About UsThe IoP is the leading authority on the development and standing of Paralegals
Who we are
The Institute of Paralegals (IoP) is the only Institute for paralegals in the UK. We are an international professional membership body that connects individuals with the shared purpose of providing professional legal services.
We are the voice of the professional paralegal profession.
Rita Leat - Senior Adviser to CILex
Rita 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. She became a founder Director of The Professional Paralegal Register in 2014 and the Institute’s of Paralegals Chief Executive in May 2017. 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 the Chief Executive of the IoP encompassed the strategic development of a professional membership body for paralegals.
Carmen studied Law at a Romanian University and worked as a lawyer for five years in law firm before relocating to the UK. She took the post as the Head of Membership of the IoP in January 2015, and her job is to lead on the development and management of the IoP’s Membership. She actively contributes to developing programs, initiatives, and policies designed to increase membership and she creates, updates, and distributes information to current members as well as prospective members.