Most Paralegals offer a great service, at a fraction of the cost of a solicitor or barrister, but it is still worth checking that you are using a registered practitioner:
- If they do not work for a solicitor or barrister, then you should ensure that they are a member of a professional body such as NALP (National Association of Licenced Paralegals) or registered with the PPR (Professional Paralegal Register).
- They should have either a NALP Licence to Practise or a PPR Practising Certificate, and should have professional indemnity insurance (PII).
- Ensure that the activity you need help with is something that a Paralegal is allowed to deal with. Essentially, Paralegals can do almost everything a solicitor can do.
We discuss with Small Business Insider about what to check before hiring a Paralegal. Read the article here