Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural awards, The National Paralegal Awards are back, and the search is on to find the Best Paralegals in the UK and businesses that support the industry.
This year there are 14 categories comprising of 10 awards for individuals including Best Civil Litigation Paralegal, Best Patent Paralegal, Probate Researcher of the Year, Will Writer of the Year and Best Mediator and Arbitration Paralegal. There are four categories for businesses to enter including Best Recruitment Organisation for Paralegals and Best Law Firm – Paralegal Development.
Entries open on the 12 August 2019, and close on 13 December 2019 at 5pm.
Finalists and sponsors will gather together on 27 March 2020 for a black-tie gala final held in the Grand Hall, Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden to celebrate achievements and announce the winners of each category.
Rita Leat, Managing Director of The Professional Paralegal Register who host the awards said: “We are delighted to host these annual awards to showcase and reward the work of Paralegals across the UK. These are professional awards with strict criteria to ensure that our Finalists and Winners are the best the UK has to offer”.
This year’s headline sponsor is international genealogists and probate researchers, Fraser and Fraser, who were awarded ‘Paralegal Business of the Year 2019’.
Neil Fraser, Partner said “Fraser and Fraser celebrate its 50th anniversary this year and we are delighted to be the headline sponsor of this year’s National Paralegal Awards. As a firm we understand the crucial role paralegals play across the sector and these awards provide well-deserved recognition to the individuals and organisations that have achieved great things.”
Amir Ali, Chairman of the CCUA will be heading up the independent judging panel, which is made highly regarded business and legal professionals.
Amir said “I was honoured to be asked to return to this year’s Judging Panel and to Chair the panel. The PPR’s National Paralegal Awards is now very much a firm fixture within the legal calendar. Paralegals, in all their forms, are the backbone of the industry, often working in the shadows and these awards shine a much-needed light on the vital role they play in the delivery of Legal Services in the marketplace”.
For the second year, the events charity partner will support The Young Citizens, who work to help young people become active, engaged and motivated citizens, who are able to contribute positively to their communities.