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Paralegal law firm launches ABS targeting high street

A “specialist paralegal law firm” has launched an alternative business structure that hopes to become a full service high street law practice. Having an ABS will enable the firm to undertake reserved work such as signing off the deed for family trusts and deeds of variation, and applying to the court for grants of probate.

November 3rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Legal executives “less likely to want to become solicitors”, research finds

Legal executives are increasingly less likely to want to train as solicitors, switching to a trainee contract after having been a paralegal can involve a decrease in contact with clients, a major survey has found. The research said workplace experience helps to develop the competences needed to be a solicitor.

October 4th, 2016 | No Comments »

Plan to smooth paralegals’ path to CILEx qualification sparks “confusion” claim

A proposal by CILEx Regulation to make it easier for paralegals to become qualified legal executives has been fiercely rejected as likely to cause “confusion to employers and consumers” by the new voluntary paralegals regulator.

December 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

Will writers’ body is first to urge members to join paralegal register in voluntary regulation move

Will writers have become the first practitioners to sign up to a new register of paralegals, which is set to be launched next month as part of an effort to set standards for the non-authorised legal professionals.

June 30th, 2015 | No Comments »

First solicitor is admitted through ‘equivalent means’ route

Robert Houchill, a senior paralegal at London law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite, has become the first solicitor to qualify through the ‘equivalent means’ route. He said the new route would give law graduates more flexibility in funding the legal practice course.

April 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

Paralegal hopes to be first solicitor admitted through ‘equivalent means’ route

Paralegal Shaun Lawler has said he hopes to be the first solicitor admitted to the profession through the ‘equivalent means’ route rather a traditional training contract.

March 20th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Government approves standards for legal apprenticeships

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has approved the standards for its new legal apprenticeships, allowing young people to qualify as solicitors, chartered legal executives, licensed conveyancers and paralegals through workplace-based training.

August 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

Send in the paras?

To say that the paralegal enquiry launched by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is timely is a massive understatement. It is a highly significant piece of work – its aims ambitious, its scope comprehensive, its outcomes potentially far-reaching.

June 30th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

CILEx launches enquiry into paralegals

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives yesterday launched an enquiry into paralegals in an attempt to clarify their numbers, where they fit in the legal spectrum, and what training should be made available.

June 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Exclusive: Law Society puts paralegal accreditation scheme on hold

The Law Society has delayed the launch of its paralegal accreditation scheme, Legal Futures has learned. The scheme – aimed at non-qualified staff working in organisations regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority – was scheduled to go live in autumn 2013.

December 12th, 2013 | No Comments »