There are two main boards:
- The Register Regulatory Committee (RRC)
- The Advisory Board (AB)
Our boards and committees oversee the work that we do.
The focus of the Register Regulatory Committee (RRC) is to ensure that the Register operates within good practice principles, ensuring a robust framework of proportionate regulation to maintain the high standards that Paralegals must abide by.
The RRC hears complaints through the Complaints Committee and/or Adjudication and Appeals Panel.
This Committee is made up of Directors and lay members.
Rita Leat took up post as the COO for The National Association of Licensed Paralegals in 2011 managing the strategic and operational functions of the organisation. She added to her role in 2013 by becoming the Responsible Officer for Ofqual, dealing with compliance. She became a founder Director of The Professional Paralegal Register in 2014. Her early career was in teaching and lecturing in Law, where she held a variety of posts including delivery on the LL.B. and other post-graduate courses. As a legal editor for five years at ILEX, she enhanced her skills for developing legal qualifications for the Paralegal sector. From 2007 to 2009 she utilised her commercial law expertise as a commercial lawyer for GlaxoSmithKline. Her role as a Director of the PPR encompasses the strategic development of a voluntary registered scheme for Paralegals who work in the unregulated market. Rita took up the post of Managing Director of the PPR in November 2015.
Ian Grant LLB Hons Cert.ED
Ian Grant LLB Hons Cert.ED, Is a Barrister of the Middle Temple and Director of Heselwood & Grant Solicitors.
Ian has many year’s experience as a Wills and Probate practitioner and currently is the Head of Wills and Probate at Heselwood and Grant Solicitors.
He is a skilled teacher and trainer of Law and has authored many course books for use by Paralegals and other practitioners who undertake legal qualifications and training.
Register Regulatory Committee
Sean Randall-Morris – Chairman
Sean is a talented and experienced Dispute Resolution Lawyer, who acts as either a Neutral to hear and decide a dispute, or more usually an Advocate to represent one of the parties.
With an impressive success rate, Sean specialises in arbitration and advocacy for a broad spectrum of disputes from the construction, engineering and infrastructure sector. Before becoming a lawyer, Sean spent 20 years working as a Commercial Manager and Quantity Surveyor, and is at home dealing with technically complex issues. Sean retains membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, where he is a Fellow (FRICS).
As a member of the Law Society International Division, Sean is a regular commentator in the Law Society Gazette, and takes a keen interest in legal reform. Sean is also a Member of the International Bar Association.
Sean’s work includes all aspects of ADR, International Arbitration and Litigation. Sean spent some time working with the US Navy, and is a Member of the New York City Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Sean is a regular commentator on the American Bar Journal.
Sean is particularly well qualified, with an LL.M in Advocacy (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde, this sits alongside technical and professional qualifications in both Quantity Surveying and Civil Engineering. Sean is Approved Faculty for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and teaches Arbitration for the Institute.
Willing to travel, and with overseas experience, Sean speaks basic Spanish.
Sean previously served as a panel member for the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, and is currently the Treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Western Counties Branch, and a member of the governing council of the Society of Professional Engineers
Jane Warren is:
A regulated Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals; Registered as a Tier 4 Adviser with the Professional Paralegal Register; A Licensed Member of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals; A CAB Caseworker specialising in Family Law with a Domestic Violence element for LiPs; A Court Independent Domestic Violence Adviser (for Criminal Cases); An individually Registered Adviser with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC); A member of the South West Crown Prosecution Service Scrutiny Panel for domestic violence cases, and A member of the CJD panel for Victims and Witness for the County of Gloucestershire whose decisions influence the overal CPS Court process for victims and witnesses in that region.
David trained and worked in London for a number of years before returning to the North East in 2002. He has worked for leading practices in the region and specialises in producing bespoke training packages for clients on emerging themes and developments in employment law. David has a particular interest in looking at how clients can engage more effectively with the workforce to ensure greater levels of productivity and efficiency. David deals with contentious and non-contentious employment matters including Employment Tribunal representation, corporate support and drafting policies and procedures. David has represented clients ranging from multinationals in the transport and media sector to regional SMEs. He is a member of the ELA International Committee and has expertise in providing and co-ordinating advice on EU and non-EU labour law matters
Mike Molan has over 34 years’ experience as a legal academic teaching in the higher education sector at institutions as diverse as the London School of Economics, the Open University, and City Polytechnic (now London Metropolitan University).
