Now in its third year, the National Paralegal Awards returns with its quest to find the Best Paralegals in the UK and businesses that support the industry.
This year there are 19 categories comprising of 15 awards for individuals including three new categories Best Paralegal Newcomer, Best Commercial Real Estate Paralegal and Best Community Champion Paralegal. There are four categories for businesses to enter including Best Recruitment Organisation for Paralegals and Best Law Firm – Paralegal Development.
Entries are now open, and entrants can benefit from an early bird discount on entry fees if they register their interest before the Friday 28 May 2021 at midnight. We close on 28 June 2021 at 5pm. Finalists will be announced on the 11 August 2021.
Due to the uncertainty with current government restrictions on very large events, the awards gala will be a virtual event yet again when all finalists, sponsors, judges, and their guests will come together to celebrate their successes and crown our winners. In addition, there will also be an exclusive Winners Lunch, which provides the 2021 winners and sponsors an opportunity to network face to face and for the sponsors to present winners with their trophy and framed certificates.
Rita Leat, Managing Director of The Professional Paralegal Register who host the awards said: “We are delighted to host these annual awards to showcase and reward the work of Paralegals across the UK. These are professional awards with strict criteria to ensure that our Finalists and Winners are the best the UK has to offer”.
This year’s headline sponsor is the Right Legal Group, an innovative Alternative Business Structure (ABS) established in 2014 solely specialising in Wills and Probate law.
Carrie Caladine, Managing Director said “I am so delighted that we are this year’s headline sponsors of the Paralegal Awards. We have championed the role of the professional paralegal since we set up our business and have taken an active role in supporting the growth of paralegals in legal businesses across England and Wales. The awards provide us with a much-needed opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements of those that play such a vital role in the industry”.
The independent judging panel is made of highly regarded business and legal professionals and will be headed up by Stephen Gowland. Stephen is Chair of the Police Misconduct Tribunal and a Non-Executive Board Member of the Legal Services Board.
On his appointment Stephen said “I was honoured to be asked to return to this year’s Judging Panel and to be Head Judge. The PPR’s National Paralegal Awards is now very much a firm fixture within the legal calendar. Paralegals, in all their forms, are the backbone of the industry, often working in the shadows and these awards shine a much-needed light on the vital role they play in the delivery of Legal Services in the marketplace. This is something I am passionate about having started my career as a paralegal via an apprenticeship scheme.”
For further information and to enter the awards visit www.nationalparalegalawards.com