Wyboston Lakes

Executive Centre

12 October 2018

Tickets now available

9 Speakers

Including Plenary Session

7 CPD points

Attending two Workshops
  • Arrival: Registration/tea/coffee and Exhibition Viewing/Networking

  • Introduction: The Conference Chairman - Anthony Abrahams, Director General CIArb

  • Opening address: Rita Leat - Managing Director, PPR

  • Keynote session: Wanda Goldwag - Chair of the Office of Legal Complaints - Legal Ombudsman

  • Panel Discussion: ‘Helping Consumers Choose Paralegals’

    - Chair: Derek Wood CBE QC, Patron of the PPR
    - Dr. Jessica Guth - Chair of the Association of Law Teachers
    - Elizabeth Rimmer - CEO LawCare
    - Neil Rose - Legal Futures
    - Sean Randall Morris MCIArb, Arbitrator Advocate
    - Mark McLaren - Council Member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel
  • Morning tea/coffee and Exhibition Viewing/Networking

  • Workshops - First Session

  • - Workshop A: GDPR

    This workshop covers:
    On 12 October, we will (almost) be 5 months into the GDPR and, by that time, hopefully the dust will have settled somewhat. But what are the key updates that you should know about in the post-GDPR world? What (if any) actions have the Information Commissioner’s Office taken since the GDPR came into force? Please attend the workshop to find out more!

    Presented by - Matthew Holman

    Matthew has a BA Honours degree in Law (First Class) and qualified as a Solicitor in 2008. He specialises in Commercial, IP and Data Protection law and in 2016 was promoted to Principal in our Commercial Contracts team.
    Matthew is one of only 20 lawyers in the UK to have attainted the Society For Computers and Law Accredited IT Lawyer status, recognising his expertise in contract law, IP and data protection law. He is a Recommended Lawyer in the UK Legal 500 2017/18 rankings, which describes him as “exceptional”.
    He is also a “Noted Practitioner” in Chambers 2018. He is responsible for overseeing EMW’s technology and data protection law team. He and his team act for many UK plcs, global brands and technology businesses.
    Matthew is (admittedly) a bit of a data protection geek and regularly writes articles and delivers presentations about the topic. His views have been sought by many media outlets, including BBC News and The Times. He delivers EMW’s Annual Data Protection Conference and round table workshops for clients and in-house lawyers.

  • - Workshop B: Business Development

    'Raising your profile and growing your network: How to use Social Media to increase your online visibility.'

    This workshop covers:
    During her presentation, Rachel will be giving an overview of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, paid-for Facebook advertising, the benefits of Social Media for lawyers, other effective legal marketing initiatives and, finally, outsourcing your marketing function.

    Presented by - Rachel Tombs Links2Leads

    Until 2015, Rachel was a practising Solicitor with more than 15 years’ PQE gained at both large city firms and smaller regional practices, overseeing much of the wider Business Development work undertaken at each firm. Rachel left practice to set up her own award-winning LinkedIn-focused business, Links2Leads, and Orion Legal Marketing which offers Solicitors, Barrister​s​ and Mediators a comprehensive, insightful, outsourced and flexible Marketing and Business Development service.

  • - Workshop C: Professional Practice - You and Your Client

    This workshop covers:
    The standard of service that is expected of PPR Paralegals taking into account the specific needs and circumstances of individual clients
    Client Care: A checklist of outcomes that must be achieved Providing a good service- what does this look like?
    Complaints Handling
    Equality and Diversity- Preventing unlawful discrimination in the relationship with your client
    Conflicts of Interest- Having systems in place to identify and deal with potential conflicts
    Confidentiality- A matter of law and conduct

    Presented by - David Gibson - Partner, Short Richardson and Forth

    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.

  • - Workshop D - Family Law Updates

    This workshop covers:
    Unreasonable behaviour and the future of divorce - Consideration of unreasonable behaviour particulars in divorce proceedings in light of the recent Supreme Court case of Owens and a look at the consultation on no fault divorce
    Periodical Payments, capitalisation and variation after Mills - A review of the arguments and outcome in the recent Supreme Court case of Mills and the issues to consider on a variation of periodical payments
    Dispute Resolution – which route do you chose? - Early neutral evaluation, mediation, arbitration, private FDR’s. A look at some fictional cases to consider which route is best

    Presented by - Pauline Purcell - M.D. Purcell Solicitors

    Pauline is an experienced family Solicitor, Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer and Family Arbitrator. She has specialised exclusively in family law for over 25 years. She has considerable expertise in high value financial cases with a particular interest in businesses and pensions. She has been a member of Resolution for many years and is committed to trying to resolve matters by agreement if possible by way of round the table meetings, mediation or collaborative law. She is a Resolution specialist in Advanced Financial Provision. Pauline also lectures in Family Law at Buckingham University on the part-time undergraduate law degree.

