The Paralegal edition November

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House of Commons Inquiry

The Justice Committee of the House of Commons is holding an inquiry: “Impact of changes to civil legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012”. See //www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/justice-committee/news/new-inquiry-laspo/ The Institute was invited to submit evidence as to how the changes had impacted upon paralegals. To view our response please click here (link opens a PDF document).

Institute gives feedback in Legal Week

The Institute was invited by Legal Week to comment on the SRA’s recent changes to the LL.B, LPC and training contract requirements. The article and our comments are here (NB: Legal Week is a subscription only publication).

Institute gives feedback in the Solicitors Journal

The Institute was invited by the Solicitors Journal to comment on the SRA’s recent changes to the LL.B, LPC and training contract requirements. To see the article and our comments please click here.

Major Advance for Paralegals Wishing to become Solicitors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has included two major changes to the procedure for qualifying as a solicitor. Firstly, some or all the academic stage (law degree) and vocational stage (LPC) can be met in whole or part by doing approved qualifications deemed equivalent.  All information on equivalent means route to qualify as a solicitor can be found here: https://www.sra.org.uk/students/resources/equivalent-means-information-pack/ ...

The Unregulated Legal Sector: The Quiet Revolution

To view the analysis of the legal career opportunities available for those looking to work in the regulated and unregulated legal sectors, please click here: //www.younglawyer.co.uk/feature/career-development/unregulated-legal-sector-quiet-revolution

Institute joins the Instructus group

The Institute of Paralegals (IoP) is making its move in the professional development market after being bought into by Instructus Group - a group of education bodies focused on developing UK's professionals. The deal comes as part of the IoP's aim to inject more resources into developing the careers of paralegals and legal secretaries with professional status, competency standards and ...

Institute promotes paralegal professional indemnity scheme

The Institute of Paralegals has developed the Paralegal PII Scheme in partnership with leading professional insurance brokers, Caunce O'Hara. All paralegals buying insurance through the IOP will receive a 10% discount on the already very affordable prices asked by Caunce O'Hara. Visit the Regulation section of the Institute's website for more information/to purchase.

Training Business for Sale

Sale of The SAS Law School - Expression of Interest Invited The well-known and Institute accredited SAS Law School (visit site here) is for sale, due to illness. The proprietor says: "The SAS Law School originally called Solicitor’s Assistance & Support (SAS), was founded in Feb 1993, during a period of very high unemployment. It started as a training company for ...

Careers day for schools

This month the Institute is again working with the charity Inspiring Futures to help run a legal careers day for school children. Other participating bodies are the Bar Council, Law Society and Ilex.