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.

Managing Director

Rita Leat

Rita Leat, PPR's Managing DirectorRita 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. Rita 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 and works on a pro-bono basis.

Ian Grant, Director

Ian Grant, DirectorA Director of the Professional Paralegal Register who became a lawyer in 1994. Since that period Ian has pursued a career in the law that has covered a variety of teaching and writing. He has taught extensively to trainee lawyers on a variety of legal and practice subjects for colleges, universities and government agencies. His area of knowledge includes civil and criminal litigation, the law of torts contract and immigration law. His main area of expertise however has focused on Wills, Trusts, Tax, and Probate which he has taught, practiced law in and written texts on.

Register Regulatory Committee

Amanda Lee – Chair

Amanda Lee is an English-qualified Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) and admitted to the Bars of New York State and the U.S. Supreme Court. She sits as an arbitrator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Amanda specializes in international and domestic dispute resolution and has a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution. She speaks and publishes on issues relating to dispute resolution.

Amanda is a Director of ArbitralWomen and a member of the Steering Committee of Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners. She serves as an Ambassador for The Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Equality and Diversity Focus Group. She is a member of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association’s International Arbitration Committee.

Amanda became the first female Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Young Members’ Group in 2017 and in that capacity serves as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Board of Management. She is a member of a number of other professional organizations and has served on and chaired a number of further committees during her career to date.

Amanda mentors young and aspiring practitioners both informally and via schemes offered by a number of leading universities, in addition to serving as a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. This gives her an insight into many of the challenges facing legal professionals of all levels.

David Gibson

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

Clair Daniels

Clair Daniels has over 15 years’ experience of regulation, policy development, enforcement and complaints handling in both regulated services and the legal services market.
Clair worked for 12 years with Ofwat in a variety of roles. Including leading complex Competition Act 1998 complaints and investigations, developing policy to enable new entrants to enter the previously limited water services market, leading the review of competition, and also implementing the price review which was delivered in 2014. Clair also led on the development and implementation of the Water Act 2003, including working with the sponsor department to instruct parliamentary counsel.

In November 2014 Clair joined the legal ombudsman, and quickly established a strong reputation for excellence in decision making across a range of legal fields. In this role she delivered CPD to lawyers, delivered internal training to develop the skills of new and existing investigators and undertaken project work to improve systems and processes.

Clair has extremely strong communication skills up to Board level and prides herself on being able to constructively challenge and ensure that issues are raised and addressed in discussion. In addition to her professional roles Clair is vice chair of governors at a local school and works with the steering groups and management committees of two local community organisations, which enables her to expand and develop her professional skillset.

Karl Thompson

Karl has a multi-disciplinary background as a qualified legal practitioner lawyer, civil and commercial mediator (with multiple national and international accreditations and panel memberships), chartered manager, chartered IT professional /information scientist, IT/Legal academic and visiting lecturer in further education.
His experience in the legal sector spans over 37 years.

His roles include that of Head of legal, legal manager, legal practitioner specialising in Civil and housing litigation, landlord & tenant, Equalities legislation, local government in house legal practice and as a director of information technology and law running his own consultancy. He served as Chair and Director of a sizeable board publicly funded, in a borough wide Equalities council. Now chair emeritus he also offers advice to various boards and is a member of the Association of Chairs.

He is a member of the Civil Mediation Council, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CIARB approved trainer; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive & Commissioner for Oaths, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Institute of Leadership & Management & City & Guilds Institute; Member of the Chartered Institute of IT-BCS, an accredited counter fraud specialist, a data protection practitioner accredited by the Law Society & ICO via PDP. He was also joint first to receive the IOP’s Qualified Paralegal status as a Fellow of the IOP, and a member of the New York Paralegal Assn. He is a member of INADR the International Academy of Dispute Resolution (Chicago, Illinois).

