PPR applauds the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation

Rita Leat, Managing Director of the Professional Paralegal Register (PPR) has given Rita Leat, Managing Director of the PPRpraise to Professor Stephen Mason for undertaking the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation.

The current system of regulation via the approved regulators under the Legal Services Board is at best confusing and at worst detrimental for consumers to enable them to understand where to turn for redress when things go wrong.

There has been a strong argument to suggest that one super regulator such as the LSB should be formed that would help consumers to access redress quicker and more simply, with one set of regulations that cover all providers of Legal Services. This of course is not something that has been received well by individual regulators who wish to keep their set of regulations as being specific to job titles. But is this the right approach?

Regulation of the services (where needed) makes better sense to ensure that only those high-risk matters are indeed regulated. This would better enable professional bodies to regulate conduct only with no overlap with the regulation applied to certain services.

From the unregulated sector, the PPR has risen to provide an overarching voluntary regulatory scheme for all those who would otherwise remain unregulated. Regulation here covers all job titles as there are no real differences in the requirements for professional practice no matter what your job title is.

The PPR, similar to Cilex, operate a two-tier approach to regulation. Recognised Bodies of the PPR handle first Tier complaints which can then be escalated to the PPR as an independent regulator operating an arbitration scheme.

As the leading authority and regulatory scheme for Paralegals we enable individuals to practice specific services only which makes it transparent for consumers.

The PPR who recently held the first National Paralegal Awards with 200 attending across the sector, are determined to rid the legal services market of self-regulatory schemes that offer no protection for consumers who are left to pick up the pieces of an unsatisfactory service.

Kate Hoey, MP recently said ‘regulation by membership bodies is not regulation at all as it does not offer real redress for consumers’. Kate Hoey is a Patron of the PPR and advocates that all Paralegals should join the PPR. No other form of ‘self-regulation’ is recognised by the PPR.

The PPR welcomes the report next year and continues to strive to ensure that consumers are put at the heart of all regulatory decisions.

Outstanding Achievement Award Baroness Dianne Hayter of Kentish Town

The inaugural National Paralegal Awards Gala Final was attended by 200 finalists, judges and sponsors on Friday at the prestigious May Fair Hotel.

These brand-new awards, hosted by the Professional Paralegal Register, who is the overarching voluntary regulator for Paralegals in England and Wales, were specifically aimed at recognising the achievements of Paralegals across the UK, law firms that develop Paralegals and recruitment companies who recruit Paralegals.

Kate Hoey MP, gave the opening address as Patron of the PPR, telling the attendees “that regulation via membership bodies is not regulation at all as it does not protect the consumer. The PPR is the only independent regulator for Paralegals and those working in the unregulated legal services market”.

Rita Leat, Managing Director of PPR presented an Award for Outstanding Achievement to Baroness Dianne Hayter of Kentish Town, stating that the Baroness was being honoured for her long career in championing consumer protection and for supporting the PPR in all of its efforts to ensure there is a voluntary regulator who puts the interests of consumers at the centre of all it does.

In accepting the Award, Baroness Hayter, who could not attend the event due to her duties regarding Brexit, spoke via a video stating that she “was honoured to receive such an award on behalf of consumer protection and fully supported the efforts of the PPR”.

The awards were also sponsored by The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Heslewood and Grant Solicitors, Institute of Paralegals, Clerks Room Direct, Central Law Training, Lawyer Checker, Golden Leaves, Which Legal, F-Lex, Stephen James Partnership and Auscript.

Winners of National Paralegal Awards 2019 Announced!

On 29th March 2019 200 people gathered together at The May Fair Hotel in London for a glamorous gala dinner to celebrate the achievements of Paralegals from across the UK. This is the first awards to take place in the UK which focuses on rewarding the Paralegal Sector. The event started with a champagne reception sponsored by Orion Legal Marketing.

The winners from the 12 categories, covering a variety of legal sectors were announced [see list below] and an Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Baroness Diane Hayter by the Professional Paralegal Register for her support to the paralegal sector.

