Kate Hoey MP Becomes a Patron of PPR

The Professional Paralegal Register are delighted to announce that Kate Hoey MP, has agreed to become a Patron.

Kate said on her appointment “One of my Parliamentary colleagues Ashleah Skinner was one of the first PPR members to receive the PPR Paralegal Practising Certificate and I am delighted and honoured to accept the role of Patron and am committed to raising Paralegals in Parliament including PPR”.
Rita Leat said, “The role of our Patrons is a very important one, as it is to encourage and promote an awareness of the value and effectiveness of the PPR for Paralegals; Consumers and Employers. I am looking forward to working further with Kate to promote independent regulation of Paralegals”.
Kate who has supported the register for many years and hosted an event for the PPR in the House of Commons earlier this year, joins our other Patrons

Welcome to Amanda Lee, the new Chair to the Register Regulatory Committee

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Amanda Lee as the new Chair of the PPR’s Register Regulatory Committee.

Amanda says about her new appointment “The Professional Paralegal Register plays an important role in safeguarding the interests of the public and other members of the legal profession through the establishment of a robust voluntary regulatory scheme for those practising as paralegals. The Register Regulatory Committee is a vital part of that scheme.

Mindful of the importance of properly protecting and promoting professional standards through such voluntary regulation, I accepted the invitation of the Directors of PPR to serve as Chairperson of the RRC without hesitation and look forward to playing a key role in upholding the important standards established by the PPR, to enable it to continue to facilitate the protection of consumers, enhance consumer choice in the legal services sector and promote the role of paralegals as a recognised ‘fourth arm’ of the legal profession”.

Rita Leat, Managing Director of the Professional Paralegal Register said: “Amanda is an excellent appointment who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise and we look forward to working with together.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our exiting Chair, Sean Randall Morris who was in position for over a year”.

PPR Conference 2018 Highlights

The PPR Conference 2018 was a great success

 

Thank you to everyone who attended and made it the best one yet, we hope to see you next time!

Here are some of the highlights, who can spot themselves?

The PPR Handbook

The Professional Paralegal Register is in the process of compiling a handbook which will be made available to all of our member’s in the coming months.

It is our aim at the PPR to always set the highest standards and to ensure that our members are fully equipped to provide the most professional and highest quality of work and service to the general public whom they are dealing with, at all times.

We believe that in making a PPR handbook available to our members it will act as an extremely useful tool and benefit ensuring that they are up to speed with the most current information regarding the PPR and its rules and policies whilst also acting as a resource that members can refer to for guidance, knowledge and support.

In order for members to consistently meet the highest level of expectation in their work as a paralegal and to minimise any risk to the consumer, it is of the utmost importance that you as a member of the PPR have a thorough understanding of our Strategy and Aims; Code of Conduct; and of the Rules and Requirements that we currently have in place.

Ultimately, the PPR endeavours to support all of its members at all times to ensure that you as a paralegal are not only recognised for your professionalism but that you are also placed in the best position to offer your clients complete reassurance and peace of mind in the work that you are doing for them.

Therefore, we hope that our members will find the handbook to be a highly beneficial resource that provides valuable knowledge and information whilst also assisting you to achieve the highest standards in your profession.

We look forward to being able to share the PPR handbook with you in the near future.

J.M. Glendinning Professional Risks Limited - Professional Indemnity Insurance

After discussions with the team at J.M. Glendinning Professional Risks Limited, we are pleased to tell our members that they meet the PPR’s exacting standards of Professional Indemnity Insurance providers.

If you would like to learn more, please see below their contact details:

Kate Cooper BA(Hons) ACII

Chartered Insurance Broker
J.M. Glendinning (Insurance Brokers) Professional Risks Limited

Elmwood House, Ghyll Royd, Guiseley, Leeds, LS20 9LT
Direct Dial:          01943 660816
Mobile:                07766 391670

kate.cooper@jmginsurance.co.uk

PPR Is Getting Smarter

The PPR is looking to raise its game by introducing smart badges.

These smart badges will help to validate your registration on your own website, and stop non-members from using the PPR logo illegally.

We’ll be releasing more details to our members shortly, but first, we need your help.

We can only install the smart badge on your website if we have up to date details. Without having your up to date information we won’t be able to give you access to this innovative service. Only smart badges will be able to validate your registration.

Emails have been sent to all our members with a method to provide us with these up to date details.

Thanks

PI insurance

As you are aware, the PPR spent many months working with Insync to secure an appropriately worded cover for Paralegals at a reasonable cost.

