Following the overwhelming success of last years' awards, The National Paralegal Awards are back, and the search is on to find the Best Paralegals in the UK and businesses that support the industry.
This year there are 19 categories comprising of 14 awards for individuals including Best Civil Litigation Paralegal, Best Patent Paralegal, Probate Researcher of the Year, Will Writer of the Year and Best Apprentice Paralegal. There are 5 categories for businesses to enter including Best Legal Profession Supplier Award and Best Law Firm – Paralegal Development.
Entries open on the 20 March 2023, and close on 26 May 2023 at 5pm.
Finalists and sponsors will gather together on 14 September 2023 for a black-tie gala final held at the iconic Grand Hotel in Birmingham to celebrate achievements and announce the winners of each category.
Linda Ford, CEO of CILEX, which acquired the Institute of Paralegals and the PPR earlier this year, said: “Paralegals play a vital role in the delivery of legal services and we want to recognise their hard work and achievements, as well as showcasing the organisations that help the paralegal profession thrive.
“We are delighted to be hosting the awards for the first time and celebrating those who are doing great work across the variety of specialisms and roles which make up the paralegal profession.”
Carrie Caladine, Managing Director said “I am so delighted that we are this year’s headline sponsors of the Paralegal Awards. We have championed the role of the professional paralegal since we set up our business and have taken an active role in supporting the growth of paralegals in legal businesses across England and Wales. The awards provide us with a much-needed opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements of those that play such a vital role in the industry.”
Esperanza Fuentes, Ombudsman Manager at Financial Ombudsman Service, will be heading up the independent judging panel, which is made of highly regarded business and legal professionals.
Esperanza said “I am delighted to be involved with this years’ National Paralegal Awards. This is and opportunity to showcase and celebrate the achievements of paralegals in the UK and to reward paralegals for their outstanding contributions to the legal sector. I urge all paralegals to apply, and I look forward to reading your entries.”
This year, the event's charity partner will support The CILEX Foundation, which aims to broaden access to legal careers and education for CILEX members and those aspiring to study the CILEX route to law.
5 Simple Steps to Entering the Awards!
- Request the entry pack and template for your category.
- Read the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions.
- Register and pay the entry fees.
- Prepare your entry and supporting information.
- Submit your award-winning entry before the 26 May 2023 at 5pm.
If you have any questions or interested in sponsorship opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact the PPR events team on 0203 039 3710 or by email [email protected]