Rita Leat, Managing Director of The Professional Paralegal Register, the host of these awards, said “The night could not have gone better. We were delighted with the response to these awards. Celebrating the achievements of Paralegals has been long overdue, they are the back bone of the legal sector. The event was a sell out and we are already looking for a bigger venue for 2020. Recognising both winners and finalists was important to us. We had all the finalists on stage as well as the winners which created an atmosphere of true celebration and recognition”.

The judging panel shared their comments when announcing winners relaying the reasons why they had chosen the winner. On the night judge Amir Ali, Chairman of the CCUA said “The event has been amazing, and I was delighted to have been able to judge these awards. The talent was exceptional, and it is great to see Paralegals being recognised”.

Mark Solon, solicitor and Chairman of Wilmington Legal said: “The paralegals are coming! Paralegals specialising in particular fields can do the work of traditional lawyers but need the right training and experience to do as good a job. The Awards rewarded the best of the best and provided a place to celebrate paralegals who have done what it takes and more.”

The evening raised £1800 for the Young Citizens, a charity which specialises in helping young people become active, engaged and motivated citizens, who are able to contribute positively to their communities.

Treethorpe were the headline sponsor of the event, Michelle Aldous, Head of Operations and General Manager said “We wanted to be the headline sponsor the minute these awards were announced as this is very aligned with our values as a business and it has been fantastic to be able to show our support”.

The awards were also sponsored by The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Heslewood and Grant Solicitors, Institute of Paralegals, Clerks Room Direct, Central Law Training, Lawyer Checker, Golden Leaves, Which Legal, F-Lex, Stephen James Partnership and Auscript.

2019 Winners
Best Family Law Paralegal – Dawn Gore, Trethowans LLP
Best Trademark Paralegal – Rebecca McBride, Pinset Masons
Best ADR Paralegal – Maria Arpa
Best Employment/HR Paralegal – Michael Coe, Dimensions 888
Best Conveyancing Paralegal – Kay Liddle, PM Property Lawyers
Best Pro Bono Paralegal – Ashleah Skinner
Best Probate Research Paralegal – Lauren Geary, Treethorpe
Will Writing Organisation of the Year – Heritage Will Writers
Paralegal Recruitment Organisation of the Year – EJ Group
Best Law Firm – Paralegal Development – Dentons UK and Middle East LLP
Paralegal Business of the Year – Fraser and Fraser
Paralegal of the Year – Leah Caprani, Winckworth Sherwood LLP

2019 Highly Commended

  • Best Pro Bono Paralegal – Lyn Berry
  • Best Probate Research Paralegal – Neil Fraser – Fraser & Fraser
  • Paralegal of the Year – Gerald Murphy, Philip Nam, Jonathan Dattani, Ashleah Skinner and Caroline Spencer Boulton

Celebrating the Successes of Finalists!

Finalists of the first National Paralegal Awards, and industry leaders and supporters, will be coming together on Friday 29 March for the inaugural awards event, which is being held in the The May Fair Hotel London’s prestigious Crystal Room, showcasing and celebrating Paralegal talent from across the UK.

The evening commences with a champagne reception and dinner, which will be followed by the main awards ceremony. Here are the Finalists who were selected by an independent judging panel from hundreds of entries.

Best Family Law Paralegal
Alison Collier- Nowell Meller
Dawn Gore – Trethowans LLP
Iselin Jones- Corbett Le Quesne
Kaya Suleyman – Morrison Solicitors LLP
Nicola Phipps – Wikivorce

Will Writing Organisation of the Year
Bill Hogg – Attorney Wills
Nick Ash – Will and Probate Services
Heritage Will Writers

Best Law Firm – Paralegal Development
Dentons UK and Middle East LLP
Eric Robinson Solicitors
Mayo Wynne Baxter
PM Property Lawyers
Shakespeare Martineau
Shoosmiths
Which Legal

Paralegal Recruitment Organisation of the Year
EJ Group
F Lex
Law Staff Legal Recruitment
The Stephen James Partnership
Simply Law Jobs

Best Trademark Paralegal
Peter Fisher -CP Law Associates
Rebecca McBride
Roy Scott – Keltie LLP

