News Release: The Institute of Paralegals (IoP) launch new charter to improve diversity and inclusion for the paralegal profession.

The Institute of Paralegals has released a new strategy for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the legal profession.

The charter outlines why change is needed and the approach that needs to be taken by the Institute, its members and partners, to ensure that individuals from all backgrounds are not only recruited into the sector but retained and progressed too.

The Paralegal sector is the most diverse sector providing legal services and the IoP is proud to support the development of paralegals to improve diversity of opportunity to enter the legal services market.

A new Diversity and Inclusion panel is being formed by the IoP.  It will advise, evaluate and monitor progress on this agenda.

For more information and to sign the Charter please click here

Rita Leat Chief Exec of the Institute of Paralegals commented:

“We are very proud to launch the first ever Diversity and Inclusion Charter for the paralegal profession. It is vitally important that our sector feeds into the work that is being carried out by wider legal sector, to ensure that we can learn, share and improve diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We hope that solicitors firms and other employers of paralegals embrace the charter and sign up to show commitment to diverse legal services market’”.

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If you require more information, photos or an interview please contact:

Rita Leat, Chief Executive  +44 (0) 203 011 2610

Neil Newman, Director of Development and Innovation  +44 (0) 203 011 2610

Notes for Editor

  1. The Institute of Paralegals (IOP) is a professional membership body that connects individuals with the shared purpose of providing professional legal services.
  • The IOP was incorporated in 2003 and in 2005 granted institute status by the Secretary of State for the Department of Trade & Industry, after proving that it met the government's requirement that it is a "professional body of the highest standing".
  • The Institute is the standard setting body for Paralegals as recognised by the unregulated legal services sector regulator, the PPR (the Professional Paralegal Register).   The IOP is the only Paralegal Body that is recognised by the voluntary regulator as having robust professional standards.

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