The Small Claims Court
If the amount of money owed is small enough you can deal with it yourself without employing the services of a solicitor.
The ‘Small Claims Court’ which is part of the County Court was originally created to enable a lay-person (someone who is not legally qualified) to take another individual to court.
The maximum amount of a claim that you can deal...
Why would you choose a paralegal over a solicitor?
Cost: Solicitors often charge over £200 per hour. On average, paralegals charge between £20 - £50 per hour. A paralegal may assist you up to a point, and then you may need the services of a solicitor. For example, if the case is serious and cannot be resolved, and will eventually end up in court. However, for t...
If you are part of a forward-thinking solicitors’ practice, and your Paralegal staff sign-up to a professional membership body like the National Association of Licenced Paralegals (NALP), they have access to training and can gain formal qualifications, adding value to your firm and its reputation.
NALP has been a membership body for Paralegals for over 30 years and is also an accred...
How paralegals can benefit your business
Having the right legal advice and assistance when required is essential for any business. This is where paralegals, with the appropriate training, can help, and can save on hefty solicitors' fees.
If you are prepared to offer your paralegal personnel formal recognition by encouraging them to join a professional body such as National Associat...
The Paralegal Profession needs recognition in its own right - and not just as an extension of the traditional regulated ones. Once the sector, as a whole, addresses and accepts this fact, we can all move forward.
Paralegals are able to apply for Licensed Access to the Bar and this means that once granted, they can instruct barristers directly. This is not a hopeful comment about the fut...
Whether you work for yourself or run a small business, collecting money that is owed that can be a stressful activity - especially if the person who owes you is ignoring all your phone calls and letters.
Here are the steps you need to take if you're considering legal action to reclaim a debt.
Read our step by step guide here