  • Lunch and Exhibition Viewing/Networking

  • Results of the Registration Questionnaire Have your say

  • Plenary Session

    Presented by
    - Jonathan Maskew, Business Development Director Clerksroom and BillyBot, and
    - Monica Savic-Jabrow , Pupil Barrister - Barrister-Direct Clerksroom Chambers

    Where the traditional meets innovation … How will legal services be delivered and can paralegal's lead the way?

    We are all living in an increasingly digital environment and with the UK legal market worth around £26bn a year and growing the session will look at how technology and innovation will disrupt the traditional way in which legal services are delivered.

    Businesses across the globe are changing the way they undertake business with the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Chatbot's becoming a viable and preferred customer service channel why would legal services be any different in that approach?

    Jonathan will share his passion and insight of how the traditional can be delivered through disruptive innovation and improve the delivery of service.

    The session will also hear from a dynamic paralegal rising through the ranks of legal service delivery sharing insight and vision as to how this vital role is becoming an increasingly ideal fit in this rapidly changing landscape.

  • Afternoon tea/coffee and last chance to view the exhibition

  • Workshops – Second Session

  • - Workshop E: ADR: Resolving Disputes out of Court; what every paralegal should know

    The workshop will provide a general understanding of the various methods of dispute resolution which are alternatives to court proceedings, known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

    You will gain an understanding of the background to Alternative Dispute Resolution, knowledge of the processes and procedures of various forms of alternative dispute resolution including; Mediation, Arbitration, Construction Adjudication, and more.

    • What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
    • The benefits of ADR
    • How do paralegals get involved?
    • Why is ADR a good field for paralegal involvement in particular?

    Amanda Lee FCIArb - Consultant

    Amanda Lee is a Consultant at Seymours, London, where she specialises in international commercial dispute resolution. Her practice includes international arbitration, commercial litigation and Privy Council appellate procedure. She is admitted as a Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) and to the Bars of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. She sits as an arbitrator and publishes and speaks on issues relating to dispute resolution.

    Amanda is a Fellow of the CIArb and Global Chair of the Young Members Group. She is a member of the CIArb’s Board of Management and serves as Co-Chair of the London and South East Young Members Group.

    She is a member of the Board of Management of ArbitralWomen, acts as an Ambassador for the Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution and serves as a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. She mentors aspiring solicitors and young practitioners.

  • - Workshop F: Probate and Estate Administration

    This workshop covers:
    Intestacy and its pitfalls. Missing beneficiaries. Wills and insurance. Powers of attorney. Tax and adjustments. Assets and locating them. Searches for missing Wills.

    Presented by - Ian Grant, Partner, Heselwood and Grant Solicitors

    Ian Grant LLB Hons Cert.Ed, is a Barrister of the Middle Temple and Director of Heselwood and Grant Solicitors.
    Ian has many years’ 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 Head of Education and Training at the Institute of Paralegals.
    His witty style in delivering even the most complicated aspects of Probate practice is a delight to experience and invaluable to those who practice in this area of Law.

  • - Workshop G: LinkedIn Profile Masterclass

    'Showcase your expertise to prospective clients with a compelling LinkedIn profile'

    Your profile should market you as a legal expert and as someone who can offer a ‘solution’ to the reader through your unique service and expertise. When communicated in the right way, a professionally written profile will work hard on your behalf, enticing readers to connect with you.
    As the foundation of your success on LinkedIn lies in having a fully optimised profile, we’ll go through all of the essential components of a profitable and expert LinkedIn profile, helping you stand out from the competition.

    Presented by - Rachel Tombs Leads2Links

    Until 2015, Rachel was a practising Solicitor with more than 15 years’ PQE gained at both large city firms and smaller regional practices, overseeing much of the wider Business Development work undertaken at each firm. Rachel left practice to set up her own award-winning LinkedIn-focused business, Links2Leads, and Orion Legal Marketing which offers Solicitors, Barrister​s​ and Mediators a comprehensive, insightful, outsourced and flexible Marketing and Business Development service.

