • Lisa Waithe, Kilburn & Strode 
  • Ian Collier, Stobbs IP 





Mental health support - The sneaky snake of stress 
Appreciate the key role played by nutrition when managing stressful times at work.

Rachel Culverwell, Keltie LLP 


Recordals and assignments   
We will build on the knowledge you already have by providing an in depth overview of recordals and assignments and the pitfalls you may encounter in practice.

Kate Cheney, D Young & Co 


Refreshments and networking 



Update from CITMA paralegal representative on Council 

Newly re-elected CITMA paralegal representative on Council, Kane Ridley, offers an update on key news and developments.

Kane Ridley, Abion  


Update on the One IPO Transformation project 

Hear from the UK IPO on the latest developments within the One IPO Transformation project.



Evidence of use 

Understand exactly what is needed to prove use, including how genuine use can be identified.

Erin Meakin, Wiggin 





Networking drinks 



Meet your speakers

Sarah Cantrill, D Young & Co

Sarah Cantrill

Sarah qualified as a CITMA paralegal in 2017, a CIPA paralegal in 2018 and a Chartered Manager in 2021.

She is now working as an IP Support Services Co-Ordinator for D Young & Co LLP and is currently the lead for the CITMA Paralegal Events Working Group.

She is an active member of the CITMA Paralegal Committee and contributes towards the planning, teaching and marking of the CITMA Paralegal Course.

Kate Cheney, D Young & Co

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Kate has worked in private practice for over 20 years at several leading IP firms and has built up a wide variety of experience in that time.

She has represented a very diverse range of clients from small software start-ups that have gone global to multi-nationals in the pharmaceutical, fashion and food and drink sectors.  

On a day-to-day basis Kate advises on the inherent registrability of trade marks, trade mark clearance searching, filing and prosecution of UK and Madrid Protocol trade mark applications and oppositions, enforcement of trade marks, negotiation of settlement agreements and trade mark filing strategies.

Ian Collier, Stobbs IP

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Ian has held almost every role in the trade mark support and administration environment over a 20+ year career, Ian can now usually be found at the space between people and data. Supporting people in reaching their career goals and making intellectual property data as useable as possible.

Ian holds the CITMA Paralegal certificate and is a member of the CITMA Paralegal Events Working Group.

Ian is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Samantha Crellin, WebTMS

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Samantha is a CITMA Paralegal and member of INTA’s Trademark Administrators’ Committee (Certificate Program Subcommittee) with ten years’ experience in-house and in private practice. Samantha has worked on global trade mark and design portfolios large and small, gaining in-depth insight into the demands and nuances of IP management. At IPMS provider WebTMS, she uses her hands-on experience to help trade mark administrators and attorneys streamline their workflow and achieve efficiency gains. She is actively involved in WebTMS product development, providing essential insight into what really works for IP professionals and making sure the software delivers it.

Rachel Culverwell, Keltie LLP

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Rachel's responsibilities include the filing and management of trade mark applications up to registration, assessing incoming and outgoing communications for deadlines, managing attorney deadlines and corresponding with the relevant official trade mark bodies and agents regarding trade mark issues.

Rachel joined Keltie in February 2014 having previously spent 12 years in other firms of patent and trade mark attorneys.

She passed the CITMA Paralegal Course in 2005.

Erin Meakin, Wiggin LLP

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Erin is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Member of CITMA

She has ten years of experience in the trade mark sector.

She received Distinctions in both her Postgraduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice at Queen Mary, University of London and the Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice at Nottingham Trent University

Gail Nicol, Lincoln IP


Gail has over 25 years’ experience within the IP industry across a range of roles and is an integral part of Lincoln IP’s trade mark practice group.  She is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, advising clients on all aspects of UK trade mark law. 

Gail has a particular interest in US trade mark law and use requirements.

In addition, Gail is an elected Student Representative to the CITMA Council and sits on several CITMA Committees including the Education, Qualification and Standards Committee, Paralegal Committee and the Paralegal Events Working Group.

Kane Ridley, Abion

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Kane is a Partner and Director of Brand Operations at Abion, where he oversees the strategic and operational aspects of trade mark and domain name services. Kane is also an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), where he serves on various committees and working groups, and represent the paralegal community.

Kane has a strong background in trade mark formalities, renewals, and management, as well as marketing and customer service.

He is passionate about delivering high-quality and efficient solutions to clients, enhancing brand protection and awareness, and fostering collaboration and innovation within the industry.

Evelina Skrudyte, Appleyard Lees

Evelina Skrudyte

Evelina is an experienced Intellectual Property and Disputes Specialist Paralegal helping brands to protect their IP. As well as IP registration, Evelina also covers enforcement both off and online, as well as litigation.



Michael Tennant, Tennant IP

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Michael Tennant started his career in trade marks at Tennant IP in 2015.

He obtained Chartered status and was appointed a Director in 2018. Michael represents a wide range of clients in the UK and EU, from FTSE 100 companies to start-ups and has already handled several high-profile cases in his relatively young career.

His experiences in business and commerce give him real empathy and understanding with clients and he enjoys nothing more than discussing and educating others about the world of trade marks.

Lisa Waithe, Kilburn & Strode

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Lisa began her career as a paralegal and has many years experience in the world of trade marks. Prior to embarking on her training, Lisa was a paralegal at Kilburn & Strode.  She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in IP and has extensive experience with filing strategy, portfolio management, complex recordals, and trade mark prosecution. 

As well as sitting on CITMA’s Paralegal Committee, Lisa is also a long term active member of various CITMA working groups. She played an integral role in the creation of CITMA’s online foundation courses and in the creation of the CITMA Paralegal Competency Standards. She has also lectured on the highly esteemed CITMA Paralegal course and continues to contribute to the workings of the course.    

Your professional development

Earn five hours' CPD, setting you up to continue your professional development.

Our speakers will offer their insight into a wide range of topics, including:

  • Recordals and assignments 
  • Taking control of your career development
  • An update on recent key case law 
  • Project management and data migration
  • Online enforcement update

What to expect

Your ticket gives you access to our packed one day programme, and includes the following:

  • Exclusive content and talks
  • Complimentary drinks reception
  • The chance to earn five hours’ CPD
  • Lunch, tea, coffee and refreshments throughout the day

Justification letter

Please use this justification letter to request approval to attend the CITMA Paralegal Conference: 

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Book now to benefit from our best value earlybird rates, available until 31st July.

Member rate: £240 

Standard rate: £275 

Meet your exhibitors 

More exhibitors will be announced in due course.

Please note

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 28th August