Paralegal Lawyer Services
What is a Paralegal Lawyer?
A Paralegal Lawyer is legally trained and educated to perform legal tasks and offer legal assistance but is not a qualified solicitor. However, a Paralegal can do virtually everything that a solicitor can do except activities that are referred to as: ‘Reserved Activities’.
If you do need the help of a paralegal where do you look? There are two registers:
The LPR (Licensed Paralegal Register) organised through NALP (National Association of Licensed Paralegals). You can find a paralegal by location, name or area of law.
The PPR (Professional Paralegal Register). Similar to the above in that you can find someone by location, area of law or name.
Paralegals can perform many of the tasks where you’d naturally think of using a solicitor – but they are considerably cheaper. And you can still bring in a solicitor later if you need to. So next time you need some legal advice, as long as it doesn’t come under on the ‘Reserved Activities’ – call a registered paralegal for help in the first instance.
Jake Wiid - 2nd November 2018
Areas of legal practice - Civil Litigation and Education Law
Statement of intent
This statement is to explain my status in offering to provide you with legal services. Although I am qualified Paralegal Lawyer, I am not entitled to practise in the same way as a solicitor or barrister. Therefore, in providing any legal services to you I am not acting as a solicitor or barrister and I am not subject to many of the rules which regulate practicing solicitors or barristers.
This limits the services I can provide to you. I can provide you with legal assistance (as a Litigation Friend) and represent you before certain Tribunals and in the Small Claims Court, but I cannot exercise rights of audience in Court, meaning that I have no automatic right to represent you in any open court without the express permission of the court. However, I am able to assist you and guide you through the court process and help you complete court documents.
I aim to provide you with a good service and if you have any concerns about what I do for you, please let me know and I will try to resolve the problem. But you should know that you would have only limited rights to complain about me to anyone else.
However, if I cannot resolve your concerns, you can complain to NALP, my Professional Membership Body, and it will investigate whether I have failed to comply with any of the rules which apply to me. If NALP finds that the complaint against me is justified, it can sanction me and ultimately, can suspend my membership and withdraw my details from the Licensed Paralegal Register.
I am covered by professional indemnity insurance.
I am on the The National Paralegal Register
I am an Associate Member of the National Association of Paralegals