  • - Workshop H: Professional Practice - You and Your Client

    This workshop covers:
    The standard of service that is expected of PPR Paralegals taking into account the specific needs and circumstances of individual clients
    Client Care: A checklist of outcomes that must be achieved Providing a good service- what does this look like?
    Complaints Handling
    Equality and Diversity- Preventing unlawful discrimination in the relationship with your client
    Conflicts of Interest- Having systems in place to identify and deal with potential conflicts
    Confidentiality- A matter of law and conduct

    Presented by - David Gibson - Partner, Short Richardson and Forth

    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.

  • Workshops close

  • Closing remarks – Rita Leat, Managing Director, PPR

  • Delegates complete evaluations

Paralegal Conference

The PPR warmly invites you to attend its 3rd Paralegal Conference, designed to benefit all Paralegals regardless of whether you are self-employed private practitioners; employed in company legal departments; local authorities; law practices; the courts or any other business. The conference will also benefit law students, legal secretaries and those seeking to find out about a new career in the law.

We are enormously grateful to our Headline Sponsor this year, Fraser & Fraser, who are also the founding members of the Association of Probate Researchers (APR).

This 2018 event covers a range of Paralegal topics allowing you to receive the most current information within the Paralegal sector.

We are extremely excited this year to bring you the talents of Jonathan Maskew and Monica Savic-Jabrow who will be holding a plenary session focusing on the rise of AI and the impacts this has on the Paralegal profession.

We are honoured to announce that our Keynote speaker is Wanda Goldwag, Chair, Legal Ombudsman. We are welcoming back Derek Wood CBE QC as the Chair of the panel discussion entitled ‘How to help Consumers to choose Paralegals’. Panel speakers include, Elizabeth Rimmer, Chief Executive LawCare; Neil Rose, Legal Futures; Jessica Guth, Chair Association of Law Teachers, Sean Randall Morris, Arbitrator Advocate and Chair of the Register Regulatory Committee, and Mark McLaren - Council Member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel.

There will be 7 hours CPD awarded by the PPR through attending the conference and two workshops from a choice of sessions covering Business Development, GDPR; Updates in law and practice; Professional Practice; ADR and many more. The exhibition area will provide opportunities to explore the goods and services that are available to enhance your professional services and business.

Come and join the fastest growing arm of the legal profession and meet other Paralegals to network and share good practice. The conference, including a sit-down lunch, is just £65.00 for PPR members and £95.00 for non-members.

Last year's conference video

PPR Conference 2018


The analysis of the conference feedback forms last year showed that the event was very well received as a valuable, stimulating and enjoyable day, particularly for networking with other Paralegals, learning about the PPR, and inspiring individuals’ commitment to joining the PPR. What are you waiting for, book your place now as this event always sells out.


Thank you to everyone who attended last year, we look forward to seeing you again this year.

Headline Sponsor

Fraser and Fraser


With over 90 years of research experience, Fraser and Fraser is one of the UK’s largest firms of professional genealogists and international probate researchers, and a founding Corporate Member of the Association of Probate Researchers. We provide specialist research and support services to the legal and public sectors, banks and financial institutions.


Testimonial

John Brebner - University Of Malaga


John is currently leading the English Law course at Malaga University, one of the only European destinations that can award the Institute of Paralegal's "Diploma in English Law Studies." The ELS course has been operating in Malaga since 2010 and the University of Malaga is the first University to receive such approval.


Speakers

Rita Leat

Rita Leat

Chief Executive, The Institute of Paralegals and Managing Director PPR

Anthony Abrahams

Anthony Abrahams

(Director General CIArb) – Conference Chairman

Derek Wood

Derek Wood, CBE QC

Chair of panel discussion and patron of PPR

Wanda Goldwag

(Chair of the Office of Legal Complaints - Legal Ombudsman) – Keynote speaker

Mark McLaren

(Council Member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel) - Speaker on the Conference Panel

Dr Jessica Guth

(Chair of Association of Law Teachers) – Speaker on the Conference Panel

Elizabeth Rimmer

(CEO Lawcare) – Speaker on the Conference Panel

Neil Rose

Neil Rose

(Founder – Legal Futures) – Speaker on the Conference Panel

Sean Randall Morris

Sean Randall Morris

(MCIArb, Arbitrator Advocate) – Speaker on the Conference Panel

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