Who We Are
We are the oldest not-for-profit, incorporated professional body for paralegals in the United Kingdom.
We were incorporated in 2003. In 2005, we were granted institute status by the Secretary of State for the Department of Trade & Industry, after proving that we met the government's requirement that we were a "professional body of the highest standing".
Our application for institute status was supported by, amongst others, The Law Society of England & Wales, the Bar Council, the Crown Prosecution Service and Citizens Advice.
- the oldest incorporated paralegal representative body in the United Kingdom
- the only body representing professional paralegals to have been granted Institute status by the UK government
- the only paralegal body to have had its application for institute status supported by the Bar Council, Law Society, Crown Prosecution Service and Citizens Advice
- the only body for professional paralegals to have received state funding to help develop the paralegal profession
- the organisation which publishes the Paralegal Code of Conduct
- the only professional body for paralegals to have worked in partnership with the Ministry of Justice
- the only paralegal body to have been cited by legislators during Parliamentary legal debates (see Hansard)
- The organisation that publishes competency standards that have been mapped to the Legal Services National Occupational Standards
- The organisation which has a career path for Paralegals which turns a job into a career, and an occupation into a profession
Our role as the leading professional body for paralegals is to set standards and promote our members as professional paralegals.
We identify our members’ qualifications and experience so that they can receive recognition on the Professional Paralegal Register (PPR) and apply for Paralegal Practising Certificates where appropriate.