The former Chairman of the CCUA who has over three decades of experience in both Legal and Enforcement sectors, Amir Ali, has become the inaugural President of the Professional Paralegal Register (PPR), a not-for-profit organisation which provides regulation for Paralegals.
The inaugural President calls for recognition of the only organisation offering independent regulation for Paralegals who work outside of regulated entities.
He has ambitious plans for the next 12 months and is determined to see the organisation play a major role in the future of legal services regulation.
Only PPR regulated Paralegals are able to offer the protection of independent regulation making them a valuable asset for the profession and for consumers. I want to continue the work with key stakeholders at the LSB, MoJ, CMA and the Judiciary that has already been championed by the Managing Director, Rita Leat, which will enable our members to fully utilise their skills within the legal profession. PPR Paralegals are unique as they are not only trained and have vast amounts of experience, but they also have the added protection of being regulated. In order to ease the burden on the court service by the rise of unrepresented parties and the significant disadvantage’s that Litigants in Person may suffer, it is vital that rights of audience are applied to our regulated Paralegals.Amir Ali – PPR President
Rita Leat, Managing Direct and founding member of the PPR said:
Amir has spent his career working at the highest level of government and will be an asset to the PPR to help further its goals. I look forward enormously to working with him.
Amir said, “I am both honoured and touched to be appointed the inaugural President of The Professional Paralegal Register (PPR).
The PPR represents one of the largest branches of the legal profession here in the UK.
The Register champions diversity, inclusivity and equality within the profession whilst delivering access to justice and consumer protection for all.
The PPR is the independent voluntary regulator for all paralegals.
I am looking forward to furthering the Register’s collective ambition during my tenure, including but not limited to:
- Increasing both awareness and recognition of the role of the PPR in providing regulation for the sector, now, and in the future with the changing regulatory landscape, for the register and paralegals.
- Developing Paralegal Rights of Audience within the profession.
- Helping and assisting (The PPR) in promoting the Paralegal Profession to acquire Chartered Status through its Institute.
For further information, please contact:
Abby Dennis, Head of Memberships and Events @ [email protected]
Notes to editors:
- The PPR www.ppr.org.uk is the only independent regulator of Paralegals in the UK.
- The membership is made up of paralegals working in commerce, charities, law firms, paralegal law firms, will writing companies and may be employees, freelancers, business owners or sole traders.
- PPR offers the opportunity of a non-graduate route to practice and has an experiential route for those who have requisite experience.
- Those who hold a Paralegal Practising Certificate are fully regulated whilst those who are Registered only are regulated for conduct not services.
- PPR is committed to supporting members to deliver accessible legal services to the public.
Our membership is diverse 52% of members are women. The President is available for interviews. Please contact Abby Dennis in the first instance on [email protected]
The number of legal professionals contacting the charity LawCare for emotional support continues to rise year on year, with 738 legal professionals seeking help in 2020, a rise of 9% on the previous year.
The charity received 964 calls, webchats, and emails to their support service in 2020. The most common problems cited were stress (23%), anxiety (15%), bullying (10%), depression (10%) and worries about career development (10%). The number of people contacting LawCare experiencing anxiety has seen the biggest increase – from 45 people in 2019 to 111 last year.
The majority of those who contacted the support service were women (69%). 50% were trainees/pupils, or had been qualified less than five years, and a further 6% were law students.
From March 2020, 34% of all calls, emails and webchats to the LawCare support service had a COVID element. Of these, the most common issues reported were:
• Worsening of existing mental health issues (13%)
• Not being permitted to work from home (12%)
• Struggling to adapt to WFH due to poor supervision, procedures, or provision of equipment (11%)
• Feeling isolated (11%)
• Being overloaded with work, typically because colleagues had been furloughed (9%)
There were also practical issues related to childcare, relationship strain, redundancy or inability to find a job (including job offers made before COVID being withdrawn) and financial concerns. LawCare also heard from legal professionals being asked to work while furloughed.
Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare, said: ‘Our support service continues to grow and help more people year on year. 2020 was a challenging year for most, we are not surprised that anxiety increased at a time of great worry and uncertainty. In addition our website traffic increased by 50% and we allocated more peer supporters and funded more counselling sessions last year than ever before. We expect demand to continue to grow in 2021 as legal professionals continue to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19.’
For more 2020 statistics the full report is at www.lawcare.org.uk/impact *
The Professional Paralegal Register (PPR) is counting down to the National Paralegal Awards taking place on Friday 18 September. The PPR normally welcomes over 270 guests at a venue in central London in March for its annual ceremony but this year was forced to postpone it because of the coronavirus outbreak. A decision was taken by the team at PPR to run the event virtually to reveal the many talented winners across multiple categories.
With over 400 expected to attend, this year’s finalists, along with their colleagues, friends, and family will now be tuning in from offices and homes around the UK to enjoy the free-to-watch-virtual ceremony, when the winners will be revealed for categories:
- Best Conveyancing Paralegal
- Best Trade Mark Paralegal
- Best Patent Paralegal
- Best Arbitration/Mediation Paralegal
- Best Employment/HR Paralegal
- Best Probate Research Paralegal
- Best Will Writing Paralegal
- Best Family Law Paralegal
- Best Civil Litigation Paralegal
- Paralegal Business of the Year
- Will Writing Organisation of the Year
- Best Law Firm – Paralegal Development
- Paralegal Recruitment Organisation of the Year
- Paralegal of the Year (Midlands/North)
- Paralegal of the Year (South)
- Paralegal of the Year
- PPR Outstanding Achievement Award
This year’s headline sponsor is international genealogists and probate researchers, Fraser and Fraser, who were awarded ‘Paralegal Business of the Year 2019’.
Rita Leat, Managing Director of the PPR commented:
“While the ceremony will be different from usual, we are embracing the spirit of change and relishing the opportunity to shine a positive spotlight on the paralegal community at this difficult time. I very much hope people will enjoy tuning into the programme we have planned on the night”
The live event will take place from 7pm with the opportunity for finalists, sponsors, judges, and their guests to network via a chat facility from 6:30pm. We wish good luck to all the finalists that have made this year’s shortlist and look forward to welcoming you to a night of celebration”.
For the second year, the events charity partner will support Young Citizens, who work to help young people become active, engaged and motivated citizens, who are able to contribute positively to their communities.
A recording of the live event will be made available on the National Paralegal Awards website for public viewing in the coming weeks.
For further information including our finalists, sponsors and judges visit www.nationalparalegalawards.com
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For further comment, please contact:
Rita Leat, Managing Director, The Professional Paralegal Register
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0203 039 3710