Stephen Rippingale-Peters

Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals and is Registered in Tier 4 on the Professional Paralegal Register. Stephen has worked closely with Solicitors, Barristers and Insolvency Practitioners over the past 28 years and has been running his own businesses specialising in complex investigation on a variety of subject matters both in the UK and overseas. He was the first investigator in a scheme to assist victims of fraud, being piloted by the Home Office and Police, and was engaged over an extended period in the identification of personal assets of a Director following the collapse of a major listed company. Stephen has worked with major household names and has been recommended by word of mouth as far afield as New York, Cape Town, Sydney, and Nantucket, and has built a reputation as a fair minded professional with a pragmatic approach to challenges. Most recently Stephen was responsible for compliance planning and strategy in his role as COFA at a Law Firm.

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.

Karen Peart

Karen is the service delivery manager for Dentons UK&ME LLP (Dentons) supporting the real estate (RE) team in Milton Keynes (MK). She leads ParaShoot (the dedicated MK RE paralegal team). She was key to the inception, implementation and delivery of the Dentons development programme for its paralegals which won the National Paralegal Award 2019 for best Law Firm – Paralegal Development.

Karen is a qualified real estate solicitor with over 15 years’ experience gained both in the City and in house. Prior to her role at Dentons she was a senior tutor at the University of Law Moorgate and enjoyed delivering both the land law module on the GDL and the real estate courses on the LPC.

Claire Smith

Claire qualified as a solicitor before embarking on a career in business development specialising in the legal sector. Claire headed up Connect2Law, the UK’s largest referral and support network for law firms, before joining the national legal brand, QualitySolicitors.

Responsible for building and leading Moneypenny’s brand identity and business development across all functions of the business in the UK, working strategically with forward-thinking businesses to achieve their goals and exceed expectations.

Passionate about customer service and the critical importance of creating a thriving business culture for the success and happiness of both employer and employee, Claire is a regular spokesperson at industry leading events where she can be seen sharing examples of best practice and the award-winning Moneypenny way.

Neil Newman

Neil is Director of Development and Innovation at IOP.  He is responsible for the global growth and development at IOP ensuring we continue to connect effectively with the profession. Prior to joining IOP Neil worked at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as Director of Communications and Membership. He was responsible for the strategic leadership on all aspects of membership development, international conferences, corporate communications and the global branch network. Neil was responsible for the successful implementation of CIArb’s segmentation strategy allowing CIArb to grow and expand its offering to a wider international audience. Neil also worked at the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) for over ten years and has expertise in a wide range of areas, including organisational development, learning and development and innovation management.

Michelle Aldous

Michelle started out in 1986 with Midland Bank. She went on to progress her career within Midland and then HSBC Group for over 26 years, moving between ‘front line’ leadership roles and strategically focused head office roles, before moving on in 2012 to enjoy more challenges and personal development. Michelle has over 18 years of experience at Senior Management level, including 13 years at HSBC, 18 months with the Financial Ombudsman Service and more recently as the General Manager of Treethorpe – an Asset Reunification company.

Michelle’s leadership experiences are well established and the recent (December 2016) resounding renewal of Treethorpe’s Investors in People accreditation is a great testimony to the culture and integrity with which she leads the teams around her and the values she both upholds and influences. She has significant complex and strategic project management experience – both leading and delivering. One of the most high-profile roles Michelle held at HSBC is perhaps one of the most relevant to the role on the Advisory Board. As Senior Professional Standards Manager, Michelle had responsibility for HSBC’s Training and Competency scheme for its 12,000 Retail Banking employees.

Claire Smith

Claire qualified as a solicitor before embarking on a career in business development in Professional Services. Claire headed up Connect2Law, the UK’s largest referral and support network for law firms, before joining the national brand, Quality Solicitors. She then led the Business Development team within Moneypenny, the UKs largest outsourced communications business.

Passionate about people, customer service and the importance of creating a thriving business culture for the success and happiness of both employer and employee, Claire has been a regular spokesperson at industry leading events.

In August 2020, Claire joined Mortgage Advice Bureau as the Head of Partnerships. Claire is responsible for building and leading strategic relationships with large businesses to help them promote financial well-being across the workforce.