Best ADR Paralegal
Clive Lewis- Globis Mediation Group
Maria Arpa
Qaiser Bari

Best Employment/HR Paralegal
Bina Briggs – Plain Talking HR
Joe Milner – Loch Associates
Leah Caprani – Winckworth Sherwood LLP
Michael Coe-Dimension Eighty Eight

Best Conveyancing Paralegal
Kay Liddle- PM Property Lawyers
Kelvin Cooper-Birketts
Laura Kate Morley- PM Property Lawyers
Rachel Lawrence – Dentons UK

Best Pro Bono Paralegal
Ashleah Skinner
Lyn Berry
Nisar Afsar -BCADS

Best Probate Research Paralegal
Alex Horrod -Anglia Research
Katie Lowe- Estate Research
Lauren Geary – Treethorpe
Lorna Gallacher- Treethorpe
Neil Fraser – Fraser and Fraser

Paralegal Business of the Year
Champion Law
Construction Legal
Divorce Online
Estate Research
Derby Legal Assistance
Fraser and Fraser
Lender & Court
Problem Percy
White Collar Legal

Paralegal of the Year
Ashleah Skinner
Caroline Spencer- Boulton
Gerald Murphy
Ian Lobb
Jonathan Dattani
Julie Herbert
Katie Lowe
Leah Caprani
Michael Coe
Nick Ash
Paige George
Peter Fisher
Philip Nam
Sharon Baker

This year’s headline sponsor is Treethorpes and individual awards have been sponsored by Which Legal, The Institute of Paralegals, Lawyer checker, Heslewood and Grant, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Stephen James Partnership, Golden Leaves, Clerksroom, Central Law Training and F-Lex.

Other sponsors include Orion Legal Marketing, Legal Futures and Auscript.

 

PPR Partner with Legalex

We are very excited to announce our partnership with Legalex. On the 27th & 28th March 2019, London’s ExCeL will play host to Legalex, Europe’s most comprehensive and all-encompassing trade show for legal professionals and the business behind the solicitor.

This year, the exhibition promises to be the most forward-thinking to date – housing 200 cutting-edge suppliers and 150 educational seminars from some of the world’s top legal experts and innovative thinkers. Leading the industry as the most accomplished event for forward-thinking, ambitious and successful legal firms looking to modernise their practice LegalEx 2019, is one not to miss.

Legalex is designed to help the business behind the solicitor. If you’re looking for the most effective ways to increase the profit of your legal practice, step up your marketing efforts, increase client retention, and increase your billable hours, then this is the must-attend event for you.

With a focus on the innovations in Artificial Intelligence for legal firms, how the implementation of GDPR is affecting the efficiency of solicitors, the rise in Cyber Terrorism creating an expansion in the market for Cyber Security Firms and how the Conveyancing sectors are expanding and developing as a key feature of the show.

Over 3,000 legal professionals will come together at the ExCeL to discover the latest tools, products, services, resources and innovations that are changing the game in legal business growth and data security. Aside from the 200 industry leading exhibitors, visitors will also benefit from the expert-led seminar schedule, and the sophistication of the keynote line that gets better every year.

Exclusive masterclasses from cloud storage experts, Tresorit and solutions provider, ME Group Holdings are set to bring in the crowds with exclusive educational content and unmissable opportunities to meet with and network with the experts that are taking the session.

With exhibitors from across the many legal sectors all coming together under one roof, it is hard to find a reason not to attend. This approach creates an efficient solution to your legal problems. Instead of spending hours looking at companies on the internet, speak to the people behind the solution face to face and choose what you can be sure is the best option for your specific firm and needs.

For full details and to register for your free ticket to attend please visit www.legalex.co.uk

 

 

Share Your Success for a Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Voucher!

Share Your Success Prize DrawAs the year draws to a close, we would like to hear from paralegals on their greatest achievements in 2018. 

Whether it’s a winning case, you’ve achieved a new qualification or promotion, no matter how big or small, share your success with us for a chance to win a £10 Amazon Gift Voucher.

All you need to do is drop us an email at [email protected] with details of your greatest achievement before the 17th December 2018.

The winning entry will be drawn on the 18th December 2018 and the prize will be sent to the winner in the post.

Good luck!

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?