You must be a member of a recognised membership body to enable you to be on the PPR.
You must comply with your membership body’s code of practice as the first tier of complaints is handled via your membership body.
Should complaints against you not be resolved by you or your membership body to the satisfaction of your customer, then the PPR provides a second tier complaint structure to provide the best protection to consumers.
You should register via your membership body.
There is a downloadable application form available from your membership body which must be completed by you and verified by your membership body. The completed and verified form should be sent to the PPR at firstname.lastname@example.org with your payment.
Contact your membership body to enquire about fees.
The Professional Paralegal Register
In order to be able to offer legal services to the general public or other clients such as companies or local authorities, A Tier 2 Paralegal on this Register needs to apply for a Paralegal Practising Certificate (PPC), to enable their services to be regulated by the PPR voluntary scheme.
There is an experiential route available to Paralegals who may have many years of experience but do not meet the necessary qualification requirements.
Are you ‘Registered’ or ‘Regulated’?
Paralegals who are members of a Recognised Body can apply to be registered on the PPR. This provides visibility and certainty to consumers and other persons who use their services, and want to know whether they are a bona fide Paralegal.
The PPR can hear complaints relating to conduct only in respect of Registered Paralegals and do not fully regulate the services that they offer.
A PPR member who has a Paralegal Practising Certificate is regarded as a Professional Paralegal Practitioner, and is fully regulated by the PPR for all of the services that they are authorised to undertake, provided these services are specified on their practising certificates. A Professional Paralegal Practitioner’s clients are able to utilise the compensation fund when things go wrong. Members of the public who use PPR Paralegals that are only Registered, do not have access to the compensation fund.
A PPC is your licence to practise and enables you to carry out legal services and be held accountable by the PPR. A proportion of the PPC fee contributes to the compensation fund.
Paralegals that hold ‘Practising Certificates’, ‘Licenses’ or ‘Certificates to Practise’ via any other membership organisation are NOT regulated by the PPR and should not be used as an authority of regulation to clients.
All Paralegals on the PPR who offer services to consumers or other clients, such as companies or local authorities, are encouraged to apply for a PPC to enable them to offer a professional service with the peace of mind that their clients are protected should things go wrong.