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How to become a Paralegal?

What is a Paralegal? A paralegal is someone who does legal work even though they have not qualified as a solicitor or barrister. By "legal work" we mean advising and assisting with the law in the same way that a solicitor advises and assists clients. Doing clerical or administrative work in a legal environment does not count as legal work. ...

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Interview with fellow member of the IoP Ruth Langford

A short overview of your career so far. We wanted to speak to Ruth, Fellow member of the IoP and Paralegal at Wikivorce, about her decision to turn to the legal profession, why he felt the IoP membership was a good step to aid her career and what the future holds for her. She also provided us with some fantastic ...

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Preventing suicide in the legal community

This year’s World Mental Health Day (10th October) focuses on suicide prevention. Suicide remains something of a taboo, especially in professional circles. We need to encourage a more open culture in the law where people talk about their feelings and ask for help. If you are worried about someone you work with, or a friend or family member you should ...

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This months’ featured interview: Michael Coe

We are so proud to feature Michael Coe in our lead article this month. Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals and a talented HR/Employment Law paralegal. In March this year Michael was awarded the title of ‘Best HR/Employment Law Paralegal of the Year 2019’ at the National Paralegal Awards. He beat a variety of other talented paralegals ...

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National Paralegal Awards are now open!

The Institute of Paralegals are delighted to be a sponsoring the National Paralegal Awards again for the second year.  The awards are dedicated to raising the profile of the profession and celebrates the hard-working paralegals, which are the backbone of the UK law industry. This year there are 14 awards to choose from covering a wide range of legal sectors: Categories ...

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IoP Accredited Mediator Diploma

With the rise of the demand for fully qualified and accredited mediators, the Institute of Paralegals have launched a new qualification in conjunction with Hunt ADR, a Diploma in Mediation. This qualification is delivered over a one-week course and is fully accredited by Civil Mediation Council. This collaboration with Hunt ADR ensures that we are providing first class training, leading ...

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Legal Futures

Carmen Nadolu, Head of Membership at the IoP, has attended the Legal Futures Regulation and Compliance Conference on 6th June 2019 and is delighted to share some of the key updates with our members: This major conference brought together experts from a range of disciplines – as well as all the leading regulatory bodies – to examine the ever-growing challenges ...

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What is a paralegal?

A paralegal is someone who does legal work or offers legal services who is not qualified as a regulated provider under The Legal Services Act 2007. Therefore, anyone who isn’t a Barrister, Solicitor or Legal Executive but works in the legal field will be a Paralegal. By "legal work" we mean advising and assisting with the law. Doing clerical work ...

Continuing Professional Development spot checks

The IoP will be carrying out spot checks of paralegals’ compliance with their 2017-2018 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements in early June 2019. All members should be aware that they may be asked to submit their 2017-2018 CPD training log. Any member may be chosen, with the exception of those exempt (e.g Affiliate members, Retired etc). If you have any ...