Finalists Announced For The National Paralegals Awards 2019

The finalists for the inaugural National Paralegal Awards have been announced.

These brand-new awards are specifically aimed at recognising the achievements of Paralegals across the UK, law firms that develop Paralegals and recruitment companies who recruit Paralegals. The response to the awards was phenomenal, giving the judges a tough task deciding the finalists and winners.

Rita Leat, Managing Director of The Professional Paralegal Register, the voluntary regulator for Paralegals in England and Wales, who is hosting these new awards said ‘We were delighted with the number of entries and the quality of the entrants. There are an estimated 100,000 plus Paralegals in the UK. I am delighted to be pioneering these awards as the profession needs celebrating, not only because it is the fastest growing legal sector but because it has gone unrewarded for far too long. The awards will change that’.

An outstanding achievement award will also be presented by the PPR to a highly acclaimed individual from the legal sector, parliament or the judiciary who has demonstrated support for the voluntary regulation of Paralegals.

The judging panel included legal  and business experts across a variety of legal sectors  including Mark Solon, Chairman from Wilmington Legal; Amir Ali MCICM, Chairman, CCUA; Sally Penni, Barrister; Katrina Robinson MBE; Keven Bader, Chief Executive of CITMA; Claire Smith, Head of Business Development, Moneypenny; Rachel Tombs, Orion Legal Marketing and Karen Babington, Solve Legal;  Helen Heselwood, Heselwood and Grant Solicitors; Stephen Gowland, past President of Cilex.

Mark Solon, Chairman from Wilmington Legal shared his view of this new initiative to celebrate the work of paralegals “As the law becomes more complex and expands into all areas of life, highly trained specialists in specific areas of practice will be essential. I am delighted to have been able to judge these awards as they acknowledge and reward excellence for paralegals.”

Finalists and sponsors will gather together on 29th March 2019 for a black-tie gala final held at The May Fair Hotel to celebrate achievement and announce the winners of each category.

In addition, the event will support and raise money for Young Citizens, a charity who work to help young people become active, engaged and motivated citizens, who are able to contribute positively to their communities.

View the 2019 finalists here.


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