The uptake by our members to use this scheme has been lower than anticipated and therefore you may have received an automated e mail from Insync about your renewal.

Please be aware that Insync are brokers that work on our behalf and therefore can still assist you.

For any further assistance please contact Callum Goulding, Senior Developer at Insync, at callum.goulding@insyncinsurance.co.uk and he will be delighted to assist you

PPR Forum Meeting at the House of Commons

The PPR Forum Meeting at the HoC on 28th November was attended by 30 key stakeholders in the sector. Kate Hoey MP hosted the event to show her support for the work of the PPR. The PPR is now recognised as the voluntary over-arching regulator for all those who offer legal services or give legal advice in the unregulated sector.

Sean-Randall Morris, Chairman of the Regulatory Committee has given the green light for the PPR to be able to regulate individuals across the globe, as the over-arching voluntary regulatory regime is suitable for all those who practice English Law.

Paralegals are to be encouraged to join the PPR as are membership bodies who operate self-regulatory schemes that in the main offer no real protection for the consumer.

Derek Wood, CBE, QC has launched a supporters group for the PPR with many stakeholders signing up including the Legal Ombudsman; Which? Legal; The Citizenship Foundation and many more. The supporters group assists with the commitment of the PPR and its recognised bodies to enhance PLE.

PPR Paralegal Practising Certificates issued by the PPR are the only practising certificates that ate authorised by the over-arching regulator.

 

Pictured below from L to R:

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Rita Leat, Managing Director, PPR; Baroness Diane Hayter of Kentish Town; Kate Hoey MP, Ian Grant, Director PPR

 

Register Forum Meeting at the House of Commons

Kate Hoey MP, hosted a Stakeholders Forum meeting at the House of Commons for the Professional Paralegal Register (PPR).

The PPR is the over-arching voluntary regulator that provides a voluntary scheme of regulation for all those who offer legal services in the unregulated market.

Rita Leat, Managing Director of the PPR said “the aim of the PPR is to provide voluntary regulation for Paralegals to enhance consumer protection and to promote diversity in the sector.  With more than 2,000 members on the register, with numbers rising who are applying for Paralegal Practising Certificates, we are pleased to be recognised by the sector as the only recognised voluntary regulator for Paralegals.

The unregulated legal services market can now join the PPR so that they are accountable for the services that they offer.  Only PPR Paralegal Practising Certificates provide protection to consumers who choose to use the services of an unregulated provider.

We are delighted that 30 key stakeholders attended the meeting, many of whom have pledged support to the PPR in its commitment to enhance PLE, improve diversity within the sector via the PPR experiential route and to enhance consumer protection.”

Kate Hoey MP said: “I was very pleased to host this important event. Paralegals will become more and more essential for the public seeking help and legal advice. I am impressed with the co-operation between all the various legal agencies and want to see the PPR continue to grow as the voluntary regulator for those providing unregulated legal services”.

Kathryn Stone OBE, Chief Legal Ombudsman, said: “The Legal Ombudsman is keen to see efforts being made to enhance consumer protection in this sector. We applaud the PPR for providing voluntary regulation to maintain high standards among paralegals.”

Espe Fuentes, Head of Which?Legal who attended the event, confirmed that Which?Legal will be joining the PPR Supporters Group that was launched at the meeting.

Derek Wood CBE QC who is a patron of the PPR commented: “It would be quite inaccurate to suggest that Paralegals offer a fall-back or second-class service for clients who cannot afford to turn to a solicitor or barrister. They offer front-line high quality bespoke advice and representation at affordable prices and make a major contribution to the administration of justice.  They are guided by the ethical values which pertain across the whole of legal practice.   I have been deeply impressed with the sheer diversity of legal expertise deployed by PPR members, and their commitment to serving clients in the field of specialism which they have developed.  The PPR provides an important collegiality, a network of personal contacts and support, discussion and interaction”.

Derek Wood further made a request to all key stakeholders and organisations with members or employees who are paralegals not regulated under the Legal Services Act 2007 to join the PPR.  He said “Our increasing body of Paralegals in England and Wales need the professional and ethical support and guidance which the PPR can offer.  In that way they can develop effectively their own careers and practices.  Their clients need the assurance which the PPR can give that their adviser or representative is properly accountable for the quality and integrity of the service delivered, and that redress can be obtained if anything goes wrong.  The legal community at large needs the diversity of personal experience and insight which paralegals can bring to the table.”

Interviews are available, please contact Dorothy Campbell on 0203 0341486 or via email dorothy.campbell@ppr.org.uk