Following call in 1981 (Middle Temple) Mike has pursued a career as an legal academic and Higher Education senior manager, serving from 1994 to 2003 as Head of the Law Department at London South Bank University. Mike has written and edited textbooks, sourcebooks and study guides in the areas of Criminal and Public Law for, amongst others, Cavendish Publishing, OUP and Old Bailey Press, and has undertaken media work for Sky News, Radio 5, BBC 24 News as well as overseas broadcasters. In 2003 Mike was awarded a Professorship in Legal Education, and moved into senior higher education management, first as Pro Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Science at London South Bank University, then as Executive Dean from 2007 to 2014. In September 2014 Mike was appointed at Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Business School at London South Bank University. Following many years as a member of the BSB BPTC sub-committee Mike was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the BSB’s Central Examination Board in 2011, overseeing the launch of the centralised assessment scheme. In addition Mike is Chair of the Governing Board of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals, has served as a Director of the Protimos Educational Trust, and as Treasurer, and subsequently Chair, of DASSH-UK (Committee of Deans of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences). In 2016 he was appointed as an honorary professor at Three Gorges University in China.
Advisory Board Members
The Advisory Board is an independent board of five members. Their remit is to ensure that the Register Regulatory Committee stay true to its aims. This board signs off on all policies and procedures adopted by the RRC.
Sarah Docx – Chair
Sarah Docx has worked within financial regulation for 25 years, prior to which she was involved for a number of years in lobbying on and active involvement in European architectural and environmental matters. As a financial services Compliance Officer, working primarily within major investment banking groups, Sarah has operated at global and regional levels, managing large teams dealing with regulatory and legal matters across all areas of investment banking.
Hazel Lobo F.Inst.Pa, LLM, PIEMA
Hazel is a positive, proactive and results-driven specialist environmental law practitioner, advising and training companies on how environmental law impacts their business and supporting them to achieve compliance with environmental laws and management standards. She has assisted in-house and external legal teams with defending enforcement actions, both criminal and civil, and has successfully completed a number of civil sanction applications for clients. An experienced and qualified internal and external auditor for Quality and Environmental Management Systems, Hazel has carried out multiple regulatory and internal governance audits interacting at all levels of client businesses. Her expertise is further recognised in her role as a part-time lecturer on the distance learning Masters of Laws (LLM) course at De Montfort University.
Her flexible and adaptable personality enables her to quickly build good working relationships with others, team-build, lead and empower others whilst recognising, supporting and promoting diversity with equality. Moreover, her core skills include the ability to disseminate information effectively in both one-to-one and group training settings, excellent inter-personal and communication skills, and effective time-management. She is passionate about promoting professional status for paralegals as the fourth arm of the legal profession and particularly enjoys the opportunity to do this with young people, working as part of a volunteer team delivering careers sessions in local secondary schools and colleges.
A Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals, she holds an LLM (with distinction) in Environmental Law and Practice and is also a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, a member of the UK Environmental Law Association and a Tier 4 Registrant of the Professional Paralegal Register, with a current practising certificate for Environmental Law.
Barbara King is Vice Principal at one of the largest Further Education colleges in England, where she is responsible for business planning and performance monitoring, estates and resources.
Barbara began work in the further education sector in 1986, and has over 20 years teaching experience in five colleges in England and Northern Ireland. She has also been employed in Business and Financial Management and was a Director of School for Business, including Law and Paralegal programmes.
Barbara has been governor of a school in the north of England and is currently a trustee of a women’s health charity, which provides mental health support to women in a women-only environment, enabling women to reach personal potential by improving mental health and emotional wellbeing.
In her spare time, Barbara is an avid reader and sports fan, and when opportunity arises, travels to watch Ireland play in international rugby and football competitions.