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The Institute of Paralegals celebrates Black History Month 2020

We asked some members of the Institute of Paralegals to tell us what Black History Month means to them and what it represents. They also shared with us who inspires them. We at the IOP believe it’s important that we continue to highlight those that are role models to prospective professionals in the legal sector and colleagues alike. One of ...

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Dentons UK and Middle East LLP becomes the latest law firm to join as a corporate member of the Institute of Paralegals

Dentons UK and Middle East LLP has become the latest firm to become a corporate member of the Institute of Paralegals.  Professional corporate membership provides a total end to end solution for the recognition of professional paralegals. The IoP’s professional competency standards are the professions ‘gold standard’. Our Corporate Members can demonstrate professional excellence to clients and other stakeholders.  Dentons ...

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Beat the Autumn blues with CLT Paralegal!

With new covid restrictions looming and the nights closing in, we’re all about to spend a lot more time getting cosy at home. Why not make the most of this by investing in your career with a Specialist Paralegal Qualification from CLT and The University of Strathclyde? CLT is the leading provider of Specialised Paralegal Qualifications. Our graduate-level courses are ...

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Institute of Paralegals Covid-19 Member Survey

Members of the Institute of Paralegals were able to participate in the third Member Survey to help us understand the challenges members are facing in light of COVID-19 and to learn how we can best support our members and the Paralegal profession. In these unprecedented times, as the professional body for Paralegals we want to do everything support our members. ...

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Online Wills – The future or too risky?

When it comes to the subject of online Wills, there are many passionate viewpoints. There is strong support from many progressive professionals and technologists who consider the service to be an essential step forward in the future-proofing of the industry. While others are more concerned about the online process and its ability to cover the intricacies of client wishes, as ...

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Video interview advice for Paralegals

How to prepare for a paralegal interview In this article, leading specialist job board TotallyLegal offers top tips and handy hints to help Institute of Paralegals members succeed at video interviews. Despite localised lockdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions, many law firms and other legal employers have resumed their recruitment efforts and begun to hire for new Paralegal vacancies. However, it ...

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An Employers Practical Guide to Redundancies

A recent McKinsey report anticipates that UK GDP will fall by 9% in 2020 meaning that about 7.6 million people are under threat of being laid off, remaining on furlough or having their hours and pay cut. In this member article, HR Consultant, Caroline Rochford F.Inst.Pa offers some practical tips for employers on redundancies. Many organisations are facing real difficulties ...

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Mental wellbeing at work has never been so important

Mental health in the legal profession Awareness around mental wellbeing and health has increased dramatically in recent years.  Working within the legal sector can, of course, be very stressful. Longs hours, large workloads, and often an unrelenting requirement to meet client or business demand.  Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive in 2017, on ‘work-related stress, depression or anxiety’ ...

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Mental Health Survey: Tell Us About Your Life in the Law

Mental health legal services Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10th October, the legal profession mental health charity LawCare has announced a new research study ‘Life in the Law’. Recent years have witnessed a growing concern in wellbeing and mental health in the legal community. So, at the Institute of Paralegals we encourage our members and legal professionals to ...

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National Paralegal Awards 2020 winners celebrate with virtual ceremony

Paralegal awards 2020 The very best of the paralegal profession was celebrated at the annual National Paralegal Awards hosted live by the Professional Paralegal Register on Friday night. The awards ceremony, which is now in its second year, is now one of the showpiece events in the legal sector calendar, highlighting the important role paralegals play within the legal profession. ...