Employment tribunal vindicates law firm’s denial that former employee was disabled – Legal Futures

‘A judge has dismissed a claim by a law firm paralegal that he was the victim of disability discrimination, finding he had “dishonestly” altered a document about his medical condition and that, in any case, he had not told his employer about his supposed post-traumatic stress disorder.’

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Legal Futures, 18th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Paralegal subjected to f-word tirades by senior partner wins harassment claims – Legal Futures

‘A paralegal who was subjected to a “long accumulation of abuse” by the senior partner of a London law firm was the victim of harassment on the grounds of age and sex, an employment tribunal has found.’

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Legal Futures, 1st March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Solicitor, paralegal and others face contempt of court trial over “fraudulent” PI claim – Legal Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in contempt of court, fraud, news, paralegals, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor, paralegal, GP and claims management company owner are all set to face committal proceedings for contempt of court shortly over an alleged fraudulent personal injury claim.’

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Legal Futures, 1st February 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Give paralegals rights of audience “so they can do more legal aid work” – Legal Futures

Posted January 4th, 2018 in legal aid, legal representation, news, paralegals, rights of audience by sally

‘Paralegals should be given rights of audience to enable them to do more legal aid work, an academic has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 4th January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Paralegal wins employment tribunal claim for £14,000 bonus from personal injury firm – Legal Futures

Posted September 5th, 2017 in contracts, employment, employment tribunals, law firms, news, paralegals by sally

‘A paralegal employed by a personal injury firm under an oral contract was entitled to a bonus payment worth almost £14,000, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 5th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Paralegal who pretended to be a barrister to defraud cancer-sufferer jailed for eight years – Legal Futures

Posted August 24th, 2017 in fraud, impersonating a barrister, news, paralegals, sentencing by sally

‘A paralegal who pretended to be a barrister with several people, including a terminal cancer sufferer he tricked out of her life savings, has been sent to jail for eight years.’

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Legal Futures, 24th August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Solicitors, trainee and paralegal jailed after landmark convictions for insurance fraud conspiracy – Legal Futures

Posted April 10th, 2017 in fraud, insurance, news, paralegals, police, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘Two solicitors, a trainee and a paralegal are among six men who have today been jailed for a total of 13 and a half years at Liverpool Crown Court for insurance fraud that cost victims £426,000.’

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Legal Futures, 7th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers who outsource work must avoid referral fees, Bar Council warns – Legal Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in barristers, contracting out, fees, news, paralegals by sally

‘Barristers who outsource work must not “ask for or accept” any payment from third parties, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Outsourcing and use of litigation assistants – Bar Council

‘Purpose: To assist barristers regarding the rules and their ethical obligations relating to outsourcing and the use of litigation assistants.’

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Bar Council, 17 February 2016

Source: http://www.barcouncil.org.uk

‘Going into legal aid work now is career suicide’ – The Guardian

‘Government cuts to legal aid means social welfare lawyers are a dying breed. So where will the next generation come from? Step up the Justice First Fellowship.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DPP boosts support for victims by moving staff to Crown Courts – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 11th, 2015 in Crown Court, Crown Prosecution Service, news, paralegals, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Alison Saunders, is boosting the support offered to victims and witnesses at Crown Court proceedings by ensuring that the vital service offered by our dedicated CPS paralegal staff is provided exactly where it is needed – at court where the victims and witnesses are.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th September 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Paralegals could damage solicitor ‘brand’ – survey – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Paralegals who qualify as solicitors without completing a formal training contract could damage the solicitor ‘brand’, according to a survey by Leeds Law Society.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st March 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Paralegal hopes to be first solicitor admitted through ‘equivalent means’ route – Legal Futures

‘Paralegal Shaun Lawler has said he hopes to be the first solicitor admitted to the profession through the ‘equivalent means’ route rather a traditional training contract.’

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Legal Futures, 20th March 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Fine for paralegal who moved firms and took sensitive data with him – Legal Futures

Posted September 11th, 2014 in costs, data protection, fines, news, paralegals by sally

‘A paralegal who took sensitive information from his employer when moving to a rival law firm was convicted of a criminal offence under the Data Protection Act this week.’

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Legal Futures, 11th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Law graduates flock to paralegal roles – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 12th, 2013 in law firms, legal education, legal profession, news, paralegals by sally

“Law firms are receiving up to 100 applications for every paralegal vacancy as graduates become desperate for work and firms seek out lower staff costs.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th August 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Study to examine oversupply of LPC graduates – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 25th, 2011 in legal education, legal services, news, paralegals by sally

“An in-depth study into education and training within the profession will address the current ‘mismatch’ between the number of Legal Practice Course graduates and training contracts, and will assess the role of paralegals, the Legal Services Board has said.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Oversupply of lawyers to drive down costs, says Green – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in legal services, news, paralegals, remuneration by sally

“The oversupply of qualified lawyers denied entry to the profession has led to a ‘burgeoning body of paralegals’ that will have a profound effect on solicitors and barristers, former bar chairman Nick Green QC said last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

‘Barely trained’ paralegals will be forced to take CPS cases to trial – The Times

“Plans are due to go ahead for thousands of trials a year to be prosecuted by non-lawyers, even though the paralegals themselves say that they are insufficiently trained, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 19th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk