THE ROLE OF PARALEGALS

A paralegal is a trained professional who undertakes legal tasks in various circumstances. Paralegals can perform many legal functions excluding activities which are restricted to regulated legal practitioners, such as solicitors or barristers.

 

Paralegal services are cost-effective. While solicitors generally charge £200.00-£500.00/hour for functions that paralegals can also  perform, standard paralegal fees are £30.00-£80.00/hour.

 

PARALEGALS can provide the following services:

  • Employment tribunal representation

  • Benefits tribunal representation

  • Accredited police station representation

  • Representation when raising social and community-related complaints (i.e. health, social care, housing, etc.)

  • Litigant in person assistance (supporting individuals who represent themselves in civil litigation)

  • Completion of various specified legal tasks while employed by a legal firm

'Paralegals are cost-effective...'

Under the Legal Services Act 2007, PARALEGALS cannot do the following:

  • Exercise rights of audience (an automatic right to address the court or examine a witness)

  • Conduct litigation proceedings

  • Conduct reserved instrument activities under the Land Registration Act 2002

  • Conduct probate activities

  • Conduct notarial activities

  • Conduct an administration of oaths

 

To ensure compliance to standard guidelines of practice, a paralegal should ideally be registered with a reputable paralegal professional membership, as we are. Paralegals are not required by law to be governed by a regulatory body.